Are you planning a party with a Hello Kitty theme???
That cute little kitty is making a huge comeback and I love it! She was awesome when I was a kid and is just as awesome today. I am so thrilled that my daughter loves her because I get to relive the whole HK thing all over again, but this time I get the goods. I really didn't have as much HK as I wanted as a kid. My daughter on the other hand... has what seems like EVERYTHING! Especially after her birthday party.
While planning my party I scoured the web for ideas on how I could make the party special for her. I started months in advance and quickly realized that I would have to make a lot of the things myself to get the effect I wanted. The good news...I have assembled it all for you right here. Directions. Links to where I bought my supplies etc. Here we go.
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Walmart also had several really cute pink filigree table covers for .97 each! How can you go wrong?
MORE PERSONALIZED OPTIONS
In the photo above you can see that I also made some HK beer koozies. Now why in the world would we need those at a little girl's party? Well I'll tell you. Each year we had a party we started to notice that it was typically the dads that would bring their respective daughters. So this year we decided to honor our daughter loving dads with something their very own. So thus was born the Hello Kitty beer koozie. Not too shabby. I ordered plain white koozies on ebay. We bought a set of 12 for $9.99 and when you buy 2 (which I did with a friend) you get 12 more free. So 36 koozies for $20. Pretty good. I then used the freezer paper method of stenciling to imprint HK's face onto the koozies. I freehanded outlines of the bow and nose and glittered up her bow (cause I could) and VOILA! a pretty snazzy HK Koozie.
* You don't know the freezer paper method?? Check this site out for some awesome instructions. Once you start you will never stop. It is so cool. http://www.dana-made-it.com.
www.cutoutandkeep.net. I made mine bigger and more true to HKs true cartoon form. I did however use the same structural build as the tutorial but since our candy was super heavy I added a cardboard strip around the center between the front and back. I glued and taped all pieces together for strength. I used picture wire as the hanging mechanism and then covered it all with brown paper bags before adding the decorations. My decorations consisted of strips of crepe paper fringed by cutting slits about 1" apart. Only cut halfway up the paper for obvious reasons. For her face and bow I cut out pieces of cardstock, outlined with sharpie and decorated with glitter. This whole project is a bit time consuming (took about 2 hours) but really turned out great. The kids loved it!
CAKE AND CUPCAKES
Pinterest board and check them out.
How about Cake Pops? These are awesome from www.bakerella.com. In fact everything she does is awesome.
We made our party into a little dress up party. I made tutus for all the girls as well as HK Headbands. We also painted each girl's face with whiskers and a yellow nose.
The tutus were easy to make and a tutorial can be found here at www.cutoutandkeep.net/. Things I did differently were to sew the elastic before wrapping the tulle and I didn't pull so tight because I found that it would stretch out the elastic. After the tutu was complete I sewed a single line stitch around the waistband to reinforce the tulle and to ensure it would not unravel.
If you have either a lot of help or a lot of time here are some ideas with balloons.
Flower balloons. Now these are so cute and can be found on kimmccrary.blogspot.com
Fill your child's room with balloons after they fall asleep the night before their party. This was a huge hit at our house. We also put her large bag of presents in the middle of the floor in the balloon pile. So much fun.
Another idea is to crepe paper their doorway so they have to bust through it in the morning. How Cute!.
OK now I know there's more so I will continually update this as I remember things I did or find new ideas. If you have any great ideas I'd love to hear them. Have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY party Helly Kitty style!