Since pink seems to be the theme of the week, let me show you Penelope’s 3rd birthday party!
I don’t think that all moms should do over the top parties if their kid has no interest in them, or if the mom doesn’t like do that sort of thing. And I certainly don’t think this is something that “good moms” do or that you aren’t a good mom if you don’t throw parties like this. For me, throwing this party for Penelope felt really good.
This was my art time. I have always loved painting and ceramics, but I don’t have the time or space to have an art studio, so this is my creative outlet. I don’t paint or make jewelry or knit. I dream, design and plan parties!
I can’t even describe what a joy it was to throw this party for Penelope. I planned and prepared months and months in advance. Penelope helping me along the whole way. Each trip to the craft store, each hour spent crafting, she was by my side, giddy with excitement about her party. Some afternoons I would catch her with a roll of ribbon, wandering around her playroom talking and singing to herself. I would ask what she was doing and it was always “decorating for my party!”
Her first and second birthday parties were at home and seemed to overwhelm her a bit. I am not sure if it was just because she was a year older or because I kept the invite list as small as possible, but this year she had a blast from the first minute to the last. Not a single crying fit or need to sit and nurse for a bit to relax. Seeing her so happy and joyful and being able to do something for that was exactly what she wanted, exactly what she hoped for, made my heart swell.
With the print cookbook coming out the week before her birthday and lots of promotional stuff I had to do, I was swamped and was lucky enough to have the help of some amazing Etsy artists this year. I was blown away by the quality of everything that was sent to Penelope.
And I am THRILLED to be able to give away everything that was given to Penelope, so that one little girl will get the EXACT party Penelope did. Everything I bought or made myself has been neatly packed away in two huge boxes ready to be shipped to one lucky girl. Everything that Penelope was sent from businesses will also be sent to the lucky winner.
This giveaway is a total of over $800!!!! See the last page of the post on how to enter.
My friend Lauren put together the dessert table for me. She has such a good eye for placement, height variation, and color to make the table absolute perfection. She also took all of these pictures! It was SO nice to be able to focus on Penelope and our guests and not run around like a crazy person taking pictures.
The ombré cupcakes were made special by Lucy & Leo’s Cupcakes. They were gluten free and they used all natural food dye. The French macaroons were from a local natural grocery store called Earth Fare. They were not gluten free (and of course, it was the dessert Penelope ate the most of) but they were made with natural food dyes. It’s much easier to use natural food dye when the party theme is pink (unlike my Apple party red food dye disaster last year!).
The pink ballet slipper sugar cookies were sent to us from the Etsy shop Sugar Fairies. I was so impressed that they shipped perfectly, not a single crack or crumble and the box they were shipped in was adorable. Penelope squealed with delight when the package came and she opened it up to see the ballerina slipper cookies. People who can ice cookies like this impress me so much. I gave up trying to learn how to do perfect Martha Stewart cookies a long time ago.
The wooden peg ballerina cake topper was from Giggle Box. She was kind enough to send a couple to Penelope and she now has the one from the party in her bedroom on display, and then she plays with the other dolls.
Penelope really loved the dessert table. When we first walked in, she immediately wanted to be lifted up to see all the sweets. And she immediately went for a French macaroon.
She was very excited to wear her special Penny & A Wish ballerina necklace. I only let her wear it for special occasions since she normally has on her amber necklace. Penelope was given this necklace for her first recital last May and I am so excited that Penny & A Wish offered to give away another necklace in this big party round up giveaway.
I made the two table skirt tutus and the two cake stand tutus, exactly like how I make regular tutus. I had to buy a couple of white cake stands and I had to borrow a couple too. I really love the look of all the different cake stands.
I also made the cup cake toppers. I bought Martha Stewart stickers and hot-glued them to a toothpick, a flower on each side of the toothpick.
The banner is from The Polka Dot Press. They also did the invitations, and I got the chalk board labels, and paper straws from them as well.
Silly Lily’s Tutus sent us 12 pink tutus that were a party favor for each girl. Penelope loves giving gifts as much as she does getting gifts so she really enjoyed handing each guest their favor when they walked in. Each girl got a pink tutu and a pink wand. I got the wands at Target for less than $1 each, and these small metal buckets with the chalk label on them already were also in the Target $1 bins. Major score.
I made a number 3 sign exactly the same way I make a tutu. I cut out a big cardboard number three and then wrapped the tulle around it with small pieces. This is the same canvas board that I have used each year for her birthday. Each year I just put new fabric around it or paint over it. It’s gonna be fun seeing if I can come up with a new way to do her birthday number each year.
I also hand painted some cheap wood salad spoons and some throw away spoons and forks with the ombré pink colors.
My friend Randi from the blog Homemade Parade and party planner at the Polka Dot Press helped me set up the morning of the party. She is so witty and she came up with the name Ballet Slipper Sipper for the adult beverage cocktail of Prosecco and sparkling Pink Lemonade. She is tiny, but man, she is a powerhouse of ideas and inspiration!
The girls had the option of pink lemonade juice or water.
I always have five million mason jars at my house for making jam or smoothies, but this year I came across these super cool mason jar lids that have a hole for a straw. Perfect for older toddlers and little kids to prevent spills.
I painted these menu cards myself. It was so easy. I just borrowed Penelope’s nice watercolor set and did the pink ombré first and then when the paint dried, I did a stamp of the ballerina in hot pink ink. I added the food name in black marker.
I also did the same thing for Penelope’s thank you cards.
The pink tissue paper pom poms and the felt flowers are from Martha Stewart’s craft collection at Micheals. The pink ballons are from Sweet Shop Lulu, the same place I got the mason jar lids. I also got her pink, skinny candles from there.
This beautiful handmade ballerina tutu wreath was sent to us from Shop Fluff. The little handmade ballerina shoes in the middle of the wreath were too much cuteness for me, I could barely stand it! I was so impressed with the wreath’s quality. In fact we have it hanging in Penelope’s bedroom and it is the perfect party keepsake for her.
Penelope had such a good time in the dance class portion of the party. She loved that Miss Amanda was there just for her party and that she wore a special pink tutu herself. Penelope loved all the extra attention and being able to perfom. The bottom right picture is of her taking her bow.
Miss Amanda is her regular ballet teacher and the owner of Community Ballet. Right now she just teaches in our neighborhood, but will eventually branch out to other areas of the community. Not only is she an amazing dance teacher, she is so kind and gentle with the girls. She is the complete opposite of that horrible woman with her own TV dance competition show that verbally abuses little girls. In addition to teaching regular ballet classes, she also does little girls’ parties like Penelope’s. She even performed for a few minutes and Penelope gasped in delight to see Miss Amanda twirl and leap into the air as a real ballerina (Miss Amanda, pre-mommyhood days, was an actual professional ballerina).
And lastly, a little bit about her lust-worthy ballerina princess dress from the one of a kind, amazing designer Tutu Du Monde. Run to her site right now and I promise you will be there for 30 minutes trying to figure out either how you could possibly squeeze yourself into one because they are so fab! Or you will sit there trying to figure out what household items you will need to sell off to be able to buy your daughter something. I was joking with Lauren when we were looking at the party photos together and I mentioned that I was beyond grateful that I didn’t have to buy a dress for Penelope, because I don’t think I would have paid that much money for a dress for her. And she looked at me and cocked her head to the side, and said “Who are you kidding!? You would have been out on the corner selling lemonade if you had to, to be able to afford it, P. You are exactly her target market.” And I laughed because she was totally right. Even if we hadn’t been sent one, I would have totally bought Penelope this dress.
I was worried that because it was so fancy that it would be fragile, but she played hard in the dress during her party and it held up well. She has since worn it around town and church and it really is a well made quality dress. The other thing I like is that the straps are adjustable, so she will get at least another year of wear out of it.
So there you have it folks! My Sweet P’s third birthday! It went off nearly with out a hitch. I forgot both her ballet shoes and a lighter, and my husband, Peter, had to run home on two different occasions in the middle of the party to fetch them, but other than that it was perfect. I could not have done with out all my lovely friends who contributed to this party. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making Penelope’s birthday so special and making her feel so loved.
Party Supply Giveaway Listing:
- Shop Fluff (the Ballerina Tutu Wreath, $35, handmade ballerina slippers $8)
- Sugar Fairies (the ballet slipper sugar cookies, $32 for a dozen)
- Giggle Box (the wooden peg ballerina cake topper, $25)
- Silly Lily’s Tutus (the party favor tutus for the girls, $20 each)
- Penny & A Wish (stering silver ballerina necklace, $47)
- The Polka Dot Press (chalk banner $42 -$3 a triangle, chalk labels $2.50 for 5, paper straws $12 and custom invitations $1.60 each, with a min of 12)
- Community Ballet (private ballet party, $100) *this is only in the giveaway if a local reader wins, sorry!*
Giveaway bundle from Me:
$125 Visa Gift card to buy whatever else you need for your party
6 Martha Stewart acordian pom poms
6 Martha Stewart tissue paper pom poms
20 Martha Stewart flower stickers made into cupcake toppers
12 Martha Stewart felt flowers (they match the cupcake toppers)
3 shades of pink paper plates (about 8 to 10 plates in each shade of pink)
50 light pink paper straws
2 rolls of pink ombre wire ribbon
11 cupcake wrappers, they look like flowers and are two shades of pink
8 hot pink cupcake wrappers
6 rolls of tulle, 25 yards each, three shades of pink
1 set of pink ombre stripped napkins
1 roll of pink bakers twine
pink ink pad
2 wooden serving spoons painted with three pink ombre stripes
10 chalkboard stickers
2 tutu table skirts
2 tutu cake stand skirts
6 pots of silk, pink flowers, 2 of each 3 shades of pink.
TOTAL GIVEAWAY VALUE $800!!!!!
I am so excited for one lucky girl to get this party. And I am honestly just as excited that nothing is going to waste this year. I worked so hard on everything and then you use it for two hours and its still in perfect condition but then what are you going to do with it?
We’re going to do this a little different than we’ve ever done before on the blog, so pay attention to the entry requirements below!
All you have to do is pin a picture to one of your Pinterest boards, preferably a party idea board. You must also tag Mama and Baby Love (so that means you have to follow me if you don’t already).
Once you pin a picture and tag me, then come back to this post and leave a comment with the direct link to your pin.
Each picture in this post can be pinned for an additional entry! Each time you pin a new picture, come back and leave a separate comment with a direct link.
Giveaway runs until Valentines Day, 2.14.2013. One lucky winner will be chosen and emailed. You have 48 hours to respond! Official giveaway policy can be read HERE.