What is a Fairy Festival?

This year is my second go around with hosting my very own Fairy Festival for my niece.  What is a Fairy Festival you might ask… and why am I doing this, one might wonder…well, back a few years ago there was a Garden and Plant Nursery outside my hometown known as Thistledown Nursery.  They specialized in minature plants and container gardens and they began hosting events on their grounds, including a Fairy Festival.

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The place was the perfect setting if you could find it!  Down a dead end dirt road outside of Bonduel, you would come upon this old Victorian brick farmhouse…

thistledown house

…with big pine trees all around it and a spot carved out for a barn and some greenhouses.  This was where they would set up all the tents and activities for the kids.

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The Fairy Festival got quite huge over the couple years they had it.  It included a stage for live music, food stands and vendors selling Fairy books, jewelry and other whimsical accessories.

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The whole family would attend along with Clair, including my mom and dad and sister!

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My favorite thing about going there was the unique assortment of annuals and perennials and how the grounds were a farm where peacocks and donkeys roamed just beyond the retail shop and festivities.

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Had I known they were going to up and move to California and close Thistledown Nursery forever, I probably would have taken more pictures of their amazing ideas for fairy gardens!

And that brings us to the why am I doing this part…

Because I love the magic of fairies and I love this little girl!

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My niece Clair (much younger here).


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She had all these little fairy costumes that she would dress up in on Sundays and dance around the yard.  It seemed a shame not to give her a place to celebrate such cuteness!

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Here she is picking apples with her uncle, Nick.


So I teamed up with the most creative person I know- my mom(!)  and we decided to start our own fairy festival at my house every June around the first official day of Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere.  I say that because I much prefer the European name for the day, which you will recognize if you are a Shakespear fan:  Midsummer Night’s Eve!

clair with apples

And that’s how the story goes…  Thistledown closed and a new Fairy Festival was created at my humble home for Clair and a few of my friends children.  It falls on June 21st this year and I have been working on a ton of projects I hope to share with you right here through the coming weeks!

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Now my hope is that Clair stays young at heart for a very long time so my mom and I will always have an excuse to indulge in these moments of whimsey!

fins and feathers invite


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