Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Harajuku-a-go-go




My clever 10 year old angel, the one with the crooked halo,has always had some truly unique interests. When she was 3 years old, did she watch Sesame Street? No, she planned her naps around japanese anime, namely, Sailor Moon. In 3rd grade she decided for Halloween, she would be a goth girl, so she created a character, Ruby-Saphire. Last Halloween, she was the Seven Deadly Sins all at once. Lately she doesn't understand why a mohawk would be a disruptive hairstyle for school.
So ofcourse birthday season around the dream pagoda is buzzin' with ideas. Previous years have included, That 70's Whats Your Sign?, and last years,Project Birthday Runway(among the challenges,was the grocery store challenge's, innovation, with Barbie dolls).This year, she has been into japanese street style. You know the crazy-cool kaliedoscopic styles worn in Tokyos Harajuku shopping district. She was given a Fruits book a couple of years ago, and has been burstin' with color and funk ever since.
It was only natural to have a Harajuku-a-go-go celebration for her recent 10th birthday.Actually a great theme, but how does one go about instructing other little girls in the Harajuku style? Well we came up with a set of rules, as a suggestion, ofcourse.Things like, think Cindy Laupers distant cousin. We also suggested sites to do a little on-line research.These little girls took these suggestions and ran with them. I was able to do the sushi cupcakes as 1st shown by Jinjur (yep they couldn't be stickier!)I later explored the sushi cupcake thang even further at Not Martha.Thanks girls ,see we really are a community. For a craft the girls created Harajuku style neclaces. We realy used everything but the kitchen sink, or atleast every litle toy from the dollar store.Babydolls,toy cars, tiny animals and that black plastic cord, among lots of other flotsam and jetsom. We down loaded lots of music, Puffyamiyumi,Shonen Knife, Turning japanese,and Alphavilles, Big in Japan. The goodie bags were filled with chopstix,hello kitty bandaids, japanese candy,sailor moon stickers, and lots of funky little girl barrettes from the dollar store. My husband shot video and edited DVD's to go with the thank yous. Now the question is how do we top this for next year?

6 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow! That sounds like an amazing party. I am enjoying having my own way right now with Emily's stuff, but I'm really looking forward to the day she gets creative too! Sounds like you had a greart party!

and yeah...how will you top that one?!

Apron Thrift Girl said...

I love unique themed birthdays that are outside of the box. I'm not sure if my son's pirate themed party was too unique but the buried treasure box full of chocolate coins, jewels and gold rings was pretty fun. I can't figure out how to email you but thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours.

Petula Darling said...

I hate it when 10 year olds are cooler than me!
By the way, the cupcakes look great.

Barb said...

lol. Creative one. That's okay. Just be patient. She'll be fabulous in about eight years :)
She'll laugh about the mohawk thing.

StephenMosher said...

Darling, YOU should have some kind of home based tv show or a column in a magazine. The party was (looked on the dvd) SENSATIONAL! And the dvd, by my new favourite film maker, Chris Spielberg, gets my vote for the Oscar for short documentary. Your thrify, crafy role models and idols would have been so proud!

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

Yah!! That's the kind of party I want to go to :) Sounds like it was so fun. Thanks for pointing the archive out to me :)

By the way, you should know I searched quickly at an antique mall Monday for some bed jackets and came home with a purse instead. Go figure!!

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