Whether she takes ballet class or simply likes to twirl in skirts, a ballet-inspired party is a suitable option for her birthday. Incorporate ballerina touches throughout the party details to create a whimsical celebration.
Start the whimsy with the ballerina party invitations. Make your own to make them special. Make a pair of ballet slippers for an easy invitations. Cut the paper to look like two slippers touching at the heels. Punch holes near the top of each shoe. Thread pink ribbon through the holes. Tie them in bows.
Another option is to use a ballerina’s outfit as the inspiration for the invitations. Cut the shape of the leotard and skirt as one piece from paper. Bunch up a small piece of tulle and sew or glue it along the skirt of the invitation. Use glitter glue to outline the edges of the leotard.
Set the stage in the party room with lots of girly accents. Tulle is a great way to create the ballet feel in the party room. Drape it behind the tables as a backdrop. Attach it to the front edges of the tables as accents. Wrap it around banisters and railings both inside and outside. Pink tissue paper pompoms or paper lanterns add to the whimsical ballerina feeling.
Another option is to make ballerina silhouette cutouts. Have your child lie down on a large piece of paper or cardboard in a ballet pose as the model. Trace around her body. Cut out the shape. You can paint it all one color or paint in all of the details.
Give each girl a homemade tutu to kick off the ballerina party. The girls will be happy to twirl and dance in their tutus at least for a little while. You might teach them a little routine, or hire a ballet instructor to do the teaching for you. Some dance studios even let you have your party there if you really want the girls to learn some ballet moves.
For a traditional game, play Pin the Tutu on the Ballerina. Draw a large picture of a ballerina without her tutu. Give each girl a paper tutu with her name on it. The guests take turns putting the tutus on the ballerina while blindfolded.
A ballerina relay race is another option. Give each team a tutu and pair of ballet slippers. The first player puts on the ballerina costume. Have her run or hop like a ballerina across the room and back. She passes on her ballerina costume to her next teammate who takes a turn.