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!