If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that when my dear friend Rebecca Cohen, founder of LoveShackFancy invites you to her daughter’s 3rd birthday, you go. And you bring your camera (er, iphone). Her celebrations are of epic proportion and certain to leave you inspired to start planning your next bash. This year, her daughter Scarlett’s Fairy themed indoor/outdoor garden party was no exception. Upon arrival – surrounded by colorful flowers and delicious bites – we were greeted by a fairy, offered wings/wands/flower crowns and encouraged to join in the fun. I followed Alba’s lead as she jumped from face painting to puppet shows and pony rides then I sauntered off to join my girlfriends in a glass of rose as Alba ran off to partake in the fairy scavenger hunt. By the close of the afternoon she was spinning with delight and I was left in awe from a magical affair.

Takeaway tips for hosting your own festivities:

Find a theme such as “fairies” and really run with it. I think when hosting a kids party it’s fairly limitless to how far you can push a theme as it adds to the excitement plus it gives you a touchpoint when working through your decor scheme.

Create activities and moments for the the MINIs. For example, at Rebecca’s party there was a face and mask painting station, a fairy scavenger hunt, a puppet show and pony rides, all of which creates a general framework and loose itinerary for the party – basically no one is ever left wondering what to do.

Have a character, like a fairy (insert theme) on hand to dazzle the kids.

Consider the adults. By this I mean have a bar with drinks. Kids parties these days are often a place for parents to socialize on the weekend so make sure they’re well thought of.

Food options are super important in addition to sweet treats throughout. In the case of this party there was a pizza truck making brick oven pizzas on the spot (brilliant). Whatever your budget, make sure to consider for both mama, papa and MINI.

Lastly, the cake! Create a picturesque moment to huddle around the birthday cake and sing to your little. Take into consideration the table decor and backdrop as the “cake photo” is typically the one that lives-on as the marker for that year’s birthday – likely because it’s the one shot with the whole family and the cake generally signifies the year.

Without further ado, join us in an afternoon of delight and prepare to vigorously take notes and/or pin the intricate details of this party to inspire your next soiree! @becknyc @loveshackfancy


Styling and party concept – Clafoutis Creations  

Photography – Aletiza photography by Marcela Cussolin marcelacussolin@gmail.com  

Cake – Nine Cakes Brooklyn

Puppet show –  Liz Joyce, Goat on a Boat

Fairy – Daves Cast of Characters

Pony and balloons – Hampton Balloon

Face Painting – Face Art by Melissa

Birthday dress for Scarlett – Bonpoint

Birthday dress for Mama – LoveShackFancy


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