Are you kitten me?? I finally got some time to sit down and share all of Livi’s 5th birthday party details. This is a good one. You gotta check it out! As I mentioned in my last post, Olivia chose a kitty birthday as she’s been a cat lover since the beginning of her little life. After browsing Pinterest for some ideas, I was instantly inspired by these kitten cookies made by Natsuki. They were pretty much the basis of how I wanted to design her party. I chose light pink, white, grey, tabby orange, and browns as her color palette to coordinate. Everything just seemed to fall into place after that.
Like every year, we did a few different photo shoots to display around the party. I love doing them and comparing how much she’s grown since her last birthday. No denying that Livi enjoys them too. She is such the model in front of the camera and lets her personality really show. These were taken around our neighborhood in the nearby greenbelt and open field a couple of blocks away. I found this adorable kitty dress on Pinterest from a company called Katy’s Princess Boutique and couldn’t pass it up.
I grabbed the ottoman from her room and a light box to use as photo props in this pasture. I’ve always adored the barn in this photo in the far distance. It used to be visible from our driveway when we first moved here, but so many houses have been built around us in the last 7 years that we can’t see it anymore. I’m glad this open field will remain where it’s at even though our neighborhood is quickly expanding. We were able to get some really good shots out here.
Let’s get into the party details! I created this “Let’s Paw-ty Meow!” sign to display Livi’s balloons and as a piece to be seen from the street as you’re driving up to our house. I’ve made similar signs for each of her parties so far. It’s almost become a must-do or I feel like something’s missing, haha. I created this one with foam board, white posterboard, pink cardstock paper for the ears, hot glue, stakes for the ground, paint, and a stencil I made with my Cricut. We ordered the balloons from Party City using gold, silver, cheetah print, and soft pink. They came together so perfectly with her theme colors! If you saw my last blog post, I laid out all the steps for making this door hanger for our entry as our guests come in. If you missed it, click here. It’s a really easy (and super cute) DIY, and totally helps set the theme for her party.
P A R T Y D E T A I L S:
I made her birthday invitations in Photoshop with a little inspiration from Pinterest, and I’m crazy about how they turned out! I downloaded some of the elements from Envato to design the front and back. I decorated the entry table with a kitty banner that I made from cardstock, and one for the fireplace mantel to match. I cut out the faces using my Cricut, then hand cut and pasted the various colors for each cat and drew the details with a Sharpie. If you’d like to make one similar, click here for a free kitty shape. This table is complete with kitten cookie party favors and her framed invitation, along with some various shots from her photoshoot. I also wrapped a countless amount of yarn balls that I’ll be posting a DIY about very soon.These cookies are my faaavorite! I had the same ones created that I found from Natsuki by a local baker, Custom Cookies by Leslie. She did such a superb job, and they turned out fabulous and were so tasty! You can see them all by clicking here. I made the thank you tags using the same kitty shape as the banners above. You can grab the “Thanks fur coming to my paw-ty!” text here, or create your own! I chose the same font to match her invites. Using a hole puncher and twine, I tied them around clear treat bags. Each guest had their own set of white, calico, or siamese cat ears that I created with these black headbands and fuzzy felt. They were a hit with the adults too! It was so fun seeing everyone participate with them. They made a cool party favor as well, in addition to the cookies. Olivia’s gifts were centered around the fireplace, or “Livi’s Kitty Corner”. With a set of balloons on each side and yarn balls to accessorize, this little area came together so stinkin’ cute. The banner matching the one from the entry was the cherry on top. One of them hangs in her bedroom now because we love them so much. Not ready to take these kittens down yet! T R E A T S & E A T S:
- Turkey & Ham Pinwheel Minis
- Fruit Cups
- Chocolate Cake with Sweet Cream Buttercream Frosting
- Cherry Vanilla Punch
I originally wanted to “theme” our menu with cat puns and what not, but decided not to do that at the last minute. Instead, I ended up writing my own labels with a chalk pen on some mini metal chalkboard stands that I got from the Dollar Spot at Target. I’ve used them once before for my mom’s 60th birthday. They come in really handy for parties.
For the dinnerware, I chose light pink paper cups from Wal-Mart, silver napkins and gold cutlery from Party City, grey edged dinner plates and the most adorable pink snack plates from Target’s Cheeky collection. I found the cuuutest “Cool Cat” beverage napkins to match that I immediately fell in love with. They’re awesome and so much fun! I’m so happy with how it all coordinated together so well. Let’s talk food! I came across these perfectly grey tiny striped baker cups on Etsy to fill with fresh fruit. My amazing hubby chopped endless amounts of strawberries and pineapples, and washed a ton of green grapes and blueberries. He mixed them all together in a large bowl and filled each cup to display on our glass tiers. I had planned on topping half of them with marshmallow cream, but didn’t have enough time and figured we had enough treats already. They were actually better without the marshmallow!
My sweet mother was such a big help! She filled, wrapped, and cut all of these tortilla pinwheels stuffed with cream cheese, romaine lettuce, meats & cheese. We did ham and provolone in the spinach tortillas and turkey and colby cheese in the flour tortillas. They were such a hit and so delicious!
For Livi’s cake this year, I wanted to recreate the siamese kitty from her banners. I baked and layered chocolate cake with homemade sweet cream buttercream frosting. (The BEST recipe!) I used Wilton icing gel to dye the pink and brown colors, and an open star piping tip to create the “furry” effect for the icing. To make the ears, I cut up some rice krispie treats into triangle shapes and used toothpicks in the bottom of them to attach to the top of the cake. I had black gel icing to draw the little face. I’m so smitten with this cake. I think it’s one of the sweetest ones I’ve ever made. =^_^=
I ordered some colorful macarons from our local grocer and they were bomb! We had raspberry, coffee, vanilla, and pistachio flavors. SO good. I found a yummy Cherry Vanilla Party punch recipe by The Frugal Girls that I couldn’t wait to try. The frothy punches are my absolute favorite and this one did not let me down. Plus it’s pink so, definite win win! That completes Olivia’s “Are You Kitten Me” birthday party! I enjoy planning these for her each year and crafting what I can myself. I put a lot of love into planning her parties, and hope to continue to do so as long as she lets me, haha. Thank you as always for reading along. I hope I was able to inspire some ideas for your bashes!
And a huge thank you to my awesome friend Amanda for capturing these moments and party details for me! Her photos are the ones that aren’t watermarked. You can view them all here. Be sure to check her out on Facebook if you’re a local and in need of fabulous photography skills!
Here’s another birthday video of Livi’s party that I made, click the kitty below to see: