Summer is the best! We love fairy parties in backyards and parks, or anywhere green. Towering green trees make an ideal backdrop for the Fairy Ball, and wee ones just love running around in bare feet on the grass.
It can also get very hot this time of year, and high temperatures can lead to little ones who are decidely deflated, and no amount of fairy magic can fix that! But, a few human tricks can help out to prevent wilted wings.
If you are planning a fairy party outside on a hot day, then these ideas might help to keep young ones fresh and bouncy (sounds a bit like laundry, but you get the idea!):
- Shade is your friend! Plan the face painting and storytime areas to be in the shade of trees or house. If this is not an option in your yard, a large tent also works if it is the kind like you see at festivals with the top only, and no sides. We’ve been in a tent with the walls on, and although it was technically shady, it was like an oven in there…
- If it is one of those oven-hot days and there is no shade, indoors may be the best place for the party. We like to ask the children themselves what they prefer, and find they are good judges of what they are comfortable with.
- Bring on the fairy tea! Provide lots of water, juice, or fairy tea for everyone (children and adults, and the fairy likely won’t say no!), and remind them all to keep drinking.
- Have a spray mister on hand – a quick spritz of water on the face and arms takes temperatures down a notch.
- Provide some watery and easy-to-munch fruits, like watermelon and grapes.
- Have a plan for the grown-ups – they will want to be in a shady area as well, so plan out beforehand where they will go. If children are old enough and you don’t have the space, then a drop-off party works great.
Wishing you a truly magical summer!