Coppelia Birthday

Coppelia Birthday

I realized I never wrote about my Coppelia themed birthday I had last year. It was a lot of fun to plan, so I enjoyed getting to go back and re-live it again. Since I’ve had so many ballet birthdays in the past, I was able to simply add some doll details to the decor I already had.

Coppelia has always been a favorite ballet of mine. It is often performed by community/children’s ballet companies and has an innocent simplicity to it. That being said, many people are not familiar with it. So I was sure to have some of my ballet books at hand to familiarize guests with the general plot . We had a little story-time for the younger guests and I was happy to see the children  become enthralled with the tale of the doll-maker and his beloved Coppelia come to life.


a mini cake I had on my actual birthday


one of the ballerina dolls I had for decoration

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some scenes from my ballet books



a bunting and rosettes I made from materials I found in my sewing room


some pretty presents

if you’re feeling in the mood to watch some Coppelia for yourself…

One of my favorite figure skaters performing a Coppelia program.

Anyway, I love Coppelia even though I don’t get to see it performed that often. The music is also quite charming to play on the piano. The light-hearted tone of this ballet makes it easy to use as a birthday theme. I hope to update soon with some of the sewing projects I’ve been working on recently. Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!


disney frozen birthday

A few weeks ago, I had the fun task of planning my niece’s birthday party. She had a Disney Frozen theme, which was a real treat for me since I’m such a fan of the movie. And because it’s such a popular movie, there are tons of cute party ideas out there–so most of what I made are from tutorials I found online. Really, my biggest challenge in planning this party was finding snowflake decor and craft supplies in May! Here are some of my favorite projects from the party.


Of course I love anything with ruffles, and I’ve wanted to try and make one of these ruffled crepe paper boards for a while. Tutorial found here.



Some little hair ties I made to go inside the goodie bags.


Elsa crowns! Pattern found here.


For the boys, I made “Personal Flurry” head bobbers.


Modeled by Shellie May (I couldn’t resist).

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My favorite part is always assembling the goody bags. This beautiful Frozen party was a big inspiration for the paper crafts.

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Games with everyone’s favorite snowman: Olaf bowling and Pin the Nose on Olaf.


Luckily I had purchased a little bit of Frozen fabric a few months ago. I was happy to be able to make some bunting out of it.


These etsy printables were a big hit.

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Cuppies! Snowflake ring toppers made decorating easy.


Everyone loves a piñata! We also made some snowman and snowflake photo frames as a craft, and each kid got to take home a photo of themselves at the party as a souvenir.


I really enjoyed making these snowflake wands. Probably not the most practical favor in the world, but I just loved the way they looked and sparkled.

I’m kind of sad this party is over. It was a nice escape to come home and work on all my little projects.

for the love of roses

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March has been a difficult month for me, as I’ve been sick for most of it. But little by little, I’ve been feeling better and have gotten back to my old routines. After this very long winter, I am really looking forward to spring, and am anxious to get started on Easter sewing projects, spring cleaning, and new goals.

My mom recently had a birthday. I was sad I couldn’t do more to prepare, but I did make a few things for the rose theme she chose for her party.


As it was a milestone birthday for my mom, my brother and I were able to carry on a little tradition of giving our mom her age in roses. It really makes the house smell heavenly!


I made this paper-pieced rose mini-quilt as a gift. I don’t know why I attempted paper-piecing for the first time when I wasn’t feeling well… I was happy to have finished it, but I definitely need more practice. The pattern was very clear and helpful, though. It came from this etsy shop.



A little rose banner to decorate the gift table.



I found myself staying up late to make paper flowers and rosettes to decorate the photo collage. It was a soothing little project.

That’s all for now. Hope to be back soon with more signs of spring!

sleeping beauty ballet birthday

sleeping beauty ballet birthday
Sleeping Beauty is a glorious ballet and one that provides a real treasure trove of ideas for a little party. I truly had an overabundance of ideas and images to draw from– the fairies, the spindles, the hundred years sleep, the garland dance, and all the fairy tales characters in the second act. I had to reign myself in!
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1. The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairy Tales 2. Sleeping Beauty The Ballet Story
3-4. Rand McNally Sleeping Beauty 4-5. The Big Golden Book of Fairy Tales
As usual, I got out my story books to reacquaint myself with all the different versions. Sleeping Beauty is so rich in imagery, and I love to see all the ways illustrators have told the story.
A few stickers and an ornate frame make a quick sign that sets the theme.
I love miniature things, so I made tiny little pillows to be the place cards.
Rather than a banner, this year I sewed a small quilt for decoration. The fabric was intended to be used for a “soft book,” but I think a quilt is a nice way to tell a story too.
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Found these ballet cupcake toppers on eBay-have been tempted to decorate more than just cupcakes…
I made some flower crowns for guests to wear, but they also make pretty table decoration.
I wanted a dollhouse bed for a centerpiece, but they are kind of pricy, so I made one from a sturdy box and sewed the bed clothes from scraps.
 The cake! The toppers are from this Etsy seller. They are really beautiful, and have inspired me to try and make a Nutcracker set this Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas, I forgot to get a photo of the ballerina cookies I made from the Sleeping Beauty party, but I made a few more tutu bodices when I made Christmas cookies this week. A tutu cookie cutter is on my wish list!
I got balloons! I am such a kid at heart about balloons (and a lot of other stuff too).
Sleep masks and Sleepy Time tea make good favors.
Well that wraps up the series on Ballet Birthdays (for now), but I hope to be back soon with Christmas projects. The tree and lights are up, the Christmas records are playing,  and I’m off to see the Nutcracker this weekend 🙂
If you’re in the mood to watch a bit of Sleeping Beauty…

Sweet dreams!

cinderella ballet birthday

Cinderella Ballet Birthday
For this party, I chose a Cinderella ballet theme. Cinderella is such a playful and whimsical ballet, and everyone knows the story. It was a good excuse to round up all the vintage storybook editions of the tale I could find for guests to peruse.
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 I gave myself full reign to go overboard with all the pink and girly touches!IMG_4797
One of my favorite parts of the Cinderella ballet is the dance that Cinderella performs with her broom, so I decided to make place cards by decorating tiny brooms with little rosettes and ribbons.

The tulle poms were a lot fun to make, but of course I have a real weakness for tulle.
A quick and easy sign
Any excuse to wear a tiara…
I really like the imagery of the carriage. It’s so magical!
And glass slippers of course!
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for the conclusion of ballet party week with Sleeping Beauty!

swan lake birthday

swan lake birthday

Every year I like to have a tiny tea party for my birthday. I usually pick a ballet theme, and over the years I’ve chosen some of my favorite individual ballets as inspirations. In the weeks leading up to the party, I try to find as many variations of the ballet as I can to watch, as well as classic storybooks to read. It’s quite fun to reacquaint myself with the stories, music, sets, and costumes. Even with ballets I’ve seen dozen of times before, I usually discover something new while I’m in party prep mode.

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And planning a tea is a welcome diversion since I tend to get a little depressed around my birthday. Even when I was a little girl, I remember always being a bit somber around the day.

Luckily, having some tea and cake, putting on a frilly dress, and playing a Tchaikovsky record are all nice antidotes to birthday melancholia. And busying myself with baking and making in the weeks prior helps a lot too.


I thought I’d revisit some of my earlier parties this week starting with Swan Lake.

It is truly a dear favorite of mine. When I was a girl, I had an all white room with a Swan Lake theme. There were black and white photos of various Odettes and Odiles on the walls and feathery pillows and throws on my white twin beds.

So in planning that party I continued the airy white color scheme. IMG_3403


Some lacy hearts I made as favors.


Tiny white swans for decoration.

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A fluffy white cake. Frosting a whole cake still stresses me out a bit. I’m more comfortable with cupcakes…


Here’s a link to more ballet birthday inspiration. Stay tuned for Cinderella!