Birthday parties

Throw a ballerina party!

Keep your guests on their toes with a ballet-themed bash.

By Sadiya Dendar

Tickle your prima ballerina pink with a party that celebrates the stuff that little girls’ dreams are made of. A dash of fuschia, touches of pale rose and magenta accents will help set the stage. Hanging yarn poms adds a whimsical touch and it’s an easy craft to do with kids.

For a fun and fancy treat, try these magnificent marshmallows. Attach each marshmallow to a lollipop or cake pop stick, dip it in pink or white melted chocolate, and embellish with sugar crystals, candy pearls or shredded coconut. Strawberry-flavoured milk served in glass bottles with polka-dotted straws are sure to delight pink-obsessed partygoers.


Magical ribbon wands will have your guests dancing for joy. Purchase plain and patterned ribbons in shades of pink. Cut long strips out of each, gather and attach to a wooden dowel that is painted white. Thread a tiny bell onto one of the ribbons so your ballerinas can add a sweet chime to their routines. Send little ladies home with their own tutu, crown and wand.


Royal crown Use thick felt to cut out a crown for each guest. Have the kids decorate their crowns with stick-on jewels, feathers and ribbon. Punch a hole in each corner and lace a ribbon through to close.


Pin the tutu on the ballerina Cut out a large silhouette of a ballerina on white paper. Give each child a piece of tulle with double-sided tape on the back. One at a time, place a blindfold over their eyes, spin them around, and see who can pin the tutu on the right spot.

Studio time Hire a student dancer to teach a ballet routine. Invite parents to a special performance by the kids at the end of the party.

This article was originally published on May 29, 2012

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