My friends and family on Instagram and Facebook probably feel that all they have heard from me is 'Cinderella' these days. That is because my kiddo attends a special ballet school that produces a full ballet at the end of the spring term in lieu of a regular recital. All the girls participate, from tiniest with the smallest parts and easiest dances to the graduating seniors who have specially-choreographed solos and starring roles to everyone in between. It is unique and special and heavily involves parent volunteers who create sets and costumes, and fulfill all duties outside of the performance itself... well, actually some dads do perform too! It requires a big time commitment from the students, parents, and fabulous teachers (all two of them!!) and it always feels worth it in the end! This is my daughter's fourth ballet. This year, as you may have guessed, they performed Cinderella.
These were super easy to do. (Thank you Sandie for helping me at Archivers! I had my friend and crafty genius point me to those great bottle cap pendant bases. Check out her blog, Chic Green Dragonfly.)
I printed out the text on my computer onto scrapbooking paper and used a 1" punch to cut them out.
I glued them into the bottle caps...
...and I used the negative space from a Martha Stewart punch to get little stars (my child's class danced the parts of the stars and the hours)...
....and outlined the paper with Glossy accents and added iridescent crystal glitter to edge the paper.
I filled in the surface of the bottle cap with Glossy Accents to seal it. Magically, the glitter tends to move around a bit. That was a happy accident. The Glossy Accents require a few hours to dry. As it dries, I noticed that air bubbles would surface so I tried to catch and pop them as soon as they appeared.
My kiddo requested a green one.
To package them, I cut inserts from glitter paper using Cricut Holiday Frames and Tags at 2-3/4". I used a star hand-punch and cut slits from the edge to the stars for the chain to fit into.
I made boxes using Cricut Bridal Shower, cut at 9-3/4".
Cut at this size, the box bottom is 2-3/4" square; the top is 3" square. The finished thickness is 2-1/8" so I used a little Dacron upholstery batting cut-to-fit to put in the bottoms.
For my daughter's opening night gift, and because the grandparents always get her flowers, my daughter always receives three gifts from us: a book of some sort related to the story of the ballet, a music CD from the ballet, and something completely unrelated to the ballet, but that I know she wants. For her gifts, I used a kraft paper bag, my 'test' bottle cap charm, and an extra necklace insert to make a tag.
Each year, we have a reception after the second performance where mom volunteers bring fruit and desserts for a little treat table. This year, I found a recipe that I altered a bit for Pink Lemonade Cookies. I wanted to share that with you too.
I started with a recipe I found at the Tasty Kitchen website. Click here for their recipe, that they call Pink Lemonade Gooey Butter Cookies. I loved that they used a cake mix to make it fast and then added touches like fresh lemon zest! (The cake mix I used was Pillsbury Moist Supreme Pink Lemonade Premium Cake Mix, 15.25oz). It makes a nice, stiff dough that is really pretty and reminds me of the color of "ballet pink" tights.
I will say that I changed the recipe a bit:
- I use Butter-flavor Crisco for my cookies. (My fellow foodies are probably shaking their heads at this, but honestly it keeps cookies from going flat so I always use it instead of dairy butter in cookie recipes).
- I used Vanilla Sugar instead of plain granulated sugar for the first rolling. (To make vanilla sugar, just add a vanilla bean, cut and split, to regular or super-fine granulated sugar. Sometimes I will use the vanilla bean first in vodka to make homemade vanilla extract and then dry the bean off and use it in the sugar. Keep it in an air-tight container and in a few weeks, you have vanilla-infused sugar! As you use it up, just add more plain sugar!)
- Not so sure the author's cookies came out of the oven looking like the picture. The condensation of a cooling cookie, as we all know, will dissolve powdered sugar with its fine texture very easily. Even with the first roll in granulated sugar and second roll in powered sugar, I used a sifter and added more powdered sugar right out of the oven, and on at least one batch, I added it twice.
|Right out of the oven.|
- Because I was in a time crunch, even as my dough got soft, I did not refrigerate it. My sugar-coated hands kept the dough from sticking to me.
- I wanted these to sparkle a bit so I found edible glitter at a nearby cake supply store. If you are looking for a source for this stuff, check out my local supplier, Bryant's Cake and Candy Supplies. They ship from their on-line store. It comes in all kinds of colors, like silver and florescent pink. This is the Rainbow (which is like Crystal Aurora Borealis or CAB). It was subtle; next time I am trying the silver! This is added after the cookies are baked, sugared, and cooled.
This is always such a busy time of year, but this experience is so meaningful to our family and to my daughter that it is more than worth it!
|Cinderella 2013 - click photo for close up|
....And it is a good thing because I found out that for the next two ballets I will will be trained to take over for the mom who is the lead coordinator for the production. (Her daughter graduates in two years). Honestly, I am really looking forward to it... and to the many years and many ballets my daughter will get to perform in!
Thank you for checking my blog post! I hope you are having a fun and happy summer! Ballet performance week kicks off the first official week of summer kid programs for us. Next up: Guitar Camp!