A Ballerina Birthday Party

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My daughter Stella celebrated her 3rd birthday by twirling around our living room in her tutu during her ballerina party!

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I had asked Stella what type of birthday party she wanted a few months ago and she immediately answered "ballerina party!" It really came out of the blue – she wasn't all about ballerinas before that – but that's a 3 year old for you. Well, I ran with the theme, and thankfully she never wavered on the type of party she wanted. ;)

Of course, I went to town with little DIY projects for the party. I am excited to share them with you over the next couple weeks. Here are some highlights:

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DIY Invites and Thank You Notes
 
The party invites and thank you notes were a fun DIY project using rose patterned paper from Snow and Graham and ballerina paper cutouts from Etsy seller DieCuts4U.
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Ribbon Wall and Ballet Slippers

The ribbon wall was as simple as stapling a mix of ribbons and crepe paper to some twine. Here is a full tutorial in case you want to make your own!
The ballet slippers were made from a paper template by Etsy seller Piggy Bank Parties. They turned out so cute but are definitely time consuming to make (it took me a good 30 minutes of cutting and taping per pair). So if you plan on making these, please don't try to make them the day of the party!
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Crepe Paper Roses

These crepe paper flowers were also time consuming (about an hour a piece), but I had a lot of fun making them and they turned out gorgeous! The best part is Stella can have them as keepsakes for a long time. Stella's middle name is Rose (as is mine!), so incorporating the roses into the party gave it a little personal touch.
Here is my step-by-step paper flower tutorial. 
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Ballerina Birthday Cake

I made Stella a homemade angel food cake with buttercream frosting (a birthday tradition passed down from my grandmother). The cake was topped with a couple of the ballerina paper cutouts and a few pom-poms I made from tuile. The tutu cake stand was actually a big kitchen pot overturned and covered with one of Stella's tutus!

Click here for how to make the ballerina cake and tulle pom-poms.

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Stella's Own Touches

Stella contributed her own DIY projects to our party decor (she is quite the crafty lady herself!) with these ballerina colorings. I framed them and put on the mantel along with some of her tutus.
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The Birthday Girl!

Finally, the little ballerina herself. She had quite the day!
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I've been on a party planning kick lately – you can check out my other parties here!
Post by Haeley : Design Improvised