Ballet Theme Parties
Nothing is more "girly" than a ballerina theme party, and planning the party is as much fun for the mother as for her daughter. Even the tiniest girls will enjoy dressing in a tutu and being a ballerina for a day. For toddlers, dressing up and decorating with pink or purple balloons is usually all that is necessary to make the party a success. Older girls often have very specific ideas of what the party should include, so make sure you know exactly what the guest of honor expects. The most elaborate party can be disappointing if you aren't aware that the birthday girl has envisioned dancing to a particular song, or assumes a photo will be taken while she is bowing! To create a ballet atmosphere, encourage each guest to come dressed as a ballerina. Girls that don't have a leotard or tutu, can have fun coming up with their own costume. To complete their dance attire, provide each guest with a tiara as she arrives. Traditional party games can be adapted to ballet and dance themes, but you may wish to plan a special activity. Most gyms and dancing schools have a teacher available to teach the basic ballet positions, but if there is an older dancer that your daughter admires, she may be a better choice than a professional.
Our favorite ballerina theme parties include learning a simple dance and then performing it for the adults. A pink bag filled with glittery powder, inexpensive hair clips, etc. can be used to get ready for the big show, then taken home as a party favor. As a safety precaution, check with the parents to make sure no one is allergic to perfumed lotions or other makeup. Be sure to record the performance so girls can enjoy watching it later and the more photos the better! After the performance, present each ballerina with a rose. Silk roses can be kept as a memento of the party, but if you decide on real roses, be sure to remove thorns.
Don't be surprised if many of the girls bring gifts related to your party theme. If your daughter is already a dancer, you probably have a list of dance items she is wishing for. If your daughter is just dreaming of being a ballerina, a few months of lessons would be the perfect birthday present!