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We are so excited to share this incredible party with you today! Nicole Wills, owner of Tradewind Tiaras sent in these gorgeous photos, along with all of the details of how she created this exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy/Nutcracker birthday party! The party was for her daughter’s best friend, Kaitlyn and what a party it was! What a perfect theme for Winter Birthdays! Nicole’s attention to detail is incredible and you are in for a treat!

She started out by making these incredible pop up invitations! So creative!


For the decor, they went with a silver and purple color scheme. The family Christmas tree was decorated with tulle garland that Nicole made, snowflake ornaments, along with lavender and plum ribbons. It was the perfect backdrop for the party!


Nicole’s favorite decorative element was the giant quilled snowflakes she strung from the ceiling. It cost about $2.00 to make ALL of the snowflakes, which created such a dramatic impact! Quilling is usually done on a very small scale. Typically in this craft, a large quilled snowflake might be only 3 inches across. Nicole’s were more like 12 or 18 inches across. WOW!

{we’ll see if she’ll teach us how to make them!}

The dessert table was another beautiful focal point of the party. Nicole envisioned the table as a stage for a production of the Nutcracker ballet. She wanted it to look like what you’d see if you went to a performance of the ballet in real life. To that end, she found a photography backdrop on Craigslist that was just ideal! Purple velvet curtains framed the backdrop. Leftover hardwood floor panels were arranged on the tabletop to create the stage floor! Another brilliant idea? A music player under the dessert table – The Orchestra in the Pit!




The desserts included: Dancing Snowflake Cupcakes, Mouse King Confections, Russian (dancer) tea cakes, a gingerbread house from the Land of Sweets, Sugar Plums (from a 16th century recipe), snowflake lollipops, ballet slipper sugar cookies, icing trees, snow-filled krumkake and rosette snowflakes. Nicole made everything herself!
For drinks they offered Sugar Plum Punch and Melted Snowflakes. The plastic goblets they used were such a hit that most of the children ended up wanting to take them home!



The activities started with a Ballerina Makeover! Each girl was given tulle wings, a sparkly tutu, along with a lavender and silver flower hair clip. They were also given snowflake wands and lots of glimmery make-up.
After they were all ballerina ready, they decorated Gingerbread Houses!
This was followed by dinner and party games! Pin the Crown on the Fairy was such a hit! With watercolors, Nicole painted a poster of a Sugar Plum Fairy ballerina, framed it, and hung it low on the wall (where it doubled as party decor). She made crowns out of purple cardstock and Swarovski rhinestones for the game!
Christmas Crackers were given to the children as they left the party. Nicole made the Christmas crackers herself. She made Swarovski crystal necklaces for each of the girls and put temporary tattoos in the crackers for the two boys.


WOW. Isn’t this party spectacular? We love Nicole’s attention to every little detail. She is incredibly talented and creative. Lucky us, she is local here in Phoenix and we hope to work with her soon! Nicole is sponsoring a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! Nicole is the owner of Tradewind Tiaras and offered to giveaway 12 of these beatiful Swarovski Crystal Napkin Rings. These would be perfect for any fancy dinner or party!


December 9, 2010

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  1. Inspire. Create. Bake. says:

    Wow! This is one amazing party! The item that caught my eye the most are the paper curled snowflakes.

  2. Inspire. Create. Bake. says:

    I am a fan of Tradewind Tiaras on FB!

  3. Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts says:

    I am in LOVE with this party!!!!

  4. Anise says:

    I'm a fan on FB and I love the huge paper snowflakes – please advise how these were done! 🙂

  5. The Alexanders says:

    What a wonderful party for a little girl! I love the icing forest…SO CUTE!!!

  6. Crafty Clementine says:

    amazing!! that is one over the top party. 🙂

  7. Libby says:

    So many darling details. I love that she planned every single tine detail and included not only makeovers but also decorating the gingerbread houses! So much thought AND work! Turned out beautiful…just like those napkin rings 🙂 Would LOVE to win.

  8. MissBags says:

    I love everything but the swirly snowflakes hanging was my favorite. Amazing job!

  9. Crystal says:

    You're right, this is a perfect theme for a winter birthday party. I love the colors, but my fav elements is definitely the quill snowflakes. They look amazing!

  10. Stillpoint Photography says:

    This is fabulous! Just in time for a Sugar Plum Fairy Christmas tea that I am hosting with my daughter for a few little ladies – including the Belles from Tiny Belles Boutique…so much inspiration! I have to say, I don't think our decorations will come close :). I am LOVING the curly paper snowflakes. What a great twist! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Love the idea and decor of the party! I noticed that there is a white and silver nutcracker on the dessert table. I've been looking for one exactly like that, does anyone know where to find it?? Please let me know. Thanks!

  12. Paige says:

    I absolutely love the quilled snowflakes…would love to get a tutorial on them….

  13. Paige says:

    I became a fan of Tradewind Tiaras on FB…

  14. World of Pinatas says:

    I love the snowflake cupcakes and wrappers, so beautiful!

  15. Melody says:

    One thing I love??? I love every single detail!!

  16. Rory Drysdale says:

    This is such a gorgeous party! So many details to admire. I love the white decorated gingerbread house… so stunning!

  17. Melody says:

    Fanned them on FB!

  18. Sarah says:

    I love the DIY Gingerbread Houses 🙂

  19. Ayne says:

    wooooow , loving everything about this theme! My fav might have to be the snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, I hope you get a tutorial on those!

  20. Ayne says:

    became a fan!

  21. Katherine, Jerrod and Elizabeth says:

    I love everything about this party!

  22. Katherine, Jerrod and Elizabeth says:

    Liked Tradewind Tiaras on facebook

  23. Sara says:

    I absolutely love this entire party! Nicole's attention to detail is amazing. She didn't miss a thing. If I had to pick just one this that is my favorite though, it would be the idea of the dessert table looking like the ballet stage. Amazing. I also love the snowflake cupcakes and huge paper snowflakes!

    sara9881 at aol dot com

  24. Sara says:

    I am a fan of tradewind tiaras on FB!

    sara9881 at aol dot com

  25. jess @ pen n' paperflowers says:

    Wow!!! Gorgeous party! So creative. I love the quilled snowflakes – I do hope she'll return to give us all a tutorial. I hear they are really easy to make – and yet they are so stunning!!!

    Lovely, lovely party. And perfect timing for me to forward to a customer who just had me design a Sugar Plum Fairy "Baking Party" for her. She'll LOVE the inspiration!

    Beautiful job!! And I'm jealous she lives near YOU Kim, instead of near me! *frown* *wink*

  26. Yvonne Mendoza says:

    I love anything purple, so I definitely LOVE this party! My favorite are the quilled snowflakes…just gorgeous!

  27. Yvonne Mendoza says:

    Just became a fan of Tradewind Tiaras on FB!

  28. Andrea says:

    wow! her attention to detail is AMAZING! I am a big fan of the nutcracker, having played clara in my ballet in jr. high once. I love the colors of this party and the glitter, AND that dessert table is amazing as well!

  29. Andrea says:

    I like them on FB too!

  30. KSG says:

    OMG!!! i LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! my daughter danced the lead in The Nutcracker en pointe when she was younger. what a perfect christmas party for a ballet school too! beautiful. love the quilled snowflakes and the gingerbread house is ADORABLE!

  31. Lora Joy says:

    I am in ♥ with this party! I love purple and everything was detailed perfectly! My favorite is the twilled Snowflakes! Yes Nicole…please teach us! hehe

  32. Ooh La Lollipop says:

    Favorite part? Where do I begin – this is AMAZING!! The twilled snowflakes are unbelievable – LOVE them! Please, please, please give a tutorial!!!

  33. Ooh La Lollipop says:

    I'm a FB fan!!

  34. Becky says:

    WOW!!! love every aspect of this – but I adore the snowflakes and the photography background!! I'm a new FB fan!!

  35. the mackeys says:

    i am a fan of tradewind tiaras on fb

  36. Lisa of In Pencil says:

    How to pick one thing that was amazing about that party? The entire party was fabulous, but I really liked the paper snowflakes (and hope for a tutorial too!).

  37. Krystal says:

    Hard to pick a favorite, this party is AMAZING but I really love the hanging snowflakes. I would also kill for those napkin rings, so pick me!!!! 🙂

    thegemini2 at yahoo dot com

  38. Krystal says:

    Happy FB fan!

  39. Jessica Miracle says:

    Is a fan on facebook.

    I REALLY love the quilled snowflakes. Stunning

  40. Rach says:

    So many details all in one party! Amazing.

  41. Nancy McClarn says:

    Wow, What an amazing party! I am a fan of Tradewind Tiaras. I am a young mother, and I'm looking for inspiration for my daughter's 1st birthday, and I can't help but to look on TomKat Studio very often, I find sooo many amazing creations and ideas…I just love what you're doing. The whole party was beautiful, some of my favorites was of course the snow flakes from the ceiling, I love the way she served her Sugar Plum Punch and Melted Snowflakes too. Something was very magical about the dessert table, that brought back memories as I was a child, always going to see the Performance The Nutcracker. And last I loved the snowflake wands and hair bows that were made. So simple yet elegant! Love Love Love it!

  42. Erin Sullivan says:

    I just became a fan on FB! I love the tulle garland and would love a tutorial on it!

  43. Marlene says:

    My favorite part is the gingerbread house adorned simply with frosting:)

    onlyjustine at yahoo dot com

  44. Anonymous says:

    I love the beverage choices, names & containers, very festive! Courtney

  45. Toni says:

    Hello everyone! I just spoke to Nicole and she said the white and silver Nutcracker came from either Michaels or Joanns.

    And a tutorial on the snowflakes will be coming next week!!!


  46. crystal hopson says:

    The whole party looks amazing! I want to learn how to make those snowflakes for sure…. and the cupcakes were my favorite part.

    The rings look really pretty.

  47. jamie says:

    I love the dessert table and snowflakes. Sooo adorable!!

  48. JC's Loft says:

    I like the little purple snowflake on the drink tags…small details like that are my favorite and really make a party special : )


  49. Milieu...{Interior Design Blog} says:

    I love the Snowflake Forest and the Quilled Paper Snowflakes….it is all just breathtakingly beautiful! ~Margaret

  50. Guy says:

    My kids just saw this (my wife left it open on the computer) and they loved this party! They are going tomorrow to our neighbors for a Gingerbread decorating party and they said they hoped it is like this! I know it will be nice but not sure it will be this!
    ~Guy Norcott

  51. RoseMarie says:

    This is absolutely stunning!! That backdrop is amazing right down to the simple addition of the snow garland around the drink decanters! I just became a FB fan of their's!


  52. Owen's Mom says:

    Absolutley beautiful party. I am a fan on facebook, and I would have to say my favorite was the giant snowflakes (would love to know how it make), but also naming the water "melted snowflakes" . . . . talk about EVERY detail.

  53. LaToya says:

    I LOVE the hanging snowflakes and the dessert table!

  54. Sheena says:

    WOW!!! What a beautiful party. All of it was so amazing, but I think the dessert table is my favorite.

  55. Sheena says:

    I'm a fan of hers on facebook.

  56. Sheila says:

    This party is fabulous! I love the snowflakes she made!

  57. Sheila says:

    I'm a fan of Tradewind Tiaras!

  58. Sam and Josh says:


  59. Sam and Josh says:

    Love the snowflakes

  60. barneyn says:

    awww i like the ballerina makeover! cute!

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

  61. Debbie says:

    What an enchanting party! I loved those adorable gingerbread houses and involving the kids to decorate them. Visited facebook to become a fan.

  62. cakes38 says:

    O my gosh – I am in awe! Every detail was incredibly beautiful. I have to say the thing that caught my eye was the lovely gingerbread house… so pretty!
    I am forever a fan of Tradewind Tiaras!
    Anita (Lizalulu)

  63. Tina S. says:

    I love the quilled snowflakes!! I would love to add them to my tree next year. {hint…hint}

  64. Tina S. says:

    I "LIKED" Tradewind Tiaras on Facebook.

  65. Ava says:

    I love that the activities were included in the story about this party. Often we just get to see the decor, but the games&activities are a vital part too. I love the idea of a ballerina makeover and the decorating gingerbread houses. The tulle garland is beautiful too.

  66. Ava says:

    I'm a fan of Tradewind Tiaras!

  67. Dawn Sandomeno says:

    This party is just CRAZY BEAUTIFUL!!!

  68. Conni says:

    The party looks beautiful .. as for my favorite part, I think I have to pick the snoflakes! Gorg-y … I'm going to have to try and make some!

  69. Kitty says:

    I would love to be able to pull something off like this for one of my children some day! What a beautiful party! My favorite part of this party is the Christmas Tree! Adding the ribbons to the already existing decorations helps to make the party even more special!

  70. Renee says:

    My favorite part of the party has to be the dessert backdrop. I love the fact that she found the photography background on craigslist. I am never this lucky. LOL

  71. Brandy says:

    I love the snowflakes and the snowflake cupcakes – she is very talented!

  72. Brandy says:

    i am a fan on fb

  73. Chelsea says:

    i love that they made a beautiful party with a purple/winter theme- reminds me of my cute niece! perfect for little girls.

    chelslawrence at gmail dot com

  74. Chelsea says:

    i'm a fan on fb

  75. Pop & Lolli says:

    Yes yes yesssssss PLEASE!!! LOVE the snowflakes! Really DO!! I'd LOVE to know how to make them – perhaps a tutorial in time for Christmas? 🙂 Thanks for always sharing GORGEOUS and inspiring things! LOVE IT!

  76. Pop & Lolli says:

    Yes yes yesssssss PLEASE!!! LOVE the snowflakes! Really DO!! I'd LOVE to know how to make them – perhaps a tutorial in time for Christmas? 🙂 Thanks for always sharing GORGEOUS and inspiring things! LOVE IT!

  77. Ashlee says:

    amazing party! I have to saw the handpainted watercolor for decor and a game was just gorgeous!!! Love the idea

  78. Ashlee says:

    'liked' Tradewind Tiaras, Inc on FB

  79. Ashley says:

    Yes, Love the quilled snowflakes!

  80. Ashley says:

    I'm a fan on FB!

  81. Leslie says:

    OMG! This is such an awesome idea! I love, love, LOVE this party! I have to agree with many others about the quilled snowflakes, but I also love the color choices! It is all still "wintery," while still staying girly and magical! Just gorgeous!

    I also "liked" Tradewind Tiaras on Facebook! I can't wait to get more cool updates like these! 😀 <3

  82. Nicole Werner says:

    Curled paper snowflakes . . . LOVE LOVE LOVE! Trully unique.

    In addition I added Tradewind Tiaras to my FB Like list. . . how could you not.

  83. Nicole Werner says:

    Curled paper snowflakes . . . LOVE LOVE LOVE! Trully unique.

    In addition I added Tradewind Tiaras to my FB Like list. . . how could you not.

  84. Madilyns Place says:

    Love the game – what a fabulous party idea!

  85. Madilyns Place says:

    I am a facebook fan now!

  86. Julie R. says:

    Love the snowflakes….please tell us how to make them.

  87. Julie R. says:

    I am now a fan!

  88. jules p says:

    I think my favorite thing was the quill snowflakes. Those are so pretty. I need to learn how to makes em. 🙂

    imisstx at comcast dot net

  89. jules p says:

    I am a fan!

    imisstx at comcast dot net

  90. Anonymous says:

    The snowflakes…I must learn how to do that!!
    Kelly W.

  91. Squeaks says:

    I love the snowflakes and the cracker favours – what inspired ideas!

  92. Renee' says:

    Amazingly beautiful!!! I want a party like that 🙂 What a great and simple idea to wrap the "melted snowflakes" and punch decanters with the snowflake garland!! And I've always loved toe shoes!!

  93. Jenn says:

    I am a new follower here!
    I just love this party. I love the punch/melted snowflakes. So flippin adorable!

  94. Renee' says:

    I'm now a fan on Facebook.

  95. East9thStreet says:

    I liked Tradewinds Tiara on Facebook

    east9thstreet at gmail dot com

  96. East9thStreet says:

    The snowflakes are amazing! Please beg her to do a tutorial!

  97. Mary says:

    the dessert table is perfect& my ultimate fav!!! My daughter performed in our local Nutcraker production… and the backdrop is excatly like this… very beutiful!!

  98. Shannau says:

    OMG! EVERYTHING is fantastic about this party! I especially LOVE the quilled snowflakes- I WANT to know how to do that on a large scale!
    shanna.u @ gmail.com

  99. Shannau says:

    I am a new fan of Tradewind Tiaras on FB!

  100. denise says:

    The handmade snowflakes are exquisite!!!! Beautiful!!!

  101. denise says:

    FB fan of Tradewind Tiaras!!!!!!

  102. The Ooh La La Studio says:

    I love that she dressed all the little girls up in fairy gear when they arrived. Such a cute idea!

  103. The Ooh La La Studio says:

    I'm a fan!

  104. craftywife says:

    What an adorable party! I love how everything coordinates so perfectly. The cupcake holders are my favorite, they are so fun!

  105. Hazel Schreiner says:

    This is a truly inspired birthday party! Love it!! I want to try and re-create the quilled snowflakes! FABULOUS!!

  106. Hazel Schreiner says:

    And also now a friend of TRADEWIND TIARAS… just realised this is only open to US residents, but I'm happy to pay the extra postage!!

    Much Love this Christmas!!

    🙂 Hazel
    Hazel Loves Design

  107. Kimberly J. says:

    I love the flowers that were made for the girls hair. SO cute!

  108. Kimberly J. says:

    I'm a fan on facebook!

  109. Andrea says:

    So gorgeous! Just love how she paid attention to every detail! Even the frosting was labeled!

  110. Andrea says:

    Fan on facebook of Tradewind!

  111. high low says:

    I love the snowflakes!

  112. Staci says:

    I love the food table. Gorgeous!

  113. Lisa says:

    I love the snowflakes they are super cute!

  114. sjmiller says:

    Love the backdrop, which is amazing! And, a great find on Craigslist! The snowflakes are amazing too!

  115. Anonymous says:

    WOW! I love the entire event – the soft magical glow of the lights and decorations … just wonderful.

    Kathleen W.

  116. Erin Morgan says:

    Wow, this party looks beautiful. I love the favors for each girl to match the decor of the party. What a memory maker!!

  117. Erin Morgan says:

    I became a fan of Tradewind Tiaras on FB. 🙂

  118. Rachel says:

    WOW! this party is amazing!!!! of course my favorite is the quilled snowflakes, BUT, I also LOVE the glittered edges on her printables and having the girls use piping bags for the gingerbread house decorating!!!! (I wanted to do that for my daughter's winter party @ school, but with 27 children in her class, it could go real bad, real quick!)- Beautiful Job, and very inspiring! thanks SO much for sharing! I will be a fan in a moment on facebook!

  119. pickmepam says:

    did i make it in time?
    stopped by the fb page and so many amazing things posted!

  120. Christy says:

    i am a fan! Please pick me! :))

  121. Samantha says:

    I LOVE the quilled snowflakes and would love to make them for part of my winter wonderland wedding decorations! Does anyone know how to make them?

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