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The Hello Kitty Party!! or “La Fiesta de la Hello”!

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Yes, we have finally come to the Hello Kitty party itself! ūüôādenna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party Ideas

I had been thinking for a long time that a Hello Kitty party would be fun, but here are the two things that made me feel really inspired to go ahead and go for it!!

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this Hello Kitty chocolate “Easter egg”

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and this Hello Kitty mug!

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My photos of the mug didn’t turn out so great, but really the mugs were my inspiration for the party. ¬†The girls have had them for years, and I am always seeing them! ¬†The mugs have Hello Kitty with ice cream cones and candy, and they are done in these pastel colors. ¬†So I decided that the colors for the party would be mint green, pastel pink and red, oh! and chocolate instead of black! ¬†And that it would be a Hello Kitty Sweet Shoppe kind of theme! ¬†Following are some easy how-tos for some of the Hello Kitty stuff we did for the party. ¬†Links to sources and how-to posts are in red letters, so just click on them!

(An Aside: ¬†my friend over at Paper Glitter did a Fab-U-Lous Hello Kitty Sweet Shoppe party for her daughter! It’s amazing! ¬†I decided to go with my mug-inspired homemade party this time, though. ¬†If my printer had been working, I would have printed some of Paper Glitters’ gorgeous Sweet Shoppe Party printouts¬†and this sweeeeet¬†stationary set! ¬†Linnette makes the most adorable things for parties! ¬†But my printer is on it’s last legs ūüė¶ ¬†)

So mint and pink and red….and a little white cat! ¬†A package of pastel¬†card stock¬†from the dollar store made a quick and easy backdrop. ¬† Just tape the pages onto the wall with painter’s tape so they won’t stick forever! (We were able to print out one black and white kitty and my youngest colored it in. ¬†We found it on this site¬†of coloring pages).

The lighting in our house in the winter is just atrocious, and so all my photos look kinda strange…they look very brightly colored, but really are softer pastels, oh well, I guess you get the idea….denna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party Ideas, easy Hello Kitty party backdrop

The little Kitty banner was so fast and easy to make. denna's ideas: Fast and Easy Hello Kitty Party Banner how toCheck out the How-To here for a quick and easy Hello Kitty banner.
denna's ideas: Fast and Easy Hello Kitty Party Banner from playing cards

A trip to Party City for a few little party favors, and a trip to the T&T Asian supermarket for some fun Hello Kitty packs of gum and box of cookies!
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At the dollar store, I found this cute little book of painting pages….(I must say the kids weren’t the only ones who had fun painting them!)
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We set out a few of our Hello Kitty¬†memorabilia to decorate…enna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party ideas, HK memorabiliaand something new….denna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party Ideas, HK lunchbox

And now for the party table set up!denna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party Ideas, bubble teaWe found some bubble tea in just the right colors…they looked super, but just are not my personal cup of tea! ¬†I made a plate of Hello Kitty crackers…um, those weren’t so fabulous, but might work out with a different recipe.denna's ideas: Hello Kitty crackersSome easy party balloons in the shape of ice cream cones for the party table. ¬†Just add some “cherries” and sprinkles! ¬†There’s a quick how-to at the end of this post heredenna's ideas: Hello Kitty Banner and party ice cream balloonsEverything was finally put together….with the Hello Kitty Cake, too!

denna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party IdeasI made a Pocky Cake and added Hello Kitty peeking over the top!  Her whiskers are made out of Pocky, too.  I posted about what a Pocky cake is the other day, what a quick way to decorate a cake!!denna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party Ideas, Hello kitty dessert tableThe salad bowl was really a flash of genius, if I do say so myself!!  So fun and tasty, but super easy to make, too!

denna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party IdeasHere’s the post about the Hello Kitty Fruit Salad Bowl containing my favoritist sweet salad ever! ¬†(I know that’s not a word! but it’s yummy)enna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party ideas, my girl

My birthday girl!!! ¬†No girl is ever too old for a Hello Kitty party!!denna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party ideas, my girldenna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party IdeasSAM_0879It was a whole lot of sugary pastel colored sweetness, with a few Japanese and Korean treats thrown in! ¬†The only things missing were these Hello Kitty strawberry treats!! ¬†They were easy to make, but just didn’t make it to this party, haha! ¬†The link for the how-to is here.denna's ideas: Hello Kitty Strawberry snacks

What is a Pocky Cake?

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Today I thought that someone somewhere might just be wondering what a Pocky cake is. ¬†Was it you? ¬†First of all, do you know what Pocky is? ¬†Have you ever eaten this tasty little snack? ¬†It is quite popular around our house. ¬†ūüôā

Pocky is a Japanese snack food that is found all over the world, but especially popular in Japan. ¬†This sweet snack is made of small sticks or “rods” that are almost the size of drinking straws (a bit smaller) and are made of biscuits covered in chocolate. ¬†That would be biscuit in the European meaning, more like a crisp cookie dough. ¬†I personally think that they are quite like pretzel rods covered in chocolate-like coating. ¬†They are crisp and fun to crunch on. ¬†I always like to check out what wikipedia has to say about all these types of things, haha! ¬†So if you are that interested, click here: wikipedia to find out more about Pocky snacks, and even how to¬†pronounce¬†it!

Glico Chocolate Pocky 2.47 oz

Wherever you live, you can probably find and ¬†buy Pocky at Asian supermarkets, or online, like from sites like this one: Asian Food Grocer,¬†where they have all sorts and varieties of Pocky. ¬†In Canada and the United States ¬†they can also be found at other stores, such as HEB and Walmart. ¬†That’s where I ended up buying them, Walmart. (Though they were also at the T&T Asian supermarket close by my house). ¬†I found a very large bag of them at Walmart, more like “bulk” packaging, so I went for that instead of buying about 10 small boxes. ¬†Here’s another photo from the Asian Food Grocer:

Pocky Sticks and Pretz

When I was looking up this Pocky stuff, I also found out that there is something called Pocky cake, which is a cake shaped to look like a Pocky stick. But that is not what I meant to post about today.  I actually mean a Pocky covered cake.  Have you seen one before?  I have seen photos of them going around on Pinterest.  Especially a pink Pocky covered cake that just looked so sweet.

For my daughter’s birthday, I decided that a Pocky covered cake would be so perfect, she loves Pocky! ¬†It makes for a clean and simple looking cake…and a super easy cake too, I found out! ¬†The photos I had seen online were of plain layer cakes, like with only a layer or two, so that when the cake was cut, you ended up with a regular piece of cake with these tall Pockies sticking up on the side. ¬†It seemed a little strange to me, so I decided to make the cake as tall as the Pocky sticks. ¬†I was testing things out a bit first, so had bought some strawberry Pocky and some chocolate. ¬†I found out that they are not quite the same size, the strawberry is shorter. ¬†Both snacks have a very strong smell. ¬†Not being partial to strawberry smells, I went for the chocolate covered ones! ¬†I acutally did some math for this one….I laid out all the Pocky sticks from one box and measured to see how much area they covered…then did primitive measuring and math to figure out how many boxes of Pocky I would need to go around my cake. ¬†I was using a 6 inch cake pan…..anyways…..blah blah blah math blah…….it turned out that when I bought the bigger bag, all my figuring was in vain anyways….but it did just barely turn out, with not a Pocky to spare! ¬†I think you would need about 10 boxes…maybe 12 to be on the safe side, though. ¬†Or one bag from Walmart plus about 2 extra boxes. ¬†Something like that!! ¬†(I’m only going on and on about it in case you are reading this post because you want to make your own Pocky cake!)denna's ideas: how to make a Pocky Cake

It’s really easy, after you have all the Pocky bought!! ¬†Bake a cake. ¬†My cake was several layers high, and ended up measuring just over 5 inches high. ¬†Stack the layers and frost with icing, such as buttercream. ¬†Buttercream worked out very nicely because it wasn’t too gooey….it was just the right consistency to hold the sticks of Pocky, without bulging out between them. ¬†Then start slapping on the Pocky!! ¬†It was that easy. ¬†They didn’t need to be supported nor held. ¬†I decided to go with the cookie part at the bottom. ¬†They are quite uniform, so I didn’t do any chopping or anything, just put them on…all around the cake. ¬†It wasn’t necessary, but I decided to tie a ribbon around the whole thing at the end.

And there you go!! ¬†(at this point many people type in Wa-la!! ¬†But I will never do it! ¬†I might think Voila! to myself, but prefer to type a less fancy “and there you go”) ¬†Your cake is finished. ¬†And it looks so cool! ¬†And I have to mention that it smells wonderful! ¬†The Pocky have a very strong chocolaty smell, so it was nice to have a cake that had it’s own powerful “perfume”!! ¬†ūüôā

I think that was the fastest cake I’ve ever decorated! ¬†But I never seem to just let things “be” I must always go for that extra little fussiness…that one extra¬†little touch….so I added a Hello Kitty head to the top of the cake!! ¬†More about that later…..denna's ideas: Hello Kitty Party Ideas and Pocky CakeP.S. One last little bit of Pocky trivia from wikipedia:¬†The “Pocky Kiss” is the eastern equivalent to the western “Spaghetti Kiss” ¬†bet ya didn’t know! ūüėČ