Friday, February 12, 2010

Ballerina Teatime Menu

Ready for a break, the little ballerinas at Emma's birthday party gathered at the tea table for some dainty treats.

Pink ballet slipper cookies were ballerina perfect. Find directions for making these cookies here and more Nutter Butter shoe cookie ideas here.

I don't know if anyone knew what I was going for here, but each little girl got a pink marshmallow tutu. I made these by layering two mini-cupcake liners and a pink marshmallow, securing all three with icing. Then I piped a few icing details on the bodice.

Joe was out of town for most of the week before the party, so I made the ballet slippers and tutus ahead and kept them in the freezer until the day of the party. Emma had requested petit fours, so I ordered these from Publix.

Cookies and tarts from the bakery were sweet treats for the mommies who brought their ballerinas to play.

I made a pot of my signature roseberry tea for those craving something hot, and pink punch was a refreshing choice for those who preferred something cold. My friend Robin shared this versatile Kool-Aid punch recipe with me, and I knew Emma would like it flavored with "pink lemuh-lade."
Kool-Aid Punch
3 packets Kool-Aid, any flavor (we used Pink Lemonade)
3 cups sugar
1 large can unsweetened pineapple juice
Sprite (Three 2-liters per gallon of concentrate)
Combine Kool-Aid packets, sugar, pineapple juice and enough water to fill a gallon container and chill. This will be the punch concentrate. To serve, combine 1/3 gallon of the concentrate, one 2-liter of Sprite and ice. Refill as needed. (Note: Instead of using ice, I froze some of the concentrate with fresh raspberries and lemon slices so the flavor would not be diluted as the ice melted.)

Our ballerina baby makes a birthday wish.

I'm wishing this ballerina could stay a baby, but it is such a joy watching her grow up!
Happy Birthday tomorrow, my little Valentine!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Melissa, I have found your blog while I was visiting Foodie Friday and saw your blog on someones sidebar. Oh My, I just spent all my blogging time today visiting you. Your blog is beautiful your posts are gorgeous and so sweet. I so enjoyed your ballerina tea! I am a new follower! I'll visit often.

Sherree said...

The marshmallow tutus are so cute. I had my daughter a ballerina party last week and used your ballet slipper cookies directions. They were very good and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

Rach said...

Perfect girly menu fit for a ballerina!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, this is so pretty! You outdid yourself with the food, and your ballerina is precious. I want to be four so I can go to her party! LOL!

Your punch recipe can also be done using Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice instead of the pink lemonade. I have even done it without the sugar for adult functions, and it gives a nice tart taste. I have made ice rings from orange juice and used various fruit in them to jazz them up. I'm with you, though... I don't like my punch dilluted with water.

What a wonderful party this was, and I know that Emma had a birthday to remember!


Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh how lovely! Wat prachtig !
Living in the Netherlands and loving pinks and whites: I adore you decorating the table and the room for the ballerina tea.
And now it am absolutely cinvinced: you should write an children's party book/tea party book with all your beautiful decorating and photo's !
You have written before: this is so lovely and educating.
Lieve groeten
Godeliva van Ariadone

sonja said...

ok, this is just over the top! I thought the pj party was the neatest thing I'd ever seen, and now this. I just want to be your child!!!

Blessings to my favorite party giver!


myletterstoemily said...

ballerina perfect in every way! marshmallow
tutus were adorable.

what a lucky, lucky girl.

Ana LuX said...

What a delicate and gracious party! I am always amazed by all your talents. God bless!
I am a party designer from Brazil, and a huge fan of your work. Congratulations!

kimberly said...

I just stumbled into your blog, lucky for me, and wow, your ballerina tea party is divine!!! What a lovely setting you've created. The slipper cookies are perfect.

littletoesandcheerios said...

I too will be doing a ballerina theme for my daughter next month. Came across your blog while looking for cake ideas! Thanks for all these great tips. I'll let you know when I do her B-day post.

Cottage Cozy said...

what a lovely tea party...I must start to follow your blog...such fun!

ilovepink said...

Oh how cute! My daughter had a 4th birthday ballerina party planned for last weekend. I have been working on it for months and sadly had to reschedule due to snowy weather. At least I can use the cookie idea when we have the rescheduled party next weekend! Thanks! Everything was beautiful! Our girls would get along great!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Happy belated birthday to the beautiful ballerina!

Everything looked wonderful.

Blessings & Aloha!

The Little Red Shop said...

It's all just soo lovely! You must have had so much fun putting such a sweet birthday together for your little beauty!

: )

Julie M.

Party Box Design said...

oh my gosh, so so cute!!!

Julie Gallagher said...

Melissa. this party is so so lovely! We would love to feature it in our online magazine: Good Newsletter. See and click on GOOD NEWSLETTER. You are such an inspiration! thanks os much Julie

Anonymous said...

I am literally SWOONING over your GORGEOUS 3 tier cake stand! Wherever did you find it and may I ask who makes it? I would love to buy one for myself! It is to die for! You can email me privately here at:

Thank you!

Jimmy & Kim said...

Love the ballerina invitations! Can they be purchased or could you provide the template and details for creating? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -Kim

Anonymous said...

These ideas are simply darling! I am planning a ballerina party for my 3 girls this year and would love to replicate your invitation. Would you mind sending me helpful tips on how you accomplished the tulle tutu? Did you follow a template for the bodice? Your blog is inspirational!!

Julie said...

What a wonderful party!!! Your blog was truly a Godsend to me!! I am looking for an invitation for my soon to be 5 year old. Would you please share how you made the adorable invitation!! I am almost out of time and I would love some help!! Blessings, Julie

Gaaaalinda said...

I am in love with the whole Ballerina themed birthday. I wasn't sure what to plan for my first daughter's 1st birthday party. However, after seeing your ballerina invitations and your blog... We have decided to have a ballerina 1st birthday party. You are an inspiration... Do you mind shearing how you made the awesome invitations? Did you follow a template for the bodice? Any advice would help! Thank you!

Gaaaalinda said...

Email... gaaaalinda@ < that's 4 A's :)

Yole Jones said...

Adorable and delightful. Emma must have an amazing time and is so blessed to have a mom like you. :)

I'm also interested in making the invitations. Any information on making them would be highly appreciated.
God bless

rosmelyn 2223 said...

Hi I'm soo inspired by ur daughters ballerina theme party..I'm actually using this theme for my daughters second party I was wondering how did you make the invitations I fell in love with them my email is

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm so in love with your theme. I love your ballerina invitations. I would love to replicate your invitations. I need a ballerina invitation for my daughters first ballet recital.Any advice would help. Thank you, for sharing your beautiful party.

Anonymous said...

Hi i really like you ballerina invitations and would like to make them for my daughters party. I am unable to find the it possible if u could email it to me or let me know where i can find it.thank email is Any info on how u made them will be much appreciated.thank you in advance

Jessica said...

Hi, I absolutely love the invitations (as I see a lot of other people have mentioned above ;) Do you have any information that you could share on how to create these invitations? My email is

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa!
My name is Pelagia.
I love your ideas for the ballerina party.
When I saw the tutu invitations I fell in with them.
Could you please e-mail me the instructions?
Thank you so much, Melissa!

Michelle Menjivar said...

I love love love this and i saw your invites on pinterest. Is there any way you can send me the template for the invites? Thank you so much!

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