I embellished all of the printouts with Hello Kitty stickers with the help of my daughter. THIS was so much fun! As you can see we had over 600 stickers to play with!
The Sweet Shoppe
I wanted to create a life-size playset that Kaylee could play with at her party and sell sweet goodies to the children attending–it was my BIG dream to make her this big toy to play with!
Even with a 2 month old baby to take care of, I was determined to make this happen for her–thank goodness for 2 grandmas we have near by to help!
I used a new flower template to create these 4 petal paper flowers. I made them from color cardstock and I sell the templates in the Shop. Probably the only printable I used with no color ink needed!
I will post a tutorial of some sort in the future on this but basically the Sweet Shoppe was made using my office Ikea $20 table (yes–it is somewhere in there). Then I placed 1 inch thick foam boards for the bottom and top. The panels of foam board on top of the table and for the bottom of the roof have cut out circles for the poles to secure into. The poles are actually white wrapping paper rolls. I decorated the Sweet Shoppe with either decorative papers or my printable art at Staples on their large printer. Believe it or not this structure is pretty stable–those poles won’t come down by shaking either! I think I better buy a new table—I can’t possibly take this cute thing apart. Below is one photo I managed to take in the process of building it.
I wanted the desserts to reflect my daughter’s taste and have items that children would like including Japanese candies. I also wanted the cake to have a whimsical, simple look as if a child created it and decorated it with paper.
The Table & Decorations
Throughout the party I also added Japanese accents like the phrase “I love Sweets ” in Japanese, paper lanterns, a hanging Japanese store banner, origami stars, a bento box for Kaylee and origami lilies (which I made) for the tables.
Table mats were Wallpaper Art offered as a FREE download at Sanrio.com!
The background, amazingly, was very inexpensive. I bought some coloring sheets on a roll sold at Michael’s. I spent less than $10 on that entire wall and it looked so great next to all of the bright party colors.
The menu was so cool to work with! I used Baker’s Twine from The Twineryto thread a Hello Kitty graphic on the top. I think it really came out cute and it makes a cute momento for Kaylee.
The Register & “Kaylee Dollars” I put a cash register next to the shop for Kaylee. Each child was given “Kaylee Dollars” (yes–I designed her own currency!). As they lined up to go to the Sweet Shoppe, they gave my daughter “Kaylee Dollars” in exchange for goodies from the shop.
You can buy and make your very own currency, by personalizing with Editable Text features from the Shop.
My husband really is the one responsible for the making of this. He really pushed me to try a bento box for once. I was so scared to as I know if done well, they can look spectacular! And with Kaylee being a picky eater it was worth a try. I found a tutorial on YouTube on how to make a rice shaped Hello Kitty head and followed the instructions. I bough a mold for it on Ebay too. The nose is corn and the eyes and whiskers are made of that black stuff you see sushi wrapped up in I think it came out pretty cute!
The adorable Hello Kitty cookie next to it is made by the Cookie Mamas on Etsy.
The End . . .
After all of that hard work, I relaxed at the party with Mineral Water on my very own Hello Kitty martini glass
I loved this party. Kaylee had a blast and I had an amazing time creating it. My sweet little girl deserved every last detail.
I was beyond thrilled to have the party featured on the blog of Amy Atlas yesterday–what a sweet dream!Vendor Credits
Lollicakes: Posh Nosh Cakery in Miami, FL
Cupcakes: Misha’s Cupcakes in Miami, FL
Hello Kitty Cookies: Cookie Mamas
Japanese Candies: Hot Topic Stores & Tim’s Oriental in Homestaed, FL
Donuts: Mandarin Gourmet Donuts in Miami, FL
Brown Gable Boxes: The Container Store
Twine: The Twinery
Washi Tape (decorating the Lollicakes): Le Box Boutique
Hello Kitty Table Mats: Free download at Sanrio
Dotted Paper Straws: Hey Yo Yo
Origami Paper Stars: Origami Palace
Brown Paper Bags with Magenta Ribbon & Hello Kitty Lunchbox : Target stores
Magenta clear cups and paper lanters: Party City stores