The best thing about being a ballerina is --and rightly so-- the dancing. Taking a cue from the popular Angelina Ballerina children's books, you can foster some real-life dreams by hosting your ballerina birthday party at a local dance studio. Decorate the room with pink and white balloons. Dress the table with a white tablecloth and a runner of pink tulle layered over twinkling lights (a string or two of small, clear Christmas lights work wonderfully). Tie a bow of pink tulle around the back of each chair.
As guests arrive, outfit them with tutus made of 12-inch wide by 36-inch long (30.5 centimeters by 91 centimeters) tulle. It's very inexpensive; you can buy a bolt of tulle at a fabric store for just a few dollars. To make the tutus, gather them at the waist with heavy-duty thread and a darning needle. A little Velcro at the opening will help each tutu stay put around the waist. If this sounds like too much work, there are a number of stores that sell "dress-up" tutus for less than $10 each.
And, because you're already at a dance studio with a barre and mirrored walls, you've got built-in entertainment. Your little guests will love to see themselves twirling in their tutus. You can also hire a dance instructor to offer a simple ballet lesson or a demonstration.
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