Earlier this year I was asking the girls what themes they would like for their birthdays. When they both said “Hello Kitty!” in unison I decided to throw a mutual party for them. I have to say I was a bit surprised as Hello Kitty has not been the favourite character in our household for a while, but who am I to question the motives of 3 and 5 year olds. First I thought I would do a very simple and stylish Hello Kitty party ( maybe a bit something like this one). But then time went by and I started to gather ideas from Pinterest and the party took a whole different route. As I was just talking with my friend, with little people it actually seems that more really is more and the more there is the more magical it feels and looks like to them. So I went all out pink and colours and crazy Hello Kitty stuff. Both girls invited a few girlfriends over and then we had the godparents with their kids and obviously the cousins, so a couple of boys came too. But they did not seem to mind all the pink around. But trust me when I say this. There will not be a lot of pink happening in our household for a while. I´m embracing the Christmas season to the fullest now. Abundance of white sounds about right right now. After all the baking and sugar and butter and pink frosting I thought I might turn in to a cupcake myself and had to soak in a bubble bath for extra long times to return in to a woman again. But who am I kidding. I love love love baking for my girls and their little cousins and cute friends and I adore throwing birthday parties to them. Especially when by the end of the day the girls told me it was the best party they ever attended ( and some guests had requested for a party do-over ). Anyway here are some photos from the bash if you´d like to see. As always I was fighting both time ( as I wanted to have the cakes etc. in the photos but did not want to put them out too early before the guests arrived) and the lighting challenge ( it already gets darker at 3 pm in Helsinki now). Why are the girls not born at summer time?
Tässä nyt kuvia tyttöjen 3- ja 5-vuotisjuhlista. Teema ei todellakaan jää varmasti epäselväksi! Tytöt olivat niin onnellisia juhlistaan, että kaikki vaiva oli aivan varmasti sen arvoista. Jaoin vähän myös omaa taakkaani ja aloitin leipomalla pikkuleivät paria päivää aiemmin, kuppikakut sen jälkeisenä päivänä ja kakkupohjat paistoin ja koristelutkin laitoin valmiiksi juhlia edeltäneenä päivänä. Kakun koristelun ja muut viime hetken asettelut ja naposteltavat hoidin sitten juhlapäivänä.
Pokyt ovat hyvin Japanilaisia keksejä.
These cookies probably took the longest time to make. The girls helped with these a little. They made the pink ones with plenty of colourful sprinkles on them. I made the cookies using my vanilla sugar cookie recipe and the icing recipe. Both long time favourites. I drew the kitty faces on them with edible marker and the edible bows are from a cookie making kit we got from a friend long ago and never used.
Even the smallest details of these fondant figurines, like a pleated skirt with little buttons and a handbag were just perfect.
This amazing cake made was made by my very talented sister in law. I loved it so much ( and saved the little figurines)!!! Inside was chocolate raspberry cake to die for…
My dear friend made these milk free cupcakes for the party ( the other cupcakes are gluten free- we had a few special dietary needs to consider). I bought this cute kit for decorating them, but I did not have time to attach the picks in the end. The sugar on top was nice and sparkly but that does not come across well in the photo and these cupcakes were so good. If you need a dairy free recipe let me know and I could ask her if she did not mind sharing.
I made “my” super yummy popcorn for the party. It was a hit yet again. It really is so good. And super easy to make. Just pop some corn on the stove or use microwave popcorn, then melt some (pink) candy melts and ad it to the popcorn tossing them around until partially coated. Then just add any sprinkles you like and sometimes I even add little candy or mini marshmallows. So easy and so addictive. For two bags of microwave popcorn I used half a bag of candy melts. I don´t like it if it gets too sweet and covers the saltiness of the corn but I think anyone to their own liking, right?!
The sweetest candy shop in town, Sweetheart, lent this lovely vintage bubble gum machine for us.We filled it with Hello Kitty candy and some tissues. Obviously good old gum balls would have been even cuter but honestly gum balls, although cute looking, are not really that good for parties with little kids as I don´t fancy gum all over the furniture.
We found the balloons and many other things in New York on our trip. This Hello Kitty was huge and the girls posed with it for their birthday photos (It is much taller than the girls). They said it was their guest of honour. We had the balloons filled with helium ( in Ilmapallokeskus) and I´m afraid this Kitty will still be walking around our house comes 1. of May.
Valitettavasti minulla oli vain hetki aikaa kuvata ennen kuin vieraat saapuivat ja yleiskuvien ottaminen aina jostain syystä unohtuu. Jalustakin oli kaapissa, joten vähän hämärää on ja pöytäliinakin hieman kurtussa…
I made this lollipop tree by inserting different lollipops to a styrofoam topiary.
We served some lemonade and water for the kids.
I chose the tableware colours according to our theme. Pink in two shades and some bright red. Very Hello Kitty!
Keittiön puolelta otetut kuvat ovatkin sitten jo ihan kamalia koska valot laskeutuvat suoraan pöytään, mutta tähän mennessä aurinko oli jo lähes laskenut ja vieraitakin alkoi jo saapua…
Tarjoilimme Japanilaisen Hello Kittyn kunniaksi sushia ja vähän muutakin Japanilaista ruokaa.
As Hello Kitty is Japanese our obvious choise for food was sushi. For grownups we also had some green tea, white wine and beer.
Tein sushiriisistä silikonimuotilla Hello Kittyn. Rusetti syntyi porkkanasta, silmät ja viikset nori-levästä ja nenä maissinjyvästä.
A green salad was served with Japanese sesame dressing and some extra black sesame seeds and wasabi peas to sprinkle on it. And then I cooked some edamame in slaty water.
I also had some hot water and little bags of instant white miso soup. This one is really good. The sushi was ordered from a quite local sushi place called Fubuki that does super fresh sushi. And the rest is from a Japanese store called Tokyokan.
Huomenna jaan vielä kanssanne muutaman kuvan “minimanikyyribaarista” joka oli juhlien ohjelmanumero, pienistä kiitoslahjoista, kutsusta ja tyttöjen juhla-asuista. Kiva kun kävit tänään!
Tomorrow I will still be sharing some photos from a mini manicure bar we had for the girls, the little party favours, our invitation and the girls outfits! I´m really glad you stopped by today and thank you for watching through all the hundreds of photos from the party.
For sources; We bought the balloons, confetti, tableware, Kitty candles, some candy and much more in New York. A lot of the Japanese Hello Kitty candy and other little Kitty things are from Hong Kong ( the city not the shop). But I´m sure a lot of similar things are found in Finland just as well ( except for some of the Japanese candy I guess).