Friday, January 24, 2014

Ballerina Party: Grace's 3rd Birthday Party

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Grace loves to dance! So when I asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday party, she said she wanted a "dance party." Her favorite color is purple so I took the purple ballerina theme and ran with it. Not too surprisingly, most ballet parties I could find online were pink, so I had to make most of the decorations myself. I started working on everything weeks before and I am thrilled with how it all came together.

Ballet Party

This is going to be a very photo heavy post, just a warning! :)

I found invitations that I liked on Pinterest and decided to recreate them. It took some trial and error but I finally settled on this and everyone loved them! I found purple glitter on me and the furniture for days after I made them. Here is the tutorial that includes a free printable leotard!

DIY Ballerina Tutu Invitation

Grace was so excited the morning of the party as we put the decorations up.

This wall was my pride and joy of the party decorations. I spent many hours sewing each child a tutu or superhero cape. I will be posting more pictures and tutorials on the tutus and capes next week.

Ballet Party Decorations
Ballet Party Decorations
Ballet Party Decorations

Each girl received a fairy wand with their tutu from Little Lady Lily's shop. I will be posting a review of the wands tomorrow!
Ballet Party Decorations

I would love to take credit for the food table, but honestly I have to give most of the credit to my friend Julie! She helped me make the cupcake picks, the marshmallow wands and pretty much set up the entire table while I was going crazy at the last minute trying to get everything ready.
Ballet Party Food
Ballet Cupcake Picks

I love how the cupcake picks turned out. I have shared a tutorial and a free printable leotard template in this post!
Ballet Cupcake Picks
The marshmallow wands were a hit with the kids. We glued ribbon on to wooden kabob skewers and they made a cute decoration.
Ballerina Party FoodBallerina Party Food

 Julie sewed up a cute ruffle streamer for the table.
Ballet Party Decorations

The birthday banner was made using my cricut and ballerina printables I found here. I shrunk them, cut them out, and then added a tulle ruffled skirt to each.
Ballerina Party Decorations
Ballerina Party Decorations

I also made snowflake ballerinas with printables from here. I made an attempt to hand cut pretty snowflakes like she did, but after one, I decided to use my Cricut to cut the other two!
Ballet Party Decorations
Ballet Party Decorations
Ballet Party Decorations

I made tulle pom poms and also cut out butterflies with my Cricut to help complete the whimsical ballet setting!

Cricut Butterflies

About an hour before the party, Grace started getting very grumpy. She refused to nap that day and started throwing constant tantrums. It was bad and I was concerned that her party was going to be a disaster. My mom finally convinced her to put on her leotard and tutu that I made for her but she was still grumpy when her guests arrived.

She started begging for a cupcake. Now some back story. For the past year or so, she has freaked out the moment anyone starts singing Happy Birthday. We would go to other kid's parties and she would lie on the ground crying when the singing started. So for the past month, I have been singing it at least once a day to get her used to it. The day before we actually even practiced blowing out a real candle with her friend Lincoln. She thought it was great fun! But due to her mood, I was worried that all of our efforts would be wasted. Sure enough, as soon as we started singing Happy Birthday, she lost it. Screaming, crying, kicking, was awful. Thankfully as soon as the singing stopped she was fine again and actually blew out her candle.

She was happy that she finally got to eat her cupcake.

I swear she was enjoying it.
For some reason, that picture always reminds me of this one from her first Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party:

It didn't take long for her to start begging to open her presents. This was the first year she's really cared and she got so excited with each one. She wanted to open each and every one.
Her Elsa doll. She had Anna already and was so excited to get Elsa too.
Sophia dress and shoes. She has been wearing the shoes around the house every single day.
I got this tea set cheap and she LOVES it. It's a special toy to only play with while Connor naps as it is very breakable, but all day long she asks to play tea!
Her big gift from us was a dress up trunk. I've been collecting the dress up clothes from consignment sales and Facebook groups for months and I was so excited to see her reaction to it.

 She wasn't sure what to make of it at first but she dove in and got so excited.

She found this Cinderella dress and pretty much hasn't taken it off since the party. She's not allowed to wear it to eat, sleep, or go potty but otherwise she's got it on. We have to basically force it off of her to go out in public. As soon as we get home, she runs to find "Rella dress!!" It's too long for her but she loves it.

She had lots of little friends at her party and most of the girls decided to dress up too. We were able to get a few of them to take a picture with Grace and I am so happy we did. How adorable is this??

The dress up trunk was definitely a huge hit!

All of the kids looked adorable in their tutus and superhero capes.

Despite the rocky start to the party, it was a success. Grace had fun and begged to have her "dance party" again the next day. It was fun and I have to confess that I haven't had the heart to take down most of the decorations yet. She gets excited every time we go downstairs to see stuff from her party. Happy Birthday my darling girl!

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