I’m all about theme parties. I’ve always loved dressing up for any occasion and creating fun decor and food. I’m no Crafty Cathy, but I do OK. I recently wrote a Kids, Cats, Chaos! post about planning a cat-themed party for kids. After looking through all the adorable ideas on party-planning blogs and the almighty Pinterest, I started feeling some jealousy. Why do kids get all the fun parties? I decided to do a little investigating and offer some affordable ideas for a super-cute, yet slightly (only very slightly) elegant soiree for grown-up feline fanciers.
Here are five of my favorite tips:
Depending on how cutesy you want your party to be, there are tons of pre-made, cat-themed party supplies available online and in stores. Just get to Googlin’ and you’ll see what I mean. And Hello Kitty? She’s all over the place — no surprise — I hear she gets around. Shhh … you didn’t hear that from me. So if you want party-planning ease, order pre-made decorations.
I saw lots of suggestions for making homemade kitty-cat plates like the ones in the above photo. Look at them — you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to put those together and I’ll bet it’s super difficult to mess them up. Simply cut triangles from craft paper and glue them to the bottom of the plate. Caution: drinking wine while crafting cat plates may result in cats with slightly cocked ears. That’s OK — cats can be sassy, so why shouldn’t your plates be, too?
You can decorate your own paper cat cups or purchase fun glasses like the ones pictured above. Maybe you want your party to include glassware-painting? Buy a bunch of inexpensive martini or wine glasses and paint, and you and your guests can catify your cocktails!
I’m all about value and I’m telling you, you can walk into a dollar store (some are better than others), and purchase some cute cat or dog dishes (doggie dishes are great because they’re big). Line them with tissue paper and create picture perfect snack-serving bowls! You can also wrap silver or plasticware in napkins and tie them up with cute “cat collars” (ribbons with a simple tag and jingle bell). Better yet, give your guests kitty names and write them on the tags.
Food! My favorite part of any party. Last week I hosted a party that wasn’t completely cat-themed, but did have a few cat-centric elements. My daughter made the adorable kitty cupcakes pictured above. She used almond slivers for ears and M&M’s for eyes. They were delicious!
Anything mouse-related is fun as well. I love these little strawberry mice made with licorice, mini chocolate chips, and again with the almond slivers (may as well buy a jumbo bag).
Another sure hit for any feline-fest is sushi or anything seafood-related. How cute are those little sushi-cat rolls?
OK, maybe this Cheshire Cat cheese ball looks a little creepy, but hey, it’s a giant ball of cheese. Yes, please!
You can offer a variety of cat-themed alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages at your gathering. My favorite is the black cat martini, made with black vodka and blackberry liquor. I’ve also seen lots of fun wines with cats on the labels.
Don’t drink? How about something with milk? Milkshakes! Catnip tea, iced and hot, would also be choice offerings.
You don’t need to dress the part, but why not? If you can get past the awkward placement of the cat heads, you may agree that the dress above from ROMWE is a-dorable. And I think it’s a great deal at $24.99. In fact, there are a couple of cute dresses on this site.
If dresses aren’t your thing, any kitty-riffic clothing works!
And don’t you dare forget the cat ears!
Is it OK for adults to enjoy activities and crafts at parties? You bet it is. Order some temporary tattoos like the ones I have from Cattoo Designs, or just snag some cute Hello Kitty ones from the local party store. If you want to go all out, hire a henna artist to come over and create funky feline body-artwork for your guests.
You could also create a cat-themed playlist or sit around and watch your favorite cat videos together. Hey — why not create your own private cat video festival!
Have you ever hosted or attended a cat-themed party? Tell us about it in the comments!
About the Author: Angie Bailey is a goofy girl with freckles and giant smile who wants everyone to be her friend. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, and thinking about cats doing people things. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that may or may not offend people. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.
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