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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chinese-themed birthday party

The girls’ sixth birthday is about a month and a half away (yipes), so I guess it’s time to start thinking about that party... Ro and Ree want to do a “Chinese-themed” birthday party with Mulan touches. They’re fascinated by everything having to do with China right now and spend hours and hours poring over every single Chinese book, map, and photograph we own. Plus, Mulan completely holds their hearts – seriously, Mulan is the main squeeze these days, no other princesses need apply. So I booked a Mulan performer for our day and whiled away some time looking on the web and Pinterest to find all sorts of partylicious ideas.

I saw darling Chinese parties done in red, white, light pink, and dark pink, but I think we’re going to have the girls pick their fave fabric in Chinatown (San Fran) and then let that dictate the party colors:

I’ll bet that same trip to Chinatown will yield plenty of beautiful and inexpensive lanterns, fans, umbrellas, and other decorations:
Chinese lanternsChinese umbrellas.Chinese tea tins are both beautiful and inexpensive.

There were a bunch of cute game ideas that would be entertaining -- chopstick and pom-pom races, decorate your own fortune cookie stations, or Chinese jump rope:
Chopstick/pompom relay party gameDecorate your own fortune cookie activity (slip finished cookies into goodie bags afterwards)

For a mid-afternoon party, wouldn’t appetizers and some kind of fun kiddo drink served in adorable mini-teacups like these be great?:

I love the idea of using red lunch bags adorned with stickers or stamps for treat bags, and I’ll bet the girls would enjoy decorating these and picking out goodies to put inside:

No actual work has been done yet, of course (unless that heavy mouse-clicking counts), but browsing creative ideas online sure makes party-planning exciting! If anyone wants to keep an eye on our party progress (or any other things we’re planning), you can click this button to subscribe to my boards:  Follow Me on Pinterest  The board for the sixth bday is called “Chinese Party.” Oh, and if you’d like an invite to Pinterest, please leave your email in the comments section.

If you have any other ideas for our Chinese party – food, decorations, games, you name it -- please share!!

PS: While you’re clicking around, check out my review of OnStar’s new FMV mirror!

69 comments:

  1. OK, so awesome theme. SO GREAT! Mulan is my favorite, and no amount of begging has convinced the girls to join me. I would love a pininterest invite. I think it's time I get on board with this cool site. Not sure if I need to do anything?

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  2. Anonymous8/24/2011

    I LOVE it! What a great party theme! And we are so on the same wavelength. I just started a Pinterest board the other day with cake ideas for The Jokers' Fall-Themed Bday. Can't wait to compare notes!

    -AmyY.

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  3. Anonymous8/24/2011

    Love these ideas and would love an invite to pinterest! Thanks, Sarah
    seainca@verizon.net

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  4. Love the party theme and would love a Pinterest invite! I've been hearing lots of people talk about it, but didn't know how to join?

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  5. lol...forgot to leave my email addy! jdoyle@woh.rr.com

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  6. OMG I am so copying this idea!!!! My daughter's 6th will be next April. LOVE IT!!!!

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  7. Hi there, would you mind adding me please? julie_benard@yahoo.ca.

    Thank you!

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  8. I'd appreciate an invite if you have any left. I've been on the waiting list forever.

    Thanks!
    hlbanks@gmail.com

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  9. Anonymous8/24/2011

    Would love an invite!

    Lillianfairbain@hotmail.com

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  10. Alrighty, I sent an invite to everyone above this comment.

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  11. What great party ideas! So exciting! I can't believe I have been folowing you for so long and your sweet girls are turning 6. Where does the time go!!!

    I would love an invite to Pinterest!!
    Jody

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  12. Anonymous8/24/2011

    Love the party ideas!! Can't wait to see how it turns out. Would love a pinterest invite!

    Stace
    stacywm@comcast.net

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  13. Brenda Hatcher8/24/2011

    My daughter asked for a chinese lantern 5th birthday party! It was so much fun and she still talks about it. I found a great company that made yummy lantern cookies. Would love to share the pictures just send me an email. bphatch@aol.com

    Brenda

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  14. I'd like a pininterst invite. Haven't had time to explore it or learn about it all yet but would like to eventually see what all the hub-bub's about!

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  15. Sure, add me to the list. My pumpkin turned 6 already but we are always in need of ideas. Besides Jeff Stit continues to act like a small child!

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  16. Dammit, ok, jeff@jancca.com

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  17. I would LOVE an invite to pinterest!! Love your b-day party ideas!! Too cute!
    Amy
    www.babybellylaughs.blogspot.com

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  18. I love your party ideas and know the girls will have a great time. I would love to join pinterest.
    sakins@clearwire.net
    Thanks

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  19. ooooooh, I loved Chinese jump rope! In-Out-Over-Over-In-On-Out! Ah, the good old days! :o)

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  20. This will be a very cute and adorable birthday party. Can't wait to see the pics.

    I love Pinterest, I am so addicted to this. So many ideas out there and I want to do/make them all. So easy to use this site. I am following you on there.

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  21. Alrighty, invites sent to all requests above this comment.

    Jody, I couldn't find an email address in your profile, so just let me know where to send the invite.

    Cheers,
    M3

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  22. Anonymous8/24/2011

    I suggest Chinese fortune-telling fish as part of the goodie bag.

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  23. Ooo...what a great theme for Ro and Ree's 6th birthday party!

    I'm SO thankful you introduced me to Pinterest. Am on it almost daily and have even tried some of the things pinned. It's a wonderful place to gleam ideas from others. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  24. Please send me an invite, too, because when I'm not counting calories, trying hard to burn more calories & mourning the fact that I've consumed my daily allowance for calories & wishing I could have more, I need a distraction. Thanks for providing one ; )

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  25. Oh, and the email is premierdal@aol.com

    Suzy

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  26. You're the best mom ever! I can't wait to see photos of this bash. I always feel like I have to do something extra fun for my twins bday, after all it is two parties in one. Happy planning!

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  28. Usually back in China, people give out red color-dyed eggs to guests on the baby's first full month into the world but its still a tradition for red dyed eggs to be present at birthdays. (I have kiddie bday party pics of myself w/ red eggs on the tables!)

    Just google "chinese red eggs" to get a better idea of the tradition.
    :)

    P.S. Mulan is waaaay cool!

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  29. Cool! We did a Chinese themed party for my daughter when she turned 12. It was just days before we went to China to get Maylin.

    For a craft, we decorated chop sticks with seaquins and jewels (attached with glue) the girls made them to put in their hair when they did buns or just fancy eating utincels. They loved them.

    Your party sounds fabulous! Great ideas. You always do wonderful things.

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  30. Anonymous8/24/2011

    Hello,Love the party ideas,Cant wait to see everythig....Id like an invite to pinterest...ddotty@hotmail.com I always enjoy looking in to see what the girls have put together to wear.....

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  31. would like to get in on this pintrest, not sure what it is all about, but hearing alot about it.
    thanks
    wendyreback@yahoo.com

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  32. Hi,
    I would love an invite as well please. My email address is polglaze@dcsi.net.au
    Thanks,
    Kim

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  34. I heart BIG TIME Pinterest. The best!! Easy to use and great organizing tool.

    I love the theme the girls chose. Miss D is really starting to like Mulan. I bot her a second hand book one day by chance, and now she wants to read it all the time. Will try the movie soon.

    We watched our home movies of China and Miss D was really into them and kept repeating China and Mommy and Daddy in China. First step...

    Keep smilin!

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  35. Love your blog, never comment, but love reading your blog : ) Could you please add me to your Pinterest Invite list
    Thx Carmen

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  36. Anonymous8/25/2011

    Such a fun party idea! Great ideas, your girls will love it! Please add me to the Pininterest list: sarmac@kc.rr.com

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  37. Love your ideas--how fun!

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  38. Anonymous8/25/2011

    I would like an invite to pinterest, please. Courtisme@aol.com
    For my daughter's Kai Lan party two years ago, I used Chinese takeout containers for the goodie bags. They were so cute!
    Can't wait to see your other ideas! I love planning kids parties!

    Courtney
    PS Just ordered my daughter the Mulan Costume for Halloween from the Disney Store. Get them while they have them!

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  39. I'll definitely have to keep an eye on your progress. I love all your ideas and have a feeling my little one would love a Chinese themed party for her birthday. I love pinterest but haven't been able to get an invite. Pretty please? jdcjewels@yahoo.com

    Julie

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  40. For an party favor sent to my daughter's friends in her class room we did a paper plate panda puppet craft that was great fun and easy to do.

    Love all the ideas and the inspiration pics (especially the tea cups) and would love an invite to Pinterest.

    Ellen
    emryan@verizon.net

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  41. Anonymous8/25/2011

    You can make fortune cookies with your own clever fortunes inside. Not at the party, but before the party, and put them in the favor bags. I did it once as a kid and it wasn't that hard.

    Jamie

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  42. I love the party theme. How cool for the girls to be so interested and proud of their homeland! I would love an invite!

    katedme@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  43. Love your ideas for parties, crafts and foods kids eat. Could I get an invite to pinterest.
    Thanks,
    korjody@q.com

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  44. Anonymous8/25/2011

    The Disney Store outlet had Mulan T=shirts & pink nightgowns. I bought some a couple of weeks ago. Oriental Trading has some simple craft kits for Chinese New Year. A chop stick candy race is fun. The kids have to carry the candy in a rubber banded chopstick to the finish line. You could do something with the Zodiac Animals. Pin the tale on the rabbit etc.
    Looking forward to seeing your photo's.

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  45. Anonymous8/25/2011

    Please add me ... I have forgotten my password so am just signing in as Anonymous. You 'know' me as Mary McG in TN

    mwmcginnis@bellsouth.net

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  46. Anonymous8/26/2011

    If it isn't to late, I would love an invite to Pinterest.

    Thanks,

    Jodi
    Durx3js@hotmail.com

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  47. That's going to be a great party! I got all of our red lanterns for Jenny's first birthday at Oriental Trading and they also had a few fun items for crafts. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  48. Check ot Orental Trading, they have alot of good chinese items at good prices. Have a fun party. Kim

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  49. Fabulous idea! We actually tossed around the idea for this year's party, but decided to wait until they geta little older. In researching though, I had read about a game that the kids did with the zodiac signs and a letter game spelling out the words Happy Birthday in chinese. Here is the link, http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/html/chinese_parties_1.html.

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  50. Ok, I sent invites to all of the requests above this comment. Except for Carmen, because I couldn't find an email address for you.

    One tip, if you want to bookmark Pinterest, click "Everything" first because then you'll see the whole world's ideas and not just the people you're following. :-)

    Cheers,
    M3

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  51. Anonymous8/26/2011

    We do Chinese New Years every year so your ideas might come in handy this year.... gimills at telusplanet dot net. Thanks!

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  52. Thank you, thank you so so much!

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  53. I have to tell you the funniest thing...when Faith came home from China...she said she had never eaten or even seen a fortune cookie - and she lived with a foster family that took her out to restaurants etc. too, so I don't know what the deal was. My husband and were laughing at how in America we think those cookies are symbolic chinese and they probably don't even eat them there?? LOL.

    I know you'll have an amazing party with your fun girls!! :)

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  54. I would love a pinterest invite. rdarnett@bellsouth.net

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  55. Anonymous8/26/2011

    Don't forget the red envalopes..with lots of money in them :)

    Erika

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  56. Anonymous8/27/2011

    Would love an invite!
    matlockta@yahoo.com

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  57. I don't think I've ever posted on your blog, but I read it faithfully and have since before the girls came home. :) I was just looking at another blog, and came across this post and thought of you: http://karaspartyideas.blogspot.com/2011/07/oriental-yum-cha-party.html

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  58. Wow, Jodi, that party is incredible!! Wonderful ideas, thank you.

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  59. Love, love, love this theme! I was thinking of having a CNY party next year - my girl's birthdays are the 20th and 25th of January and it would be a fun way to introduce our new daughter to friends and family! I will checking out your pinterest site for inspiration!

    P.S. I love the name of your blog and have to say, I craved chips and salsa in China more than anything! I WILL be finding a way to take it with me this time :-)

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  60. Sent invites to everyone above this comment.

    Cheers!
    M3

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  61. Anonymous8/27/2011

    Long time reader, first time poster :) I love the party ideas! I would love an invite to pinterest...I have heard so much about it and as a teacher I can only imagine the ideas on there!!!
    luv2teach0(zero)77@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Krissy

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  62. Sounds like it will be a great party. I tried to do something similar 3 years ago when we brought Marissa home. I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!!!

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  63. You always have such great ideas for parties. I would love an invite to pinterest too. Thnx for sharing your wonderful family and ideas with us! thekottkes@msn.com

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  64. Please invite me too! And if any of those stores in Chinatown have websites, please share them with me. The local stores have zilch for Chinese/Asian things and I could use all the great online sites I can get. I am drooling over the fabrics the most of course. Your MIL can relate I think.

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  65. I went to a Kai Lan themed b-day party and they had colored fortune cookies purchased online--they were also flavored by color. They also made kid sushi by making rice krsipie squares cut with rounded edges. The edges were then rolled with red fruit roll ups. A Swedish fish was attached with frosting to the top. They were so cute!

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  66. I would love a Pinterest invitation, thank you!

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  67. Anonymous8/30/2011

    Hi
    May I please have an invitation to join Pinterest?
    The party will look awesome.
    Thanks
    Ana
    anajuliaa26@yahoo.com

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  68. Sent invites to everyone above this comment except Elise -- I couldn't see an email addy for you in your profile.

    Cheers,
    M3

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  69. Anonymous9/03/2011

    Love the ideas and would love an invite to pinterest!

    Thanks!
    Sherri :)
    homernash@mchsi.com

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