Friday, 20 September 2013

Our Japanese big night in

This is my entry to the Little Stuff and Two Little Fleas big night in blogger challenge.  The challenge is to create a perfect 'big night in' with up to £750 to spend.  This blog post is accompanied by my big night in Pinterest board.

Welcome to our big night in.  It'll celebrate 2013 and everything it brought for our family - a new baby, a new job, a 60th birthday and a 40th wedding anniversary.  Our Japanese themed party will be something different for us to try, and will be a night to remember for a year to remember!

Our Japanese big night in


Invitations - 招待

Invites will go to everyone in our close family who will celebrate 2013 being an extra special year.  My husband and I will host, and invited along will be our two brothers and sisters in law.  Mine and my husband's parents.  And the children in the family.  10 adults, five kids in total.  The invites will set the Japanese theme:

Location - 場所

It'll be a big night in at our house.  And because a party isn't a party without decorations, I'll make sure each room looks the part, with lanterns, cushions and the right ambience.  This looks like a perfect template for our living room, I love the lanterns and colours.

Dress code - ドレスコード

We'll book a shopping trip before the big night, so the ladies can choose appropriately themed outfits.  I'll be wearing my favourite Oasis floral Japanese design top from John Lewis with a black skirt.  Oh, and I'll be needing some new makeup from my favourite Japanese brand Shiseido too.

Entertainment - エンターテインメント

To kick off the evening with lots of laughs, we'll have children's sumo wrestling suits for our younger guests.  It would be hilarious to see them wrestling each other - if they could get near with those suits on!

The grown ups will need something to sit on while laughing, so we'll have some gorgeous bean bags around that will fit with the theme.

While we're all comfy, we'll have a game of bingo (in Japanese - ビンゴ).  We'd of course stop by Two Little Fleas to check out the reviews of the latest sites, and play online using a projector for our screen so everyone can see.  We'll have prizes for the kids, who each get a Tamagotchi for playing nicely.

Food - 食品

We'll work up an appetite with the entertainment, so a hot and cold Japanese buffet will be available.  I love Japanese food!  There'll be sushi, yaki soba, chicken teryaki, yakitori and prawn tempura.  Help yourself...

And for drinks, the guys will need some Japanese beer - Sappora will go down nicely.  We'll also have a lovely sake/rice wine in a traditional holder for the ladies which will go nicely.

Back to the entertainment - エンターテインメント

To top the evening off, we'll have a rousing round of karaoke.  We'll have a fabulous karaoke microphone to plug into our iPad, so there's no excuse not to sing your heart out!  The first song on the list, which we'll all sing along to will of course be 'Big in Japan' by Alphaville.  The kids will learn about the band in history!

Carriages - 馬車

The evening ends at midnight, or sooner if the kids flake out. I hope you've enjoyed our Japanese style big night in. 

I would love to make this a reality for our family to come together and celebrate all that 2013 has given us.  It would be a night to remember!  You can find all the images used, and more inspiration for my Japanese big night in on my Pinterest board.

Budget breakdown:
  • Invites £25
  • Room decoration £250 (bean bags £100, cushions £75, lanterns £50, orchids £25)
  • Dress code £75 (top £40, make up £35)
  • Entertainment £225 (sumo kits £100, karaoke £50, bingo £50, tamagotchi £25)
  • Food and drinks £175


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