If you have a daughter, you probably know this already -- but just in case you don't, here's a glimpse into your future. At some point in your little girl's life, it's inevitable: She's going to want a ballerina birthday party. That's just the way it is. No matter how you might shy away from all things frou-frou, your daughter is probably drawn to tutus and bows like a moth to a flame, and there's not much you can do about it. So -- for one day, at least -- why not embrace it? Go ahead and throw her the frilliest, pinkest birthday party imaginable.
One warning, though -- if you want (or need) to make this party an all-inclusive, coed event, the ballerina theme is probably not for you. We hate to gender stereotype here, but if there's one kind of party that has to be totally girly, it's a ballerina party. You could give the boys leotards and tights, but somehow we suspect that wouldn't go over very well.
So how do you make your ballerina party stand out from the pack? We've come up with five ideas that will help your birthday girl be the prima ballerina.
In our humble opinion, it isn't truly a ballerina party unless everyone's dressed as a ballerina. But do you ask your guests to come dressed, or do you provide the apparel? That depends. If you're inviting your daughter's ballet class, it's a safe bet that everyone is good to go with the uniform. But not every girl has a tutu at the ready, and you don't want people to go out of their way to buy a special outfit. We'd say to make an educated guess, and then buy or borrow a couple of tutus and leotards so no one's left out.
One thing you could definitely provide, though, is the accessories -- every ballerina needs a beautiful tiara and hairdo. Check out our primping and preening ideas on the next page.
Hairdos are the first order of business after all the ballerinas have arrived. Everyone needs a tiara, of course, and then you can go all-out with the rest of the hair accessories -- ribbons, barrettes, flowers, rhinestones, glitter spray, you name it. You could keep it simple, of course, but why? Remember that not every girl's hair will be long enough to put up into the classic ballerina's bun, but a few sparkly barrettes or bobby pins can go a long way in short hair.
It would be a good idea to have at least one extra parent, grandparent or friend on hand to help with the hairstyling duties -- you don't want the girls to wait too long before the main event ...
The birthday girl and her guests will twirl pirouettes of delight when a real live ballerina comes through the door to give them a private lesson! It's definitely a special treat, but it doesn't have to be a huge splurge. You don't need to hire the prima ballerina at the local ballet company -- or even an actual ballet teacher, for that matter. If your daughter goes to a ballet school, you could ask one of the older students there if she'd like to make some extra cash on a Saturday afternoon. As long as she has fun with the girls and can teach the basics (and looks the part, obviously), the little ballerinas-in-training will think she's a star.
But if you're really looking to impress -- you can have your ballerina bash at an actual ballet school. The Boston Ballet, for example, has party packages starting at $495 [source: Boston Ballet].
How should you decorate for a ballerina birthday party? We have one word for you …
Pink. That's all we really need to say about ballerina-party décor. You don't even have to buy anything specifically ballet-themed -- just get pink. Tablecloths, streamers, utensils, cups, paper flowers, balloons, whatever strikes your fancy. Of course, you could add a ballet touch here and there with tulle-wrapped chairs or chains of paper ballerina dolls, and a tiny post-performance bouquet for each guest is always nice. But you don't need to over think here -- when in doubt, stay simple and stay pink. A little glitter and sparkle never hurt anyone, either.
To keep it easy for you, we're going to suggest you stay on the same mental track when you're thinking about your party food.
You would never serve hot dogs and popcorn at a ballerina party -- heavens, no. Your guests are way too sophisticated for that. A tea party is the obvious choice for a group of tiara-wearing young ladies. As with the décor, remember our cardinal rule and don't shy away from the pink. Bring out pink platters of tea sandwiches (strawberry cream cheese, anyone?) and -- if your guests are a little young to enjoy actual tea -- pour teacups of pink lemonade (sipped with pinkies out, of course). Dessert is mini pink cupcakes and strawberry ice cream.
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- Boston Ballet. "Ballerina Birthday Parties." (Accessed Oct. 1, 2010) http://www.bostonballet.org/ballerina-birthday-parties.html
- Pottery Barn Kids. "Ballerina Birthday Party." (Accessed Oct. 1, 2010) http://www.potterybarnkids.com/stylehouse/parties/ballerina.html
- The Sweetest Occasion. "Glittery Ballerina Birthday Party." Feb. 5, 2010. (Accessed Oct. 1, 2010) http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/2010/02/glittery-ballerina-birthday-party/