I don’t know who could be happier about the current cat trend, than my cute little fournager. She spends a good amount of time meowing around the house and insisting that we treat her like a cat. So, when trying to come up with a theme for her fourth birthday party, a “kitty cat” theme was just the ticket!
I didn’t get too fancy or anything. I just whipped up some small paper details with my home printer and Silhouette to keep things fast and easy, but still festive.
I like to keep kid parties smaller, especially when they’re younger. Our usual rule of thumb, is they can invite as many people as they are old + one more. Since about 3/4 of the kids show up most of the time, that turns out to be just the right amount of kids to have a fun, but manageable party.
To kick off the party, I printed up some free cat coloring sheets I found online. I often like to start a party out with coloring, because it gives the kids something to do right away and they can keep coloring until everyone arrives.
I passed out some cat ears I made from headbands and pipe cleaners in lieu of party hats.
Then we drew on some whiskers with eye liner. This was the simplest idea of the day, but easily the most memorable. They loved this part! (Probably because it involved make up – ha!)
Once everyone was kitty-fied we played some of kitty-fied classics:
Kitty, Kitty, Cat (instead of Duck, Duck, Goose), Kitty Cat Says (instead of Simon Says), Pass the Yarn (played like Hot Potato).
Then the kids sang, ate, did the present thing, and then just played. It was mostly a low fuss party…just friends + sugar and lots of fun! 😉 Which turned out to be just right for this 3-4 crowd.
For the treat table, I whipped up some paper cones for corn puffs.
To keep them upright, I stuck them in a round goldfish bowl like vase.
I wrapped the milk in these labels…
Nat’s allergic to milk, so we used chocolate coconut milk. (plus, they’re shelf stable!)
For the cupcakes, I whipped up my favorite vegan cupcakes and frosting and then stuck in these paper cat faces glued to toothpicks.
Of course, we had to keep the plates festive. I glued ears underneath the lip of the plate, so as not to interfere with the functionality of the plate.
For decorations, I cut the same cat faces that I used for the cupcake toppers, only bigger. Then I strung them up into a garland and layered it with my wooden bead garland.
For the balloons, I simply cut some ears, and a nose/whiskers and taped them onto balloons in her favorite color…pink!
As parting gifts to our guests, we handed out cute little boxes (from Party City) with more cat cupcake topper faces on them, and filled with some pink polish, and cat face shaped nail decals.
If you would like to copy any detail of this party, I’ve created free printable and cut files for you to use…
For personal use only please.
The PDFs are hosted on my site. Click on the link and it should open up the PDF for all the files used in this post. I included the files that require a lot of cutting as well, in case you don’t have a Silhouette.
If you want to use the cut files, they were created in Silhouette’s design software, so they are for Silhouette only. You can try to open the PDF versions in Illustrator and convert the files to another format if you like. The links to the files are hosted through Google Drive. If you have trouble accessing any of the files, I suggest trying to access them through another computer or device on a different server (sometimes servers, especially school servers, block access). If you still can’t access the files, you can contact me at [email protected] Please allow up to 10 business days for me to respond.
Happy planning your own purrr-fect party! 😉
This is such a sweet party idea. Thanks for sharing Natalie’s special day. Did you make her cute cat dress? I love that fabric. My little grand would love it!
Thank you Nona! I actually did not make her dress. It’s from H&M from last summer. I wish I could get my hands on that awesome fabric too though! Isn’t it so cute?
Happy Birthday to your adorable girl kitty cat!!
For my girl’s 10th birthday, she had a Warrior cat birthday party (from the books). Kitty cats rock!
Thanks Michelle! <3 I haven't read those books, but for Nat's sake I really need to! Thanks for the tip!
How cute! The kitty ears on everything are purr-fect, and I like the geometric take on the cutouts. 😉
Thanks Charity! You are always so good to appreciate the little details. You’re the best. Thank you friend.
Thank you Emily! <3
Luciana Paula Rosa says
I loved this theme, it’s something innovative and so cute! Thanks for sharing the your ideas and files!
Thanks Luciana! Of course!
I love what you did with the balloons. Where did you purchase the balloons? It’s the perfect shade of pink.
Thanks! I just got them from either Michaels or Walmart. I can’t remember which.
Thank you. You making my little girls party very special. xxx
Aww. That makes me so happy! Happy birthday to your daughter!
Than you sooo much for the idea, my neece asked fot a kitty cat party and I am doingo all your ideas, everything is so beautiful and super original. Thank you Thank you Thank you .
Greetings from Argentina :3
Thank you Anita! You are so kind! Your niece is so lucky to have you. Happy party planning and happy birthday to your niece!
What kind of paper did you use for the kitty balloons? I’m worried it will be too heavy and they will tip forward. Thank you!
Good question! I actually used card stock. The details are small, so if the balloons are nice and full, they hold up fine for the length of a party. You’re right that it can get heavy, so if you can use regular 20 lb. paper, it will help the balloons last longer. I used larger details for a farm animal balloon project (http://www.deliacreates.com/paper-balloon-farm-animals-free-cut-files/) and absolutely had to use regular paper for it to work. And even then, the chicken liked to lean forward a bit.;) The kitty details are pretty well balanced though, so with 20 lb. paper you shouldn’t have a problem.
Monika Mystkowska says
pdf files did not work ;( Could you help me?
Sure! I just sent the files to you at this email address: [email protected].
Love these! PDF files dont work ><
There is a PDF link that I tested, and it seems to be working…at least from my end. There are also Silhouette cut files that will not allow you to preview them because they need Silhouette Studio software to use them. It could be possible you’re clicking those links, which makes it look like they don’t work? If you click the “Cat Party Cut Files” under the PDF heading and they are still not showing up for you, I’d be happy to email them to you. Just send me an email at [email protected].
I love this! We are having a kitty theme party next month. I saw that you used card stock on the ears. Did you also use card stock on everything else as well? With the items that you made black did you just trace the shapes instead of printing them out?
Hi Sarah! Great questions. I used card stock for the ears because I couldn’t find paper in the color I wanted. If you can use a lighter paper, definitely go that route. The lighter the better for the balloons. The heavier paper does make it start to sink sooner. As for cutting, I used my Silhouette to cut everything out. If you are printing and cutting by hand, then I suggest tracing and cutting on black paper as you mentioned. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions. Happy party planning! <3
I love a kitty cat themed party! Thank you for this party set!
Thank you for sharing and for providing the files. I am currently planning my 6yo Kitty party and needed ears and whiskers for the wall decor for her special day. Thanks so much!
Sounds so fun! Good luck with the party and happy birthday to your daughter!
I love this! I plan to make the balloons for my daughters birthday this week. What did you use to glue the pieces to the balloon ?
Thanks! I used small bits of tape. You don’t want to use too much because it can add too much weight to the balloon and make it lean to the side with the paper details.You can also use a low temperature glue gun.
Corinna Ducharme says
Where did you find the nail decals?
I made them with my Silhouette machine. They are just vinyl.
Love all the files you have and would love to use them but I’m not able to download the pdf files.
So sorry about the download trouble Stacee. Google did a major update that has affected my Google Drive files. It has made it so that I have to approve every link click as a file request. I am in the process of moving all my files from Google to hosting them myself but it has been quite the process. If you wouldn’t mind emailing me: [email protected], I would be happy to send you the files via attachment.
Susan GALLAGHER says
I love love love all of these ideas for the kitty cat party! My soon to be 3 year old is already next level cat lady by acting like a cat! I couldn’t get the pdf’s to open! Is there anyway you could email them to me! This is amazing!
I am so sorry that I am just now seeing this comment. If it’s not too late, email me at [email protected] and I will send the files right over. Email or instagram message are the quickest ways to get ahold of me.
Dianna BrOwn says
I am interested in the template for the paper cones. What kind of paper did you use
I just used printer paper… 20 pound white copy paper.