Flowers. Flowers. Flowers. That's what everyone gives and receives after a dance recital, but my 7 year old daughter isn't going to take care of them properly and THEY DIE! Years ago, I asked my husband to stop buying me flowers. They are so expensive and they DIE! I would much rather enjoy a lasting plant or a sentimental gift, such as a Willow Tree Figurine, which I collect.
So what in the world do you give a dancer if you don't give them flowers?!?!? I don't know. That was my dilemma and is my dilemma every single time recital time rolls around. There was NOTHING on pinterest that excited me, so I decided to let my brain juices flow and this is what I came up with.
First up, backstage gifts. I started a tradition with Lilah a while back. Sitting back stage can be torturous for the younger crew, so I would pack her a bag of things to do and HERSHEY KISSES. I tell her those are all the kisses, and more, that I am giving her as she is on stage dancing. The hershey kisses keep her occupied and energetic. This year, I added jolly ranchers to the mix. I purchased TWO beautiful, small, PINK mason jars and filled them to the brim with both candy selections. I was TICKLED PINK when I spotted these wine bottle tutu's at Francesca's. I HAD TO HAVE THEM!!! I think the entire presentation turned out adorable. Lilah shared both candies with her dance team.
"I know!!! I know what I'll do. I will run to Walgreens and purchase the last of their wooden roses, that Lilah got at Valentines Day.
Hot glueing the EOS lip balm onto the stem was NOT as easy as I had anticipated. The top of the stem is the size of a nail head. WHOOPS! I had to create a "base" for the EOS to sit on. I just used a cutout, square piece of paper plate and LOADS of hot glue.
Wait a good 10 minutes for the hot glue to adhere fully.
Lilah received a 1/2 dozen EOS roses. Hehe.
I absolutely LOVE the way they turned out. When Tyson handed them to Lilah after the recital was over, she exclaimed, "I seriously have the best parents E-V-E-R!!!"
Here is the sweet "L" necklace that Lilah ALSO received.