I think treasure hunts are my favorite things to do at birthday parties (remember the pirate one from a few years ago?) Adeline's Fairy Party Treasure Hunt turned out wonderfully!
For the fairy party, we went on an adventure through the “enchanted forest” (our yard) to find things fairy love. For some spots, I made signs using brown cardboard and glued sticks to the edges. I then adhered fairies (from this garland). Very affordable (can’t beat cardboard and sticks from your yard!) and woodland-like.
This was the first activity after the girls got their fairy wings.
Each girl received a basket to use for the hunt. These were the baskets I bought at Target 90% off and then used the skirts for the girls and decorations around the deck. After removing the skirts, we hot glued flowers on them.
Clue #1: Magic Wands
The first thing to find is shaped like a stick
We hold it and use it to do magic tricks
It sparkles and shimmers when we wave it around
So let’s fly and let’s look until all wands are found
I bought some foam at The Dollar Store and stuck the butterfly wands (also from The Dollar Store) in the foam. I then stood them up on a stack of logs.
Clue #2: Dewdrops in Dewdrop Glen
The next thing we’ll find looks like a drop
It’s tiny and clear and sometimes goes plop
It comes in the morning to give flowers a drink
Now where would a drop-of-dew hide, do you think?
I don't know what it is about little kids and small floral rocks, but they love them. I bought a bag at The Dollar Store and scattered the “dewdrops” on the ground. Some fake flowers worked great for the decor at this spot, especially since we can't grow flowers in our shady backyard!
Clue #3: Butterfly Rings in the Enchanted Meadow
What’s next on our list? Well, it flutters like us
You might find it resting on a little buttercup
Or flying around like flowers in the air
Oh where are you butterflies, are you here, are you there?
This was my favorite spot on the Fairy Party Treasure Hunt (and the favorite spot for a few brothers to hide so they could scare their fairy sisters). The mushrooms were made from PVC pipe and cocoa plant liners. We spray painted the liners red and added white felt circles with hot glue.
We attached the liners to the pipes with hot glue and then wedged them in the grass. (I was inspired by the mushrooms here, but found the PVC pipe to be WAY more affordable than the fabric and batting style she did.)
The butterfly rings were so perfect for atop the mushrooms.
I also made sure to snap a group photo here. (It's always a good idea to snap a group photo in the midst of a treasure hunt because all the kids are together and motivated to listen because they want to get to the next clue.)
Clue 4: Necklaces in Starlight Lagoon
Next on our list—it twinkles and shines
It hangs ‘round our necks like a jewel-doused vine
It makes us feel pretty, like a star in the sky
Necklaces for all will be what we find!
This one was a bit of a stretch, but the girls loved it. I took frog Easter baskets (that I bought for 90% off) and placed them on a blue tablecloth. The necklaces were then inside the baskets.
Clue 5: Pixie Dust in Pixie Hollow
The last thing to find is a fairy’s magic potion
It sprinkles like sand but can make a commotion
We use it for good and only if we must
Now, little ones, go fly till you find fairy dust
You can't have a Fairy Party Treasure Hunt without pixie dust. I bought a small treasure box at Michaels and spray painted it gold. Inside were vials of glitter that I glued jeweled flowers to (from The Dollar Store).
I was so glad to find the little vials at The Dollar Store because I did NOT want to fill pixie dust containers on my own – what a mess!
The pixie dust was the perfect last find because I told the girls that they needed it for their fairy houses.
We then went on the deck and made the houses. Come back tomorrow to read all about the magical craft — as well as some things I would do differently.