This post is in partnership with Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.
Although I was compensated to create this party, all of my opinions and thoughts are 100% my own. Also, this post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures, here.
Hi Friends! I am absolutely thrilled to share the details from our recent Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom party! This was such a fun party to create…inspired and styled by the adorable Nick Jr. TV show, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. This show has already been a favorite in our house for quite some time, so when I started working on this project my boys could not have been more excited!
If you have never seen the show, and you have a preschool aged child, it’s a must watch! The show follows the adventures of Princess Holly, a young fairy princess, and her best friend, Ben Elf. They live in a Little Kingdom where everything is very, very small. In this tiny land, even flowers and grasses grow above the tallest towers! Princess Holly has magical powers but her attempts at using her magic often go awry. Thankfully, Ben Elf is always there to help along the way. Holly lives in a castle with her parents, King and Queen Thistle, her twin sisters, Daisy and Poppy, and her teacher, Nanny Plum. Ben lives with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Elf in the Great Elf Tree. Another main character in the show (and one of our personal favorites) is Gaston the Ladybird. He’s Ben and Holly’s special friend; much like a dog—he barks and pants.
BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM PARTY: THE PARTY DECOR
In thinking about the party decor for our Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom party, I immediately knew I wanted the tablescape to convey the scale of the large grasses and flowers in juxtaposition with the tiny Little Kingdom where Ben and Holly live. I also love the graphic style of the show. The flat color illustrations and layers of foliage and flowers were all something that I wanted to portray.
I started by creating the backdrop of the Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom party tablescape. First, I cut long pieces of grass out of green paper. Then, I drew lines down the center of all of the blades of grass, much like how they are depicted in the show. Then, I added large paper flowers in a similar style. Next, I added real, woodgrain textures, in the form of tree stumps and slabs. The large tree stump on the right of the tablescape was the perfect size to be transformed into Ben Elf’s home, The Great Elf Tree. Then, I added some artificial leaves and grasses, mosses, plastic flowers in small terracotta pots, honeycomb paper balls, and of course, small figurines of our stars, Ben and Holly!
At the kid’s table, our little fairy and elf party guests found gold crowns, fairy wings and elf hats at their place settings. I also put squares of artificial grass under each of the plates to add to the theme and atmosphere. To transform the drink bottles, I added a bottle wrap label and then glued the star from the top of Holly’s wand to the purple straws. I’ve included all of the free party printables at the bottom of this post! Next, to add to the fun, I created toadstool stools for the seating for our little elf and fairy party guests. This was such an easy DIY project. You can see a full post about it at the link below.
BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM PARTY: THE FOOD
I had so much fun with the food at our Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom party! We had mixed berry cupcakes, “Little Kingdom Fruit Tarts,” “Gaston the Ladybird Pretzels,” “Gaston’s Veggie Garden” carrot and cucumber flowers, “Ben Elf Rice Krispie Hats,” and “Elf Horn Bugles.”
Mixed Berry Cupcakes and “Little Kingdom Fruit Tarts”
As the show opens, the leaves, flowers, and berry bushes spread apart and we zoom in on the Little Kingdom. I felt that the berries were very iconic to the style and atmosphere of the show too, so I wanted to make sure I incorporated them into the food! To do so we had mixed berry cupcakes and “Little Kingdom Fruit Tarts.” The cupcakes were so easy to “dress up.” I started with a standard cupcake frosted with vanilla frosting and then added this edible Easter grass, raspberry and blackberry candies, and candy leaves. (*affiliate links*)
“Gaston the Ladybird Pretzels”
As I mentioned before, Gaston is a favorite in our house, so the “Gaston the Ladybird Pretzels” that I created were a big hit! These pretzels were very easy to assemble too. Tip: Start with store-bought dark chocolate covered pretzels. That way, the first step is already done for you! Then, dip each pretzel “wing-side” down into red candy melts. Let them cool, dry, and harden on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to add mini chocolate chips to the red wings before the candy melts harden. Lastly, add these candy eyeballs (*affiliate link*) to your Gaston pretzel by dipping them in a tiny amount of black candy melt and attaching them to the top of the pretzel.
“Gaston’s Veggie Garden”
Next on the menu was “Gaston’s Veggie Garden.” I am all about fun, creative foods that are easy to assemble. These veggie flowers were so simple…I’m talking 5 minutes and you’re done, simple!! Start by slicing a cucumber and carrot. Then, take your cucumber slices and cut a triangular notch out of each one to create the “leaves” of your flower. I also cut a tiny bit off of the bottom of the cucumber slice so that it would be able to sit up vertically on the pedestal. Next, cut two triangular notches out of each carrot slice. This will create the flower. Lastly pierce a toothpick in both the carrot and cucumber to hold your flower together. (Note: Just advise little party guests to be aware of the toothpicks at time of eating.) To display “Gaston’s Veggie Garden” I added some edible Easter grass to the bottom of the pedestal and created some “hills” behind the carrot flowers with green Hostess Sno-balls. Then, I attached a small graphic of Gaston to a toothpick and stuck one into each Sno-ball.
“Ben Elf Rice Krispie Hats”
Sitting at the top of The Great Elf Tree, we had “Ben Elf Rice Krispie Hats.” These were another favorite! I started by cutting Rice Krispie treats into triangles. Then, I covered them in blue candy melts. Once fully hardened, I added a candy leaf (the same ones used on top of the mixed berry cupcakes) by dipping the bottom of the leaf in the smallest amount of leftover candy melt and placing it on the side of each hat. Tip: To create a smooth front to the hat, flood a glass pyrex 8×8 baking pan with the blue candy melts. Then, place each rice krispie treat into the pan. Put the pan in the refrigerator until it is fully cooled and hardened. Then, with a knife, cut out the triangular shape of each hat. If cooled completely, you should be able to lift the hat out of the pan easily. The part of the hat that was face-down in the pan will become the smooth, front of your Ben Elf hat!
“Elf Horn Bugles”
No assembly required! Bugles make a perfect elf horn snack! Just open the bag, pour into cups, and you are done!
BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM PARTY: THE FAVORS
In the show, Holly always uses her magic wand on all of her adventures with Ben Elf and rest of the crew. So for our Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom party I thought creating a magic wand favor would be a fun addition. These cute little wands can hold any little candies or treats you would like. I think they are also the perfect fit for a princess necklace or bracelet. I have included the step-by-step instructions on how to make these magic wand favors in a separate post. You can see the full tutorial at the link below.
DOWNLOAD ALL THE BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM PARTY PRINTABLES IN THE LIBRARY!
I hope you enjoyed our Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom party. I created all of the party printables from approved graphics that were provided to me. If you would like to recreate this celebration for the little fairies and elves in your life, download the free printables in the printable library (in the ‘party printables’ category). Also, please download this free font, Amber’s Cuteness, to use in editing the PDFs.
Stay up to date with all things Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom on their Facebook page. There are also a bunch of other great resources on the grown-ups section of the Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom site. You can find fun apps, news about upcoming events, competitions, and more. Check it out!
A huge thank you to Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom for sponsoring this post. Although I was compensated to create this party, all of my opinions and thoughts are 100% my own. For more information, see my disclosures, here.
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