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Birthday parties

Throw a ballerina party!

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

By Sadiya Dendar
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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