Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ballet Birthday Party {Banner, Wreath, Cake, Printables}

How to throw a Ballet Themed Birthday Party:
I recently put together a ballet birthday party for my 2 daughters. We rented their ballet studio on a Saturday afternoon for $10 an hour! Can you believe that? Today I'm going to share a few decorations, printables, and party ideas. First, here's a glance at some pictures!
(a picture of my sister and I as kids)

Wreath Tutorials:
For the longest time, I've had all of my pointe shoes sitting in a pile in my hope chest. I've always wanted to decorate with them some how. So I decided to incorporate them into the decor. I used two pairs of my shoes to drape over the wreaths that I made. I think these wreaths will look really cute in my girls bedroom!

The first wreath was quite simple. Just spray paint a twig wreath, then add sprigs of silver!

The tutu wreath was easy too. Here's how I did it:

I covered a straw wreath in pink ribbon.
Then I cut strips of tulle, about 16 inches long. They were from a spool, so I didn't need to measure the width. I tied them into a double knot around the wreath. I did 10 pink pieces, then 5 white pieces all the way around.
Ta-Da! I LOVE how it resembles a tutu. Then I wrapped my old point shoes around the top.

Birthday Banner Tutorial:
I recently got a Silhouette Cameo, but I haven't figured out how to use it yet. So I decided that I could still make a fun banner without it. Here's how.
I printed one very large letter on a piece of computer paper. I enlarged the font as high as it would go. I'm obsessed with the font, My Own Topher. It's a free download if you google it. Then I cut the letter off the computer paper, and placed it on the pink paper for the banner.
I cut all my letters out in this manner. (It was more time consuming than using a Silhouette, but I didn't have the energy to figure it out)! I also cut out some triangles, and made some paper fan medallions.
Then I took an ink pad to the edges of the letters and triangles, to give it a little more dimension.
I hot glued everything together, hole punched the triangles, and tied them together with tulle.

Rice Krispie Treat Cake and Cupcakes Tutorial:
Since we didn't have the party at our house, I knew I wouldn't be bringing ice cream to go with a cake, and I knew I didn't want to deal with all the cake crumbs. So, I came up with an easy no-mess solution... a rice krispie treat cake and cupcakes!
It couldn't have been easier... I made a few batches of rice krispie treats and added pink food coloring and sprinkles. Then I simply put the treats into greased cake pans and cupcake tins.
The cake was 2 layers. I added frosting in between the layers.
Then frosted the top.
I made ballet shoes out of rice krispie treats to go on top.
Then I decorated them the best I could in 5 minutes :) Here's the progress.
So easy, minimal clean up, and the kids were super happy!

Party Ideas and Activities:
Here is what we did....
-Danced to music!
-Played Ballerina Says
-Played Duck, Duck, Goose (or Ballet, Ballet, Tap!)

Other ideas I had planned but ran out of time for...
-Pin the Tutu on Angelina (I found a cute printable here, and enlarged it)
-Decorate birthday crowns/hats
-I brought a bunch of glitter makeup to put on all the kids, but I forgot!

Tip: We ate our food on the floor. I brought several plastic table cloths for the kids to sit on. When they were done eating, we wrapped the table cloths us and threw them away! Easiest clean up ever. :)

The theme of the party was "Dance with your heart and your feet will follow." I remember dancing to a song with these lyrics when I was a little girl! So I made printables using these lyrics.

Gift Bag Tops- cut, fold in half, and staple over gift bag

Water Bottle Wrapper

Ballet Sign- just fold in half

Blank Tags- can be used as name tags or food

Blank Tags Pink

Cupcake Toppers

I recently posted this on Tatertots and Jello as a guest post. :)

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  1. Love this so very much! I can't wait to print these out for my daughter Olivia's 4th birthday! Thank girl!

  2. This is Tutu cute Rachel! I love it! I'm doing my daughter's birthday right now and it feels like I'll never be done, lol! I love the olde pointe shoes! So pretty!

  3. Stumbled upon your blog through Home Stories A2Z & I'm so glad I did. You got yourself a new follower.

    Sapphire @ Life with My Pollitos

  4. This is adorable! Seriously, my daughter would love a party like this. She just got a bunch of dress up clothes from a friend, including some ballerina dresses and she now prances around our house. So fun!

  5. BEAUTIFUL! I love everything about it, especially the banner. Great job with this!

  6. So sweet! I cant believe only $ 10 per hour to rent your studio...unheard of! Found your post over at Lil Luna. Great job.

  7. I love this party! I loved when you entered it and am so happy to see all the fun details!! So cute!

  8. Wow everything was so beautiful! So many ballet-themed parties can be slightly tacky, but you made it classy and sweet.

  9. Gorgeous job! I love that you used your own toe shoes in the decor. Megan

  10. this idea is adorable! your tablescape turned out beautiful. found your blog through someday crafts.

  11. Fun idea to do the Rice Crispy Treat cupcakes and cakes. So fun!

  12. great birthday party - love the birthday garland and wreath!

  13. Everything looks so cute! Love the Banner, I'm pinning that!

  14. Such a pretty event! I love that you included tutorials for everything...I am really bad about that myself! You did a fantastic job and I'm sure all the little ones loved it too:)

    Rebecca @ desert girls vintage


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♥Rach H