Do your kids love Schleich toys as much as mine do? I swear we have every Knight and Animal figure they have ever made in our house and still the kids keep asking for more. Because I’m so familiar with these toys (I step on them in the hallway constantly) and because I have been working on Kids Party Entertainment Kits, I jumped at the chance to host a Schleich Fairy Party when they put out a call for several Mom bloggers to participate.
This is the first time I have ever had a manufacturer supply product for my blog posts. Normally, I mention products I carry at www.ChocolateCakeClub.com or I just tell you about products my friends and family love that we have purchased ourselves. However, we are considering selling Schleich products on our store site and this was just too good an opportunity to pass up to test new toys first hand. Now that the disclaimers are over, on to the party.
Schleich sent me some of their new World of Fantasy figures –– for both boys and girls, which we gave to each party goer. The boys weren’t too thrilled with the term Fairy so I told them the toys were either Elf Lords or Trolls. That worked! I then designed some fun, fantasy-themed party activities for the kids.
So that the kids wouldn’t fight over the Fairy figures, we decided to “assign” each Fairy to a specific kid. My daughter created little cards with a hint on where each child could find their toy in our yard. We said that the Fairies didn’t have any magic until they were found by their proper owner, so that no one would take a Fairy that wasn’t theirs. Since my daughter created the cards in poem form, the hints were a little vague, but the kids loved racing around the yard finding the Fairies and helping each other figure out the clues.
Now that each child had their own magical Fairy or Elf Lord/Troll for the boys, they needed to make a Fairy House or Troll Cave for them to live in. Although Fairy houses are supposed to be made entirely of items found in nature, I wanted the kids to have a container to take their toy home in. So, we went to a craft store and looked at all sorts of containers. We finally decided to go with Photo Boxes. First and foremost they were on sale (3 for $5) and they were sturdy enough to handle glue and rocks. We then bought “natural” materials for the kids to use for furniture in their house. We bought rocks, seashells, plastic ladybugs, pinecones, and feathers. We went around the neighborhood and found mulch, sticks and pine needles, as well.
The kids had a blast making their houses. Some of the fairies came with horses so some of the kids made stables in their fairy house. The boys built an armory with spears and weapon storage in their box. (Boys!) All were incredibly creative.
Next, we made magic wands (or troll clubs) out of pretzel rods and almond bark. We offered both white and black melted almond bark to dip the pretzel rods in and then an array of sprinkles and edible decorations to make the wands truly magical. Make sure you put wax paper down on cookie sheets to let the wands dry, or stay in place for decorating.
Decorate Fairy Wings/ Troll Masks
As our final activity, I found some paper Fairy wings and masks with elastic bands so the kids could play dress up. I had colored pencils, crayons and markers on the table for them to go nuts. You could certainly add stickers, foam shapes, or sticky jewels to make it even more creative. The kids then put on their wings and masks for some funny pictures.
As our final “activity” we had some snacks. We bought a chocolate cake and decorated it with one of the Schleich Fairies sitting on top. (Wow! That was easy and yet looked pretty impressive.)
My daughter is diabetic so we served Crystal Light to drink but I made the glasses extra fancy by putting colored sugar around the rim (a little extra carbs won’t hurt).
Finally, my son made Strawberry Ladybugs, which is a recipe we found in Barbara Beery’s Pink Princess Cookbook. My son made them all by himself, since the recipe was so easy.
We kept the decorations minimal since the kids were going to be inside and outside for this party. We ended up just decorating the craft and food tables.
The food table was decked out nicely with flowers, woodland animals, and a magical creature, courtesy of my daughter. Since our cake and Strawberry Ladybugs looked so colorful, we let the food be the main accent on the table. For the craft table, Schleich had included their in our party kit. Since there were too many kids to really allow them all to play with it, we decided to use it as the craft table centerpiece. My son used his Knights and Elves to add some excitement and color to the Elf House.
The kids took home a lot of loot from this party. They had their Fairy or Elf Lord, Fairy House or Troll Cave, and extra magic wands. That would have been plenty of goodies for a party but Schleich had provided extra animal figures and gift bags. Each child got to take home a gift bag with some extra animal figures and I threw in some chocolate to make sure these kids went home with a big smile on their face.
The party took 2 hours total, it was very simple for me to host and plan, and was a huge success. I went and bought all of the food and supplies in the morning. It took my son, daughter and myself about 2 hours to decorate, set up the tables, and make food. The party theme and activities worked well for a mixed group of kids. We had boys and girls ages 4 up to 11 years old, and all had a great time.
I hope this inspires you to host your own Kids Fairy/Elf Lord/Troll Party. Whether it’s for a birthday or anyday occasion, your kids will have a magical time.