We had a Hello Kitty Birthday Party to celebrate my daughter turning FOUR! I knew to expect that much, having created and decorated a lot of the festivities in advance. What I did NOT expect was to have MANY Superheros on hand the day of the party.
So how do superheros and Hello Kitty go together, you may ask? Easy. Superheros magically appear when the main event planner, chef, and all around head-honcho (aka Mom) gets the stomach flu the morning of the party. Immediately after getting up, to be exact, I realized I could not make it to the kitchen to feed our begging Sumo Kitty breakfast and detoured to the bathroom. Ugh. This was the WORST that I thought possible for the day of a party.
SURPRISE! Enter superhero Daddy O. to save the day. He placed me in quarantine and did what all superheros do when they face a daunting task, call for back-up! Super aunts and grandparents answered the call, and helped save the day! Daddy O. conquered two new recipes – Baked Ziti IV (All Recipes.com) and marshmallow cream frosting. According to all party goers, the ziti was awesome. When my stomach was up to it, I also enjoyed some leftovers a few days later. My sister suggested making two smaller pans, so you can freeze some for another meal, a great idea for the next time we make it. The frosting SOUNDED good and looked so tasty (thanks Pinterest), but didn’t quite live up to expectations. It was just okay. I’m so glad we had some store-bought frosting on hand, since Daddy O. had to frost cupcakes & a small cake that morning as well! My hero!
While I laid in bed, I was forced to let go and be “saved” by the wonderful helpers to make my daughter’s party come together. Even though things didn’t go according to my initial plan, it all worked out beautifully. I couldn’t have been happier (though it pained me to be apart from my kiddos and family for most of the party). I did make an appearance for opening presents and singing “Happy Birthday.” Big sister LOVED it all – as you can see in her glowing eyes and oh-so-wide smile!
Here are a few shots of our day:
A few notes on the decor – Hello Kitty stuff is EVERYWHERE! I found so much at Target (the “planter” is really a Trick-or-Treat bag), tablecloth, napkins, etc. If you search Google Images or Pinterest for Hello Kitty Party, you’ll see so many ideas! I had drawn the pin-the-bow on Hello Kitty picture after I realized there are many free printables online. The tissue paper flowers were very easy to make, though I think I’ll follow these instructions next time. The adorable shirt was made (and personalized under the design) by an extremely talented family member. She also owns her own business, though I’ll save promoting it for another blog post!
All in all my daughter’s 4th birthday was quite lovely…until later that night, right after swimming lessons, when the birthday girl threw-up in the locker room and on her brother. Oh joy! Even Super Hero Daddy O. was affected by the same bug two days after the party.
Note to future self – when anyone in your house pukes the day of the party, just call it off, as more puking is bound to follow! Ugh.
Have you been sick the day of your kid’s birthday party? How did you make it work?