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Real life party – a fairy themed ballet party for a 5 year old

10th May 2017
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Seren’s Fairy Ballet Party

I wrote a bit about Seren’s 5th birthday party which was a fairy ballet party, but  didn’t go though didn’t go into detail. I love reading about real life parties when I’m trying to plan my girls’ birthdays! So, I thought I’d write a post including more details.

Seren’s ballet teachers ran the party, though it wasn’t all ballet dancing.  The party was mostly games with a dance routine at the end. Lots of children’s activities / clubs also run parties so if your child goes to an activity that they love and they will do a party – great! There’s the added bonus that you and your child already know the people involved. Often there’s no need for you to sort out a separate venue.

VENUE & TIMING

We used the church hall where the ballet lessons run but we did have to book it separately. We were pretty restricted to hosting the party after the ballet lessons so went for 2pm-4pm on a Saturday afternoon. I think there’s also sorts of pros and cons to timings and days for parties and there will always be some who can’t make it so go for the day / time that suits you is my opinion!

FAIRY THEME

The ballet teachers offered a range of themes and Seren choose a fairy theme. If you’re a regular reader you will know that fairies feature a lot either at the Fairy Walk at Audley End, the Fairy Garden at Capel Manor or reading the Flower Fairies songs whilst hunting for bluebells.

GUESTS

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Seren asked for girls only as she was going through that sort of phase. I quite liked that this naturally kept numbers a bit lower than they would have otherwise been. I’m pleased that she is playing with boys more this year at school though!

INVITES

We kept this fairly simple and bought invites with fairies on and wrote out the details on them. As the party was in September we started to give them out at the end of the school term in July but if it wasn’t for the summer holidays we would have probably given them out about a month before.

DECOR

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I usually make some decorations so made tissue paper pompoms and paper bag stars. We also had a large 5 balloon too. The decor was pretty simple as only had 10 minutes or so to decorate the hall.

DRESS-UP

I said on the invite that it was fairy themed and some girls came with fairy wings etc which was great and the ballet teachers had wings and wands to lend out too.

PARTY STRUCTURE

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  • Crafts – the girls did about 15 minutes of a craft activity on arrival which was to decorate a paper cut out to be a fairy. I love this sort of thing on arrival as it keeps them busy as people arrive without starting a bigger activity.
  • Fairy-Ballet-Party-Real-LifeGames – we then moved onto games which included Pass The Parcel, Musical Balloons and Duck Duck Goose Goose. The ballet teachers were quite strict on calling people out which caused a few tears!
  • Cake – just before food we lit the candles on the cake and sung happy birthday. This gave us time to cut it up for party bags!
  • Food – we spent about 20-30 minutes having a drink and snack.Fairy-Ballet-Party-Real-Life
  • Dance routine – after eating, the teacher taught them a very simple dance routine to do at the end for parents. This was really sweet!

CAKE

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I made the cake and added fairy toppers. It was a Madeira sponge cake covered in green butter icing to look like a fairy garden and with the toppers, a sugar paste toadstool and fairy door that Andy made added.

FOOD

As we were eating at an odd time – 3pm ish – I made mainly snack food for them. This included humous, bread sticks, crudités, fruit kebabs and, of course, party biscuits, crisps and cakes. The drinks were mini bottles of water or juice (ideally minimising spillages!). I did have a jug of water / soft drinks on the side for adults along with some more grown-up crisps and chocolates.

PARTY BAGS

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I went a bit crazy here and made some fairy bits for the party bags. This is the kind of thing that I like to do and in no way am I suggested anyone else should! I made peg dolls with tutus and wings, a fairy wand with a tulle ball and bell at the end and flower crowns.

Seren loved the party and actually said it was magnificent! Not long before I’ll start thinking about the next one – apparently Moana is the theme of choice (at the moment!).

I hope that helps give you some ideas, if you’re planning a ballet or fairy theme party! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions! Pin for later: Fairy-Ballet-Party-Real-Life

 

8 Comments

  • Reply Elaine @ Entertaining Elliot 11th May 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Seren is a beautiful name! I love planning a birthday party, my little boy is only 4 but he has had pirates, Gruffalo, spooky themed and superheroes over the years 🙂 I have a baby girl now though so I’m going to have to get my head around hosting a more girly party! xx

    • Reply Sian 29th May 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Oooh how exciting! We nearly had a Gruffalo party for Imogen!

  • Reply Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 14th May 2017 at 7:38 pm

    What a gorgeous looking party – your party bags look fantastic! I completely agree on the timings – whatever you pick, it’s not going to work for everyone, so best to pick what’s going to work best for you and your child. I hope she had a wonderful time! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Reply Sian 29th May 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks Katy!

  • Reply Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 16th May 2017 at 11:35 am

    What a beautiful party. We had the girls ballet teacher come and do their party last year and they loved it. It’s coming up to the time of planning this years party and I have no clue what we are going to do this year. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Reply Sian 29th May 2017 at 11:45 pm

      It’s hard to come up with ideas isn’t it?!

  • Reply Catherine @ Story Snug 22nd May 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I love the peg dolls for the party bags! It’s so cute that the teachers taught the girls a routine to show to their parents at the end of the party 🙂

    #MMBC

    • Reply Sian 29th May 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks Catherine!

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