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Monday, October 31, 2011

Ballerina Birthday

Call it kismet or fate or "The Secret" - but man, if I didn't just tell my girlfriend, "I'd love to do a ballerina party" and my phone rings with a request for that very thing!  This party was so sweet and girly and I loved every bit of it.  Drew, the birthday girl, was turning five and LOVES all things ballerina.  The gracious hostess was so easy to work with and had lots of great ideas.  She even hired a real life ballerina to come and entertain!  So much fun!

As for my part, we were in charge of the dessert table, birthday cake and favors. Where to begin with such a sweet theme?  Downtown LA, natch.  I braved the fabric district for the first time and scored three 40 yard rolls of pink tulle for just $36.  Totally worth the drive! Now what to do with all the fluffy-floofy stuff?  First up - this darling tutu-inspired wreath for the front door to welcome the guests.  I spray painted Baby Sugar's black ballet slippers pink to hang from satin ribbon - and voila!

Detail:  slippers lined with coordinating paper.

The next project for all of that tulle was a table skirt.  Miles and miles of it went into this project, but it was super simple.  Just one long length of ribbon and yards of tulle cut to table height.  Tie tulle strips to the ribbon in a single knot,  string together, and BOOM - tutu table skirt.

The spread.

 Pretty prima ballerinas used on the birthday cake.

Sweet and simple.

Our take on the ribbon wand.

Sugar cookies and satin ribbons.

Candy "tulle" filled ballerina-topped mason jars.

Tea cookies make perfect milk bottle toppers.

The birthday girl as cupcake topper.

Pirouette? Get it?  Get it?

 To go party favors based on the invites.

What a darling party for a darling girl.  Happy birthday Drew!


  1. Everything looks so beautiful!! The decorations are wonderful and the sweets all look so yummy!

    Carsedra of:


  2. Oh my GOODNESS! What an absolute pink dream! You did such a gorgeous job and I love your attention to detail. The birthday girl must have been tickled pink with her party.

  3. Thanks Liz! Sweet indeed - I think I got diabetes from this party ;)

  4. Is there anyway you could send me directions on how you did the tulle wreath? Specifically the tulle and wreath part... I would LOVE to do this for my daughter's 4th birthday.
    As for the cupcakes with her photo on them, did a local bakery do this? Did you print the photos and what type of paper did you use?

  5. Hi, I want to know what you added under the marshmallows? I cant quite figure it out and I want to replicate it for a party. Please let me know!!!

    Thank you,


  6. First I saw the word "kismet" and so surprised that in Turkey we use kısmet word for about everything which we don't know what will be happen at the end, like who knows, God knows, kısmet:)

    Congrats, beautiful party and I love all the details, kisses from Ankara, Turkey:)

  7. Could you please do a step by step tutorial on the wreath? The wreath is absolutely gorgeous!


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