Every little girl’s birthday party shares one common thread: giggling and gabbing! And it was no different for L.’s ballerina-themed 5th birthday party. I simply broke the party down into 30–minute segments; time for crafts, time for dancing and time for “tea.” It was a lot of fun! Here’s how L.’s party went down:
Tissue Paper Puff Decorations
1st Get 8-10 sheets of tissue paper (can cut in half if large sheets).
2nd Fold back & forth like you’re making a paper fan (about 1.5-2 inches).
3rd Tie a ribbon (long enough to hang from ceiling, lights…) around the middle.
4th Cut the two edges into peddle shapes (rounded).
5th Fan out the tissue paper and then gently open one sheet at a time on each side.
6th Hang them around your home and outside, if it makes sense.
I wrapped the little tables we were using for the tea party portion of the party in wrapping paper. I have used this same gold and silver roll for so many parties, because it’s so universal! I then used double-sided tape to attach ballerina ribbon.
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Our party invitations asked each girl to wear dance clothes and informed them that they would be given a tutu. We placed the tutus on coat hangers and hung them on the back of the chairs for decoration. We also made a dance mix CD of L’s favorite songs. If I did this type of party again, I would make each child a copy of the CD.
Picture Frame Designing
The girls started the party off by creating their own picture frames to take home. We drew each child’s name and a simple decoration (heart, flower, etc.) with puffy paints that we let dry overnight before the party. Then the girls decorated their frames with self-adhesive jewel stickers. This was a good activity for a wide age-range of children.
We cut a variety of different ribbons that the girls got to pick from, which they tied on to their hair elastics. We found that the real fancy ribbons were hard for them to tie on themselves, so it worked best to use a separate little piece of thread to tie all the pieces of ribbon on at once for little ones.
After crafts, we moved on to the dance party. I manned the music and skipped ahead once it seemed like the girls stopped being really excited about a given song. The average length of a song is way too long for most little ones to stay truly excited about it in its entirety. This seemed to work well, because they were dancing and laughing away!
Everyone settled down at the place settings on the tables after the dance party to enjoy quite a spread of finger foods. We served cream cheese and raspberry jelly heart sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, mac & cheese balls (Trader Joes), spinach triangles (Trader Joes), watermelon pops, cantaloupe, little pizzas, chicken nuggets, pink lemonade, apple juice, water & cake and ice cream.
With just a little bit of planning and creativity, having a large group of kids over for a birthday party can be a good experience, not overwhelming. Again, breaking activities down into timed segments definitely helps keep the flow going so everyone has as much fun as possible!
Here is a link to another fun ballerina craft.