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Japanese 25th Birthday Party Ideas


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How great is Japanese food? I love it! I am a huge fan of sushi, even more so now I can make it up at home. A few years ago I had the pleasure of stopping by Japan on my way over to Canada and loved the place. Hubby and I really want to take the kids there one day. I think I bought more souvenirs from Japan in the two days I was there than I did in the month I spent in Canada! Their food is so tasty and healthy and sushi night at the Jarvis house is so much fun. So here is an idea for a 25th birthday plan; why not hold a Japanese inspired pre-party dinner? Invite some friends round to enjoy Japanese food and drink before heading out to party the night away.

Set up a large coffee table or low set table with cushions around it for you and your guests to sit on. For you oriental touches, Australia’s #1 Party Shop has it covered with beautiful fans, parasols, themed invitations and thank you cards. For the centre piece display a bonsai tree and decorate it with little crystals and tea lights. Have the sushi prepped for your guests to make their own sushi rolls. You can buy sushi kits from the supermarkets or Asian grocers. If you have not made sushi before it really is so easy. Like making tacos, simple and fun, a great way for the guests to sit and talk whilst making up sushi rolls. For fillings use salmon, tuna, teriyaki beef, chicken, crab, prawn, lettuce, avocado, capsicum, carrot, corn, cucumber and have little serving spoons (from Pink Frosting) with pickled ginger, soy sauce and for the very brave, wasabi (ouch!) for them to add to their plate. Have little bowls of miso soup (seaweed, soy or shiitake mushroom flavours). Japanese food is full of flavour, wow your guests with Mizutaki, which is a hot pot dish of chicken, vegetables cooked in a dashi soup. This meal is cooked at the dinner table. Add tempura vegetables, ramen noodles and sashimi and finish up with Wagashi (Japanese for sweets) like a Green Tea Sponge Cake, black sesame ice cream or tempura fried ice cream – Japan’s “deep fried mars bar” I suppose.

All food is presented on platters for the guests to choose and try. If any of your friends are unfamiliar with the treat that is Japanese nosh, this is a great way to introduce them to it with simple and pleasantly tasting dishes. I must admit seaweed was an acquired taste for me. It took a while to get used to its texture and taste but now I think the stuff is brilliant – and the health benefits are totally worth it! In saying that though, an alternative to seaweed wrap on sushi, use sesame seeds instead. My hubby hates seafood with a passion and the sesame option was a huge success with him.

Also have on hand knives, forks and spoons for guests who can’t use chop sticks.

Sip on Japanese rice wine, aka Sake, green tea or whip up the Kamikaze Cocktail:

1oz Vodka

¼ oz Triple Sec

¼ oz lime juice

Mix the ingredients in an iced mixing cup. Strain and serve either as a cocktail or shooter. Bound to get the party going!

If you want to veer slightly away from the traditional theme decorations then incorporate one of Japan’s loves – Anime. Use it as a costume theme or incorporate the characters in your stationery designs. You can take it over the top like Gwen Steffani and her Haijuku Girls – Hello Kitty products (available from Pink Frosting too!), all cute and happy. The plus of a Japanese theme pre-party dinner is it is a healthy way to start the party, and Australia’s #1 Party Shop is the Orient Express when it comes to decorating your Japanese themed party. So shop on-line or in person and say “Konnichiwa” (hello) to the team at Pink Frosting and let them help you put together your Japanese Pre-Party.



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