I have always wanted to throw a midsummer night’s dream party, ever since high school when I first read Shakespeare’s play. There was just something about the fairies and the fireflies and the woodland revelry that seeped into my romantic little soul and never let go. You can imagine how that romantic soul reacted many years later – now all grown up, with two daughters of my own – when I recently found magic in my mailbox: two impossibly gorgeous Faune night gowns, sent with love from my dear friend, Justine, Founder of CLOTH. I knew it was finally time to make some fairy wands and have the midsummer slumber party of my dreams with my girls. Keep reading for pictures and details!
From left to right: Justine chose Faune’s Clover night dress in pure white for Rose and The Maple night dress in sea mist for Jane.
Midsummer slumber party essentials: night gowns, fairy crowns, butterfly wands (handmade by mom).
We added some fairy wings from our dress up closet . . .
. . . and explored the house for a bit to test our magic . . .
. . . and gave our new gowns a good twirl to start.
Good news: Fairy Rose approved.
While the girls were collecting pixie dust, I set up the party.
Midsummer slumber party essentials, part two: flower cake and new presents (we had found more magic in our mailbox, just in time for the party) . . .
. . . two of Hazel Village’s new unicorn friend! Peaseblossom’s tag told us that she emerged from the enchanted forest at twilight on Midsummer’s Day, so her timing was impeccable.
Rose held down the fort while I sliced the cake.
And then the Peaseblossom unicorn twins took their turn at the table.
The fairies and the unicorns were getting a little hot in the summer sun, so we moved the party upstairs for storytime.
We adore the entire Flower Fairies series (coming to CLOTH in a few weeks ;)
And I pulled my vintage edition of Flower Children down from the highest shelf.
We also read Giant John, one of my favorite fairy stories written by the great Arnold Lobel.
And soon it was time for that pixie dust to turn to sleepy dust.
But not before one more story.
Sweet dreams, little fairies.
-- written and compiled by Kristen Dickson, @hellokristendickson