My daughters Hayden and Hadley both have birthdays in December, so we love to celebrate with Christmas or Winter-themed parties, like the Frozen party from 2 years ago. Thankfully since they are 3 and 5 (and don’t know any differently), having a combined birthday party is normal and really fun for them. Since they are getting older and have their own friends, this was the first party that the guests were all little girls instead of families, and we were able to focus on special girly details like place settings and party favors.
I chose this theme for them because my love for the Nutcracker Ballet started when I was their age; I have many fond memories of wearing my fanciest dress and watching the ballet with my mom every Christmas season growing up. During my brief ballet stint, I even was able to be in the ballet, and that made it even more magical. If you aren’t familiar with the story, it begins with a fancy Christmas party with guests showing up to dance and exchange gifts. Clara receives a Nutcracker from her godfather who ends up turning into a prince and whisking her away to the Land of Sweets to watch each “sweet” perform a dance. The set, costumes, dances, and especially the music are gorgeous.
My girls will see the Nutcracker Ballet in about a week, but we’ve been playing the music and watching clips on You Tube and reading the story, and according to Hayden, “I already know how to do ballet. I’m really good.” (Not true. LOL). They already love anything dress up and dancing related, so I knew the opportunity to become ballerinas with their friends and enjoy a feast of sweet treats would be well received. The party was a big hit, and I’m so excited to share the beautiful details with you.
There really is no limit of options during the holidays of goodies that would fit into “The Land of Sweets.” Some items specific to the ballet would be snowflakes, sugar plums, gingerbread, peppermint, tea and coffee, and chocolate, but I went with my girls’ favorite foods and tried to keep the options pretty simple.
Sandwiches were made fancy with a heart shaped sandwich cutter, and those beautiful mini cakes were invented by Nickel’s Cake Creations just for our party! They were so elegant.
- Tea Sandwiches (Peanut Butter and Jelly and Cucumber and Cream Cheese)
- Stonefire Salad (for the Mommies)
- “Crunchy Snow” White Cheddar Puffs
- Berries with “Snow” Dip
- White Chocolate “Snowflake” Pretzels
- Peppermint Meringues
- French Macaron Trees
- Mini Cakes with Pink Chocolate Drizzle
These Macaron Trees were a DIY made from floral styrofoam cones that were painted gold and wrapped with gold tulle.
My inspiration for the main table was to recreate the stage for the Ballet. I used things from my home, like curtains, bottle brush and mercury glass Christmas trees, and my laser cut village from Crate and Barrel that goes on my mantle at Christmastime. The backdrop was glittery snowflake wrapping paper found at Target, and some new pastel ornaments and Nutcrackers were found at Hobby Lobby.
One of my favorite parts of the party was this hand-lettered chalkboard created by Fine Tip Feather just for our special day. I reminds me of posters that would have advertised the Nutcracker long ago, and it was so fun to have it personalized with the girls’ names.
I already had a nutcracker collection, including the large one below that is about four feet tall, but I added Clara and the Mouse King from World Market this year, and the Sugar Plum Fairy from Hobby Lobby. The cupcake toppers are Meri Meri brand, one of my favorite party supply companies.
It was really fun to set a table for our guests, and since there were only 13 of them, the place settings were extra fancy with place cards, personal water bottles tied with gold tulle, and metallic plastic forks and plates. More wrapping paper was turned into a table runner, and small bottle brush trees and mini nutcrackers made for an easy and kid-friendly tablescape.
Each girl got her own tutu to dance in and take home, which is probably what little ballerina dreams are made of. I displayed the tutus on gold glittery hangers with each guest’s name.
Or should I say entertainment? Us parents loved watching the girls learn a dance taught by a real ballerina as they twirled to the Waltz of the Snowflakes. It sure was adorable. Miss Brittany taught them several positions and the french words for them, and they thoroughly enjoyed their lesson.
So there was our magical, twirling-filled day! It was one my girls and I will never forget. I would like to thank my amazing vendors who brought so much beauty to this party with their creative abilities.
Mini cakes and French macarons: Nickel’s Cake Creations
Invitations, name tags, place cards, and food labels: Hello Brielle Designs
Hand-lettering for chalkboard: Fine Tip Feather