Japanese Cherry Blossom Party

This was one of the quickest parties I've ever put together and also probably the most fun! When I was in the hospital after I had Jane, I wondered what I would do for her first birthday and came up with this idea. So, a year later...here it is!
I probably could have been more creative but I was in a time crunch! So pink cardstock, oriental font and cherry blossom cut outs attached with brads was the answer. (I just inked the edges)

so easy and so fun!
I went with chinese lanterns (one for the door at the last minute)
After searching stores and online for faux cherry blossom branches, I resorted to cricut cutouts of flowers on my own branches. I think it turned out better than the real thing! (and I am going to keep them up for Valentines!)

I was lucky to have sticks with little stubby branches so I just slid the flowers on...no glueing or anything!

I wish I would have had more chinese lanterns for clustering. They look so cute clustered!

I found chinese lanterns on justartifacts.com for about a dollar a piece (without the battery pack) shipping doubled the price but it was worth it. I am tempted to order them in more colors because they are SO fun!

I was tempted to buy square plates because I didnt think I had anything that worked...but luckily it turns out that I had enough rectangles to make it work.
(Here is Jane...hanging out on the table!)

I got square paper goods at walmart, and blossom napkins a long time ago at IKEA.

We used white platters for the dessert side and dark for the authentic side

here is an arial view...(can you tell I am a little proud of this table, lots of pictures...I know!)

we found chopsticks at central market...then I just wrapped them with ribbon


Dessert Sushi

swedish fish, fruit by the foot and rice krispies!
(do not look for green fbf...it doesnt exist, I used some disney kind in a turqoise that worked great)
fbf, rice krispie treats and half a "raspberry" candy (the kind in the bulk section that comes in black and red)
twinkies, fbf, cherry twizzler or mini gummy bears. you can get 5 slices out of one twinkie!

definitely a filler..are these called ho hos?

then of course Rob made the real stuff, rainbow rolls, tuna and salmon sashimi and the a selection of california &philadelphia rolls

janes cake...easiest cake in the world and turned out perfect. note to self: keep fondant thick and circle cakes are WAY easier than square!

Cherry Blossom Cake
My friend Shanda came over and made this cake with me. I made the layers, and frosted them together and froze them. when she came over we spent a lot of time making the flowers, laying the fondant and decorating. It took us about 4 hours...but guess what...this cake was UNDER 10 dollars to make!

We thought we'd make it really unique so we looke us what "JANE" is in Japanese...and here is the closest translation in characters! (we would have done a one but it looked like a dash)
showing the layers (strawberry and red velvet)
red take out boxes (from Michaels) filled with fortune cookies...
ok, and I couldnt resist throwing a little bath and body works "Japanese Cherry Blossom" sanitizer in too!

The day of the party I threw together this little shirt for the birthday girl.

I was stitching around the flowers at traffic lights, during naptime, etc!
on the back I stitched a little "1"
then made a little clippy to match...small enough that she wouldnt pull it out!
wa la...now, do you feel like you were there?

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Aimee said...

Amazing party! Such cute ideas. I'll copy you someday!

Hope you are well and enjoying Texas.

Spence and Kath said...

wow wow and wow. Great job Chels. Love everything. Jane is getting so big. I think you are the only person I know who would think of their child's first birthday party while they are in the hospital after just giving birth. Man I love you!

Anonymous said...

Such a cute party. You could go into business as a party planner.

Joy said...

Holy wow, Chelsea. You need a job as a party designer! That table reminds me so much of something Amy Atlas would do. You are so creative and I am seriously amazed by those cakes!

KimberlyD said...

Very cute. I love the dessert sushi.

Shanda said...

Simply the best 1 year old party I've ever seen! Great job! Fun times!

Jer + Lu said...

I have never wanted a little girl so bad! You absolutely amaze me!! Where do you come up with this stuff?? LOVE the blossoms, in every shape + form. The dessert sushi is so stinkin cute. Very impressive, as always!

Audrea Ratliff said...

Stellar party!!! I LOVE all things Japanese and you really out did yourself. Great job!!!

Tracy Elaine said...

So adorable, and the best part is that you could leave up the decor for Valentine's Day. I love the shirt. I may have to make one like it for myself! :)

J+S said...

This part is so amazing and I am obsessed with the Chinese New Year...so would you mind if I re-post some of your ideas and credit and link back to you? The post will go up tomorrow, so if that's not okay, please leave me a comment.

Great ideas! Love your blog. I just discovered it and will now be following religiously!


LeeAnne said...

Chelsea you genius, you! I love it all! The dessert sushi, the cherry blossoms... What a cute cute party!

Unknown said...

I made the "candy" sushi last night- they are SO cute and SO fun to make....I just got married in November and am SO ready for babies...so, no kids yet, but i am SURE that kids would love helping to make these adorable treats! Parents can make "real" sushi while the little ones make these!GREAT IDEA!!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I absolutely love it! Mind if I borrow your ideas for my baby girls 1st b-day?

billybojenny said...

I love it! Would you believe I threw the exact same b-day party for my daughter for her 10th.. Right down to the pink & red colour theme. The only real difference we did cupcakes (yes red inside) and real sushi (because its her fave). The girls dressed up in kimono's and we handed out pink paper umbrellas in loo of a goodie bag. I think you have great taste ;) I'm glad I found your blog... mabye I could steal some ideas for the next birthday bash. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful ideas :D

Michelle said...

Love your party. Such a great idea!

Anonymous said...

I would love to attend a party that is so much like this. I have no experience in such things like this. I am pretty envious with all the photos.
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HiLLjO said...

Great party! Helped me plan a baby shower!