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A Vintage Ballerina

Jenifer H By Jenifer H  in Birthday


Party Recap

My daughter, Ellah, has a love for ballerinas and dancing. When I was shopping at the Round Top/Warrenton Antiques Show in Round Top, Texas, I found a stash of vintage little ballerina prints. I purchased them for her room, and when she saw them, the gasp she took helped me to decide the theme of her 3rd birthday - a vintage ballerina.
Vendor Credits include:
Invitations & Party Decor - Hello Love Designs (
Photography - Jennifer Schattle Photography (
Custom-made Bunting - Kustom Kids of Kingwood
Fabric Flowers - Lemon Tree Studio (Etsy)
Vintage dishes - my mother's personal collection
Vintage Sheet used as table cloth - Eager Hands (Etsy)
Partyware - Party City & Cupcake Social (Etsy)
The birthday girl wore:
Top - Baby Gap
Tutu - Cheeky Chic Baby (Etsy)
Headband - Prim Couture Shop (Etsy)
Shoes - Nordstrom
Vintage brooch - personal collection


Party Highlights

  • Best Dressed

    The birthday girl, of course!

  • Desserts

    The birthday cake was a strawberry ribbon cake with a raspberry filling.

  • Activities / Games

    We kept the activities simple for the 3-5 year olds. When the girls arrived they were given a ballerina coloring page to decorate. The girls also made their own ballerina princess crowns. Of course, the girls danced and tutus were provided if someone didn't wear their own.

  • Budget

    Not including the birthday girl's outfit, I spent $150 on the entire party.

  • Party Favors

    The party favors were all things girly. My daughter's favorite was the sparkling lip gloss. Each ballerina received a rose as the party ended just like a prima ballerina at the end of her performance.

  • Best Moment

    Watching our daughter blow out the candles to her third birthday cake was the best and most touching moment. I cry every year! They grow older much too fast, so I always pause to take in that moment.

  • What People Ate

    We had a brunch with oven roasted ham and cheese sliders, tiny dancer croissant sandwiches with chicken salad, pigs in the blanket, french toast, raspberry muffins, powdered donuts, assortment of fruit including watermelon, the birthday girl's favorite.

  • What People Drank

    We had orange juice, strawberry lemonade, and tea to drink. We provided spill-proof cups for all the children.


Party Helpers

  • Jennifer Schattle Photography


    Fabulous. Always. That's Jennifer. She is a dear childhood friend to me, a beautiful person inside and out, and a talented, passionate lifestyle photographer.
    I adore the way she uses natural light - it's the best. Jennifer lives and shoots in the Austin, Texas and surrounding areas.

  • Hello Love Designs




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    Robyn A wrote:

    Wow love the invite - the little girl certainly is a look alike for your little ellah

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    Robyn A wrote:

    love this bunting!!

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    Robyn A wrote:

    Stunning photo -

  • Jenifer H

    Jenifer H wrote:

    Thank you Robyn! It's one of my very favorite designs that I've created.

  • Jenifer H

    Jenifer H wrote:

    Thank you again! I have a very talented relative who was quick to put together my request, and I couldn't have been happier with the result. The banner now hangs in her room. :)

  • Bobbie W

    Bobbie W wrote:

    i would really like to purchase these printables. can you please tell me where i can do that? thanks!

  • Jenifer H

    Jenifer H wrote:

    The Vintage Ballerina printables can be purchased at Thank you!

  • Jorge P

    Jorge P wrote:

    Where can I purchase the banner? Lovely party!

  • Mama Bear's Kitchen

    Mama Bear's Kitchen wrote:

    I love how you have described where you saved money. So many of these parties seem very expensive to recreate. It is inspiring to see what you can do for $150. It would be great to see how much some parties really do cost! Anna