Dad Surprises Girls With Magical Disney Ball After Father-Daughter Dance Is Canceled.

Ava McAloon, a 6-year-old from Seekonk, Massachusetts, was looking forward to her school’s father-daughter dance.


Unfortunately, the event, which had a perfect Disney theme, was canceled this year because of the novel coronavirus. When Ava’s parents, Janelle and Josh, saw how disappointed their little one was, they knew they had to find a way to make her smile.


“We had already picked out dresses for it,” Janelle said. “My husband mentioned we should do one for her at home. Of course, me being the crazy, over-the-top mom that I am, I didn’t hesitate to make the dream a reality.”

She sent Ava and 2-year-old Lilly an invitation to their very own ball. The celebration would be held “in the royal living room,” which Janelle would transform into a space “fit for a princess!”

“They both couldn’t believe it, and they spent all day wondering what the night would bring,” Janelle said. “My husband kept them busy with games and playing outside while I was setting up the room for the big reveal.”


When they walked inside and saw the magical dream awaiting them, they were absolutely thrilled! In fact, Ava’s “jaw dropped,” and her awesome parents couldn’t hold back happy tears.


They danced the night away together and made a memory they’ll cherish forever! Josh said moments like these are the perfect silver lining in this uncertain season.

“Having the ability to spend this time with my daughters and show them no matter the challenges you face, having a positive attitude and a desire to achieve can always bring light in tough times.”


What a wonderful way to keep a beloved tradition going strong! We’re going to take a page from their book and think outside the box to find these precious silver linings.

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