When the guests arrived, the birthday girl's older sister was there, waiting to give them ballerina makeovers.
One of the guests is actually in this year's production of The Nutcracker Ballet and gave us an impromptu performance!
Next, we moved on to decorating the gingerbread houses. You can only keep kids away from those for so long once they've seen them!
Then it was on to dinner (the party ran from 5-7), to try to get some nutrition in the kids before we let them loose on the dessert table, and games. The birthday girl requested limbo and a pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game.
Limbo was easy. I took an extension stick for a paint roller and covered it in ribbon to make it pretty, and match our theme. I decided that we were going to play Nutcracker Limbo. Pretty much like limbo, except the kids had to dance to the music to get to the end of the line. They had a ball twirling and grooving to their own personal style of dance while they weren't trying to shimmy under the stick.
I made the crowns out of cardstock and Swarovski rhinestones. I used a repositionable gluestick (available at Michael's) to turn the crowns into post-its. They worked acceptably on the bare poster, but beautifully once I framed the art.
I also made a custom blindfold so everything would match the theme:
I love the looks on their faces when they see where they've placed the crown!
There you have it, the grand Sugar Plum Fairy celebration! Keep coming back--the DIY projects and tutorials start with tomorrow's post!