My friend Sarah worked for close to a decade as Melbourne's top Fairy.
Each weekend she would make the day of half dozen little girls with her colourful mix of magic, puppetry and sparkles.
The children would sit on little toadstool pillows and hear stories of her magical adventures, blow bubbles and make wishes.
The trouble is, not every party is all girls. More often than not, her shows would also have one or two boys in attendance.
So how did she deal with it?
By being very good at her job.
All kids love magic, stories and bubbles. ven the toughest boy won't care about the pink packaging if the contents are good.
A young boy, stuck at his little sister's fairy party, sulked through the first ten minutes of her show and then, at the end, asked her:
"That dragon is a puppet isn't it?"
Sarah admitted to the ten year old that it was and his face fell.
"Yeah, I thought so."
The reverse is also true. You'll be surpirsed how easily little girls will embrace 'boy's stuff'. My good friend Elly Squire (aka Clara Cupcake) made this amazing Fairy Pirate costume for her niece. She made it green instead of pink and added a glittery sword and eyepatch.
Take a lesson from the instructions that use to come with Lego sets in the 1970's:
Whether boy or girl, LEGO sets no limits to the imagination.
A girl builds a spaceship. A boy plays with the doll's house; because a dollhouse is human. Playing with a spaceship, however, is more interesting and exciting for the girl.
But the important thing is that you get the right match material in the hands. Only then you can feel free to create and play.
And isn't that what it is all about?