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It’s crazy to think that it’s already been a month since our baby girl turned seven and we celebrated with a Midsummer Night’s Dream themed birthday party at a local children’s bookstore in Balboa Island. Every year, a couple months before the kids birthdays, we sit down and start to think about the theme of the party. Katelyn really wanted a Tinkerbell or Fairy themed party — so playing off the idea of a magical birthday party complete with fairy dust, I went in search of the perfect location. I didn’t have to search far… Katelyn’s former TK and Kindergarten teachers recently retired and opened the most adorable children’s bookstore on Balboa Island. With windows streaming in light from each corner of the store and the perfect Land of Nod feel, I knew we could create something magical there.
My favorite part was how beautifully the decor came together. My amazing + talented friend, Erin helped me bring my vision to life with a trip to a local warehouse filled with every event planners desires from flowers to paper lanterns. She also created this amazing chalkboard wall inspired by Katelyn’s birthday invitation. I also partnered with an amazing local party shop called Where’s the Party. They designed the invitations, thank you notes, and added in all the amazing finishing touches. From silver star plates to sparkler candles to all the small delicate butterflies that gave the space exactly what it needed to give it a foresty feel.
After flower crown making, taking photos and a spontaneous sing a long to Taylor Swifts, Shake it Off, the fairies and woodland creatures settled in for story time with Mrs. Mantei. Many of the children who attended the party had Mrs. Mantei as their TK teacher, like Katelyn, and it was hard not to get emotional listening to her read. It took me back to when Katelyn was in her class and just how much she means to us. We are so blessed that we can still visit our favorite former teachers for storytime at the book store.