Fairies evoke faraway lands where magic reigns and troubles disappear with the wave of a wand. Here you can find enchantment in everything ‘fairy’, from parties and fashion to jewellery and furniture.
WORDS Amelia Hungerford
PHOTOS Tara Chiu, Seasons in Art Photography
STYLE Gael Duffy and Rebecca Lawson
Take your little darling on a fantastical journey with everyday touches and special occasions that are sure to charm and delight. While fairies themselves may be ephemeral, their appeal certainly is not. Many a picture book recounts magical adventures, providing the perfect way for parents and children to discover Fairyland together. Beautiful classics illustrated by Shirley Barber, Peg Malby and Cicely Mary Barker are beloved by mothers and daughters alike. Newly-independent readers, however, will find equal joy in the popular ‘Rainbow Magic’ series, following the adventures of Kirsty Tate and Rachel Walker, and their fairy friends.
Gone are the days when children had to imagine honeysuckle flowers were tea cups and gumnut-covered mud pies the finest delicacy for sprites; nowadays fairy affairs are sophisticated events where every detail spreads magic. A secluded hideaway among the groves makes the perfect location for ‘tea’ with the fairy council, a setting easily created with the help of a lace teepee from Banana J Creations, an antique floral play canopy from RH Baby & Child or a handcrafted pavilion from Petit, complete with detachable curtains. Finish off the afternoon with lemonade poured into floral teacups for the ultimate in fairy chic.
For more extravagant events, enlist the help of the professionals to make your darling’s wishes come true. Fairy parties are admittedly a dime a dozen, so it takes a skilled hand to create an occasion that stands out from the crowd. Sharnel Dollar Designs has experience creating luxe celebrations for children of all ages, with bespoke events the little ones will never forget; perfectly styled tables and animal friends are part and parcel of a Sharnel Dollar party. Splash out on a lavish affair for your fairy princess’ next birthday with delectable costumes and flower garlands for all your guests, as well as some pixie dust to make a real fairy appear.
Sugar & Spice Events create vibrant fairy occasions, either at home or at the Aerial Angels Academy in Burleigh Heads, a circus arts and dance school. As well as relieving you of finding the perfect venue, Sugar & Spice also include dress-up stations, room decor and even a fairy ballet class. Towers of pink and yellow cupcakes add to the atmosphere of giant flowers and delicate china tea cups, making for a sparkling birthday your little one will remember forever (with the help of a photo booth).
If you plan to tackle the party on your own, still consider engaging a fairy professional. As well as providing hours of entertainment, they will often offer packages for a whimsical setting and can even take care of the catering, such as The Good Fairies. These fairies can be found spreading wonder from Brisbane to Melbourne with games and face painting, as well as creating beautiful High Teas for the fairy sophisticate. Melbourne-based Fairy Twinkletoes combines fantasy fun with a magic show for all ages that enjoys international renown, sending birthday kids a letter from Fairyland before the big day. Party accessories adorned with Barker’s cherub-faced Flower Fairies from Meri Meri party supplies add instant refinement to any soirée, or keep things chic with a pink and grey party kit from Australia-based Banter & Frolic.
Flowers go hand in hand with fairy finery, so be sure your party venue is liberally dressed in florals. Sweet flower balls from Melynda at The Bloom Room add scent as well as style when suspended from the ceiling or tree branches, with wands crowned with fresh flowers also available to help spread that fairy magic.
With the party all set, it’s time to think of fairy fashions. Sequinned, ruffled and beribboned, nothing conjures sartorial magic quite like a fairy-style dress from Tutu du Monde. Favoured by Australian designer Fleur Wood, Andrea Rembeck’s delicate confections of silk and tulle are the perfect choice for girls who love pretty details. Handmade with love, these keepsake pieces are truly unique and utterly dreamy, the French ballet inspiration evident in every detail.
For everyday fashions, you can’t go past the soft ruffles and Victorian accents of Dollcake. These pretty dresses will give every moment beauty and grace, just like your child’s favourite fairies. For the most special occasions, get carried away with the ethereal haute designs of Australian label, Mischka Aoki, with appliqued flowers and tulle tutu-style dresses that are certain to delight (and that you’ll wish came in adult sizes).
Just add a pair of handcrafted wings and a floral coronet from Mon Alisa Design, finished with cascading ribbon and lace, and your darling will be ready to fly away to Fairyland.
Dressed to the nines, your princess is ready for her close-up with fairy photographer Helen Osler, whose magical images have taken her around the country looking for fairies in every corner of Australia. Or try Tara Chiu from Seasons in Art for a photographer with a rare natural gift for capturing the essence of her young subjects, magic or not.
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They’re dressed in fairy finery from Tutu du Monde with handmade wings and headpieces from Mon Alisa Design. Malynda at The Bloom Room created the delightful flower wands and flower balls, and Robyn Amor of Banana J Creations supplied the lovely lace-front teepee – for your chance to win one for your little fairy, go to page 16. Shot on location among Renai’s shed full of vintage delights at Blaxlands Ridge.
Info: Seasons in Art Photography www.seasonsinart.com
Mon Alisa Design www.monalisadesign.blogspot.com
Banana J Creations www.bananajcreations.com.au
Tutu du Monde www.tutudumonde.com
The Bloom Room www.facebook.com/tbloomroom
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