My little girl is growing up so fast. She just turned 5 years old. It's kind of a big birthday and when I asked her what kind of party she wanted, she said Hello Kitty. I have to admit I wasn't thrilled, all I pictured was lots of red and store bought supplies.
But then I realized, I could change it up however I wanted. So, I decided to go with the "Nerd Hello Kitty" and I kinda loved the teal, red and white combo. So, that was it. I made most everything myself and on a very very low budget. Keep on reading for the details.
This is the invite I created for Lacey's 5th birthday. I added a picture from each year of her life, to show how much she's grown and changed. (Wah! Yes, I teared up as I created it.)
The dessert table came out just how I envisioned! Most supplies were made with what I had at home and with my handy dandy Cricut machine and Hello Kitty cartridge. I cut out all of the letters and the cupcake toppers with that wonderful machine, I kinda love it.
This frame I made was a last minute project that I was really happy with. I was so happy to find the perfect teal tissue paper and once I started framing Lacey's picture, I knew it needed a big red bow!
Lacey got to go to Build-a-Bear for the very first time on her actual birthday as a gift from her Grandma Maricela and Aunt Tricia. She chose this Hello Kitty and so I thought it would be fitting that she be one of the guests of honor at the party.
The dessert table included my first attempt at chocolate covered pretzel sticks, (which were delicious by the way) powdered donuts, red velvet cookies, red velvet puppy chow, and of course the cupcakes.
I drew Nerd glasses on some of the Hello Kitty's. It's like a little Nerd Hello Kitty army.
These were the centerpieces I made using money banks I found at the Dollar Store and little wooden Hello Kitty's that I colored from JoAnn's Fabric dollar section. I cut out circles, five's and Lacey's name and hot glued them all together. These work best when you anchor them and when there is no wind to topple them over. We had a bit of a breeze that day, so we had to stand them up a few times. But, other than that, I liked them a lot!
One of the things I have a love/hate relationship with at kid's parties, are the games. I always want to do a craft table, but my husband always talks me out of it since the kids are still kind of young and would need a lot of assistance (which would suck for the parents). And, I love how much fun the kids have when playing games, but ugh, it is so much work to get them to listen and participate and yell over everyone. I always end up with a headache, but whatever, Lacey requested games, so games were played. We did "Pin the Bow on Hello Kitty" and musical chairs.
The party favors. I searched high and low for "Nerd glasses" on a budget. I was hoping to pay $1 a piece and totally lucked out! I almost walked out of Party City with Neon Sun Glasses that I was going to spray paint and punch out the lenses. Then I found the 50's party section, and there, I found "Buddy Holly" style glasses. Perfect!
Oh and I really wanted to make headbands with Hello Kitty ears and Red Bows for all the girls. They were super easy and affordable, you can check out that post here.
When Lacey said she wanted a Hello Kitty party, one of the first things I envisioned was putting a giant Red Bow on the house. Second, I wanted to make giant Nerd Glasses to go over the windows or eyes, but unfortunately, that didn't pan out, but I added them to the house anyway. Cute right?!
I made this frame out of a $1 poster board, scraps of black paper, and a piece of red felt for the bow.
Ta-da! All of the kids looked so cute!
At each birthday party, we attempt a family photo. The one on the left is my Lacey being silly. The one on the right was the best shot. Lol!
That's it, my lovely little Lacey is 5 years old, and by the look on her face after the pinata was smashed, I think she had a good time.
If you have any questions about the items I made for her party, feel free to ask!