March 10, 2016

a pink and red ballet kitty birthday party

Yes.  Pink.  And red.  And kitties.  AND ballet!  That is what Elsie asked for to celebrate her third birthday.  Her favorite colors are pink and red.  My extremely allergic to cats little girl is OBSESSED with cats.  And she has been very much into dance lately.  Not to mention she loves the Mia ballet books.  So we did our best to make her little dreams come true.

I absolutely love throwing parties.  My mom and I have put together several.  But this might very well be my current favorite.  On Friday when I hung all ten pink little tutus, I pretty much squealed with joy.  They looked so cute hanging there, and I knew they would be even cuter adorning ten adorable little girls sporting sparkly cat ears.


For decorations I pretty much purchased anything pink or red that I deemed cute and tossed it up.  We also made a tutu wreath for the mirror, a yarn pom garland for the mantle, and purchased small mylar balloons to spell out 'meow'.  My silhouette came in handy for making tags and place cards, and the scraps from those became some cat head confetti.

Per the usual, my mom absolutely did not disappoint with the food.  We had peanut butter & jelly, ham & cheese sliders, fruit kebabs, summer sausage and cheese, fresh veggies, summer salsa + chips, and chex mix.  The desserts included cake and sugar cookies made by Jenny (she is pretty freaking amazing), along with red velvet swirled brownies, chocolate dipped pretzel spoons and cups of strawberry shortcake goldfish grahams + m&ms.  I love love LOVED the sliders.  Really.  I ate way too many of them.  And they were good reheated.  My mom said she cut back on the amount of butter the recipe called for, and we all still thought there might be a little too much.  Especially my husband who is not a fan of butter.  But still.  Very very good.  Drinks consisted of water bottles, raspberry lemonade and strawberry milk for the kiddos.  My mom randomly found the ridiculous straws in her stash of party stuff.


To entertain all the kiddos I printed out some coloring sheets featuring cats and ballerinas.  We also had a friend come over to draw whiskers on faces.  Beyond that, eating, opening presents and free reign of the playroom kept everyone occupied.  Oh I also read one of the Mia books to everyone before we opened presents.  I was worried that the kids would be bored without any really structured activities, but that just wasn't the case.  Eating took a while.  Presents took a while.  And then they were just happy to play with all our toys.

We sent everyone home with a homemade cat ear headband.  I ordered the glitter fabric for the ears from here.  The girls also got pink tutus that I ordered from here.  Elsie's leotard was purchased here, and I added her name after cutting the material with my silhouette.  I purchased the glitter heat transfer vinyl from here.  Elsie's cute little bracelets are from here.


We definitely went over the top.  It absolutely wasn't necessary.  But man I love throwing parties.  And Elsie was so dang happy and just pleased all day, it just melted my heart.  Love you Elsie Belsie girl!


Caits said...

That is the best party! So awesome Ashley!

Sarah said...

What a great party theme!! I adore all of the PINK, especially as a girly girl boymom!

Justine Y @ Little Dove said...

Oh my gosh, everything is so cute! You always do such a great job. Love all the pink and red together. :)