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Rebekah’s Ballet and Bows Party

I’m thrilled to be able to share Rebekah’s 3rd birthday Ballerina party with you after it has been featured in the recent Confetti Fair magazine which you can buy at the show, news-agencies or subscribe online!

We held the party in November 2013 and went with a “Ballet & Bows” party theme as Rebekah’s daily outfit of choice at the time was always a tutu and bow and she loves to pretend she is a ballerina! I went with the colours of pink, peach and ivory and held a small party at home for her with a few friends.

When planning this ballet & bows party I chose to only use vendors from the Life’s Little Celebration’s children’s party directory! I do genuinely believe you can plan a wonderful party through using the directory and I didn’t need to look elsewhere.

All photos are by Nikki Fitt Photography who I highly recommend and I’ll talk more about the photography later.

Here is the setup of the Ballerina dessert table and children’s table:



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The gorgeous ruffled backdrop, as well as the kids party table, chairs, kids tulle tablecloth and ballerina centrepiece were all hired from Little Wish Parties, and gave a lovely ballerina feel to the party! I just loved that ruffled backdrop which perfectly matched the colour scheme as well!

I love tassel garlands but wanted something a bit different for this party. The wonderful Sara of Pom Pom Princess designed the tulle tassel garland you see at the front of table along with the tulle pom pom spoons on the jelly cups:

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I kept the table quite simple and symmetrical – it meant an easier setup which is important for me when I have 2 toddlers running around on the day.

The gorgeous cake along with the bow macarons, ballerina slipper cake pops and cookie stacks were all created by It’s a Cake Thing (by Jhoanee) and tasted as good as they looked!:

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To keep the ballerina party theme going I used mini tutu’s from Tiny Tutu Cake Couture to wrap around the jelly cups and milk bottles. It created a really pretty effect – they are designed to be used on cupcake wrappers but I think they can work on a range of items!

The paper bows on the table were created by Penny Lane Studio who always creates such lovely decor.

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I incorporated bows wherever I could to continue the “Ballet & Bows” theme, so hanging over the drink dispenser is a bow garland by PS Made with Love who created bow balloon tails as well (see photo further down):

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Above the children’s table I created a cluster of hanging decorations – lanterns, paper fans and tulle poms which I bought from various party boutiques in my directory (Ruby Rabbit Partyware, Occasion by Design, The Party Parlour, Pom Pom Princess).

This was a lot more time consuming than I realised, trying to get the cluster/spacing just right! Thankfully this party was held at home and I could set this up the day before.

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On the children’s table I used lace paper plates, and pretty bow spoons created by Bespoke Party Products. Around the milk bottles I wrapped the mini tutu’s from Tiny Tutu Cake Couture (you must visit their range if you’re planning a ballerina party!).

The girls loved having their own table to sit at and it actually made them stay in one spot and eat their lunch!

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I loved the bow balloon tails made by Liv of PS Made with Love to continue the bow theme.

Liv also created a “Pin the tutu on the ballerina” poster along with personalised little tutu’s for the girls to stick onto the poster! They were stunning with tulle and bows attached :

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I had organised a little tutu for each of the girl’s on the day so they could each feel like a little ballerina.

Nicole from Pretty and Print created the customised printables for this party

Personalised swing tags were made for each of the tutu’s with the girl’s name and character image:

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For the invitation I wanted a mini story book to be created as Rebekah loves storytelling with people she knows. Nicole of Pretty and Print created this lovely story with her friends, telling the story of them being invited to her 3rd birthday party and Rebekah really enjoys this little invite/book we can still read after the party.

I cannot speak more highly of Nicole’s designs and service!

I printed these invitations and then bound them with twine to create a little book:

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For the party favour along with the tutu, each girl received a tutu ballerina bag (from The Party Parlour) along with a bow and some ballerina goodies I purchased from Party & Co and Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations. I always enjoy putting together something lovely for the kids to take home.

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As mentioned before Nikki from Nikki Fitt Photography was the photographer. I couldn’t recommend her more highly as we were so happy with the photos she took of the party and the friends and family there.

She had wonderful rapport with Rebekah to be able to take some lovely single shots of her at the start of the party as well. She captured lots of special and fun moments. I’m always careful not to share too many personal images of my children on my blog otherwise I would love to show you all the gorgeous moments she captured!

By the way the cute little tiara party hats you can see my youngest Naomi wearing below were from Party & Co and were such unique pretty hats – highly recommend them for any girly party theme as the kids enjoyed wearing them!

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Fairy Crystal from Diamond Fairy Parties entertained and enchanted the girls with her fairy ballet. I am so glad I booked someone for the party. With only 6 girls I was going to skip on paid entertainment.  However having Fairy Crystal there meant that the parents could eat lunch in peace while the kids were entertained and enchanted and Rebekah absolutely loved the dancing, facepainting and games.

I did also run pass the parcel and pin the tutu on the ballerina (as mentioned above) however running these games with a group of toddler age children definitely wasn’t as easy as I expected which made me grateful I had organised extra entertainment.

We also had a table setup with some ballerina colouring in sheets and crayons for an extra activity and PS Made with Love designed the ballerina colouring sheets.

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We honestly had a wonderful day celebrating Rebekah’s 3rd birthday! It was the smallest birthday celebration (numbers wise) we have had for one of our girls and it made the party very relaxed. Rebekah really enjoyed the company of her sister and 5 friends.

I hope you enjoyed the photos! It was a lot of fun to put this party together and with Rebekah turning 3 it was the first party she truly understood and appreciated.

As I was setting it up she kept saying “mum, it is so beautiful!”. Those words made everything so worth it because she is so beautiful and I hope the party reflected her.

Happy party planning!







posted on 23rd Feb 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

Minnie Mouse Party theme

Minnie Mouse is one of those classic characters that seems to continue being so popular for a girl’s party! It is easy to style based around either pinks or reds and polka-dots. Think bows, mouse ears, minnie mouse silhouettes and spots.

I hope you enjoy these selections! A lot of what I’ve chosen are from the vendors in the Life’s Little Celebration’s children’s party directory so make sure you have a browse of the categories there when planning your party!

You can also view my Minnie Mouse pinterest board here.


Invitations and Printables



Minnie Mouse inspired invitation and printables – 2 Love Birds




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Minnie Mouse party printables – Edgehouse Design




Vintage minnie mouse party printables – Pretty and Print




Minnie Mouse party stationery – I Will Invitations





Minnie Mouse Paperie – Memories are Sweet




Minnie Mouse inspired printables – Giggles and Grace Design





Printed Minnie Mouse party pack (bunting, favour tubes, chocolate bars etc) - Barbe a Papa

Printed Minnie Mouse party pack (bunting, favour tubes, chocolate bars etc) – Barbe a Papa



This cute design is available in red or pink:

Minnie Mouse printable invitations – Upon a Time Design



Minnie Mouse photo invitation - Sweetheart Party Extras

Minnie Mouse photo invitation – Sweetheart Party Extras



Some cute fill in invitations:



Minnie Mouse invitations – Just Party Supplies




Minnie Mouse 1st birthday invitation – Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations






On my Minnie Mouse pinterest board I pinned a great decoration idea during a black lantern for Minnie’s head and 2 black paper pom poms on the sides for Minnie’s ears with an attached pink bow in the middle! Easy to re-create using these black lanterns (the same store also has black pom pom’s):


Black lanterns – Just Party Supplies




Polka dot pom pom – Sweet Tea Party Supplies



Black polka dot paper fan – Sweet Celebrations


Pink and white polka dot lantern – Little Red Chick



Wildberry giant round balloon – Ruby Rabbit



Polka dot balloons – Saffy & May




Red and white polka dot lantern – Sweet Celebrations



Teeny tiny red honeycomb garland kit – Love The Occasion


Cute spot garland would look great in the party theme colours:


Custom made spot garland – Hanging Pretty


Love this tassel garland look! If you’re looking for someone local to create something similar try Ruffles and Bells


Minnie Mouse tassel garland – The Paper Jar (ETSY)



Tulle pom pom’s are always pretty – this trio of colours is perfect for a Minnie Mouse party:


Tule pom pom trio – Pom Pom Princess




Streamers are always an easy party decoration:


Pink and white polka dot streamers – Just Party Supplies



Ruffled crepe paper Minnie Mouse – Have Your Party (ETSY)








Pink polka dot table runner – Sweet Tea Party Supplies



Mini dot red tablerunner – The Party Parlour




Minnie Mouse tablecloth – Just Party Supplies



Minnie Mouse large paper plates – Just Party Supplies




Minnie Mouse plates – Fantasy Kids Parties




Sambellina Red and white polka dot plates – Just Party Supplies



Cake plate raspberry and white polka dots – Little Red Chick




Minnie Mouse napkins – Piece of Cake Parties and celebrations


Red and white polka dot napkins – Little Red Chick



Pink polka dot napkins – Ruby Rabbit



Customised wooden spoons – Bespoke Party Products




Wooden dessert spoons – Love The Occasion



Red spot straws – Party & Co





Sweet Treats


Black polka dot cupcake cases – Ruby Rabbit



Baking cups red and white polka dot – Little Red Chick


Square spot patty cups – The Party Parlour





Red polka dot cupcake stand – Ready To Party



Minnie Mouse toppers - Sweetheart Party Extras

Minnie Mouse toppers – Sweetheart Party Extras





Polka dot cupcake pics – Penny Lane Studio




Personalised minnie mouse cake topper – Ginger Babies on ETSY





Pink polka dot candles – Sweet Celebrations



Jansen + Co red cake stand – Leo & Bella




Special Themed Items & Props


Some sweet party masks for the kids:


Minnie Mouse face masks – Fantasy Kids Parties



Classic figurines like this one are lovely props and keepsakes to use on your dessert table:

Minnie Mouse Figurine – Peters of Kensington




These cardboard suitcases are wonderful as risers on your dessert table:


Pink polkadot suitcase set – Bickiboo



How about a Minnie Mouse cardboard prop to hire? Perfect for photos!

Minnie Mouse prop to hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)









Cute tubes customised for your theme and filled with special treats:


Minnie Mouse favour tubes - Sweetheart Party Extras

Minnie Mouse favour tubes – Sweetheart Party Extras


These soap favours are definitely unique and practical and can be customised for this theme:



Mickey or Minnie soap favours (can be made in pink) – Soap Buddies



The girls might enjoy some Minnie headbands:


Minnie Mouse headbands – Fantasy Kids Parties




Minnie mouse headband – Fantasy Kids Parties




Minnie Mouse tattoos – Just Party Supplies


Love these packaging ideas for your favours. You could fill them with bows, bangles, hair clips etc for the girls:



Favour bows and bags – Penny Lane Studio




Black polka dot favour bags – Ruby Rabbit





Pink polka dot favour bags – Sweet Tea Party Supplies



Red polkadot gift box – Sweet Celebrations




Black and white polka dot gift box – Just Party Supplies



Real Parties

Enjoy more inspiration from these real parties:

Super sweet Minnie Mouse party by Saffy & May

Lovely Vintage Minnie Mouse party styled by Kouzina Events

Very pretty Minnie Mouse 3rd birthday styled by Sensationally Sweet Events



posted on 27th Jan 2014 | Tags: , , , , ,

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