Cut rectangle from pink construction paper or poster board. Hold
horizontally and use hole puncher to make holes in top two corners. Curl
bits of pink ribbon and tie them into the holes. Use pink and silver gel
pens to write party details, and add ballet stickers.
Or cut out ballet slippers from poster board and add ribbon for ties.
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO A BALLERINA BASH
To Celebrate _____ Birthday!
Dress for ballet!
LET'S ALL SAY HOORAY, BECAUSE MADISON IS FIVE TODAY.
IT'S TIME TO SING AND SHOUT. IT'S TIME TO BLOW HER CANDLES OUT!
WE WANT YOU TO ALL BE BALLERINAS JUST LIKE IN YOUR DREAMS, AND
THEN WE WILL EAT CAKE AND ICE CREAM. WEAR YOUR BALLETS AND YOUR
TUTU. COME AND ENJOY THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO!
CAKE AND FOOD:
Pink and white balloons everywhere.
If meal will be served, table should be set with a white tablecloth, pink
confetti, and pink paperware (use white gel pens to write Happy Birthday
________ on the paperware).
Create a centerpiece for the table like this: mount a doll to a plastic
plate by gluing or taping doll's feet onto plate. Then use pink tulle or
even bubble wrap to create a "tutu" for doll (or dress doll in an actual
doll ballet costume).
Roll up napkins and use curled pink ribbon as napkin rings. Twist pink and
white crepe paper streamers to create decorative garlands, and string them
everywhere. Set out plates of delicate tea sandwiches, etc. Play the theme
from a classical ballet on a stereo during the party.
Frost a white sheet cake and add lots of fancy trimmings with pink icing.
Purchase sugar roses and add these. Find a color picture of a ballerina or
pair of ballet slippers, and photocopy it to an appropriate size. Cut out
the picture and mount on cardboard or poster board. Place it on the cake as
a cake topper. Present the cake on a doily, and surround it with curled pink
ribbon and pink flowers (either silk or fresh).
Set out "Ballerina Bites": arrange a
variety of pink fruits on a platter, and place in the center a bowl of
whipped cream for dipping. Fill fancy bowls with breakfast cereal, adorn
them, and set them out. If dinner is served, offer "dainty" foods,
preferably pink ones.
Serve strawberry ice cream.
Provide a pink gift bag for each guest. Trace a picture of a ballet
slipper onto each one. Cutting through both layers of the bag, cut out the
ballet slipper (so that the bag is disassembled and now in two parts.)
Staple the sides and bottoms of the two slipper shapes together so that they
form a bag once again (except a smaller, slipper shaped one.) The handles of
the bag should still be intact. Fill the bag with pink tissue paper and the
following goodies: pink bubble gum, stick on earrings, pink Power Beads, or
another type of pink bracelet, candy necklace, pink nail polish, pink
tights, and other ballet related trinkets and goodies.
GAMES AND ACTIVITIES:
Hire a ballet instructor to teach the girls a few basic moves. Or, have an
adult in the family attend a ballet class in order to get the feel of it,
and then dress up in ballet attire and teach the guests.
Have a ballerina relay. Separate the
guests into two teams, and have a pair of ballet shoes for each team. When
it is a girl's turn, she puts on the ballet shoes and goes to a designated
place on the other end of the room, then comes back. She then gives the
shoes to the next girl in line. However, when proceeding to the designated
place, girls must dance about, twirl, spin, leap, etc.--not just run--in
order to get to the place. It's a good idea to play music so the girls can
move to the beat. First team to finish wins.
Make necklaces. Cover workstation with
newspaper, and set out bowls of pink and white beads of assorted shapes and
sizes, as well as ballet charms and trinkets. Offer either string or
necklace chains. Let kids string their own, and get adults to help tie them
Purchase a "glamorous" looking
tutu, as well as a
pink feather boa, perhaps a
wand, and some other
glittery "star" accessories. Have an adult with a Polaroid camera. Children
take turns putting on the accessories and posing to have their pictures
taken. Then dress up the birthday girl in the accessories, and get all the
other kids to stand around her, and ask them to all do the same pose (for
example, a dramatic curtsy). Take a group shot.
Make "dance bags". Purchase lots of
plain canvas bags, as well as glittery fabric paints. Cover area with
newspaper, this gets messy. Let all the girls decorate theirs and let them
dry during the rest of the party (it's a good idea to do this activity early
on in the party so the bags can dry).
Dress up relay race. At the end of the yard
place a "treasure chest" (ie laundry basket that is decorated with tulle, etc.).
In the treasure chest, put the dress up clothes including play jewelry, etc. the
sillier or fancier the better. Have the girls form teams. The object
of the game is for each girl to race to the end of the yard, put on whatever is
in the box and race back to the team. That girl takes off the costume and
helps the next girl put it on. She then runs back to the chest, takes it
off, runs back to her team and tags the next girl to go. Whoever finishes