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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Games – 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.
- Dance routine – after eating, the teacher taught them a very simple dance routine to do at the end for parents. This was really sweet!
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.
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.
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!).