Sadie’s Ballet Bash!

聽Phew! I made it through a bridal shower, helping with my sister’s wedding (which I still need to blog about), and now a ballet birthday bash-all in a week and a half! I’m exhausted to say the least. But my birthday girl had a blast and that’s what matters! We had a girls only party-as requested by the birthday girl. We’re moving into the drop-off-friend-party phase, and I gotta say, I like it! Much smaller scale, which is nice. I also bought some things ahead of time, but most of this party was thrown together in the last week. yikes. I don’t like doing that, but it worked out fine! Just a little stressful.

So with this party, at first I picked out a mint and pink theme, but then it kinda morphed into pink and white with gold touches. Just a note, this post will have some affiliate links to stuff I used, because of the nature of a party post it’s more than usual. But, these links fund my party habit, so thanks in advance! 馃槈

First off, the amazing invite designed by my awesome pal Tara over at Paper Patch Ink! I took a picture of Sadie in her ballet recital outfit and she turned that into this amazing silhouette which was showcased on the invitation! I love everything about it! She has tons more fabulous designs in her shop and does custom designs as well. Can’t say enough good things about her!

I had a little corner set up with everything a ballerina needs!

I made a quick last minute sign for the corner!

I strung some twill tape up and clipped tutus and pearl necklaces (affiliate link) on for each girl. The tutus I got from my sponsor, The Ribbon Retreat! They are great quality and it fits most kids 2 and up, which was true! The girls loved wearing them and dressing up like ballerinas!

I also ordered some last minute dress up items which I’m glad I did! Some tiaras, wands, and sparkly bracelets, which were a hit!聽 (

I set up an over the door mirror for the girls to preen in front of, and my sister Julia did their make up! They all loved it! She also taught them some simple ballet steps and they had a great time dancing around!

I had a table all set up for the girls to eat their lunch at, bought some cute pink daisies and stuck them in my milk glass vases down the center of the table.

I had just enough of these fantastic pink plates leftover from the bridal shower so I used them at this party, too! They were per-fect. I also grabbed some pink chevron straws and covered some wooden forks with pink striped washi tape.

My sis also helped a ton with stringing up tons of streamers and paper lanterns. I owe ya one, Julia!

I gathered all the pinkish decor around the house that involved Sadie and displayed that as well!

The dessert table was so fun! I really drove home the pink and white theme here. lol a little tulle swagged around the front and sides was barely noticeable in pics but cute in real life.

I made some cherry chip cupcakes (from a box…for shame! haha jk nothing against box mixes…they were pretty darn good) and frosted them with this amazing buttercream recipe that I’m lovin. Topped them off with some vintage-esque plastic ballerinas! Sadie absolutely LOVED carefully placing these on top. Cupcake liners: I can’t remember where I got them, but Etsy has a ton of listings. Search for cupcake/candy/nut cups.

Milk glass cake plate from my amazing grandma…who noticed a few years back how I pined after her amazing vintage cake plate and gave it to me. Love ya Grandma! All the rest of the cake plates/bowls were either made by me, or thrifted.

Ordered some pink lollipops (affiliate link), wrapped some floral foam in tissue paper and some lace, and stuck them in! easy. I also set the large cake plate on a box for some height.

聽I made some ballet slipper and tutu cookies-and frosted them with pale pink and white frosting. For the big one I used this cutter. I think I used a candy corn cookie cutter squeezed together on one end for the baller slipper, and a princess dress cookie cutter (similar…affiliate link) for the tutus (with most of the skirt cut off). I love the way the ruffled edge on that one on the bottom of the cake plate worked out! The girls had fun directing me when I decorated these.

“More polka dots mom!”-Sadie

” I want to eat dat.” -Charlotte.

I bought some strawberry marshmallows and stuck in some gold heart toothpicks I had made for my sister’s shower but didn’t use, then dipped them in white almond bark. Yum! and so pretty.

聽With the leftover bark I dipped some large pretzels and then sprinkled some sparkly white sprinkles on top. Yum again!

I saved the rest of the meringues from my sister’s shower and put those out, too. Sadie loves them!

Another thing she requested: macarons! yum. My favorite, but I don’t think I’ll make them again for a kids party again unless I’m craving them. Not a lot of them got eaten. Darn, right? 馃槈 Except I went on a macaron bender later that night…
For lunch I made some yummy fruit salad and served it in these adorable cups! I also made some tiny heart sandwiches with peanut butter, and strawberry cream cheese…which I didn’t get a pic of. Add some string cheese and pink party punch…and that’s what they ate for lunch!

I added to the tissue paper garland from the bridal shower and hung that up behind the table, along with some more paper lanterns and tissue puffs. (similar….affiliate link)

I used the same chalkboard method and designed this in Illustrator for the party-I love it! Probably one of my favorite parts of the party.

I printed off some ballerina coloring pages for the kids to color and these shoes were one of the pages so I just used the same image for the chalkboard.

聽For the favors (along with all the dress up goodies!), I packaged them up in these adorable chevron bags, made some “thanks for dancing by” tags, and finished them off with some sparkly ribbon and glitter heart toothpicks when I ran out of ribbon. Make it work, right?!

聽I filled the bags with a lollipop, bendy ballerina toy, ballet shoe notebook, and glittery lip gloss. So girly!

One last piece of decor. I hung up an old tinsel wreath from Christmas (which I just took down two weeks ago…haha) and hung Charlotte’s ballet shoes in the middle. Charlotte’s because they were newer, looked nicer, and because Sadie was wearing hers. 馃榾

add a blurry shot from Instagram and this post is complete. Hope you liked it in all it’s pink and white frothy glory!


  1. ohh! so fun! where did you get the ballerina cupcake toppers? and the big pink paper lanterns?

  2. you should write a book on parties…
    this is just not normal 馃檪
    so great! I wish I was invited haha

  3. I would say Saddie is lucky to have a mama like you !

  4. You are amazing! I’m more a hand drawn donkey on butcher’s paper taped to the back of the door kind of party host but I’m in awe of what you’ve done (along with all the grown up stuff too).

  5. Just amazing, I am in awe of your party bashes!
    The birthday girl looked so happy.
    Katie x

  6. I LOVE your parties – they look so beautiful.

  7. It looks so perfect! What a sweet girly party! The girls are lucky to have such a great mum!

  8. This is amazing! Another party well done. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Amazing. That’s the firt thing that comes to mind… Oh, and could you come and fly over to Belgium in october? Then my little girl turns five, and I’m short of a party planner 馃槈

  10. I CANNOT believe your parties Jess!!! your daughters will have such amazing memories of these special days. amazing!!

  11. Looks like an awesome party! Bet everyone had fun

  12. Oh Jess this party is beautiful. Everything looks like it’s covered with swiss merengue buttercream. This is so inspiring.

  13. Amazing…AGAIN! your cookies always blow me away. I would not have the patience!

  14. Beautiful party! You are wonder woman for getting all that done in a week and a half!

  15. it looks adorable – i’m sure my little girl would love love LOVE a party in pink 馃槈

  16. What a BEAUTIFUL PARTY !!!!! Great job Mom and Sadie looks so BEAUTIFUL in her outfit. I am sure she will never forget her day Mom made just for her. P.s. your girls are by far the cutest and so darling I have ever seen …. You inspire me so very much to do things for my grand daughters.. Thanks for all you do & share!!!! Linda Lee oh HAPPY BIRTHDAY SADIE!!!!!!!

  17. Adorable! This is the perfect little girl party!

  18. I love reading about your 2 eldest girls as they are the same age as mine! We just had a round of 5th birthday parties and are moving into the drop off phase too which definitely makes the crowd smaller. My 5 year old does ballet so great idea for a next party!

  19. Such pretty things you decorated with. Lovely soft pink colors all around. Sadie is a lucky little girl. My grand-daughter’s name is also Saidey, but spelled differently.

  20. AMAZING, Jess!! Seriously…..the party is gorgeous and your photography is blowing my mind. Beautiful work!

  21. I LOVE all of the details from this party! I teach dance here in KY and I will have to use some of those ideas for girls!

  22. Amazing! Puts my daughter’s no prep party at McDonald’s to shame! You’ve definitely got talent, Jess!

  23. Wow! Gorgeous!

  24. Ok i LOVE this! I SO wish you could come help me with my parties! Not that I throw a TON (Especially lately) But when I do, it would be nice to have a professionals help so that I could have ALL this CUTENESSS to brag about! Lol SO SO lovely!! Great job, yet AGAIN! Love ya!

  25. Encantador…. ! Lo tendr茅 en cuenta para el a帽o entrante para Cloe, mi hija que el domingo pasado cumpli贸 4 a帽itos. Le cuento que la tem谩tica fue de vaquerita, por estos lados no es muy habitual pero todo sali贸 muy lindo y tom茅 mucho en cuenta de lo que Usted hab铆a realizado a帽os anteriores…. un mill贸n de GRACIAS!!!! Saludos desde argentina… en breve subir茅 algunas fotos…

  26. Your parties are always so gorgeous, but it’s slightly depressing how much your “Oh, I just threw it together quick…” party puts my “I’ve been planning this for months!” party to shame! ;D

  27. My little girl would love this kind of party ! And me too! We are both ga ga for pinky – girly – ballet stuff ! You did an awesome job – again ! And darn if your last minute parties put my year long planning to shame 馃槈 and those cookies ? Girl – you could start a business with those ! Keep up the fabulousness 馃檪

  28. Just GORGEOUS!!!!! You did amazing and she’ll treasure these memories and pictures forever!

  29. Wow, I seriously LOVE this party. That silhouette on the invitations is so clever!
    I’m a little surprised that the macarons were barely touched… my 3-year-old adores them. It must have something to do with the abundance of other beautiful confections. =)

  30. Amazingness overload!!! This is fantastic and the pictures have me drooling (or maybe it’s the dessert table…) Beautiful! Hope you’re taking some down time now!!

  31. Jess it’s so beautiful and perfect for your little ballerina! Love the “dress up station” for a kids party (saw it here now and on EmmmyLizzzy’s kitty dress up)…gotta do that next time! Happy birthday, Sadie! Em and I need to get cracking on her present! 馃榾

  32. Hola! No lo puedo creer!!! El 18 fue el cumple de Cloe y me inspir贸 mucho el cumple de vaquerita que hiciste el a帽o anterior y ahora a un par de haber finalizado Cloe me pide que su pr贸ximo cumple sea de bailarinas!!!! ME SALVARAS!!! Todo tan bonito…….. mil gracias y saludos!

  33. Happy birthday Sadie 馃槈

  34. You pulled it off! It’s adorable. I hope I can pull something off for my birthday girl soon. yikes.

  35. Oh my goodness. Every little girl’s dream. good mom!

  36. Hi, I’m obsessed, Obsessesd! What is the gold in the tissue garland hanging up in the back? It doesn’t look like tissue paper and I will attempt to have your super powers for my little ones birthday party! thanks!

  37. OMG so pretty!!!!! Where’d you find the ballet shoe notepads?


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