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FAIRIES IN THE FOREST TWILIGHT SOIREE SIGNATURE ELEMENTS

I had soooo much fun conceptualizing and planning this little end of summer soiree!  This Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Signature Elements post will take you through all of the party’s key pieces.

In my FAIRIES IN THE FOREST TWILIGHT SOIREE master post, I explain the whole creation process and give you the party’s menu.

It’s a little unconventional, but the party’s color scheme of purples, pinks, greens and oranges started with a bushel of plums!  You never know where your inspiration will come from, and it’s always a wonderful surprise where it ends up taking you.

FAIRIES LOVE PURPLE, BUT IT’S NOT MY FAVORITE!

If you’ve been a visitor to Ingredients For A Fabulous Life before, you might have noticed I use a lot of purple. But believe it or not, my favorite color is actually celery green.  But I digress…

It all started with how I would express the nature inspired theme in my invitations.  I ended up crafting them from my “leftovers stash” of crafting supplies saved for these types of occasions.

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I get absolutely verbose about how I went about creating them in my Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Invitation post.  You’ll definitely need to give it a read!

The decision was made to have the primary theme color be various shades of purple, leaning heavily on a deep aubergine for the table linens and buffet base cloth.  There are lots of fabulous linen choices at Amazon, and I also found many discount linen sites as well. 

Obviously, your choices will be based on your number of guests, size of tables, etc.  For this party’s color scheme, I chose crinkle taffeta cloths in eggplant, which turn out just stunning with the table runners!

 

HOW FAB ARE THESE PLATES?

I turned to Wayfair for my placesettings, and was enthralled with the many choices in my color palette.  Here’s what I ended upfairies in the forest twilight soiree ordering for a party of eight.  Don’t you just love the dessert plates?

They have a kind of irridescent shimmer that looks fabulous in the candlelight!  Just wait until you see my Indian Summer Almond Plum Cake served on it!

I had decided on a kind of moody, dark atmosphere for this affair, and wanted to look at some different fabrics to inspire me.  And I really wanted to make custom party napkins and table runners to carry out the theme.

In my mind I envisioned two runners crossing at the center on the two round tables for four.  Then I saw a contrasting fabric for some napkins that would be folded and laid across the dinner plate.

I’m really what I call a “crafty dabbler”, and am not really a seamstress, so I kept them simple and straightforward.  

These turned out to be my favorite Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Signature Elements!

You can read the whole post on my Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Napkins and Table Runners here.

 

AN EVENING SOIREE IN A TREE HOUSE?

fairies in the forest twilight soiree moss and rose petal embellished framed menuI planned the party to be held on my lower deck. The space is surrounded by the greenery supplied from the trees around our home.  I was already half way done with my “forest” theme!

I’ve already waxed eloquent over my love of moss, so I’ll spare you reading it again!  But, using moss for the party’s signature elements is where I started my design plans.

First, my buffet menu would be framed in moss and embellished with tiny rosebuds.

I found a fabulous edible botanical “kit”  from bMAKER on Amazon. It contains jasmine flowers, rosebuds, rose petals, lavender, marigold petals, chamomile flowers and a tiny bottle of rose essential oil.

I’ve been using them in both my kitchen and crafting and having a blast getting creative with flowers!

I love to display a party’s buffet menu in a frame on the table fairies in the forest twilight soiree menu pdfwhen I’m throwing or catering a party.  It keeps the guests from having to ask “what’s this?” all night long!

With that in mind, I created a PDF menu for you to print out and use on your buffet.  I used an adorable font to keep the vibe of your party magical and “fairy-like”!

(the image above contains a mock-up version of the menu)

You’ll find it in the master post here: FAIRIES IN THE FOREST TWILIGHT SOIREE

 

FAIRIES IN THE FOREST TWILIGHT SOIREE CENTERPIECE & PLACE CARD HOLDERS

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Round seating tables meant I wanted small round centerpieces that wouldn’t interfere with my guests’ conversation during their meal.

I found some cute 6 inch grapevine wreaths and decided to stack them and add a pillar candle in the center. I  embellished them with various natural elements as I went along.  Easy, peasy!  You can see I made two different versions to help inspire you!

fairy-party-place-card-holdersYou can read about how I made my Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Centerpieces here.

While perusing the internet, I spotted some “place card holders” made from a 2 inch slice of a tree branch with a shallow cut made in the top.  Wouldn’t they be fabulous on my fairy party tables!

I thought, girl, why buy those, you can do that!  I only needed eight, so I went to find my saw!  Honestly, finding the right size branch was the hardest part! 

Not too shabby, huh? I told you, inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere you look. 

Total Cost: Elbow grease & ingenuity

I glued a miniature pine cone to my brown kraft paper place cards to give them a little “finishing touch”!  Another party project knocked off the list!

 

FAIRY LITE BLOSSOM CHANDELIER PROJECT

The star of the party decor was my  Fairies of the Forest Twilight Soiree Fairy Lite Blossom Chandelier.  It hung on a sturdy cup-fairy-party-floral-chandelier-projecthook from the “ceiling” of our lower deck. 

I went into my bin of artificial flowers and pulled out what I thought I could use. Then I had some fun picking out new ones from Michael’s Crafts to round out the color scheme.

This wreath uses a recycled grapevine wreath, in its previous life it was filled with sunflowers.  I found a really pretty leaf-and-twine string on Amazon that could be cut into lengths and used to hang the finished wreath

Adding 2 “fairy-light” strings that were intertwined in the flowers gives a lovely glow to the finished chandelier when their turned on.

I explain how to wrap and position the battery packs for the lights in my FAIRIES IN THE FOREST FAIRY LITE BLOSSOM CHANDELIER post.  (printable project card included)

How do you think it turned out?   

I created a printable shopping list for you to take to the store with you too!   When you’re in the middle of a project and really in the groove, you don’t want to find out that you didn’t get enough peonies! 

(you can see what it looks like in the Fairy Party Printables section below)

The remaining party decor was comprised of spray-painted curly willow, moss-covered branches and natural elements.

I tucked items into nooks and crannies to create a general feeling of spending an evening nestled in the bosom of Mother Nature’s sheer profundity.

 

HOW CUTE ARE THESE FAIRY PARTY TAKE-HOME FAVORS?  

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I always include a “take-away” gift for my guests and was somehow able to work my moss into one more project!  I purchased 3 inch paper mache boxes, covered the lids with moss and then embellished them with some of those fabulous botanicals I mentioned earlier.

Tucked inside is a “pile of rocks”, candy rocks that is.  Sitting on a cushion of purple or pink tissue paper, are some really realistic candy rocks. I just couldn’t resist working them into the party somehow when I saw them the internet.  A really nice “natural” touch, don’t you think?  

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS POST:  FAIRIES IN THE FOREST TWILIGHT SOIREE TAKE HOME FAVORS

 

I ADMIT I WENT A LITTLE CRAZY!

I know that I’ve gone completely overboard on the crafty stuff for this affair!  So feel free to pick and choose what you want to make, purchase or leave out.  It’s your party, your vision, and most of all, your own fabulous style. 

My Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Signature Elements will help you take your hostess skills to the next level!  

I’d love for you to post some of your Fairies of the Forest crafts or party pics in our The Fab Life Facebook Group I adore seeing how a theme party takes on a life of its own in the hands of my readers! 

 

FAIRIES IN THE FOREST TWILIGHT SOIREE

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I don’t think you’re going to want to miss reading the master post for my Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree.

That’s where you’ll get the overview on how I hosted this intimate dinner party to celebrate the last days of Summer.

Each time I publish a new “theme party”, I’ll be posting a group of related articles simultaneously.  They’ll include the gathering’s theme decor, menu, recipes, invitations, theme craft projects, guest favors, and everything else you’ll need to tap into your own creativity.

Each recipe and craft project come with their own printable “how-to” cards for your convenience.

You should check out the rest of the fabulous “end-of-the-Summer” soiree posts.  It’s a fabulous way to celebrate a magical “fairy-like” evening with friends and family.

Here’s what you’ll find waiting for you:

 I’ve put together an incredible party to help you and your friends celebrate the last waning days of Summer.  Go forth and celebrate!

I like to think, that if you unleash your creativity and use my recipes and tips that you can host and enjoy your own Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree this summer too.

CLICK THE LINK TO GO TO MASTER ARTICLE:   FAIRIES IN THE FOREST TWILIGHT SOIREE

 

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