Japanese Kokeshi Doll Party

Posted on September 17th, 2013 by Kara
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This fantastic JAPANESE KOKESHI DOLL PARTY was submitted by Tali Burress of A Party Studio.

What a fun party theme for a little girl! I love the idea of using angel food cake and raspberries to make a dessert that resembles the Japanese flag. This party has a lot of cute ideas that would be perfect not only for a Kokeshi themed birthday party but for a 1st birthday party, around the world party or a Japanese New Year party!

The Japanese Kokeshi Doll party ideas and elements to look for from this beautiful birthday bash are:

  • The adorable cupcakes and cupcake toppers
  • The folded crane origami
  • The Japanese flag angel food cake dessert
  • The colorful desserts that look like sushi
  • The cute little Kokeshi Dolls
  • The japanese screen 
  • and MORE!

Photography- All Things Great and Small Photography

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Japanese Kokeshi Doll Party Details:

This is what Tali said about planning the party- “For my daughter’s 6th birthday party, we decided to do a Little Kokeshi theme. She was born in Japan and is fascinated with anything Japanese. When we lived there, I’d brought her some kokeshi dolls and she absolutely loves these beautiful wooden dolls that have become a representation of the traditional folk arts of Japan.

I wanted her party to be very colorful so I used plenty of color in the printables and I included traditional Japanese prints. The girls at the party loved learning about the Japanese country and culture and I tried to incorporate the learning experience into all aspects of the party.

For the dessert table, I displayed fresh raspberries and angel food cake to look like the Japanese flag. I also put out strawberry and chocolate Poky sticks. These were my favorite treats when we lived in Japan. Of course, we had cupcakes with personalized labels, Hershey kisses, and chocolate bars with personalized wrappers. The table was decorated with little kokeshi dolls, origami cranes and flowers. Our apartment in Japan had a beautiful tatami room, which I used for inspiration. I used beach mats instead of a tablecloth to achieve the tatami look.

For food, I served traditional Japanese udon noodle salad and Japanese-style meatballs. I also put out spicy wasabi peas for the adults to nibble on. I made extra wide pinwheel sandwich to look like sushi rolls and also served open face boursin and cucumber sandwiches. I cut cucumber into little sakura (cherry blossom) shapes using a fondant cutter. I talked to the girls about Japanese food and they loved making candy sushi and using special children’s chopstick that I got from Japan. These chopsticks have a finger ring to help them master the sticks.

Afterward they ate, the girls got to color in Kokeshi dolls and then have their individual photograph taken in front of a rice screen by Danielle of All Things Great and Small Photography. They absolutely loved the parasols and fan photo props.

For the favor bags, I used plain white paper bags that I decorated with thick grosgrain ribbon and a hang tags. Inside, I included chopsticks, origami stars and cranes, their coloring pages, a fan, and an assortment of Japanese candies.”

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  1. Kelli- Print & Cut Your Printables

    Everything about this party is so sweet! What a creative idea! Lots of things here to inspire me!

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