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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!

Each little ballerina received a tutu and birthday tiara.

Each little ballerina received a tutu and birthday tiara.

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 made a tutu that hung from the fan.

I made a tutu that hung from the fan.

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.

I attached silver ribbon to an old hand me down mirror a friend gave me.

I attached silver ribbon to an old hand me down mirror a friend gave me.

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.

I made tissue balls and hung them up all around.

I made tissue balls and hung them up all around.

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 room was decorated top to bottom with frilly pink decor!

The room was decorated top to bottom with frilly pink decor!

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.

A little ballerina and her Mommy making the craft.

A little ballerina and her Mommy making the craft.

A closeup of the birthday girl and the ballerina craft.

A closeup of the birthday girl and the ballerina craft.

The adorable ballerina crafts all finished.

The adorable ballerina crafts all finished.

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.

The cake with pink icing, silver sparkle sprinkles and tutu cake stand.

The cake with pink icing, silver sparkle sprinkles and tutu cake stand.

Blowing out the candles on her frilly cake!

Blowing out the candles on her frilly cake!

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.

Pink was everywhere...even on the food table.

Pink was everywhere…even on the food table.

Chocolate covered marshmallows with sparkle sprinkles.

Chocolate covered marshmallows with sparkle sprinkles.

Eating a chocolate covered marshmallow with sparkle sprinkles!

Eating a chocolate covered marshmallow with sparkle sprinkles!

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.”

Each of the ballerinas received a flower when leaving for a wonderful performance!

Each of the ballerinas received a flower when leaving for a wonderful performance!

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!

Tiny little ballerinas all dress up!

Tiny little ballerinas all dress up!

This princess crown tiara was the perfect addition to her outfit!

This princess crown tiara was the perfect addition to her outfit!

Cost Breakdown:

Decorations:

  • 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!!)

Craft:

  • Paint- Already Had
  • Construction Paper-Already had but can get it at Dollar Tree
  • Ribbon- $1 for a spool at Michaels

Party Favors

Food

  • 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!
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I have been posting about the Superhero party we had for Kares. Here is the first post. Here is the link to the decorations (under $12 for it all). Here is the link to the superhero themed food we served. Here are the superhero party favors.
This post is about how we entertained over 20 children under the age of 6!
The biggest help was a BOUNCE HOUSE! We got a great deal on ours, but I know this can be a big expense. They didn’t have any superhero themed ones so naturally when you ask a 5 year old girl what she wants…Disney Princesses! It kept the little superheroes out of the house and entertained for hours!

This was so much fun for the kids (and some adults too).

This was so much fun for the kids (and some adults too).

My favorite part was the photo booth we had for the kids. I wanted to do something that would be a little different and memorable. So I set up a place for them to fly!

I set up a "photobooth" for the kids to pretend they were superheroes flying through the sky.

I set up a “photobooth” for the kids to pretend they were superheroes flying through the sky.


This was pretty easy. I bought 4 yards of blue fabric on sale for $1 a yard. Then bought 2 yards of white felt (hindsight I didn’t need that much) to make the clouds. I made a small area for the kids to lay on (I used a part of my couch chaise lounge, but a box or cushion would work too). Then I used thumbtacks to hang the fabric on the wall in our garage. I was sure to cover the part where they lay as well. Then the kids took turns pretending to fly through the clouds with the capes. I used my new camera to take great photos of them. I am including a picture of each child in the thank you notes. When you crop and frame it just right the pics look great!

The kids and adults had a great time at the party. I can’t wait to plan the next get together!


I have been posting a lot about the Superhero party. Here is the link for the Decorations. Here is the link for the food. This post is about the party favors each of the kids got go home with.

One of the best parts of the party was watching these kids turn into superheroes! I made a cape for each child to wear and take home. These were adorable decorations and then provided a lot of fun. Plus what kid doesn’t like to go home with a superhero cape?

Each child received a superhero cape with their name on it.

Each child received a superhero cape with their name on it.


I made these capes from t-shirts. Keeping my budget in mind, I wanted to find these shirts for cheap! THere were a few options. I searched the internet to try and buy them wholesale. Without having to buy 100 shirts, they were just as expensive online as they were in stores. Then I thought about going to thrift stores. I never actually made it to thrift stores because I found shirts at the Dollar Tree! I was so excited. They were in all different colors and sizes. Most of the shirts were irregulars, but that is okay, I was going to cut them up anyway!
Here is how I made superhero capes for $1

I took a t-shirt and cut it up the sides, then cut the sleeves off, then cut carefully around the front of the collar. THis way all that was left was the collar and the back attached. I wrote “Super” and the Kids names on them. (This made sure no one was fighting over a color at the party. Plus I had different size shirts, so the little ones could get a little cape and big ones a big cape) It was SO easy to do and looked so great. I hung the masks and the cape on a hanger.

The capes and masks all hung up.

The capes and masks all hung up.

Then I used the sleeves to make a mask for each of the kids. I just cut eye holes in them and they were able to put them on their heads. Finally I cut scraps to make wrist bands, head bands, or anything else. I put these in a bucket labeled “Extra Disguises” so they could just grab.

Here they could grab any extra things for their superhero costume.

Here they could grab any extra things for their superhero costume.

Kares wanted to do a craft project at her party too. I wanted something easy that the kids could do themselves. I found these little people cut outs and then made different colored capes. I provided markers, crayons, glue, and eyes for them to use. I set all of it up at a little table in the corner and directed a few kids at a time to go create their own superhero! We hung all of the heroes up on the window to dry and provide a little more decoration.
I was able to find Super Hero markers and crayons for $1 each. They were perfect for the party. (Also great when the markers didn’t get the tops put on…we threw them out without a worry) I put them in the bins I bought at the Dollar Tree.

The craft table for kids to create their own Super Hero!

The craft table for kids to create their own Super Hero!

I found these in the $1 section at Michaels.  They were perfect for the party!

I found these in the $1 section at Michaels. They were perfect for the party!

I think the kids had a blast, and were able to take home a personalized favor. I thought it was better than a bag full of dollar store toys they will use for an hour! They now have their very own superhero cape and little craft to go with it.


I posted here about our Superhero party, and here about how I kept the decorations under $12! This post is about how I kept the food in line with the superhero theme! We had over 20 kids plus their parents at the party. I knew I needed something EASY, as well as somewhat inexpensive.

The superman cake was definitely the BEST part of the food!

The cake that she insisted I make myself!

The cake that she insisted I make myself!

Kares wanted me to make her cake. I am NOT a great baker and am not so artsy when it comes to that stuff. She even helped me search the internet for inspiration. The adorable ones were all made of fondant. I was not ready to tackle that, so I searched for other ways to make it. I explained to Kares that her cake would not look like the ones she found online. I even showed her some “messed up” cakes and said it may look like this! I wanted her to be prepared when I completely messed things up.
I found these awesome sugar sheets made by Wilton. (click here for the link to this awesome product) Basically they are just a sheet much like paper of colored sugar! I was able to print out a superman symbol on regular computer paper to use as my template. Then I used an exacto knife to carefully cut. I put the paper symbol on top of the sugar sheet and just cut. I did one color at a time and then placed the cut sugar sheet on the cake. I was able to do this the night before the party. When I showed Kares the finished cake she says, “Mommy, it looks like a REAL superman symbol!” (To be honest I was surprised at how well it turned out!) Because we had so many people I made an extra cake that we decorated with yellow frosting and red, white, and blue sprinkles.

The party was at lunch time so I felt as if I had to serve something substantial and somewhat healthy. I really wanted “Hero” sandwiches catered from a sub shop. But the budget wouldn’t allow it! These were far to expensive. I gave Kares an option of pizza or pasta for the main dish and she chose pizza. Easy enough, they deliver and I do NO prepwork. This was very important to me.

I wanted to serve healthy snacks with the pizza. So I put a basket of tiny clementine oranges out. I called this “Power Packed Fruit”.

Power Packed Fruit

Power Packed Fruit

I made a vegetable tray with x-ray vision carrots, super strength broccoli, and cucumbers from Krypton. I bought the baby carrots so I didn’t have to cut them. I cut the broccoli the night before and the cucumbers that morning. I bought already made ranch dip. I just used construction paper to make a little sign for the foods.

X-Ray Vision Carrots Super Strength Broccoli Cucumbers from Krypton

X-Ray Vision Carrots
Super Strength Broccoli
Cucumbers from Krypton

I made limeade for the kids to drink. I took the easy way out and used Country Time powder mix and a little green food coloring. I then bought some green glow sticks at Dollar Tree. ($1 for 2 sticks) I put a couple of these in the pitcher of limeade. Then made a note saying it was Kryptonite.

Kryptonite (limeade) with glow sticks in it!

Kryptonite (limeade) with glow sticks in it!

I found Superman fruit snacks at the grocery store. These were a perfect addition to our food table too. Again, I am going for EASY things here! I just put them into a bucket and put them right on the table. I also found the buckets for the oranges and fruitsnacks at the Dollar tree. It was only $1 for a two pack! Great deal!

Superman fruit snacks made a great addition to the table.

Superman fruit snacks made a great addition to the table.

I pulled it all together by putting a red plastic table cloth down. I found great plastic containers at Dollar Tree to put things in. Kares saw some gold Happy Birthday garland (again at Dollar Tree) and wanted it, so I weaved that through everything. We used red paper plates and yellow napkins. Cake plates were blue. Finally I added a couple of the girls Superman toys to the table.

I tried to keep the superhero theme throughout the party.  Even the food table was superhero themed!

I tried to keep the superhero theme throughout the party. Even the food table was superhero themed!


I used toys that she already had to add just a little more detail to our food table.

I used toys that she already had to add just a little more detail to our food table.

Keep checking back for more Superhero party stuff! I am going to create another post with the party favors and how to create a superhero cape for $1. I am also going to post how we were able to entertain these children for the party! Don’t forget you can click on the follow link to the right so you don’t miss any posts. Feel free to put this on your Pinterest boards too!


I posted before (click HERE) about the Superhero birthday party we threw for our daughter’s 5th birthday. This post is all about the decorations! We (my girls and I) made most of the decorations ourselves, and I really kept it on a budget!

The inside of the house was decorated!  Streamers, superman, capes, and more!

The inside of the house was decorated! Streamers, superman, capes, and more!

We put streamers hanging from the lights and fan that went in all directions. These provided a lot of color and were SO cheap. I got a pack of 2 at the Dollar Tree. I bought red, blue, and yellow.

I tried to use things that she already had to decorate with. This makes things even cheaper! One of my favorite decorations was when we made Superman fly above the kids heads. We hung up one of her stuffed superman dolls from the fan. It was awesome!

Superman was flying above the kids' heads!

Superman was flying above the kids’ heads!

She got a big Superman blanket for her birthday. So we hung it up on the wall behind the table. This was a great backdrop for the cake cutting!

Superman blanket provided a great decoration for the cake cutting!

Superman blanket provided a great decoration for the cake cutting!

I also hung up a superhero beach towel on the wall in our garage. We opened up the garage and had it as a safe area for the kids to play and adults to gather. But it needed a little something. So we, again used what we had, and created a little more superhero decor!

Superhero capes are a must for any superhero party! I made these as favors for the kids to take home, but they also provided great decorations. I will make another post with a do it yourself tutorial. So be sure to check back or click on the link to be emailed each time I update the blog! I bought shimmery blue material to hang the capes from. I also used it to hang up the craft and for the bow on the door. This was $9.99 at Hobby Lobby but I used a 40% off coupon and got it for $6.00. I have so much left over that it will make great July 4th decorations! (Here is where I got the superhero cape idea)

Each child received a superhero cape with their name on it.

Each child received a superhero cape with their name on it.

I try to think about all of the little details when planning a party. I wrote on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. I wrote, “Looking Good Superhero!” then put “POW, BAM, WHACK” around it. This was a cheap and easy way to add a little something extra!

Even the mirror was decorated in the superhero theme!

Even the mirror was decorated in the superhero theme!

The front and back door also had to fit in with our theme. I found a superhero dry erase board in the dollar section at Michaels. This was perfect! I hung it on our wreath hanger on the back door. On the front door I put a yellow and blue bow. I got the yellow bow at Dollar Tree and used leftover blue fabric to make the blue part. I was going to make a superman symbol to add to it, but time just got away from me and forgot to do it!

We put this on the door for all of the guests to see as they came in!

We put this on the door for all of the guests to see as they came in!

The front door had a yellow and blue bow. I ran out of time, but wanted to add a superman symbol to the middle!

The front door had a yellow and blue bow. I ran out of time, but wanted to add a superman symbol to the middle!

Budget Breakdown: TOTAL DECORATIONS $11.00
Red, blue, yellow streamers- $3
Blue shimmer fabric- $6
Superhero Sign- $1
Yellow bow- $1
Blanket- FREE
Superman-FREE
Beachtowel-FREE

As you can see I kept the decorations very inexpensive. I used what we already had and was able to decorate my entire house. Keep checking back, I will post about how to make the capes, how to keep the food with the superhero theme, and how we were able to entertain over 20 kids at the party. You can sign up for emails so you never miss an update. Just click on the link to the right.


My 5 year old wanted a SUPERHERO birthday party this year. We had so much fun putting everything together. I wanted to share some of the best parts of the party with you! I will then make other posts with step by step instructions so you can easily make your own party!
I did a lot of research on how to create a great party for her. I found that some of the best pictures I saw there were some VERY expensive decorations, cake, favors and whatnot. I used ideas and a budget…This party was not super expensive, wasn’t too hard, and was SO MUCH FUN!

The inside of the house was decorated!  Streamers, superman, capes, and more!

The inside of the house was decorated! Streamers, superman, capes, and more!

Each child received a superhero cape with their name on it.

Each child received a superhero cape with their name on it.


I set up a "photobooth" for the kids to pretend they were superheroes flying through the sky.

I set up a “photobooth” for the kids to pretend they were superheroes flying through the sky.

The cake that she insisted I make myself!

The cake that she insisted I make myself!

I tried to keep the superhero theme throughout the party.  Even the food table was superhero themed!

I tried to keep the superhero theme throughout the party. Even the food table was superhero themed!

I plan on posting more pictures and tutorials on how to make this stuff yourself soon! Plus how I did it on a budget.
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I am so excited about Kailani’s 2nd birthday party. Here is a sneak peek as to what some of the decorations look like! I will be posting (once things settle down) more pictures, tutorials on how to make the stuff, and a breakdown of the cost…it was cheaper than I thought!

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