Planning a Hello Kitty Party, Hello Kitty Birthday Party Ideas

Planning a Hello Kitty Birthday Party

In just under a month Lennox will be turning FIVE. I can’t believe it. She has asked for a Hello Kitty birthday party this year – and I think that is such a cute and fun theme! There are so many ideas that I have for food, decor, favors, etc that I am having a hard time narrowing it all down. We will be having a family party as we usually do and I’ll make some cute decorations, but her kid party this year will be at Chuck E Cheese’s – so minimal decorations will be needed. I am kind of exciting to not have to do as much – even though I’ll end up doing plenty! I can’t help it!

Planning  a Hello Kitty Party, Hello Kitty Birthday Party Ideas

So where else do I turn to when I need to plan a party? Pinterest! You can find everything that I have found so far on my Hello Kitty Birthday Party Pinterest Board:

Follow Heather Terrell’s board Hello Kitty Birthday Party on Pinterest.

But here are a few of my favorites:

I love these lanterns. I got some Mini White Paper Lanterns from Oriental Trading Company that I am going to try to transform into Hello Kitties.

These Hello Kitty Goodie Bags look so cute and easy to make! I think I’ll use a bag with a handle instead, but turn them into Hello Kitties for sure.

A photo backdrop is always fun – this is a simple and inexpensive way to decorate a wall for photos!

I am planning on making some simple sprinkle cupcakes for the party, and will use a similar type of cupcake wrapper like this…

There are 3 different Hello Kitty Party supply lines available at Oriental Trading Company as well. The Hello Kitty Theme that we picked was like this:

I got these great invitations from Tiny Prints as well. They didn’t have Hello Kitty specific invitations, but the rainbow theme was bright and I loved that I could include a photo of Lennox. You can find these invitations on Tiny Prints: Harmony in Time

I have so many other ideas that I will be sharing as I get them finished, so if you are a Hello Kitty fan, keep your eye out! Time to get back to party planning for a special (almost) FIVE YEAR OLD!

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Simple Cherry Sauce with Angel Food Cake Recipe

Note: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated by Market Street in return for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love some fresh cherries in the spring and summer months. They are something that my mom always would buy for us in the spring and summer months. I know they are also one of my Dad’s favorites!
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Here in Texas, Market Street is now stocking California Cherries. These are great for snacking on, adding into your fruit salads or even baking with. I haven’t used fresh cherries that often for baking, honestly, so I thought I would try a simple recipe that is a great addition to any dessert!

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Simple Cherry-Orange Sauce
Served with Angel Food Cake

Ingredients:

Angel Food Cake
2 Cups of Fresh Cherries (pitted)
3 TBSP Orange Juice
1 TBSP Butter
3 TBSP Sugar
2 TSP Cornstarch

How to Make:

STEP ONE: Pit all the Cherries. The easiest way I have found to do this, if you don’t have a cherry pitter, is to stick a chopstick or something similar through where the stem was and it will push the pit right out!

STEP TWO: Put all of the pitted cherries into a saucepan on a medium temperature. 

STEP THREE: Add in the orange juice, butter, sugar and cornstarch. 

STEP FOUR: Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. 

STEP FIVE: Reduce temperature to low and let simmer for 3 more minutes. Stir occasionally as well. 

STEP SIX: Remove from heat and chill for 30 minutes. Serve over a slice of Angel Food Cake. Add Whipped Cream if desired!

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This is a great dessert for a warm summer evening or even an easy weekday dessert when you feel like a fresh, sweet treat! If you live in Texas, you can find some great quality Cherries at your local Market Street!

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No Sofa-Bacon this year, just #SoFabUOTR

I am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket; however, all opinions are mine and mine alone.

Last year, I headed to Bentonville, AR for my first Social Fabric blogging conference. It was so exciting to me – even though I had been to other blogging conferences – I was going to finally meet up with some of my favorite bloggers – those who I was friends with and those who I looked up to. I was unsure what exactly to expect out of this smaller conference but everyone was as nice as can be, and I had a great time. It was also the first time I finally got to meet my bloggy BFF, Censie (Building Our Story). The people, the sessions, the events – it all was a blast. You can read my recap of #SoFabCon14 here.

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This year, Collective Bias / Social Fabric has put a new twist on their conference and are now having SoFabU on the road – #SoFabUOTR – and I can’t wait to attend here in my home town! Social Fabric is on the road to many major cities across the US, but in just a few weeks it will be here in Dallas / Fort Worth at the Gaylord Texan!

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The Details:

SoFab U On The Road – Dallas Blog Conference
May 30 – Gaylord Texan
Grapevine / Dallas, TX
Registration – http://ontheroad.socialfabric.us/locations/5

Keynote Speaker:

Unlike other blog conferences – this isn’t a conference with a big expo, a big agenda or even 1000’s of people. It is a smaller, more intimate learning environment where we can learn from our peers and network among each other. There is however one keynote speakers. Each location has a different speaker, and for Dallas it is Randi Dukes! 

Randi Dukes is the founder and creator of Dukes and Duchesses, a craft and DIY blog that has grown from a hobby into a business over the last few years. Randi loves creating sponsored content for companies and has worked with many large brands including Better Homes and Gardens, Michaels, and The Home Depot. Randi is passionate about using social media to promote and monetize her site and has developed strategies that have brought consistent growth in her social media platforms and steady, increasing traffic to her site. She has over half a million combined followers on her various social media channels. Randi has previously spoken at Haven Conference and loves sharing with and encouraging other bloggers. Regularly featured on sites such as Today, Country Living, and Buzzfeed, Randi enjoys inspiring people with simple seasonal and everyday projects. Randi lives in Dallas with her husband, five kids, and a very dirty dog.

Sessions:

How to Use Social Media to Drive Blog Traffic: Attendees will learn the secrets of using social media platforms {Facebook, twitter, google plus, pinterest, and instagram} to build an audience and drive traffic to their site. Whether a brand new blogger or a proficient user of social media, you’ll learn tips and tricks for branding your social media platforms, finding your voice, increasing social media followers, enhancing engagement, and forming a lasting social media strategy and presence on all platforms.

Sponsors:

Last year, there were lots of amazing sponsors and this year there are some great ones as well. The national sponsors are:

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I can only imagine what yummy treats these companies will have to share with us! I’m sure they will treat us well. 

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Next Stops:

So pack your bags and head to the closest SoFab U On the Road event during 2015! Here are the stops that are still left on this years tour!

May – Dallas
June – NYC
July – Chicago
August – Minneapolis
September – Atlanta
October – Bentonville

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About Collective Bias and Social Fabric

Collective Bias® is the only shopper social media company that solves shopper marketing problems by weaving together organic social content with engaging, real-life stories to generate millions of impressions, increased share of voice, SEO and retail sales for brands and retailers. Top brands such as Tyson, Nestlé and Duane Reade rely on Collective Bias to sell their stories socially. Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, with satellite offices in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Cincinnati and London, Collective Bias was named one of America’s 25 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a part of the Inc. 5000. Social Fabric® is Collective Bias’ proprietary community of nearly 3,000 shopping-focused influencers with an aggregate multichannel reach in excess of 130 million. For more information, please visit Collectivebias.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.