For my daughter’s birthday party, I threw her a My Neighbor Totoro inspired party. This Japanese cartoon is one of her most favorite movies to watch, and just like the show, Totoro visits her constantly. He is her favorite imaginary friend.
I made vanilla cupcakes and decorated them with vanilla icing, fondant flowers and tiny dust bunnies (or soot sprites) on top. Totoro is made out of marshmallow and fondant.
The best part of having Totoro birthday cupcakes is that you get to eat him.
Brendan made Japanese inspired hot dogs. Take an all beef hot dog, cover it in teriyaki sauce. Dress the bun with carmelized onions and wasabi mayo, and it’s completely oishii.
For an activity, the kids made dessert sushi using rice krispy treats, fruit roll ups and lots and lots of candy.
This little guy probably ate his fair share of food. And drank even more juice.
My girl spent all last week watering seeds she planted for her friends. One of her favorite scenes in My Neighbor Totoro was when Totoro helped the plants to grow. And yes, she did the “grow dance” after she watered too.
We also made homemade Pocky sticks to give away too.
Lots of fun, lots of friends:
And of course, there were some pretty great handmade Totoro presents.
Here’s a better photo of Totoro taken the next day:
All in all, I think it was a pretty good birthday.