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7 Things You Must Have at Your Ballerina Birthday Party

7 Must Haves for your Ballerina Parties | CatchMyParty.com

Below are 7 must-have ideas for planning a sweet and beautiful ballerina birthday party!

1. Ballerina table settings

Look for lovely decorations for your party table that will fit with the ballet theme.

Ballet table | CatchMyParty.com

2. Ballerina cupcake toppers

Top your cupcakes with amazing detailed fondant creations and paper and tulle tutus, like these.

Ballet cupcake toppers | CatchMyParty.com

3. Tulle table skirt

Dress up the party dessert table with its own tutu, no sewing required!

Ruffle table skirt | CatchMyParty.com

4. Birthday tutu

A colorful tutu like this for the lucky birthday girl would be adorable (and glamorous)!

Pink Tutu | CatchMyParty.com

5. Pink ombre ruffle cake

Ombre and ruffles make a stunning cake for the little ballerina.

Ombre ruffle cake | CatchMyParty.com

6. Ballerina pinata

A ballet slipper pinata is the perfect activity for a ballerina party!

Slipper Pinata | CatchMyParty.com

7. Tiara and tutu party favors

Send every guest home with their own tutu and tiara to remember the event!

Tutus and tiaras | CatchMyParty.com

Check out our site for more ballerina birthday party inspiration!

4 Favorite Parties of the Week - Aug 25th

Here are some fantastic parties added to our site this week... A baseball themed 99th birthday, for a girl who's "having a ball," a ballerina birthday with table skirt like I've never seen, a Project Runway birthday that is even better than the show (wait until you see the cake ball nail polishes), and a little man mustache bash that's perfect for a fun baptism!

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Hope you enjoy your last (unofficial) week of summer! Can't wait to see what parties are coming next week!

Ballerina Parties, Delicious Granola Recipe, and a Tulle Pom-Pom Garland

Here are some fun posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Lots of pretty, pink ballerina party ideas here!

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This tulle pom-pom garland is simple to make and inexpensive!

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Top your ice cream or yogurt with this delicious recipe for nutty, not-too-sweet granola!

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For more party planning inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

{TRENDS} Hello Kitty Parties on Catch My Party

We've been seeing a lot of Hello Kitty parties on our site. What I love the most about these parties is how easy they are to add other elements to make them unique.

Here are some of my favorite Hello Kitty combinations... (Click on the photo or link to see the whole party.)

HELLO KITTY + ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Hello Kitty in Wonderland 3rd Birthday

HELLO KITTY + NERD

Hello Kitty Nerd 11th Birthday

HELLO KITTY + BALLERINA

Hello Kitty Ballerina Birthday party

Hello Kitty Ballerina

HELLO KITTY + PARIS

Hello Kitty Goes to Paris

HELLO KITTY + SWEET SHOPPE

Hello Kitty Sweet Shoppe

HELLO KITTY + ROCKSTAR

Hailey's Rockstar 4th Birthday

HELLO KITTY + HAWAIIAN

Hello Kitty Hawaiian Party 

This is just the tip of the iceberg. For further inspiration check out all the Hello Kitty parties on our site.

PARTY ON A BUDGET: A Vintage Ballerina Birthday for $150

I saw this Vintage Ballerina Birthday on our site that Jenifer H created for her daughter, and I thought it was beyond beautiful.

Then I read that she pulled the whole thing off for $150 and I almost died. How did she do it? I, of course, had to find out Jenifer's secrets, and she so generously agreed to share them here. We won't tell, Jenifer, we promise!

My daughter, Ellah, has a love for ballerinas and dancing. When I was shopping at the Round Top/Warrenton Antiques Show in Round Top, Texas, I found a stash of vintage little ballerina prints. I purchased them for her room, and when she saw them, the gasp she took helped me to decide the theme of her 3rd birthday - a vintage ballerina.


Vintage ballerina print in spray-painted frame

When planning my two children's birthdays, under one month apart, I know we cannot break the bank two months in a row on birthday parties.  Although I'd really love to do it, I guess God really didn't have birthday parties in mind when He planned our children.  I also work with plenty of moms through my store with similar circumstances or moms who just want to save money.  Perfectly understood.

1st Tip - K.I.S.S

My first money saving tip is always the theory KISS: Keep it Simple Sweetie.  I am with the idea 'less is more.'  My daughter's party was very, very simple.  I kept the party small which helped cut the cost.  We invited family plus a few of my daughter's closest preschool friends, about 25 guests including the children. 

I served less expensive foods by having a simple brunch.  Breakfast foods can be inexpensive to make!  My husband and I cooked french toast, pigs-n-the-blanket, oven baked ham and swiss sliders (via Pinterest - so easy with very few inexpensive ingredients), chicken salad croissant sandwiches, homemade raspberry muffins and we had a simple green salad and fresh fruit in season. My mom brought the chicken salad, so my most expensive menu item was lovingly donated. 


Chicken salad croissant sandwiches


Pigs in the blanket

I kept the ballerinas' activities so simple.  Since coloring is a 2-5 year old favorite, I printed off a ballerina coloring page free from the internet for the girls to color and decorate.  I also purchased foam princess crowns and foam stickers on clearance for $5.00 total. 


Crowns to decorate

The girls had a blast creating their own princess ballerina crowns to wear during the party.  The last activity was, simply, dancing.  All party guests either wore their own tutu or we let them wear a tutu from our play clothes.  The little ballerinas cut a rug with what you might call very modern, interpretive dance moves - so entertaining and it was free!

2nd Tip - Use & Reuse

This is a fun and important tip: Use and reuse what you have!  I love "shopping" the house (and my mother's house) to find what will work with my party's theme.  I think it's perfectly acceptable to ask family and friends to borrow items that could work for your party.  Get creative with the stuff you already have.  The vintage ballerina prints that I purchased for my daughter's bedroom were some of the main party decorations I planned to use, but they didn't have frames.  Lo and behold, in my search, I found three identical, unused frames in my garage that happened to fit the pictures!  That was a score.  The frames were black, so I purchased spray paint to coordinate with the party color scheme and simply spray painted them and hung the art.  Easy and inexpensive. 

Absolutely everything that I used to serve the food and candy I either owned myself or I borrowed from my mom's vintage dish collection. 


Borrowed vintage dishes

The pops of turquoise you see in the platter and round place mat I already had.  Another party item I reused was the large mirror seen in the outdoor table photos. The mirror was kept from our bathroom remodel and worked as a great ballet mirror.


Ballet mirror from bathroom remodel

3rd Tip - Use your connections

Here I saved most of my money on the most expensive parts of the party - the photography, the cake, the bunting, the invitations and party accessories - all because of people I know.  Do you have a friend or family member you know who takes better photos than you?  I do!  A good friend of mine is the photographer of Jennifer Schattle Photography.  Jennifer and I partner together on projects every year including my children's birthday parties, so I am blessed to know and work with such a talented friend.  Of course, you don't have to know a photographer.  Ask people you know who can help! 

I also know someone who bakes - conveniently, my husband.  He is not a professional, but he grew up baking with his grandmother and does a wonderful, tasty job.  We insist on baking our children's cakes/cupcakes every birthday, so we save money in that department yearly. 


Caked baked by Jenifer's husband -- incredible!

In addition, I have an aunt who owns a custom sewing business, Kustom Kids of Kingwood.  When I had decided on the ballerina theme, I knew I wanted a bunting.  I shopped around and found that they were a little pricey for me.  I contacted my aunt and she quickly put together my requests (and my favorite piece of the party) for a fraction of what I would have paid anywhere else. 


Bunting sewn by Jenifer's aunt

Finally, I own my Etsy store Hello Love Designs where I sell printable party invitations and party accessories.  I also work with one of the top US press printing companies allowing me to have my invitations professionally printed for cost.  I printed out the cupcake toppers, tent labels, and favor tags on my own home printer, cut, and we were ready to party!  I have the Little Vintage Ballerina birthday invitation and full printable party collection for sale in the store.


Custom invitation designed by Jenifer


Cupcake toppers and tent labels designed by Jenifer

4th Tip - Use printables

I LOVE printables!!  Printable party accessories add such detail to a party and save money at the same time.  You can purchase anything from full party packages to just the pieces you need for a low cost.  Then all you have to do is print, cut them out, and you're ready to add beautiful detail to your party.  If you're really on a tight budget, there are many blogs, designers, and sites who offer free party printables.  You will spend a little time assembling, but the money you save is so worth it!

5th Tip - Use Etsy

For me, Etsy is an indispensable source.  Great deals are to be found everywhere!  Etsy offers such a variety of products, styles, and prices that everyone is happy.  I found (another favorite piece) a vintage floral sheet that I used as the table cloth outside at a great Etsy store called Eager Hands.  It was so reasonably priced, and the seller was kind enough to throw in sweet little "extras."  In fact, the eyelet trim I used to trim the party hats came as an "extra" from her shop. 


Eyelet trim on party hats

I also purchased the cupcake liners from The Cupcake Social used to serve candy, Ellah's tutu from Cheeky Chic Baby, and Ellah's headband from Prim Couture Shop - all on Etsy.  Note:  Ellah's birthday outfit was not a part of our party budget.


Ellah's birthday outfit

My one "splurge" item was the floral arrangement and, truthfully, it wasn't all that expensive.  I took the florist my pitcher, an inspiration photo, and a budget and they worked up something gorgeous that I could afford.  I always plan and shop ahead comparing prices.  I try to avoid last minute purchasing which can end up costing me more money.

Thank you, Jenifer, for sharing all your tips and your beautiful party with us. You did an incredible job!

To see more of Jenifer's designs, check out her other pretty parties on our site and her Etsy shop, Hello Love Designs .

 

TRENDS: Ballet Parties on Catch My Parties (Part 1)

My daughter is all about ballet right now so I thought I'd highlight some of the beautiful ballerina birthdays we've seen on our main site.  These are just gorgeous!

Renee B's Prima Ballerina Birthday

Amy O's Glittery Ballerina Party

Jane and Lou's Grade 1 Ballet Party

Merydwen P's Tutu Cute Birthday

 

 

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I show off more gorgeous ballerina birthdays from our site.

TRENDS: More Gorgeous Cakes on Catch My Party

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I was inspired by this Party Photo of the Week to show off more gorgeous cakes on our site. So here they are... (Click on the link or the photo to see what party they are from.)

Millicent S's Ahoy! It's a Boy!

Please RSVP's Ahoy!

Ebony S's Pamper Me Princess Birthday Party

Tabitha B's Wonderland Birthday

Angela E's Seussville Party Extravaganza

Junita N's Raka's Fifth Birthday

Vania A's Retro Circus Birthday Party

Cristen S's Girly Farm 1st Birthday

Do's Charlotte's Web Inspired Baby Shower

Tracy M's Vintage Barbie Party

Amy O's Glittery Ballerina Party

Jennifer C's Sara's Baby Shower

Want to see more beautiful cakes on our main site? Check out these previous gorgeous cake posts.

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