Hello Kitty Birthday Bash

Posted on Apr 23 2015 - 11:43am by Aubrey

The moment I found out I was having a baby girl, I already knew what her 1st birthday party theme would be: Hello Kitty, of course! As a lifelong fan of the red-bowed childhood favorite, it was the obvious choice.

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With a sweet tooth the size of California and a penchant for baked goods, I wanted to make the dessert buffet the centerpiece. So I set out to bake cake pops, Rice Krispy treats, cupcakes and sugar cookies. Sounds ambitious, I know — especially since I had never made sugar cookies in my life! (I chose a brilliant time to learn!) But I goaled myself on accomplishing them along with all the other treats. Other than the birthday cake and the popcorn, I spent time over a span of one week mixing, baking, frosting and packaging all these sweet treats myself. I am a little out of practice but enjoyed getting back into baking.

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These chocolate cakepops with strawberry icing are my go-to cakepops when making them for a party. Who doesn’t love the flavor of chocolate and strawberry together? Red velvet cake pops with homemade cream cheese frosting, another crowd fave.

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Strawberry and Original Rice Kitty Treats – a twist on a classic and pink for our Hello Kitty theme of course! These are just as easy to make and you just add a box of strawberry jello mix to the marshmallow and butter mixture.

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Instead of cutting a cake, I baked red velvet cupcakes and yellow cake cupcakes with a chocolate cream cheese frosting. Individual cupcakes are easy to grab and go and no one has to wait until the end of the party to have a bite of cake.

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These Hello Kitty sugar cookies were a challenge and a half considering I was a first timer to making them. But not a bad freshman attempt. I baked them ahead of time and frosted them night before the party.

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I included some Salted Caramel and Cheese popcorn mix as well as Classic Kettlecorn for a little variety on the table.
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My baby girl’s birthday cake was made by Just the Frosting Cakes. Our favorite flavors are the chocolate cake with toasted almond frosting.

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The boys’ Badtzmaru favors were madeĀ  with simple takeout boxes filled with treats.

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I LOVE these Hello Kitty favor bags for the girls! I loved how colorful and festive they were, and of course they were part of our theme!

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My husband made the Hello Kitty and Badtzmaru photo booth cutouts for the kids (and some adults) by printing the images and mounting them on a tri panel. The kids had fun taking photos with them and they made for a nice photo memory of the event.

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I hadn’t baked like this in awhile. And truly, this party for our baby girl was a labor of love. But I was really pleased with how the dessert buffet turned out. And more importantly, I was happy that our guests enjoyed themselves and loved all the treats!

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This post was written for 53 Weeks by Anna M.