Thursday, December 03, 2009

A Nutcracker Ballet Party

I blinked, and Elise became a young lady.

We've spent this fall collecting leaves, baking cakes, and oh yes, taking ballet lessons.

Here are some shots from her class' Nutcracker Week party.

I bought a roll of tulle, gumdrops, pink glitter and a thrift store nutcracker.

Everything else we borrowed from our 2 Christmas boxes.

Andrew built a Sugar Plum Tree by sticking gumdrops on branches.

It stretched across the whole table for only $1.

The nostalgic candy garland came from Dollar Tree years ago.

Our Land of Sweets:

Pink "tea," sugar plum cakes, chocolate mice and snowflake pizelle cookies.

Cheap, easy details:

Play the Nutcracker Suite for background music. Display ballet storybooks checked out from the library.

I traced ballet slippers from this free template. The girls glued, glittered, and took their ornaments home in paper sacks (10 for $1 at Hobby Lobby.)

For a more elaborate party, you could paint your own nutcrackers or make these no sew tutus to share.

Here's hoping that your December will be filled with equally sweet memories!