Monday, November 4, 2013

title pic Glittery Ballerina Birthday Party

January 17, 2011


(UPDATE: Click here to download the free ballerina party printables)

I can’t tell you how beyond thrilled I am that my hero, Courtney of Pizzazzerie featured my daughter’s Glittery Ballerina Birthday Party!  I just know that it’s going to be one of my highlights of 2011.  And everyone’s sweet comments on her blog and on Facebook mean so much to me, you have no idea.

Here are the pics of the party- stay tuned, because I’ll be posting free templates and the recipes I used for this party.

For the printed papers and boxes, I stuck with a white and pink damask pattern. I used the free templates from Eat Drink Chic for the popcorn boxes, the personalized cup wrappers, and the frame I used for the invitation, the cups, the tutu nametags, and the chocolate wrappers. I designed a ballerina silhouette for the invitation and nametags, and I used the same silhouette for the backdrop. I printed it out at 2300% and then traced it onto a foam board. Then I cut it out and glittered her up! I used fabric and tulle for her tutu for a 3 dimensional look. The backdrop was made to look like a stage with fabric draping, and the ballerina in the center.

I’ve only attempted a few fondant cakes before, so I was a little nervous about making fondant ballet slippers, but I think they came out pretty cute. One of them is still sitting on my daughter’s dresser. I wonder how long I have to wait before sneaking it off into the garbage…


The milk bottles were actually Starbucks Frappucino bottles that I got from Costco. I used Chris’s advice from HERE. I filled them with milk and strawberry milk syrup- but I gotta say, this was not a hit with the kids. It looked pretty on the table, so I didn’t cry over the spilled milk, but next time I’m using plain white milk.

To make the desserts look like beautiful dancing ballerinas, I made pink meringue “skirts” and stuck in pink cardstock ballerina toppers.


Here are the dancing ballerina cupcakes.


I’m so proud of my ballet slipper sugar cookies (again, one of my first attempt at cookie decorating), but in retrospect, I wish I had made the shoe a darker pink for more contrast. I’m always scared of overdoing the food coloring. Before I baked the cookies, I poked two holes through the dough using a straw. This way I was able to lace a ribbon through the cookie and tie in a bow.


I love the look of personalized chocolate bar wrappers, but I used wafers here instead- they were MUCH cheaper than using chocolate, and the kids were impressed nonetheless :)


I wanted to try making fondant cupcake toppers like I see at all the cool parties on the party blogs, and these fondant ballet slippers were really fun to shape. Fondant is like expensive Playdough, so naturally, it’s more fun ;) I probably should have made the laces just a little thinner, but the baby started crying when I got to that part…


You can see more of the cupcake toppers in this picture. I used royal icing for the tutus.


Pink popcorn! So pretty and sweet! Yes, I printed, cut and glued together each of these popcorn boxes, and then tied a bow around them. Phew! I’m tired just thinking about that! I used the template from Eat Drink Chic. The tops of the boxes were snipped using the same Fiskars scallop scissor as the cotton candy cones and the cupcake wrappers.


Pink rice crispy treats.


I needed something to hold the cotton candy cones, and I was just NOT in the mood to make one of those Styrofoam stands! So I used a jewelery stand (I think that’s what it is) that I once bought at HomeGoods (cuz I liked it, but never found a use for until now).


Here’s the invitation. Don’t you love the ballerina with her ribbon wand? I didn’t really need invitations, I just needed an excuse to use her.


I found these pretty tutus for only $8 at a local store (Century 21, for my fellow New Yorkers) I printed nametags and tied them with a bow to the hangers. The girls were sooo excited to be wearing matching tutus!


Personalized cups doubled as place cards- we managed to avoid little-girl politics this way. There was no fighting over the seating when they saw those cups! Or maybe it’s because they were mesmerized by the ribbon wands and tulle pom pom party hats at each plate! They had sooo much fun waving those ribbon wands when we played freeze dance afterward.


The birthday girl wanted a party hat with a long tulle tail like a “princess”- I found pretty glittery tulle, so now there’s glitter everywhere!




(UPDATE: Click here to download the free ballerina party printables)

Images & Party by Amy Oren, Blowout Party