An attention-grabbing animation during the overture draws the audience into the story before the curtain even rose.

My daughters, ages 11 and 6, were just as captivated during the party and battle scenes as they were in years past.

And doesn’t the gold perfectly complement the blue and pink? We found this tutu-inspired one at Oh So Events with the sweetest pink tulle ruffles and petite ballet flats.

Guests will definitely feel that they’re entering a ballerina-only zone!

So we recommend doubling the effort in putting up a dessert counter offering an assortment of cupcakes, macarons, lollipops and chocolate balls.

For color and design, this ombre pink display we spotted on Kate Landers Events, LLC totally won our hearts! Invitations – This nutcracker birthday party invitation we stumbled upon at etsy shop Alison Kizer Designs was an instant favorite.

at Pacific Northwest Ballet gives us a new soon-to-be-beloved Christmas tradition. The company is built upon the financial and artistic success of the Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist William Lin-Yee as Drosselmeier, with PNB company dancers and PNB School students in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, choreographed by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. The ballet is still set to Tchaikovsky’s familiar score.

Pacific Northwest Ballet is one of the nation’s premier ballet companies, with dancers from around the world and a reputation for both upholding the Balanchine dance tradition and introducing audiences to bold new works.

Tickets: Tickets range from –6 for adults and –1 for children 12 and under. Every family member must have a ticket, even infants.

There are no bad seats at Mc Caw Hall so buy the seats that suit your budget. The Teen Tix performance is Sunday, December 27, p.m.

Falconer’s sets are brighter and more exuberant than the moody pastels of Maurice Sendak.

The costumes, gorgeous riots of color and pattern, inspired greed as surely as a land made of sweets.

Your little miss is sure to be the happiest celebrant ever. The light blue frosting with “Tiny Dancer” cupcake toppers in light pink are something to fall in love with! Macarons – Of course, there should be macarons – in sweet colors!