She's turning 10 next week, just a few days before Christmas, which can be difficult for planning purposes, since most of her friends' families are traveling to spend time with their families. You only turn 10 once, so I wanted to make it a big celebration!
Her favorite animator is Hayao Miyazaki, who made some wonderful movies, like My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service... the list goes on, and we own all but a couple of his films.
I began brainstorming on Pinterest months ago, and kept everything very hush-hush, and more than once had to quickly close an internet tab so she wouldn't see. Here's a glimpse at the party, which was so much fun to plan and even more fun to see Ayden and her friends enjoy!
|The cake was inspired by "My Neighbor Totoro"|
|In "Howl's Moving Castle" Sophie finds a scarecrow with his head stuck in the ground. He's nicknamed "Turnip Head."|
|Cotton candy "Clouds of Lapuda" from the movie "Castle in the Sky"|
|Oversized flowers, as well as plates that look like buttons, inspired by "The Secret World of Arietty"|
|The whole tablescape, with string lights to represent "Spirited Away" and glass tiles to represent the symbolism of water in every movie.|
|"Sushi" made from rice krispy treats, Swedish fish, and Fruit by the Foot.|
|I ordered konpeito, a Japanese candy similar to rock candy, and shown in "Spirited Away"|
|Goldfish to represent Ponyo and all her sisters.|
|Cake pops made to look like soot sprites, from "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro"|
|The birthday girl loved her cake!|
I thought I had pictures of all the food, but I missed the "Ohm Eyes," which were cordial cherry M&Ms, to represent "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" and "Calcifers," which were the meatballs in the crock pot to represent "Howl's Moving Castle."
It was a great party, we played some fun games, like "Pop the Soot Sprites." Ayden was genuinely surprised, and I'd consider it a huge success! Happy (almost) 10th Birthday, Ayden!!!