Oh my goodness, this party is ridiculously CUTE (I mean just look at that blushing panda)! For Cailtyn’s 8th birthday her mom, Christine of Pure Joy Events, created a Kawaii Love Birthday Party inspired by Kawaii (all things adorable)! From the precious panda bento lunch to the DIY Cherry blossom balloons this party is just too cute for words!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
- (100+ collection) Iwako erasers displayed on nail polish racks
- Candy sushi (Swedish Fish & Twizzlers wrapped with Rice Krispies Treats & Fruit by the Foot + mango “roe”)
- Scented glitter gel pens & washi tape in a rainbow of colors!
- Handcrafted books for drawing Kawaii faces (personalized with each guest’s name in Japanese)
- Bento lunch boxes wrapped in printable bottle labels with a panda rice mold snack
PARTY DETAILS, as told by Christine…
With its apple green walls, blush pink curtains, and off white furniture, Cailtyn’s bedroom was the perfect space to hold her 8th birthday party. Inspired by Paper Glitter’s Japanese Kawaii Love party kit, the room was decorated with cherry blossoms balloons, kawaii banners, bento boxes, Iwako erasers, and a giant panda balloon. Caitlyn’s 100+ collection of Iwako erasers were displayed on nail polish racks. Lime green and hot pink bento lunch boxes were wrapped with water bottle labels from the printable collection. Wooden clothes pins adorned with decorative washi tape were used to hang kawaii prints and secure glassine favor bags.
I kept the desserts simple — just cake, cupcakes and mochi ice cream. A raspberry buttercream cake and chocolate cupcakes were decorated with beautifully sculpted fondant toppers by Sugar High, Inc.
Each guest received a handcrafted book personalized with their name in Japanese. The girls drew kawaii faces with scented glitter gel pens and decorated their books with washi tape.
Using panda rice molds, food picks, cutters, nori punchers and other fun accessories, the girls prepared their bento boxes. Lunch was served with flavored sodas from Japan. Candy sushi filled gummy worms, Swedish fish and Twizzlers, wrapped with Rice Krispies Treats and Fruit by the Foot, and topped with roe-like mango poppers were a huge hit.
Each favor bag contained Paper Glitter’s kawaii panda stationery set, washi tape on a wooden spool, and an Iwako panda.
- Party Styling: Pure Joy Events
- Photography: Rebecca Watkins Photography
- Printable Paper Crafts: Paper Glitter
- Fondant Toppers: Sugar High, Inc.
- Cupcakes: Cupcakes Actually
- Bento Boxes and Accessories: All Things for Sale
- Iwako Erasers: Hapa Culture
- Washi Tape: Le Box Boutique, Cute Tape, CupKate’s Event Design
- Glassine Bags: Le Box Boutique
- 3′ Balloon: CupKate’s Event Design