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Spring is finally here! In a little over a week we will be welcoming the new season and I couldn’t be happier about it. Me and Winter? We don’t go very well together, but Spring is one of my besties. I’m looking forward to spending days outdoors with the kids, soaking up the sun, nurturing my garden and so much more that can’t be done when it is cold outside. I love having picnics, and since this past weekend was sunny and 70 I thought I’d do a fun “hello Spring” picnic for the kids to welcome our favorite season.
I’ve written many times about how much Kaia adores Disney fairies, so I thought it would be fun to theme our picnic around Pixie Hollow and the new Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast movie since the fairies are all about the different seasons. This new movie focuses on everyone’s favorite animal fairy (Fawn) meeting a strange new friend and the adventures that follow. I’m not going to lie, we’ve been binge watching it for the past week and I don’t even mind. I’m actually a little bit in love with it! I really like the underlying themes of acceptance and not judging a book by its cover, and I love that it emphasizes listening to your heart. I’m not going to spoil the ending, but it is totally worth picking up a copy!
Now lets talk about this picnic. It was very simple to put together, and with some adorable diy touches and fun activities it ended up being the perfect way to spend a warm Saturday afternoon with the kids and a few loved ones!
When thinking about our picnic I knew I wanted it to be fresh, vibrant and down to earth so I went with a simple menu and a modern rustic tablescape. For the food I chose fresh fruits, miniature cupcakes and sparkling fizzy fruit drinks to make it feel like a special occasion. It was important that prep time was kept to a minimum, and having fruits that I could just wash and serve was key so I went with strawberries, blueberries and kiwi. They looked great, they tasted great and cleanup was a breeze! Just look at how vibrant and delicious they are!
Once the food was chosen, I needed some activities so I thought it would be fun for the kids to create paper animals! After all, the movie IS all about everyone’s favorite animal fairy, right? I put my paper cutter to work and came up with a collection of different shapes that the kids could use to create animals like bears, bunnies, even their very own Gruffs! I set out some glue, markers and a few other embellishments and voila: our “Animal Fairy Station” was born!
The kids had a blast coloring and gluing their animals together!
To round out our picnic I wanted to create a fun little surprise for everyone to take home with them so I made up these adorable little fairy flower pots. Each of them was filled with moss and included a felt flower that I made myself, a bottle of “pixie dust” and a mini cupcake. Aren’t they just the cutest?!
I think the felt flowers are my favorite part, and they were ridiculously simple to do. Want to whip some up for yourself? Check out the easy tutorial here. Basically all you need is some felt, a button, a needle and some thread. It takes less than one minute to make one flower!
Our picnic was a huge success and it ended up being on of my favorite Saturdays in a long time! The kids had a great time, I got to hang out with my friends and family, and we spent the day outside just being with each other. We ended the afternoon with bubbles, and as the sun started setting I got a great feeling of excitement for the warmer days to come. I took tons of pictures of our picnic, and I just love the little details so check them out below!
You can find Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast at your local Walmart.