Raley’s love for dance has flourished lately, so this year for her birthday she decided she wanted to have a ballerina birthday party. She originally said a Nutcracker party, then changed her mind to ballerinas. Since the Nutcracker is a ballet, we compromised by going more heavy on the ballerina birthday party theme with a few Nutcrackers thrown in there.
We had her party at a gym called Cheerville in Athens. If you’re local in the North Alabama area, this is the perfect place for a party! They set up inflatables and you get private use to their gym, including their trampolines, tumbling tracks, and foam pit. It’s very affordable and there is no limit to how many kids you can invite, like there are other places. There is a spacious party room that you can set up how you like, however you don’t get a ton of time to decorate. The kids get an hour and a half to play in the gym, then 30 minutes in the party room.
Since there wasn’t much time to set up, I had to lay everything out at home and decide where everything was going to go before hand. This is the part that takes me the longest. I typically have lots of little decor items that go along with the theme of a party, but actually laying it out and watching it come together takes meticulous planning. By pulling everything out and doing a mock set up at home, I save a ton of time the day of (always take pictures to refer back to!)
I also made the balloon arch ahead of time and shoved it in the back of the car to transport it. I used to be scared that balloons would pop if I try to transport them, but they’re surprisingly pliable and durable. My sister drew this adorable ballerina silhouette and I added a tutu. I put tulle on the front of the table cloth and used a piece of pretty purple fabric as a runner to give the table a little extra color (Raley loves purple).
I used ballerina figurines, nutcrackers, pink and blue ornaments, Christmas trees, and old pointe shoes as table decor. Down the long table I looped a piece of wire ribbon and used jars of flowers, ornaments, and nutcrackers as centerpieces.
For the food, we had pizza and lots of sweets. We had cupcakes with gold ballerina toppers, decorated sugar cookies, macarons, and popcorn. My cookie maker ended up breaking her foot the week of Raley’s party and was unable to make the cookies, so a friend of mine offered to make them and she did so good! Raley had been so excited about her ballerina sugar cookies, and I’m so thankful she was able to make them. She also made some little mice since Raley will be a baby mouse in the Nutcracker this year.
The kids all had a blast running around and playing. This place is a kid’s dream! I’m so thankful for everyone who was able to come celebrate with us. She told me this was the best party yet!