Thankfully, I'd already accumulated lots of pink party accessories from previous events, so there wasn't much I needed to purchase. That's what I love about party planning for kids--most things you invest in once, and use again and again! I knew I wanted to break out the pink ombre ruffled table skirt that I made for Leah's last birthday (a labor intensive project but SO worth it!), re-use the tissue pom poms and paper lanterns from previous parties, and of course utilize all of my fancy serveware! TIP: Secondhand stores like Goodwill are the BEST place to buy cake stands and serving platters--the one I used for Leah's chocolate chip cookie cake this year only cost me $3.99!
Here is a rundown of what I purchased for the party:
I also sewed a fitted table cloth out of some leftover fabric I had (five minute project--super easy!), and I used coordinating cuddle fabrics to sew the kitty ear chair covers at each end of the table. I made tissue tassels for the remaining chairs with supplies I had on hand as well. There is a great tutorial for making the tassel garland here: http://www.linenlaceandlove.com/2012/06/diy-confetti-system-inspired-tissue.html
The marshmallow wand were a last minute idea, but they were a hit with the kids! TIP: Wet the skewer in warm water before skewering the marshmallows so that they slide on easier!
I also did something a little different this year for Leah's "cake". I made vanilla cupcakes and chocolate cake pops already, so I decided to make a chocolate chip cookie "cake" to hold her birthday candle. One batch of chocolate chip cookie dough, separated into four 4-inch cake pans and baked for 12-ish minutes at 375 degrees, and voila! Chocolate chip cookie layer cake!
The adorable adoption certificates were a free printable from The Chickabug Blog--thank you! Find it here: http://blog.chickabug.com/2012/10/free-printable-cat-adoption-kits.html.
I made the kitty ear headbands out of metal headbands and leftover fabric. The kids were adorable in them!