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A Midsummer Nights Dream Birthday Party

This party is all kinds of wow. I am in no way saying that every kids party should look like this (I only wish mine did!) but my gosh I just had to share it with you. I would be happy if my wedding had looked like this let alone a birthday bash. Can you imagine the excitement of the children turning up for this party? With our favourite planners One Stylish Day at the helm it was always going to be an amazing day and the images by the brilliant Kate Nielen make me wish I’d been there.

I do think it is a magical theme for a children’s party and one which you could adapt yourselves. Think picnics in the garden, fairy hunts and lots of jugs of wild flowers. You could have all sorts of fun crafts like making fairy gardens or decorating flowerpots as fairy houses and plenty of musical games. I know my girls would love it. Also the fancy dress opportunities are endless and I know Molly especially would adore donning a flower crown and fairy wings before dancing the afternoon away.

To plan a birthday celebration for a child is an absolute dream come true, the opportunity for true magic is endless… creating and designing a birthday party for 3 children is pure joy!
The brief was whimsical, magical, enchanted, expect the unexpected. A midsummer Nights dream.
I selected The Orangery at Holland Park in London as the venue and it could not have been a more idyllic setting. Once the conservatory of Holland house, this glass and white brick palace is the perfect blank canvas space, set within the stunning gardens of Holland Park along with it’s res- ident peacocks.

The invitations set the tone of the event. An ethereal and elegant bespoke illustration of the birth- day children amongst magical creatures accompanied by a riddle, inviting guests to join them in the Orangery woods, where the trees are alive and the fairies cheer! The bespoke illustration by The North Doodle Co. featured throughout all the stationery elements and signage for the day.

As guests arrived they were greeted by fairies, nymphs and fawns performing acrobatics, playing musical instruments, juggling and performing a bubble show. The children (and some adults!) em- braced the party spirit and dressed up in flower crowns, fairy wings, crowns and capes. The chil- dren enjoyed magical party games, a treasure hunt, piñatas and an enchanted animal corner.
The Orangery was transformed into a magical woodland. Branches and beautiful blossoms creeped up the walls and the tables were decorated with terrariums. Large balloons filled with magic fairy dust and greenery tails filled the space and brought the outside in. The party continued into the gardens where a statement moss covered chair, trailing with flowers featured beneath the enchanted tree and provided the best photo opportunity!

The children dined at magical wooden benches stretching the length of the outdoor marquee, adorned with potted plants and succulents whilst foliage balloons filled the roof.

Planning, design and style – One Stylish Day |Photography – Kate Nielen Photography |Venue – The Orangery at Holland Park |Catering – Bovingdons |Florist – Early Hours Ltd |Balloons – Bubblegum Balloons |Cakes – Odiham Cakes |Entertainers – Calmer Karmer | Face Painters – Face FX | Stationer – North Doodle Co

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Lottie loves teaching her girls to be cake baking and crafting supremos. It may be messy but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Do not disagree in any way that it is beautiful but it’s a tad showy isn’t it. Always feel parties like this make it difficult for those that can’t afford to do this for their children after their child has been to one like this. And who is it for really, children are just as happy with balloons cake and good old fashioned musical chairs.

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Morning Helen. Completely agree that kids are just as happy with musical chairs and a spot of pass the parcel but I do have a soft spot for these parties. If I could have pulled this off myself I know Molly would have been in absolute heaven. It is her dream party. Instead I often take inspiration from parties like this to create my own smaller scale version. A few years back I did Molly a fairy party (http://www.rockmyfamily.co.uk/a-pixie-hollow-inspired-birthday-party/) albeit not on this scale. We had cake, dress up and crafts and it was a lot of fun but if you want to go all out I don’t see why not. x

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I must say that I kind of agree with Helen. I can see the point of sharing something like this (although I’m a bit gutted it’s taken the space of another post I might like more) because some people might find it aspirational or an idea for a wedding. I say some people because I don’t at all but horses for courses and all of that. I understand that parents want to congratulate themselves for surviving the first year but this seems more about the parents creating a day for themselves than having friends and family together for a pitch in party.

I admit to being a sentimental old fool. I much prefer a retro style day with 1987 style jelly rabbit mounds than grown up women dressed as nymphs.

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I do love my jelly rabbit mould!

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Wow, it’s beautiful but more like a very expensive wedding than a child’s birthday party!

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Have to agree with the other comments… It is absolutely stunning. Breathtaking. But, it looks like it cost more than my wedding, which wasn’t even particularly cheap. On a plus it’s so far removed from anything I’ll ever experience (in an actually perfectly nice middle class existence) that it’s not even aspirational. It looks like the kind of thing a Hollywood star would put on for their kids.

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I always find it’s the people with the most money that ere on the side of less is more. Look at Prince George! #whatwouldkatedo

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It is pretty amazing isn’t Mel! Personally I’m going to be stealing elements and planning a fancy dress affair with cute picnics, albeit in my local village hall!! x

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Such lovely inspirational elements to this party. And I really love that it’s a joint celebration for friends 🙂 the cakes look so good don’t they? And I love the little fairy wings and crowns for everyone, such a simple but effective little touch, I bet the kids loved those. kids and parents both look like they’re having loads of fun and that’s what it’s all about really, making special happy memories with those that you love, whatever your aesthetic preferences 🙂 Gorgeous! X

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I am incredibly jealous of the cakes. So good! And I completely agree about the whole point being everyone having fun and enjoying themselves x

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I have to agree with all the comments here. It’s a beautifully created party theme but quite ‘unrealistic’ for me – a bit demoralising – though I appreciate this is just my own opinion and others may love it! I prefer the personal posts that feel attainable for my life and style. I offer this up as feedback rather than having a go as I usually love and relate to the posts on here.

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Morning. It wasn’t meant to be demoralising, more about something super gorgeous on a Monday morning. Thank you for your feedback though and we always share a nice mix of posts from real life to style but every now and again it’s great to throw in something utterly wow just because. x

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Lovely bit of pretty to start the week. As other posters have mentioned, it would be unachievable for us (and probably not something that my little girl would want) but I think if you can afford to do it and it is what your children want why not.

In terms of setting the bar too high, I think it is important for kids to learn that different people have different things but what you have makes you no better or worse than anyone else. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up (not that we ever knew this until we were older), my birthday parties were always at home in the garden with crisps and squash but I still loved them and never felt I was missing out when I went to friends fancier parties. Although, it would be interesting to hear my parents take on it as we just thought our parties were like that because they were fun.

Xxxx

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Thank you so much for your comment and I completely agree in every aspect. If it’s something you can do why wouldn’t you?

We too didn’t have money growing up and my mum was a pro at an epic castle cake made from swiss rolls and pink wafer biscuits. We always went to friends parties where they had entertainers/clowns/party bags worth more than my birthday presents but I didn’t care one bit and don’t ever remember feeling jealous about it. To be honest I think my mum enjoyed going to the parties too as there was always copious posh nibbles, bubbles and nattering with friends!!

xx

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This is beautiful. Common sense tells me it’s WAAAAY too much for kids of that age – what are their expectations of life going to be if their parties are like that at 4 years old – but who am I kidding? If I could afford it, I’d totally do it for my little girl! 😂

However, as I completely can’t afford it, I’m just going to try to figure out how I can copy those amazing balloons, I love them! I got a confetti balloon kit from Meri Meri for my daughter’s first birthday but I must’ve done something wrong cause I blew them up the night before and by morning they had all sank. I had no more helium so just had to tie them up, which totally ruined my balloon visions for the day!

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This happened to me too Tracy M. They hadn’t totally flopped but weren’t anywhere near as perky as I would’ve liked! Apparently the tip is to keep the room very warm. Helium doesn’t like the cold xxx

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Glad it’s not just me Lorna! Thanks for the tip, I’ll remember that next time. And probably just inflate them on the day of the party in the hope that helps too! x

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Love it Tracy, I would be all over this type of party if I could!! Oh no, that’s not good on the balloons. I love those Meri Meri kits but may be rethinking. I’m no balloon expert but when I get the helium ones from our local party shop they put some random gel inside which apparently keeps them inflated for longer as they can go down quickly otherwise. Not that that helps you much but may be worth investigating for next time xxx

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I love the ideas! I don’t care whether it is realistic or not for most as a children’s party but I totally agree with you Lottie – lots of thoughts that could be applied to all sorts of different children’s parties. And Becky – also agree that a joint party is so lovely! I bet they had a wonderful time. Now, a few flowers picked from the garden, cake, some fairy wings and a little face paint and you wouldn’t be far short of the above in reality 🙂

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Exactly Annie. Jugs of blooms and a whole heap of pretty would transform your lounge. I know Molly’s fancy dress box has an immense amount of tutus in it that would occupy most little ones and at Alice’s party this year my sister got crafty with face paints. Granted most kids had a flower or a rainbow but they loved it! xx

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There are definitely gorgeous elements to take inspiration form this magical party. I love the use of colours and the kiddies look like they are having a super time in their wings and crowns. Super cute xxx

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Beautiful, but I’m with everyone else – more than a little bit extreme! Then again I’m the kind of person that feels like those ‘cake smash’ photos everyone has for their one year olds are a bit much (somehow seems so distasteful and wasteful to have your child destroying a cake when some other kiddies wouldn’t even get a cake?). I am thinking though that’s its interesting how we all feel this way about kid’s parties, but would think it was ok if it was a wedding? Why the difference if that’s how you wish to spend your money I guess. But like very expensive weddings, I would feel the money could be better spent on something else!

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I can see this post is just a bit fun but actually I much prefer the posts on the parties you RMF ladies have done personally as they are always so lovely. I have taken much more inspiration from those (than above) and copied lots of the elements. I think it was Charlotte who did a star banner with baby pics and I copied it and it looked amazing!

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I always love to see these children’s party posts. Obviously I could never achieve anything quite so fancy for my 3 year old but I like to take inspiration from them and gather ideas that I can do on more of a budget. For example, we had a pirate party for my son this summer. We hired our local village hall, a bouncy castle and a lady did face painting and glitter tattoos. I went ‘all out’ with the pirate themed party food which cost a grand total of £30 and also went to town on the ‘pirate table’ with some amazing pirate props from ebay, Poundland and our local party shop.

As a graphic designer, it’s all about the little details for me (just can’t help myself!) but everything is done on a tight budget and I sneakily used the printer at work for posters, little signs and party bags etc. My son’s friends (and some of the parents!) came in fancy dress and they looked so cute and the adults were more excited about the tattoos than the kids, proudly showing off glittery anchors on their arms.

I was pleased with the result and would love to share the photos with you and I think people will be amazed at how much it cost us! I’d like to think it would be worthy of the title ‘A cool little pirate party on a budget’ !

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I would be interested in seeing this! I have a pirate obsessed little girl so would be great for her 3rd birthday! Xxx

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Thanks Mrs D, would love to share. I’ll submit my photos and see what the RMF Team think X

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Oh how the other half live! Don’t mind this post at all, it’s beautiful. But it does make me 100% jealous. I would love to be able to throw something like that for my little one.

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Lovely bit of Monday pretty, I love all the floral headbands. Definitely couldn’t achieve this myself, but will be pinching some inspiration. We just had my daughter’s welcome to the world party, attempted pretty confetti balloons but had a total fail when they popped and spread confetti all overthe car park whilst being inflated!

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This has made me chuckle Izzie! It’s the sort of thing that would happen to me! x

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The flowers are utterly stunning. Hats off to the florist.

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I love this post!
It’s not something we could ever afford, but I jolly well would if I could!
Yes it’s over the top and will have cost thousands but I think it’s all relative and you spend what you want and can afford and like another poster said not everyone can afford things like this, but that’s ok.
I love stealing details from posts like this and have a woodland fairy party Pinterest board ready and waiting for a suitable birthday in the future!
Unfortunately for me we are doing bloody Paw Patrol for my daughters 3rd birthday next month, as I know she will love it, which is the main thing.

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This is beautiful and I’d love to throw my children s party like this. Next year we are doing our garden and it will be my 30th and the children’s 2st and 3rd birthdays within a few days of each other so I’m planning a garden party. I plan on going overboard as it’s for three of us, and I’m totally stealing ideas from this! I want to dress up as a fairy….

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You so need to dress up as a fairy. The party sounds fabulous so enjoy xx

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This is beautiful. But in today’s world I find myself balking at the extravagance. Give the money to a children’s charity. Do some good with it. This is purely to show off in front of others.

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I agree with all the above comments and to be honest my very first thought when I looked at the pictures was : Elliott would hate it! I am planning his birthday party at the moment, it will be a surprise for him but what I know is that a Paw Patrol themed party is what he would ask for. And believe me, I really dislike branded things and avoid them at all cost (he’ll never have a paw patrol tshirt for example, pjs I can tolerate).
I wonder if the birthday kids would have chosen that super expensive party over a much cheaper themed party…

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