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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

simple celebrations: hello kitty party + printables



We kinda have a crush on Hello Kitty around here.

Ella turned seven this month, and at the last minute decided she wanted a "friends" party with a Hello Kitty theme. She must have caught me on a good day, because I gave the okay. Not one to usually do something like this so late in the game, I figured I could throw something together quickly if I kept things super simple.

Am I sharing the printables? Well, of course.

Hello Kitty fill-able invitation (add your own details using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements).

So here's the rundown of the festivities, starting at the top left.  

1. My version of an ice cream cake went together in about 15 minutes (with Tayler's help).
2. I put together a simple game on the trampoline. The girls jumped around while Lynn threw balls over the net. If a ball touched anyone, they went out. Last girl standing was the winner. The game lasted forever because they kept wanting to play.  
3. I used my balloon flowers again, this time creating them in colors to match Kitty's flower. Actually, my daughter-in-law Tayler, made them all! She'll be making them again for Piper's first birthday soon. 

4. For a craft project, I planned to have each of the girls design their own pin/button. It was a huge hit and they each made multiples. My friend Jen, just bought a button making machine to use at Girls' Camp and for other occasions and loaned it to me. Thanks, Jen!  
5. I gave Ella a budget for the goodie bags and she chose the items she wanted (all from Target.) I also designed and made an HK button for each of the girls and my daughter Kate, found pink and orange mini buckets to package everything in. Thanks, Kate!
6. The silly birthday girl in her Hello Kitty dress. Kate and I found matching ones for Ella and my granddaughter Madi, at Old Navy for about $7 each. 
7. Our granddaughter Piper, decided that hangin' with her Poppa was much more fun than those noisy, cray-cray girls. :) Check out that one little tooth--so darling!
8. The aftermath.


I created this 16 x 20 Hello Kitty welcome poster for the front door. It's only $6 to print at Costco or Walmart and Ella now has it on her bedroom door.


 Hello Kitty printable for 1 1/4" buttons
2" Hello Kitty toppers or tags

I did learn a few things raising my bigs, one being that the the simple parties and celebrations really are the most memorable--for everyone. I also figured out that my expectations were always far greater than my little ones. This little party is proof. I was able to put it together in just a few days and for about $60 total. Ella loved it and the girls had a delightful time. How do I know? They didn't want to leave.:)

Happy Birthday, Ella Bella! Big loves.

P.S. Send me photos if you use these printables for your own Hello Kitty themed party. I want to see!

Also shared at:
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14 comments:

  1. What a beautiful party! Love the printables! :)

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

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  2. I found you via Google search fro free Hello Kitty printable cupcake toppers and I am so thankful for your file shares. I downloaded the poster and ordered thru Costco this morning and it will be ready for pick up this afternoon. It was super easy and absolutely affordable! I'm on a pretty tight budget but your printables are really going to help make my daughter's party perfect. When I post pics to my own blog I'll share the link plus link this post up as well. Thank you so very much!

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  3. Here's my blogpost! Thanks again Kim! http://shemainesmith.blogspot.com/2013/07/it-had-to-be-hello-kitty.html

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  4. I love your blog. Why no posts lately? Church? Grandkids? Summer?

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  7. Kim, love these! We're throwing a hello kitty party for my 6 year old tomorrow and these will be perfect. :) :) Thanks a bunch!

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  8. Wow! Thank you for sharing your printables!!! My soon to be 6 year old will love these inviations and welcome sign!

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  10. Oh my I so so love Hello Kitty because she's a cat and she's a theme of PINK! <3 I am so fond of this character that makes me compile stuffs of her like wallpapers and just lately I started a collection of Hello Kitty Birthday Party ideas . I am just so happy I could pick some from your site. Credits will be added dear!
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  12. This is a great poster. You should know that I just placed an order for one through Walmart's photo center. They called me back and told me they could not print it because it contains copyrighted material. I guess you lucked out on your print order.

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  13. The poster is very cute. I do not know why, but it printed as a mirror image so I could not use it.

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