Monday, August 11, 2014

Little Kokeshi ~ Real Party Feature!

Hello :)

Today's party feature is a gorgeous 'Little Kokeshi' themed birthday party submitted by the lovely Tali from A Party Studio

All the details are super cute and I love the bright colourful lanterns.  Below Tali tells us all about her gorgeous party.  Thanks so much for sharing with us Tali xx

For my daughter’s 6th birthday party, we decided to do a Little Kokeshi theme. She was born in Japan and is fascinated with anything Japanese. When we lived there, I’d brought her some kokeshi dolls and she absolutely loves these beautiful wooden dolls that have become a representation of the traditional folk arts of Japan.

I wanted her party to be very colorful so I used plenty of color in the printables and I included traditional Japanese prints. The girls at the party loved learning about the Japanese country and culture and I tried to incorporate the learning experience into all aspects of the party.

For the dessert table, I displayed fresh raspberries and angel food cake to look like the Japanese flag. I also put out strawberry and chocolate Poky sticks. These were my favorite treats when we lived in Japan. Of course, we had cupcakes with personalized labels, Hershey kisses, and chocolate bars with personalized wrappers. The table was decorated with little kokeshi dolls, origami cranes and flowers. Our apartment in Japan had a beautiful tatami room, which I used for inspiration. I used beach mats instead of a tablecloth to achieve the tatami look.

For food, I served traditional Japanese udon noodle salad and Japanese-style meatballs. I also put out spicy wasabi peas for the adults to nibble on. I made extra wide pinwheel sandwiches to look
like sushi rolls and also served open face boursin and cucumber sandwiches. I cut cucumber into little sakura (cherry blossom) shapes using a fondant cutter. I talked to the girls about Japanese food and they loved making candy sushi and using special children’s chopstick that I got from Japan. These chopsticks have a finger ring to help them master the sticks.

Afterward they ate, the girls got to color in Kokeshi dolls and then have their individual photograph taken in front of a rice screen by Danielle of All Things Great and Small Photography. They absolutely loved the parasols and fan photo props.

For the favor bags, I used plain white paper bags that I decorated with thick grosgrain ribbon and a hang tags. Inside, I included chopsticks, origami stars and cranes, their coloring pages, a fan, and
an assortment of Japanese candies.

Vendor Credits:
Printables & Party Styling: A Party Studio

Photography: All Things Great and Small

Origami cranes: Trinkets By Dana

Kimono dress with Obi: Pink Mouse Kids

Kate xx


  1. This is so sweet. I love the theme and the dessert sushi station is wonderful.

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my daughter's party :)