Monday, April 23, 2012

Father/Daughter Masquerade Ball

 My daughter's elementary school hosted a Father/Daughter Masquerade Ball on Saturday night. For 3 consecutive days prior to the dance day, the weather was in the mid-90's and windy. By the time party time rolled around, the wind died down and the air had cooled.
 Dads and their little girls came dressed in their finest with masks. I designed the French/Marie Antoinette inspired decor and had a team of amazing women to help bring my ideas to life on a minuscule budget.
 We made paper doily garland strung with pink twine in the school lobby. The dessert table was ready for the goodies to be brought out later in the evening.
 It's difficult to make a school lobby elegant but with some white craft paper, white organza and pink lace from WalMart,  I think we did a pretty good job!
 We made tissue flowers that were inspired by these found on the Ruche blog. I handed off the construction to another mom who didn't quite make the flowers tall enough as I was hoping for so we just taped the extras onto the wall for some height.

 Hubby and daughter ready to dance and enjoy their date night together! I tried to stay away from them as much as possible so they could enjoy this special time together.
 We had a terrific strolling magician to entertain those who needed a dancing break.
 This is the outside lunch area. It is usually filled with ugly lunch tables (that were pushed to the sides and adorned with pink tablecloths, so we added beautiful chandeliers! We tied them with ribbon and added fake crystal swags, chain covers and battery operated candles. The posts were covered with pink plastic table cloths and balloon draped. The tulle puffs and twinkle fairy lights added to the magical ballroom feel.
 We had cotillion dance instructors come and teach everyone the waltz, Cha-Cha and swing. Sheridan loved to twirl.
 I love the way my daughter is looking at her dad in this picture!
 For dessert, we had a local bakery make mini cupcakes, Dulce de Leche cake, cream puffs and strawberries.
 Everyone had a great time dancing and enjoying each other's company.
 The dads also enjoyed watching the little ones dancing on stage!
I hope we have another one next year!


Rach said...

How adorable! Love the outdoor dance floor!

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Beth Rang said...

How beautiful! Thank you for sharing this.

Polka Dot Moon said...

You always make every occasion so special and what a memory for your daughter and husband!

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