Budding little dancers will love the chance to dress up like prima ballerinas and dance the night away at a ballet-themed party.
An invitation to the ballet
Decorate your invitations with ballerinas, ballet pumps or tutus, or design them like tickets to the ballet, with the 'theatre' address and the time curtain rises and falls. Roll them into a scroll and tie with pink ribbon. Ask guests to wear their ballet clothes or bring their leotards if you intend to supply tutus.
Turn your house or party room into a pink and white extravaganza with balloons, ribbons and streamers. You can make your own pom poms from tissue paper and add sparkle with silver glitter. Decorate with ballet posters or pictures of ballerinas, or turn the room into a dance studio, complete with mirror.
Tutus and tiaras
Prepare your ballerina for her debut in a ballet dress or tutu, ballet pumps and a tiara for a glamorous touch. If you're feeling creative, you could make your own tutus and provide one for each guest, which they can wear for the party and then take home.
Prepare lots of dancing games and activities. A CD of The Nutcracker or Swan Lake provides a great soundtrack. Turn Simon says into Ballerina says, point your toes, stand on one foot, do a twirl and so on. Play ballet musical chairs or statues in which they have to dance like ballerinas on tiptoe until the music stops.
Craft activities can include decorating their own paper tiaras or tutus, followed by Pin the tutu on the ballerina. They can hunt for ballet shoes, costume jewellery and other ballet treasure hidden around the house, with the grand finale of a ballet pump piñata. After the excitement, calm them down with a favourite ballet book or DVD.
Turn the table pink with matching tablecloth, plates, cups and serviettes and scatter silver confetti. Tie pink and white balloons to chair backs. Cut sandwiches and cookies into star shapes and serve homemade pink lemonade in teacups. Strawberries dipped in white chocolate, pink marshmallows, wafers and candyfloss all match the theme and a tower of pink iced cup cakes is fabulous presented on a glass cake stand.
As the curtain falls on your little dancers, send them home with their own tutu or tiara, sparkling necklaces or bracelets, a pretty bow for their hair, a ballet book or DVD. A tiny post-performance bouquet of pink or white flowers tied with a ribbon is a lovely final touch.