I went to an adorable birthday party last weekend and realized I never posted about Kailani’s second birthday party. I have also not posted in quite a while…things have been very busy. So here are all the details of my littlest’s ballerina birthday party. I wanted everything to be pink and girly. I also wanted the girls to be free to dance, giggle, and just have fun. We asked that each girl were her favorite dance outfit and said tutus would be provided on the invitations.
Here is how we made it happen.
First the Party Favors:
Each little ballerina received a pink tutu upon arrival. Watching those babies dane around the house in their fluffy tutus was PRECIOUS! They also got a happy birthday tiara. I also used these as part of the decorations for the room. I hung them up on a pink ribbon. It really gave the room a huge splash of color too!
The next big decoration was a tutu hanging from the fan in the center of the room. I took a hulahoop and tied different colored tulle around it. Then hung it from the fan with some curling ribbon. It was so easy and looked pretty cute.
I wanted the living room to look a little like a dance studio. A friend gave me an old mirror, it was green and not so pretty. I just taped some left over Christmas silver ribbon onto the sides and covered up the green. Plus what 2 year old girl doesn’t love looking at herself? I also brought down the stand up mirror from my bedroom. They loved twirling in front of them.
Tissue balls are my favorite cheap decoration! They are SO easy to make and each one costs about $0.25. I made a bunch of these and hung them up around the house.
Then of course the crepe paper! We just streamed them from the corners of the room to the light and to the fan. It really made the room look fantastic.
The next part was the entertainment. Of course I had lots of cute music playing and running around dancing was really all the entertainment needed! (It was entertainment for the adults too) But I wanted something for them to do and take home. So we made adorable handprint pictures. The moms had to help, but they are pretty easy. I precut the leotard part and then the girls made the tutu out of handprints. Finally they glued on a bow. (I premade them for a quick easy thing to do). We hung them up to dry and it doubled as another decoration.
One of my favorite parts was the cake! I made a chocolate cake and iced it with pink icing. Then put sparkly silver sprinkles on top. To make it fancier I create a tutu to put on the cake stand! Again, this was SO easy. I just tied tulle onto curling ribbon and tied it onto the cake stand.
When it comes to parties…you have to have food. Kailani really wanted pizza. So we ordered pizza and then had fresh veggies and fruit to go along with it. I put the fruit in muffin papers. This made it so easy to just grab what they wanted. We had orange slices, grapes, and berries. The veggies were on a tray. I also made chocolate covered marshmallows. (See my blog post about these here) They were a big hit and looked so pretty.
When the party was over each girl got to leave with her very own tutu. She also got her ballerina picture and then Kailani gave each ballerina a flower. The flower had a ribbon on it with a note that said, “I had ‘tutu’ much fun twirling with you.”
All in all I think the party was a huge hit. The little ballerinas had so much fun. It also didn’t break the bank. See the bottom for a cost breakdown. Here are some other snapshots from the party!
- Tulle (price for 3 colors)- $15
- Curling Ribbon- (I had a big spool of pink, but new it is about $3)
- Hulahoop- I used the girls from outside – FREE
- Tissue Paper balls- $4 (this made 16 balls!!)
- Paint- Already Had
- Construction Paper-Already had but can get it at Dollar Tree
- Ribbon- $1 for a spool at Michaels
- Tutus- $2.60 each (I got a great deal at www.alwaysunderpay.com)
- Flowers- $10 for 3 bunches of flowers
- Depends on what you want! We kept it cheap and simple by doing Pizza and snacks.
- Cake- Secret recipe (1/2 box, 1/2 homemade) Kept cost down low!