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It’s hard to believe we have a 10 year old in the house… Something about that makes me feel old. And with all the craziness still going on in the world with Covid variants, we decided to keep it super small. However, just because you have a small get-together, that doesn’t mean you still can’t have a good time! We chose to celebrate with a Japanese Tenth Birthday party and here’s how we celebrated Ella turning double digits Japanese Style.
Because she loves Anime, we ended up going with the Japanese theme. I would have tried to do more with the Anime theme, but I couldn’t find much and was short on time. So I incorporated a few Anime things, but we basically stuck to sushi, hibachi, and cake and ice cream!
Japanese Themed Goodies
I didn’t want her to feel like she wasn’t being celebrated like we have in the past even though there were only 4 people invited. So we still set up to have a couple activities to do. In keeping with the Japanese theme, we made rice crispy candy sushi. This was pretty fun for the girls. I bought the large sheets of Rice Crispies that I found at GFS and cut them into rounds and rectangles. I got almost all the candy used at Dollar Tree and grabbed some starburst and airheads at Party City.
Setting it up was super fun. This was the “centerpiece” just like when they bring out a boat full of sushi at a restaurant. I also grabbed some rectangular ceramic plates from the Target Dollar Spot and ordered coordinating colored chopsticks from Amazon. We also had some origami paper on the table, but we didn’t get to that.
I used easy table décor and things we had on hand already like adding paper umbrellas and Squishy Bun Sensory toys.
BIRTHDAY PARTY INSPIRATION
I also made sure to grab “bento boxes” (just from the Dollar Tree) so the girls could take home their candy sushi creations and I used my Cricut to decorate them with “Domo Arigato” and some paper lanterns.
When that was all done, I added some gummi sushi sets I got at Five Below and a few stickers from Kakegurui the show my daughter loves a character from – which is where the Japanese theme stemmed from. I also wrapped them up with twine, added some orange fabric ties and a nametag so we knew who’s was who’s.
When everyone was done making their sushi, it was about time to head to dinner. Since we kept it small, we were able to treat the girls to a hibachi dinner and of course, there was a drum and happy birthday celebrations at the table! We ended up at Koto – a Japanese Steakhouse close-by in Carmel, Indiana. Everyone seems to love them because they give you noodles AND fried rice. Food was delish.
Just before her friends had arrived, I surprised her with her cake. I reached out to a local baker to make this amazing Runa Yomozuki cake. The character is Ella’s favorite right down to the lollipops and orange bunny hoodie. She couldn’t believe it and not only was it perfect looks-wise, it was quite delicious too! It had a heavy consistency that was just so good!
So cake, and green tea ice cream (although only my kids ate that) and the celebration came to a close.
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