Hello Kitty Party

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For Little E’s second birthday party, I tried to think about what she might like the best, but she wasn’t really attached to anything in a big way. I finally decided that she loved cats, so I went with a Hello Kitty party, which ended up being fun to decorate!

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This is hard to see, but the guests followed Hello Kitty’s and Tuxedo Sam’s footprints up the walkway to the party, where they were met by a welcome sign on the door.

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I made streamers/banners out of regular colored paper cut into triangles and stapled onto fun ribbon. I found pictures of Hello Kitty and Tuxedo Sam (for the boys who would be attending), and glued them on the banners, as well. I put those everywhere, even in the front of the house. It was cheap and fairly easy to make, so why not? To make it cheaper, I even hand colored the polka dots on the blue paper. I’m writing about this party a few years after I actually did the party, so now I think that was a bit insane.

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I don’t remember where I got the idea for the cake, but it was extremely simple. I bought some pre-made fondant, rolled it out, and draped it over a cake that I cut into the shape of Hello Kitty’s head. I actually printed out a large picture of Hello Kitty’s head and placed it over the cake to make sure that I had the right shape as I was cutting, and the right place for the eyes, nose, whiskers, and bow. The eyes and nose are made out of jellybeans (the reason I used jellybeans as decoration around Hello Kitty’s face to help break up the white). The whiskers were black licorice.

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These cake pops were NOT simple. They about drove me crazy to make, but they were so cute, I just kept making them. They didn’t turn out as cute as the original from Bakerella (http://www.bakerella.com/here-kitty-kitty/ ), from whom I found great directions, but they were fine for my expertise level.

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For activities, the kids colored Hello Kitty coloring pages printed from the Internet, played pin the bow on Hello Kitty, got their faces painted very simply with a cat’s nose and whiskers or lines like Tuxedo Sam, and since the guests were so young, I also left balloons scattered on the ground for play.

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For favors, I made these little Hello Kitty bags (I wish I could remember my source for them), again using a printout of Hello Kitty’s face to ensure accuracy. The bows were printed on colored card stock, cut out, and glued in the right spot. I also gave out headbands to the girls with white cat ears made out of paper taped on top and ribbons tied in a bow. I gave out a pinwheel each and Hello Kitty stickers, along with some other simple trinkets.

It was a very cheap, but fun little party!

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