Monday, April 16, 2012

Angelina Ballerina Birthday


Last Wednesday was the day before Madeleine turned 4 1/2. And on that day we had a fabulous Angelina Ballerina Birthday party.  Yes, six months late. (It kept getting put off for various reasons, but ultimately, we had to do it before moving.  I work well under deadlines. ;)


We kept the decor simple simple...pink and purple balloons...


...and a few books for decoration...


...and storytime.  I found both these titles on Amazon...and each is delightful...both the story and the illustrations.  (With lots of pink and purple by coincidence, keeping with the color theme!)
I love the one of Madeleine reading...Mimi was able to capture several precious ones of her absorbed in her new story!


Each guest (three friends + Madeleine & Hadleigh) chose a tutu to wear and then take home.  My Mom and I had some late-night fun the evening before creating them the night before.  It's a very simple project, though a little time intensive. (I'll work on a tutorial soon!)


And then we worked on a craft that has had me excited about a ballerina birthday since I first saw it on pinterest!  Each girl chose a leotard and flower...


...and had their hands painted shades of pink and purple...


...to create these darling handprint art pieces.   I was completely surprised that Madeleine made a pink one...but for some reason, much of this party she wanted pink.


I had the most fun with her cake, though.  And it was worth it for the look on her face!

She requested a pink cake with Angelina on it.  (I surprised her with a real Angelina toy figure...she was expecting Angelina out of icing?!?!?)  

I had seen the ruffle cake ages ago, and this seemed the perfect chance to attempt it.  I used this tutorial and was surprised how very easy this is to create. And such pretty results.  I will be doing this again. It's addicting!


A little surprise of lavender frosting inside. :)

She was so very excited that it was her party day...possibly a bit too excited.  But she had such a fun time with her friends. They all played so sweetly together...and I think she enjoyed every bit of it.


This little girl, full of joy and spunk and sweet cuddles, is such a blessing to our family. 

And that's something to celebrate.

ETA: I have received many emails, comments, and questions regarding the Angelina cake topper. Angelina seemed to have lost her retail appeal the year that Madeleine requested this party theme; I could barely find anything other than books locally. I finally found an Angelina playset on Amazon. It contains Angelina and Polly figures and a small house with furniture. I removed the Angelina figure for the cake and then wrapped the rest of it as a gift. 

At the time of this edit, it is priced around $60 which is a lot more than the $18 I paid for in 2012. Here's another option that is a little bit less expensive: Angelina Sweets and Dance Shop

If you find another good option, feel free to leave your own suggestions for Angelina toppers in the comments!

9 comments:

Cathy Pascual said...

oh wow! What an amazing party. Love it all! Esp. the handprint art!

Nevette said...

It was such a memory maker from beginning to end! I loved all your creative ideas and all the LOVE you put into it making Madeliene's 41/2 birthday party so special. None of the guests wanted to go home! You're an amazing Mommy & party planner! I love you and was so blessed by being there!

Ella said...

precious. every single detail. if we had girls, i would totally recreate all of your sweet ideas! loved the handprint tutu!! what a special and memorable birthday!!

Jen Kershner said...

What a magical party. It's clear how much love you put into it. I bet she will never forget it!

teacher jessy said...

I love the art you prepared for the girls! So pretty!! What a beautiful party :)

alooneylife said...

so fun!!! adalyn loves angelina ballerina and wears a tutu almost everyday and you inspired me for a party for her!!!

Becky Bell said...

where did you find the angelina cake topper? my daughter wants a pink cake with angelina on it too! I love this party you did!

Lindsey Marlor said...

I wanted to know where you got the cake topper as well? looking to purchase something soon and all the cake people i have contacted won't just do toppers
lindseymarlor@gmail.com

eedots said...

Another mom looking to find an Angelina cake topper! Where did you get that? It's so cute!
knightcap1178@aol.com

 

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