Name: Naomi, 4
Location: Janesville, WI
My lovely daughter turned four this year, and her request was to have a ballerina princess party. I only had two days to throw this party together AND make it fun for toddlers, ages 1 through 5.
I wanted to keep it simple and inexpensive. I went with a pink and orange color theme, using an old floral sheet for the tablecloth, making colorful poms out of pink, orange and white tissue paper, and creating a happy birthday banner out of a collection of white frames and colorful paper signs that I whipped up in a few minutes on Photoshop.
I picked up some fun ballet dance DVDs from the library that are geared towards children. They teach ballet positions and show scenes from real ballets. The girls had a lot of fun dressing up in their tutus and dancing around our house trying to copy the ballet dancers on the DVDs.
Each child received a pink foam tiara which they decorated with stick on gems and sparkle stickers. They also got a bag with colorful beads and string to make their own princess necklaces.
For the centerpiece, I made pink and orange ribbon wands for the girls to dance around with. I put those in an old vase I had lying around and placed that on the table along with some borrowed orange cupcake holders.
I kept the food really simple. We made a yummy fruit platter with a cream cheese dip and I made croissant pizza roll ups with string cheese and pepperoni. I also made a pink lemonade sparkling punch and pink cupcakes with white frosting and sprinkles. I picked up some princess crown cupcake toppers from our local grocery store that worked well with the theme.
My goal was to have a tantrum-free birthday party...it was very successful! I was able to keep the party structured and moving along with crafts, free play (er, dance), and best of all, I had a very happy 4-year-old princess ballerina!
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