October 23, 2011

"Hello Kitty" 7th Birthday Party

Who doesn't love "Hello Kitty" at any age.  My 7 year old thought this year it would be great to throw an all out hot pink hello kitty party with full candy buffet.  My lovely task was to keep in budget and get creative with the decor.  Which if you know me I am an all out girly girl who loves the challenge of making my 7 year old happy.  The first place to start was the dollar section at target which you can always find great supplies to add to the mix.  I purchased hot pink bins for $2.50 and small little boxes to use for candy for a $1.00 each, round coasters in purple and pink, jewels, picture frames and stickers for a $1.00 for the invites and decor.  Next I found wonderful clearance fringe hot pink and purple streamers .50 cents, bright color tissue paper for $1.99 to make flowers, pink table plastic clothe roller which was the most expense of $17.99 and goodies bag items all at Party City.  As you will see in the pictures all items came together once put together.  For invites I used colorful post note cards found for $5.99 for 50 of them at Marshell's.  I know your probably thinking why all the hassle of different places.  To keep things in budget it is always good to plan an event theme three to two months in advance so when you are out shopping you have time to pick up bargains.  

The party invites were made by hand in front with printable hello kitty's I found in a coloring book that I made copies of on hard white paper.  I colored the bows and glued on the flower cut outs I found at target.  They were hand written in front and I used a shipping label with the info printed out on back. 

I also bought clear glass jars from sprout's a health food grocery store for $1.99 each and the candy I was able to get a great price that my sister purchased at walmart in the Halloween section that was already out.
The goodie bags I just bought at Party City and used shipping labels that I created on the computer.  As you can see I also made hello kitty marshmallows that were pretty simple by using camp size marshmallows for the head, little marshmallows for the ears which you cut diagonal in half and royal icing for glue.  A black baker pin and big heart candy that can all be bought at a cake supply shop.  My favorite cake supply shop is a local business in Chula Vista, Standlee's you can also order on-line through there site
 The cake was made by my mother in law, who always does a fantastic job.  She stayed with the theme and made her own cake board with cello  wrap and sticker foam cut outs for decor.

 I purchased art paper at Marshall's for only $4.99  and had a friend draw character of the hello kitty gang that the kids could paint and dot color.  I purchase bingo doters and water colors at a teacher supply store. This was for one of the activities.

As mention early I bought a roll of plastic table clothe paper to use as the back ground around the party area and added the birthday sign with the flowers that we made to the decorating.

For food and drinks we kept it simple with pizzas from Costco, wings from KFC, fruit and veggie platter.  For drinks I bought lemonade, cherry limeade, and hawaiian punch all for less the cost then sodas and the kids loved that they could serve themselves from the dispensers.

My daughter was so happy that day with everything! Below is the candy buffet all set up.
And the last item on my list was ding dongs that I drizzled with hot pink chocolate and hello kitty sugar candies for the adults as a take home gift.  Let me tell you these were a hit, not one was left or the marshmallow kitty's.  As I say keep it simple, easy and cost effective for a great party.


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