I’M PLANNING A JAPANESE PARTY. HOW DO I DO IT?
- Just because you want a styled party, doesn’t mean you have to stick to the cliche (think lanterns, pompoms, pastels).
- If you want a truly different party, a great way to go is Japanese simply because Japanese culture is one of the most unique and highly distinctive in the world.
- By the end of this post, you will be bursting with various ideas on how to execute your Japanese-inspired party. Think of the possibilities!
THE TALE OF TOBY AND SYDNEY
If you’re at a loss as to what specific Japanese theme you’d like for your party, try this: a Sumo theme for a boy, and a Kokeshi Doll theme for a girl.
Interestingly, I’ve done both parties!
More specifically, a Sumo Wrestler themed party for Toby, and a Kokeshi Doll themed party for Sydney Belle. Both turned out amazingly well and I’m going to share the details further with you.
A SUMO THEMED PARTY: THE ELEMENTS
When you hear Japanese, what comes to your mind? Here’s what I see:
A traditional Japanese temple guarded by four stout sumo wrestlers! Here’s where things get interesting. For the stage, I decided to work on the facade of a Japanese temple complete with its arched roofing and hanging red lanterns. In the middle lies Toby’s celebratory cake framed by Toby’s traditional Japanese name (which reads: to-bee. I think!) on top.
An oriental lantern display as photo-op area. I just LOVE how this turned out. The lighting of the lanterns and the way they are all lined up makes the set-up so interesting and photo-worthy.
Have an awesome-ly designed Sumo wrestler themed invitation. Unknown to most people, the invitation is actually the starting point of inspiration for most stylists. It acts as a launching pad for further design ideas. And when you start with an invitation like this, you will surely be bursting with tons of ideas for your party.
A decorate your own Sumo Wrestler / Kokeshi Doll craft activity for the kids. This one is a real catch. It’s right smack in theme, and a great way for kids to stay preoccupied while the adults socialize!
Sushi pillows as giveaways. Nothing probably beats a pillow in terms of usability, and turning it into the shape of something in line with your theme is a great idea.
A KOKESHI DOLL THEMED PARTY: THE ELEMENTS
When my husband’s good friend, Beau, contacted us for his daughter’s baptismal party, I became excited because I learned that their theme was Kokeshi.
Kokeshi dolls are absolutely adorable. I think they are cute and cuddly and…they just make me feel relaxed when I look at them. Don’t you too? Take a look at this one: