Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kokeshi Birthday Party

Big Sister turned 8!

She and I decided to throw a Japanese Kokeshi doll themed party with her closest friends.  My husband and I took a trip to Japan in November to celebrate our 15th Anniversary, and I came home with so much inspiration!

The girls came in and sat for their first craft: painting their own Kokeshi dolls.  Kokeshi dolls are traditional Japanese dolls - they remind me of Russian matrioshka dolls because they are made of wood, do not have arms, and are totally adorable.

I created little "blank" dolls for them by hot gluing wooden beads to little wooden doll forms.  Immediately they all decided to create little pandas.  Such a cute idea!

Then it was time for snacks:

Rice krispie sushi!  I made it with swedish fish and green apple fruit strips.

Then we moved on to washi tape frames:

I got this fab idea from Eighteen25.blogspot.com.  (We took the picture during tea time and printed it out so that they could take it home.)

Then the girls decided it was time for cake.  So we moved over to our "tea room."

I found the adorable fabric at Beverly's.  It was actually a group of fabrics called, "Hello Tokyo."  I made a tablecloth & double-sided napkins and made napkin rings out of matching ribbon from the collection.

The girls tried Sinbei rice crackers, green tea mochi, Japanese candy and rooibos (herbal) tea.

Then, of course, cake!

I took a class on Craftsy.com to learn to make the gum paste flowers.  Have you ever tried a Craftsy class?  They are so fun, reasonably priced, and you do it in your own time.  Big Sis chose the cat for the top at World Market.

I sent the girls home with Blue take-out boxes (from Kara's Party Ideas) filled with personalized notebooks, stationery and stickers, and puzzle erasers.

I made the stationery with my Silhouette using the following files:
and a dingbat font.  (My inspiration was found at UnderaCherryTree.com - she has such great ideas and easy-to-follow tutorials for paper products!)

Happy Birthday, my little 8-year old!  

Thank you for sharing!


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