Hello (Kitty) Party!

Hello Kitty Birthday Party Ideas – With an 80’s Twist!

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My girls have birthday’s seven days apart. Which means their birthday parties are very close together. This party was held ONE WEEK after the Frozen in Summer party and I was a little unsure that I was going to be able to pull it off. Somehow I managed! My oldest daughter loves Hello Kitty, but is somewhat over the girly-pink-cutesie stuff. Neon colors are so on-trend and once I told her about a paint splatter theme, a neon Hello Kitty party concept was born. She was thrilled! So here’s what I did to customize this party for my special girl.

Wardrobe

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We found an awesome Hello Kitty swimsuit (at a fabulous price!) at Marshalls in February. I guess it was meant to be!

The Cake

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Inspired by 80’s themed parties and art parties, I went to work researching the options. The cake flavors were easy… the top layer was red velvet (her favorite) and the bottom was devil’s food. I surrounded the cake with white chocolate ganache icing and finished with black fondant. And then I said multiple prayers that the whole thing wouldn’t turn into a pile of mush in the humid July weather. Thankfully, it stayed put. I searched pinterest and found lots of great paint splatter cakes. I debated over which method to use for decoration: royal icing or candy melts. After some discussion from my local cake shop, I decided candy melts were the least time-consuming method. I could buy the colors I wanted, add some paramount crystals to thin each color out, and not have to tint 4-5 different bowls of icing. It does create more of a 3-d effect, but the end result turned out so well, I didn’t care.

I knew I would have to tie in hello kitty somewhere on the cake. So I made marshmallow fondant and used this veggie cutter to cut out kitty’s face. I used edible ink to hand color the bows, eyes, nose, and mouth. That was time-consuming for sure, but it really tied the theme together on the cake.

Let me tell you, paint splattering is no joke. There is a lot of prep work to keep your kitchen from looking like a Jackson Pollock painting and I was actually sore from flinging melted candy across this cake and ACTUAL paint across the backdrop. More on the backdrop in a minute.

Menu

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The menu was a little tricky and I was coming up with ideas at the last minute. I knew it had to be colorful, vibrant foods, as well as goodies that she would love. Fruit kabobs were an easy idea.

 

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But I needed something else. Then it hit me! Candy sushi. Hello Kitty is a Japanese creation, so candy sushi seemed like the perfect idea! The hardest part of creating the candy sushi was finding green fruit roll ups. I ended up ordering a box of 42 (OMG!) from amazon after discovering that my local grocery store did not have green fruit roll-ups or fruit-by-the-foot. Thank goodness for my prime account.

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I put the veggie cutter to use again by cutting out Hello Kitty faces from sliced colby and provolone.

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Paint splatter cake pops were the perfect pre-cake snack in blue velvet and red velvet flavors. To save time and effort, I decorated the paint splatter on the cake at the same time as the cake pops. Again…LOTS of flinging was involved!

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Drinks

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Hello Kitty water bottles and HI-C rounded out the drink selection.

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Decorations

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The signage was all inspired by the invitation. The fun part was the backdrop. My daughter and I had a great time flinging paint on two yards of black jersey fabric. In hindsight, I would’ve picked a less absorbent type of fabric and I would definitely have used fabric paint. I opted for acrylic to keep the costs low and the colors faded a bit when it dried. But overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out. I also used paper garland on the side curtains to add an extra pop of color.

Party Favors

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To match the 80s style and keep the kids looking cool, each guest received sunglasses. These neon and black shades were a big hit!

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The birthday girl enjoying some new Hello Kitty socks!

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Happy party planning!

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