My little girl asked for a Hello Kitty Party. First up, it was fairly easy to purchase the table accessories I needed, there are plenty of places that sell the cups, plates, serviettes and table cloths you just need to shop around to find the best value. Then using the colours on the table wear I bought matching balloons and found some printable cupcake toppers. I then made a cake to match.
I made up the cupcakes and covered them in pink frosting, then I attached a cut out cardboard Hello Kitty circle that I'd printed by sticking it to half of a plastic straw and pushing it into the cake. Very simple and very effective.
The cake was pink with blue, green and yellow spots. I decided to do a two tier cake and I made a fondant Hello Kitty to go on top.
On the morning of the party the cake was attacked by my 2 year old little man who had decided to have cake for breakfast and I had to do a patch up job at the front! TIP: Put your cake somewhere safe and well away from little hands until the very last minute :-)
To start the party I set up a table in the garden (lovely having kids parties in the summer!) with some art things. I bought some pre-cut plain white cardboard cats and supplied, pens, crayons, glue, tissue paper, pom poms, googly eyes, glitter and sequins. Then I let their imagination run riot and they had loads of fun decorating their cats.
We played the party favourites, pass-the-parcel, musical bumps and musical statues. TIP: little children find losing in games very difficult so here is what I do. First of all I make sure that I'm the first one out...no-one ever wants to be first out, so it makes it a little easier if it's not one of the children. Then I give myself a little treat or sweet for being the 'last winner' (they are all winners, you see) If you do this you will probably find that the children really don't mind being out because they are still getting a treat. Also, it's wise to have two top prizes as I have found there are always TWO competitive children at any party and you'll never decide the winner!
While the children where eating their food I set up the next game. I find children love hide-and-seek type games so as this was an Hello Kitty party I thought all the little kitty's would like to find a mouse. I found a photo of a cute mouse and printed it off on a couple of sticker sheets. I then used cardboard toilet roll tubes cut in half to stick the stickers around. (I rarely dispose of toilet roll tubes, they have so much use left in them) Then I hid these 'mice' all around the garden for the children to find. When they found one they had to bring it to me for their reward.
Finally we sang Happy Birthday and the birthday girl blew out her candle before I handed out the cake. All the children went home with their decorated cats, prizes and party bags. I never go over the top with party bags, usually a few sweets and a balloon along with a small novelty toy, like a whistle or party blower, will do.