For my daughter’s sixth birthday she wanted a kitten birthday party. We are a cat loving family, and I thought we could do something really fun to celebrate her special day. I am sharing all the details with you about how it all came together, from the invitations to the food to the decorations to the cake.
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Kitten Birthday Party
I started by creating invitations using Photoshop Elements. I used an adorable vintage kitten graphic I found on Free Pretty Things For You. The pink polka dot background is from Pixel Scrapper. The font is called Authentic from Creative Market.
Since our party was between lunch and dinner, I had snacks and cake rather than a full meal, so I was able to place everything on one table. I started by creating a ruffled pink table skirt. I placed a pink tablecloth on the top of the table.
Then, I cut the second tablecloth in half lengthwise.
I gathered it as I went and attached it with packing tape around the outside of the table.
Note: You can also purchase a premade pleated skirt.
I used my Cricut to create and cut out two cat faces from cardstock.
Cricut Design Space: Cat Lantern Face
Once all the pieces were cut out, I attached them to the white paper lantern using red tape.
To add the ears, I slipped them in between the folds of the lantern.
I love how these particular lanterns have a tassel at the bottom. It reminds me of a little cat tail.
I used my Cricut again to cut out little paw prints from white vinyl.
I added them to the floor leading from the front door to the party table.
We had several fun activities for the kids to do at the party. We played pin the tail on the kitty, we had a piñata, and each child got to “adopt” a kitten and decorate the box to take them home in.
Adopt a Kitten
I purchased two different types of kittens from Oriental Trading – Valentine cats and plush cats. I also purchased some plain white boxes. When the kids arrived, they decorated their boxes with cat and heart stickers and markers.
They used the boxes to put their kittens in when it was time to leave.
They also each received a kitten adoption certificate to take home that I designed in Microsoft Word and printed out.
Pin the Tail on the Kitty
We played pin the tail on the kitty. I used Cricut Design Space to make a large cat. My daughter loved the cat with the glasses, so we used him.
Cricut Design Space: Pin the Tail on the Cat
Note: The design may look a little strange. I used a square box around the face to make it easier to weed out the vinyl.
I cut the design out of vinyl with my Cricut Explore and added it to plain white poster board. I started by cutting the tail off the design.
I used transfer tape to easily transfer both the cat and the cat face to the posterboard.
To make the “tails” for the game, I started by trimming pieces of white sparkly tinsel garland.
I tied a little pink bow to the top of each tail. I used adhesive squares to attach the tails to the posterboard.
We also had a piñata outside. I found a Hello Kitty one at Walmart. This is usually the kids’ favorite thing to do!
I found the cutest idea for a cat cake on Project Nursery. I knew it was something that I could recreate pretty easily with basic cake decorating skills.
I made two layers of round cake using boxed cake mix. I whipped up a batch of buttercream frosting, and using the star tip, I piped stars over the entire cake. I made marshmallow fondant and created the ears, nose, eyes, and whiskers.
I love the way the party came together. The kids had so much fun!
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