Oh that cute little kitty with her perfect red bow!! She’s a lot older than she looks, with her smooth white plasticky face and those perky whiskers….I know, because she’s been around as long as I can remember, and I’m not so shiny smooth and perky anymore…
Sometimes I’m surprised at her universal appeal…oh, hey, I just went to my favorite wikipedia to look her up, see what I found:
“In 1962, Shintaro Tsuji, founder of Sanrio, began selling rubber sandals with flowers painted on them. Tsuji noted the profits gained by adding a cute design to the sandals and hired cartoonists to design cute characters for his merchandise. The company produced a line of character merchandise around gift-giving occasions. Hello Kitty was designed by Yuko Shimizu and was added to the lineup of early Sanrio characters in 1974. The character’s first appearance on an item was a vinyl coin purse in Japan where she was pictured sitting between a bottle of milk and a goldfish bowl. She first appeared in the United States in 1976.
Sanrio decided to make Hello Kitty British because at the time when she was created, foreign countries, in particular Britain, were trendy in Japan. In addition, Sanrio already had a number of characters set in the US and they wanted Hello Kitty to be different. Shimizu got the name Kitty from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, where in a scene early in the book Alice plays with a cat she calls Kitty. Sanrio’s motto is “social communication” and Tsuji wanted the brand name of the cat to reflect that. He first considered “Hi Kitty” before settling on “Hello” for the greeting. Spokespeople for Sanrio have said that Hello Kitty does not have a mouth because they want people to “project their feelings onto the character” and “be happy or sad together with Hello Kitty.” Another explanation Sanrio has given for her lack of a mouth is that she “speaks from the heart. She’s Sanrio’s ambassador to the world and isn’t bound to any particular language”. Representatives for Sanrio have said they see Hello Kitty as a symbol of friendship, and they hope she will encourage friendship between people across the world. There has been some suggestion that Hello Kitty has its origins in Maneki Neko, and that the name Hello Kitty itself is a back-translation of Maneki Neko, which means beckoning cat in English.”
Imagine that, we are the same age!! Enough Hello Kitty trivia…let the cuteness continue, on with the party….
I’m crazy about Hello Kitty…so a party for my girl seemed like a good time to try out the kitty cake pops! Luckily, she likes the cute white cat, too! I saw these Hello Kitty Pez dispensers, and thought they would make great party favors:
Just today I thought of some more party favors that would have been so cute: each girl could have had a headband with a cute Hello Kitty red bow!! Wouldn’t that have been cute for photos!
A fast and easy party idea, Kitty Koloring pages for a little party activity…
There was also a teaparty for the little girls and play food to….play with.
Now on to the food. Here’s a shot of the pieces of the cake before being frosted, it was a jello poke cake:
But just a cake wasn’t good enough, I had seen Bakerella’s Hello Kitty pops and really wanted to try them….so here’s what I did:
Made cake balls or ovals (cake+frosting), then with frosting, added chocolate chips for ears…refridgerated for awhile….
Dipped the balls into melted white candy melts, starting to look more like ears now…
And with chocolate, added some details…
For the bow, I cut up some of the disc-shaped red candy melts and “glued” them on with more melted candy melts..
Now to frost the cake….oh, and add some easy fabric bows to some of the Hellos
The birthday girl
The party was crashed by some (yikes!) boys!!
But thankfully they were the gentlemanly chess-playing type of boys, so it was all ok….
And they were happy to help devour the helpless Hello Kitty cake pops…
and all the kids were happy to eat food on swords!
the birthday girl was very pleased with her party! :)
And her Hello Kitty lego gift! Who knew Hello Kitty was into little plastic bricks? So cute!
The funniest thing was that I gave the kids the cake pops, but didn’t actually cut the cake and serve it. When one boy was leaving he said “aren’t we going to get a piece of cake?” Mean old me said that I thought the cake pops had been enough and I needed the cake for something else!! Thankfully our friends are really
good friends and we put up with each other’s quirks!! (so the boy was not scarred for life). I needed to recycle the cake and use it for our Guatemalan Independence Day celebration!! Here’s how the recycled cake looked: :)
It all worked out just right!