On Pointe with a Swan Lake Birthday Party

We take birthday parties very seriously at The Happy Go Lucky Club. Our kids have caught on and make sure we know exactly what they have in mind for their parties. Hence the overwhelming presence of Swans in our lives over the last few months.

swan lake ballerina birthday party

The colour scheme was white, black and gold. The Swan theme morphed into a Swan Lake theme, but the birthday girl approved.

The Invitations:

We made the invitations by folding Origami Swans.

swan lake ballerina birthday party invitation

You need:

Plain white paper. One sheet per invitation.

Washi tape: gold and orange.

Black pen


  • Write the invitation on the sheet of paper.
  • Fold the swan. You can find instructions here.
  • Wrap the orange washi tape around the beaks
  • Wrap the crowns around their heads and cut the crowns.
  • Make the eyes using a black pen.

The Back Drop:

swan lake ballerina birthday party backdrop swan lake ballerina birthday party backdrop swan lake ballerina birthday party backdrop

You need:

20 sheets of black, A3 board.

Gold paper


Circle punch


  • Tile the wall using the black board. Keep the boards straight and precise. We ended up with five rows of four.
  • Punch gold circles.swan lake ballerina birthday party
  • Stick the first 12 circles on the black board. We used the inner corners as a guides.
  • The next 12 circles were placed in the middle of each board.
  • Repeat the process and complete the remaining rows.
  • We used 32 circles in total.

The table:

We stacked our white cake stands to create height and topped it with a gold crown and flowers. The swans and meringues adorned the tower.

We made a sweet buffet using a collection of glass jars and primarily back and white sweets.swan lake ballerina birthday party table settingWoolworths has a new 350ml water bottle. The perfect size for a thirsty ballerina. We removed the label and replaced it with a vinyl swan.

swan lake ballerina birthday party waterbottles

The Party Packs:

We used our favourite white paper bags. The versatility of these bags is mind blowing. They should be a staple in your house, your kitchen and your craft cupboard.

We used the party packs to disguise the sweets and chips that weren’t black or white.swan lake ballerina birthday party packs

You need:

White paper bag



Double sided tape


  • Add sweets and chips.
  • Fold over and stick down the bag with double-sided tape.
  • Hold the feather in place the sticker over the feather and the fold.

Marshmallow Pops:

swan lake ballerina birthday party table setting

You need:


White chocolate

Paper straws


  • Cut the straws in half, on a slant creating a sharp point.
  • Stick the straw in the marshmallows
  • Melt the white chocolate
  • Dip the marshmallow and allow to hardenswan lake ballerina birthday party Marshmellow pops

Royal Icing Sugar cookies:

Our royal icing always ends up a royal mess, but that hasn’t stopped us yet. We’ll keep practicing.

swan lake ballerina birthday party swan sugar cookies

You need:

Your favourite sugar cookie recipe.

A swan-shaped cookie cutter.

Royal icing

Markers with edible ink, black and orange

Edible pearls


  • Make the sugar cookies as per your recipe.
  • Cut the desired shape. We used a duck cookie cutter, because we couldn’t find a swan.
  • Once the cookies have cooled add the royal icing.
  • Add the pearls where the wing should be.
  • Once the royal icing has set and dried colour the beaks and add the eyes.

The Cake:

The cake was white sponge topped with cream cheese frosting. We added ballerina cake toppers. We could only find silver ones, but we had a plan.

swan lake ballerina birthday party cake

You need:

One white sponge cake with cream cheese frosting


Gold pen


Black marker


Colour the ballerinas.

swan lake ballerina birthday party cake topper

Swan straws:

You can make the swan straws by following the instructions on Shop Sweet Lulu’s Blog.

We made some adjustments:

We used a pencil to punch the ball and double sided tape to stick on the feathers.swan lake ballerina birthday party swan straws

The straws were used with bottles of milk. The bottles were decorated with vinyl stickers printed at Jimnettes. We found the swan here and we made a whole page full ready to print, just for you. Click on the image to print.

Black and White Swans

Party favours:

The birthday girl was dressed in a black tutu, and we gave all the birthday friends a white tutu as a party favour.

swan lake tutu party favors

We also found plastic swans at Jimnettes. You know those weird things, that make you wonder: who buys this? Well we do.

swan lake ballerina birthday party Marshmellow pops


The little girls had their faces painted by the insanely talented Chantelle from Fun Avenue. Each little girl had Swans like these painted on her face and they looked magical.

swan lake face painter

Make lots of magic, love and coffee this weekend!



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