Our daughter recently had her first dance recital. Performing on stage was a HUGE milestone for her, but it also presented me with a whole new uncharted category of things to celebrate: a spring dance recital! It was so much fun to plan a small “after party” for our family to celebrate her accomplishment.
The song to which her class danced was “Someday My Prince Will Come,” so I decided the party should be a Snow White themed party. I was absolutely thrilled to find paper plates and napkins on Amazon that matched both the theme and her recital dress perfectly.
Snow White Dance Recital
The Snow White/Dance Recital theme had so many fun possibilities. I got out my artificial apples since apples are obviously a big deal in the Snow White story and collected various ballerina toys from around our house to use as decorations. It was a very simple party (just Jimmy John’s sandwiches and fruit since we were at the recital all afternoon and didn’t have time to prepare a big meal). However I still wanted it to look a little bit fancy since it was a very fancy event in our daughter’s mind (lipstick was involved, so of course that meant it was a fancy event), so I added gold doilies and gold plastic utensils.
Snow White Dance Recital After Party
Snow White Dance Recital Centerpiece
For dessert we ordered cupcakes from a local bakery and had them topped with apples and ballerinas to round out the Snow White/Dance Recital theme.
Snow White Dance Recital Cupcakes
It ended up being a very cute and fun celebration. Maybe a little too much fun – our daughter has decided she wants to sign up for dance class again next year. I just hope that I can find paper plates and napkins that match her recital song and costume again so perfectly next year!
It’s summer! And what goes more perfectly with summer than ice cream? I found the idea for these cute handprint ice cream cones on Pinterest and decided to make them with our daughter. They turned out so cute that we also made them at preschool with our class on Ice Cream Day. Besides, I love making projects with hand prints or traced hands. I think it’s so fun to have projects that preserve how big kids’ cute little hands are at different stages – especially at the end of a school year.
The ice cream cones are are very simple and quick to make. First I cut some triangles out of light brown construction paper for the cones. I had the kids draw lines on them with brown crayons or markers to make them look more like ice cream cones. Then we glued them onto a light blue background. Then I had several sheets of “ice cream colored” construction paper – pink, white, brown, lime green, yellow… The kids picked their favorite ice cream “flavors” for their papers. You can make one, two, three or even more “scoops!” I traced their hands and cut them out. Older kids would of course be able to cut them out themselves, but for little ones it’s hard to cut out hand shapes with all the ups and downs between the fingers without accidentally chopping off a paper finger here and there! We glued the hand “scoops” on top of the ice cream cones in whatever order the kids chose. Then they got to glue a cotton ball on the top scoop for whipped cream. The final touch was a little round circle punched out of red construction paper to be the cherry on top! All the kids, our own daughter included, enjoyed making their ice cream cones. All that was left to do was hang the ice cream project on the fridge and start enjoying summer!