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Birthday Party Planning Guide
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BirthdayExpress.com is every host’s secret for making birthday wishes come true! Our Ballerina Tutu party planning guide offers step-by-step instruction to help you plan, prepare and execute a memorable day for the birthday guest of honor. The helpful checklist ensures that no detail is forgotten, while the themed games and recipes take the guesswork out of finding treats and activities that complement your décor. And we know you’re busy, so the entire guide is printable – keeping you organized on the fly, from balloon blow-up to confetti clean-up!
4-6 Weeks Before the Party
Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.
Create Guest List
Just fill out the handy list in this guide!
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Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts
BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices. Look for our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts designed to match our party themes.
Book Entertainment (optional)
2 Weeks Before the Party
Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.
Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.
Create List of Parent Phone Numbers
Keep on hand in case of emergency.
Plan Party Menu
Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.
Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies
This guide has ideas that match your party theme!
2-3 Days Before the Party
1 Day Before the Party
Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice
Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.
Childproof & Decorate Party Area
Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.
Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas
Invite your party child to help!
Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium
After the Party
Include party photos!
Ballerina Musical Chairs
- moveable chairs
- classical music
Put a new spin on everyone’s favorite game! Begin by dressing each of your ballerinas in a tutu and then let the music play. Each of the girls should prance on their tip-toes until the music stops. The player that doesn’t have a chair to sit in is out. Remove one chair after each turn until only the winner remains.
How Many Pink Pearls?
Before the party, fill one jar with candy. Pour them out; count them; then pour back into the jar again. Save the number, and at the party, invite everyone to guess how many candies are in the jar. Set out slips of paper and pens for your guests to write their names and guesses on. Ask everyone to fold the slips and put them into the second jar. The winner who guesses the closest number wins the Sixlets!
Prima Ballerina Primp Parlor
Set up a glamour station and help your party guests transform into prima ballerinas! Put their hair up into high buns, using the hair ties and bobby pins. A little glitter makeup and a fluffy tutu will get them ready for the spotlight!
Ballet Slipper Piñata
Piñatas are always a hit at birthday parties. Give your dancing dolls a treat with the ballet slipper piñata, which perfectly matches your party theme! Pull-string piñatas are especially fun, because kids choose a ribbon and pull together—so everyone wins! They can also be opened the traditional way (by hitting it with a stick) – either way, remember to add the piñata fillers and let the festivities begin!
Tutu Much Punch
Estimated Total Time: 10 minutes
- 2 quarts of lemon-lime soda
- raspberry sherbet
- 1 can of frozen pink lemonade, thawed
Get ready for some fizzy fun! At serving time, place raspberry sherbet in punch bowl (to cut down on splashes). Then add the pink lemonade and lemon-lime soda – the punch will begin to fizz. Stir and serve with pink and white striped straws, of course!
Pink Marshmallow Fluff
Estimated Total Time: 30 minutes
- 1 box (3.5 oz) strawberry Jell-O
- 1 container (12 oz) Cool Whip
- mini marshmallows (the assorted flavors bag works the best)
- 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple
- 1 can (15 oz) mandarin oranges
- ½ cup of shredded coconut (optional)
Like a fluffy tutu of creamy, dreamy goodness! Mix the gelatin and cool whip together (you want to be sure that all of the powder is dissolved into the whipped topping – this will take a little bit). Fold in the mandarin oranges, pineapple, coconut and marshmallows. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the fluff to set.
Dancing Queen Royal Rice Krispie Treats
Estimated time: 10 minutes
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 cups of miniature marshmallows
- 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
Melt the butter in a large sauce pan on low heat. Stir in the marshmallows until they are completely melted. Using a piece of wax paper to cover your hand (and to prevent the mixture from sticking), press the Rice Krispies into a 9x13 pan. Once cooled, use the princess cookie cutters to create treats fit for a dancing queen!
Pretty in Pink Cake Pops
Estimated Time: 20 minutes
- 24 doughnut holes
- 1 package (12 oz) candy melts
Not only are these cake pops easy and delicious, they are also an impressive visual addition to your buffet table. Begin by sticking a straw into each doughnut hole (this will be the stick to hold on to the pop when you take a bite). In a microwave safe bowl, slowly melt the candy melts (not too fast - you do not want the candy to burn) per the package directions. Dip the donut holes into the candy melt and sprinkle with pink edible glitter. Set the cake pops on wax paper and allow them to cool. Serve with Tutu Much Punch!