Little Girl’s Hello Kitty Party: Adeline’s 3rd Birthday

by jessicaturner on September 30, 2014

Hello Kitty Birthday Party InspirationThis summer, for Adeline’s third birthday, we had a Hello Kitty birthday party. My mom, sister and dear friend Chris from high school were all in town, so we had lots of help for the day. This was especially great because I was so sick during my first trimester.

If you have a little girl who loves Hello Kitty like Adeline, I hope this post inspires you in planning your own Hello Kitty birthday party. I’ve tried to detail everything, but if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. These party posts are always a favorite of mine to share! I think I have as much fun planning as the kids do attending.

A big theme that I noticed as I wrote this post is that I bought MOST of the supplies on clearance at Target or from the Target dollar section (read my shopping Target clearance tips). Adeline started expressing an interest in Hello Kitty last fall, so I thought about the party for many months prior to the actual event. You can save big money when you are planning well in advance for a birthday party. Most of the items were bought 50-90% off, which is pretty awesome.

Hello Kitty Invitation
I took some photos of Adeline in a Hello Kitty dress and then used a Minted birthday invitation template for the Hello Kitty invitation. It turned out perfect!
Hello Kitty Birthday Party Hello Kitty birthday invitation
Hello Kitty Decorations
The decorations were a nice mix of store bought and handmade.

I bought a huge book of Hello Kitty 12×12 slab of scrapbook paper (at JoAnns, with a coupon), which provided me with ample paper for decorations and games.

Hello Kitty Party decorations
JoAnns had some cute thin wood Hello Kitty decorations, which my Mom painted and we used throughout the party. They added such a sweet touch! Now Adeline has them in her bedroom.

I also had several hot pink tin vases that I bought on clearance from the Target Dollar Section after Valentines, which I filled with cheery pink and yellow flowers.

Hello Kitty Party Drink Station


Hello Kitty Party Drink StationFor the drink station, I added Hello Kitty washi tape to the tops of the drink canisters (Target 90% off summer finds last year).

Hello Kitty party decorations
My sister helped me make a simple pinwheel bunting using Hello Kitty paper to hang on the bar.

Hello Kitty birthday party decorations
I also made Hello Kitty pinwheels last minute because I had so much paper, they are so fast to make and they are just adorable.

Hello Kitty Photo Backdrop

Hello Kitty Birthday Party with Hello Kitty photo backdrop
We also had a Hello Kitty scene setter (photo backdrop), which the kids loved. I try to have one of these at every party I throw because they really help to ensure that you get some fantastic photos and they really help bring the theme to life in a big way.

Hello Kitty Photo backdrop

Hello Kitty Photo backdrop
I took some cute photos of Adeline before the party started in front of the drop, as well as family pictures.

Hello Kitty birthday party
We also attempted to do a group shot with all the kids at the party, but that wasn’t super successful.

I first discovered these backdrops for Adeline’s Sesame Street party last year and I really love them. They are a great way to “set the scene” for the party and are so affordable.

Hello Kitty Party Food

For the table I bought a Hello Kitty tablecloth and Hello Kitty napkins, along with pink and yellow plates. (I rarely buy branded plates because they are so expensive for so few.) The centerpiece was a simple hot pink vase that I got on clearance at Valentine’s from the Target dollar section, along with a Hello Kitty stuffed animal.

Hello Kitty Party table decorations and food
The party was from 10-12, so I kept the food very simple and toddler friendly. Small sandwich buns, ham and turkey rolls, cheese, fruit and chips.

I used flower trays and my mom assembled pink “daisies” using all pink/red fruit (watermelon, grapes and strawberries) with pineapple for the center. It was so cute!

Hello Kitty Games & Activities
Hello Kitty is a bit challenging because there aren’t obvious games that go with the theme. I made signs for all the games using the scrapbook paper + letters cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I glued everything on with my Xyron creative machine, which made things super easy to assemble. Here are the ones we came up with:

Hello Kitty Tattoo Parlor

Hello Kitty party games Hello Kitty tattoo parlor This one was simple and a big hit with the kids. I bought some Hello Kitty tattoos from the dollar section at Target and set up a small table on the deck with the tattoos, a bowl of water and the washcloth. (The heart bowls were 90% off clearance finds after Valentines at Target.)

Hello Kitty party games Hello Kitty tattoo parlor The sign was made using the scrapbook paper I bought from JoAnns.

Hello Kitty Hopscotch

Hello Kitty Party Game Hopscotch
This was such a hit! We taped Hello Kitty paper to the deck and the kids ADORED it. Adeline said it was her favorite game at the party.

Pin the Bow on Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty party game Pin the bow on Hello Kitty
This one is all over Pinterest and was super easy to execute. I drew Hello Kitty on a piece of foam core for the “pinning.”

Hello Kitty party game Pin the bow on Hello Kitty
I used several colors of cardstock (just what I had in my stash) for the bows, and cut them using my Silhouette Cameo. Then I ran them through my Xyron (one of my favorite party DIY tools) to put adhesive on the back and added glitter accents using glitter glue.

Toss the Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty party game Hello Kitty toss
This game was assembled with all after Easter clearance Hello Kitty baskets (Target) and plush Hello Kittys (Walgreens). The plush kittys had Easter ears on them, and I simply cut them off.

Hello Kitty party game Hello Kitty tossThe kids had a blast tossing the kittys, though mostly they just went up to the baskets and dropped them in!

Musical Chairs

Hello Kitty party game Hello Kitty musical chairs
Okay, this one was really cute, but resulted in a few tears from the younger ones who didn’t understand why they didn’t have a chair!

Hello Kitty party game Hello Kitty musical chairsI cut scalloped circles and numbers out with my Silhouette Cameo and glued the numbers on with my Xyron. We then taped them to the little kids’ chairs, which I scooped up 90% off at Target last year.

Hello Kitty party game Hello Kitty musical chairs
Hello Kitty Cake & Cupcakes

The cake was another one of Adeline’s favorite parts of the party.

Hello Kitty birthday party with Hello Kitty cake

I had the Hello Kitty cake made by Sugar Lump Cakes in Nashville, which is an incredibly affordable cake shop that does wonderful work.

Hello Kitty birthday cake
Tip: I moved the kids table to in front of the scene setter for cake so that we would get fun pictures with the Hello Kitty scene setter in the background. Seriously, definitely worth the $5! (Adeline wasn’t sure what to think of the candles at first!)

Hello Kitty cupcakes
I also made strawberry cupcakes, which is one of my favorite summer cake recipes. The cake toppers were from an cupcake mix kit I bought after Valentines or Easter at Target.

Hello Kitty birthday outfit and signIt was an incredibly fun Hello Kitty party and the birthday girl couldn’t have been more delighted by it all.  (Free birthday poster download from Petite Lemon. I love that it had places to list Adeline’s favorite hobbies and things.)

For more tips and tricks for party planning in advance, read this post.

For more Hello Kitty Party inspiration, check out my Hello Kitty board on Pinterest.

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Jen Webb September 30, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Oh my! So cute! How is it possible that she’s 3? Internet time flies by. I love all of the care and attention that you put into this. You really do rock! :)


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