Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Ballerina Tea Party!

Recently a friend asked me to help her plan a 'ballerina tea party' for her daughter's fifth birthday.
It was a great thrill to be asked and a lot of fun to plan!
These are the invitations I made.
I thought you might like to see some pictures of the party...
Here is the sweet little birthday girl, Lillyana, with my Liberty.

The party was in a big hall.
I've never had a hall to decorate before.
That's my helpful hubby up the ladder - I couldn't have done it without him!

 I was going to make the frilly hanging pompoms but we were able to borrow them from a friend.

This frame usually hangs on the wall in my lounge, I made some pretty birthday bunting to go in it.
The papers and letters are from 'Grace Taylor Designs'.

My beautiful Cinderella dress!
A party ballerina came along to play games with the 20 girls who were there.
Wall decorations.

Gift boxes.

Inside the gift boxes were little china trinket boxes and inside those there was a pearl necklace with a silver ballerina charm.
A table set with vintage china for 20 little ballerinas!
And tables set for the mothers of the ballerinas.
We had a small glitch with the pink chairs we were going to use, the black ones would have had bows around them if we had known we were going to use them.
Vintage ballerina placemats.

Most of the food was pink and white!

Strawberry teacup jellies.

I made those ballerina dress cookies -  still can't believe I made them!
There's a fabulous tutorial here.
I didn't have a cookie cutter, they all had to be cut out by hand, time consuming but well worth the effort!

I made this tutu skirt for Liberty to wear to her book day parade at school the week before the party.
(more about that in another post.)

A cupcake tower for the birthday girl!

 The art table.
Frills everywhere!
I love frills!!

 I made ballet bags for all the guests to take home.
 Yes! I made those cute ballet slipper cookies too!

And just beacause I felt I needed to finish things off, I made these thank you cards.

I'm very happy to tell you that the party was a great success!
And I really enjoyed being a party planner!



  1. wwwhhhoooouuuaaa I love everything and all these cookies so perfect. and the smile of teh ballerians, bravo Mercedes! doei, claude

  2. Impresionante!!!! ya quisiera yo ser la anfitriona del cumpleaños,me parecio una idea genial,muy bien decorado y las galletas son preciosas.
    Felicidades por organizar una fiesta de cumpleaños con tanta mágia.Besos desde España!!!

  3. Oh my goodness, that is unbelievably gorgeous ... I can see more requests coming your way as a party planner!!

  4. I can't believe it's possible to even think of so many wonderful details to make such a special occasion, let alone make a good few of them - and of course SO beautifully. I definately think you should to go into the girly party planning business!

  5. Mercedes, I have already told you but I'll repeat now: you must turn this into a profession !!! you are so good at everything and you'd have a great success!
    I love every little bit and the little girls... well, they were beyond words.
    Well done and fabulous! hugs Rosana

  6. WOW!!!! Just plain WOW!!!!
    You are Awesome! What a completely scrumptious party that was!
    All the girls in tutus are SOOO cute! And you think of EVERYTHING!

  7. Oh my so lovely! I see a new profession in your future!

  8. WOW... what little girl(including my inner little girl) wouldn't love to have a ballerina party like that! You are so talented... it just looks totally amazing :)

  9. How amazing!! You are truly talented! I wish someone threw me a party like that!

  10. Wish I had known you when I was a little girl....I could have had some awesome parties!!

  11. its a brilliant party!
    I wish i could make something similar for my daughter in two years
    but I doubt it. Your hand is made ​​of gold, pearls and taffeta!

  12. Hi Mercedes! I can't get enough of the pictures. I love everything!!! The floating decors, ballerina cookies... of course the beautiful kids. I love them all!

  13. OOOOH ! Magnifique, vous êtes la fée de la décoration et de pâtisserie !

  14. I am sooooooo impressed! What a stunning party! Every detail it just totally gorgeous! It is such a big job to organize everything as beautifully as you did! Thanks for some new ideas too! I bet little miss 5 was totally delighted with her day! X

  15. Its official, Mercedes. You must make this a career! I still think its crazy to make the cookies, not to mention the bags and the cards! OMG! But they turned out amazing.

    You may have to be very selective of your clientele though and never lose that personal touch :)

    Fab job!

  16. That is an incredible amount of work, and so charming! You should do this professionally. What a sweet party! And how cute that would be in mini, too!
    In Miniature Style II

  17. Félicitations , quel travail ! j'aurai aimé avoir une party comme cela étant enfant !!!

  18. This birthday party is a real dream I would love to be a little girl again, well in fact it would be ok for adult like me. You're wonderful and so full of lovely ideas. Everything was so sweet and beautiful.

  19. What a lovely party, everything looks so pretty!

    You are quite the party planner. :)

  20. Mercedes, You are such a talented woman! The party looks like it was so dreamy and I am sure all of the little ballerina's had a wonderful time! I love the decorations and all of the ideas that you had!!! What a wonderful group of photo's I loved looking at them!
    Liberty looked stunning!

  21. Wonderfull!!!!

    It's a magic party!! I love it!!

    Your cookies are perfect,great Job.

    Mini hugs

  22. Whauu, Mercedes. It looks fantastic. You should turn it in to a living.

  23. That party is like a dream come true for any little girl. So many beautiful details! You certainly have the magic touch, Mercedes. Your imagination is amazing. I can certainly imagine you staying up very late at night working on all the little details that I think you are so famous for!

  24. Such a beautiful party! And what an effort you've put into it! I guess there was one happy birthday girl. :)

  25. Adorable Mercedes - an absolute credit to you! Terry

  26. Wauw Mercedes! Everything looks so good! What a wonderfull are very good at this, the cookies the goodiebags, the invitationcards etc. all to sweet.The little ballerina's having so much fun.Thanks for sharing, i loved watching!
    p.s. I am having a Give-Away at my blog to celebrate my +300 followers

  27. Waaouh! Quel magnifique souvenir pour la petite ballerine et ses invitées! La décoration était magnifique jusque dans les moindres détails. Vous êtes une "dreamplanner"!!!

  28. Quelle fête magnifique, et beaux souvenirs pour la petite ballerine et ses invitées! Vous êtes une véritable "dreamplanner"!!!

  29. Muchas felicidades, preciosa e inolvidable fiesta, un encanto.

  30. Have they been knocking down your door? I can't imagine people don't already know of the party planner extraordinaire, Mercedes! The little brown bags, the invitations, the ballerina bags, the happy birthday frame....everything! It's all just so much cuteness, and unbelievable creativity. =)

  31. Hi Mercedes,
    What a lovely party! I remember my mom using those sweet ballarina cake toppers, in fact I kept them and they are from the 1970s. They are a very special memory. I am sure you made special memories for that little girl.
    Happy Holidays,

  32. It's amazing, I love !!!!
    Congratulations, sorry for my english, i come from France.

  33. Everything to perfection! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  34. What an incredible job you've done ... everything perfectly, wonderfully any little girl's dream. The cookies are amazing. Yep, for sure, you can quite your day job and become the 'party planner' extraordinaire mentioned above.

  35. Hola Mercedes, acabo de descubrir tu maravilloso blog y me ha encantado, pero la fiesta de cumpleaños de tu hija me ha dejado sin palabras.
    Enhorabuena y te sigo en la distancia.
    Un saludo desde España.
    Posd. Te invito a visitar mi blog de scrap si tienes un rato y te apetece.

  36. Absolutely beautiful. Every little girls dream! (and mine too!)

  37. Ciao sono Carmen dall'Italia, e non potevo non lasciare un mio commento dal momento che sono una ballerina e sono quindi rimasta affascinata dalla tua creatività. Brava hai avuto una bellissima idea. Anch'io sul mio blog ho creato una pagina "Creazioni danzanti". Se vuoi vieni a trovarmi. Divento tua follower. Un saluto, Carmen

  38. WOOOOW!!!
    That is soooooooo gorgeous!! I`ve never seen this before!!
    All the wonderful wonderful details. Fantastic work!!!!

  39. Wow! This is just fabulous! The girls are so adorable and your decorations are beautiful! I love your cookies!!!! You should do this all the time! :D
    Well, maybe not. I love your minis too! :D

  40. Sin palabras!!! felicidades a la anfitriona de la fiesta y a tí por esta maravillosa organización !!! Un dia inolvidable , sin duda alguna!!!
    MARAVILLOSO !!!! Parece un cuento de princesas.
    Muchos besos

  41. es una fiesta exquisita. Menuda maravilla.

  42. Encantador..hermoso...hermosa fiesta

  43. Fantastic party! I love the tables that have been decorated for the parents...what a lovely idea :-)


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