Saturday, June 25, 2011

Konnichiwa!

We were inspired to create a Japanese themed party for Jennifer’s daughter, Arden, after seeing pictures of “peep-shi” (sushi made from Peeps) last Easter.  Arden's favorite color is purple so we combined it with lavender and chartreuse for a fun color theme.
The first thing the party guests saw was the amazing door sign Jeff made to welcome everyone. It's all the great elements of Japanese culture rolled into one: cherry blossoms, shoji screens, ornamental fans, and wooblock designs. Jeff made amazing origami to decorate the activity and food tables.  The kids made their own origami as a party activity. The favorite activity of the party was Fukuwarai! Fukuwarai is the Japanese version of our ‘Pin the tail on the donkey’. Jeff hand drew each Japanese character picture: Samurai, Geisha, Ninja, and Sumo.





Jennifer made the cake, cake pops and cupcakes for the dessert table.  If you look closely you can see Japanese Kokeshi cake pop dolls on the corner of the table. The cake and cupcakes were topped with Japanese characters made from candy melts.

The food served at the party included tempura, watermelon styled to look like Tuna tar tar, egg rolls, kid friendly ‘sushi’ which was sandwiches rolled pinwheel style, and California rolls. We also made adorable dessert sushi out of rice krispy treats and thin fruit leather. The salmon roe was created by wrapping a small piece of rice krispy treat in modeling chocolate and adding orange nerds on top.





Jeff designed all of the party printables and food labels. He also made a customized t-shirts for the family based on that design.

The favor table included cherry blossom cookies, Japanese chocolate snacks and Japanese gummy candies. Each child took home a “take-out” box filled with the goodies.

Vendors and Credits
Event Design: Honeycomb Events & Design
Chartreuse dots and Japanese flower paper: paper-source.com
Lanterns and fans: Luna Bazaar
Japanese snacks and gummies: World Market
Cake, cake pops and cupcakes: Honeycomb Events & Design
Food tags: Honeycomb Events & Design

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