I wanted to go back and put links to all the party goods in one post, in case you ever wanted to try an asian inspired party too!
For the invitations
For our party invitations I made big paper cranes. Each printed on to one sheet of paper. They work well too because you can leave them flat for mailing in an envelope. Here is a template that gives you an idea of how to line up your text. Just keep in mind the text near the pointed wings should be a bit smaller then what I printed on these examples. When you go to fold them, they should look like this after the initial folds, so that the text will be on the wings when you are finished.
Here is a video that shows how to fold a origami crane which should also help.
For the cake I made a daruma doll inspired layer cake. We bought all sorts of chips + snack food at the Asian grocery shop. Pocky, Candy Mushrooms, and ordered Chinese food from our favorite place. We picked up the Chinese food and then kept it in the oven at 170F until the guests arrived. It kept everything nice and hot, but was low enough that we could leave everything in the takeout containers.
Decorations for the party were lots of fun! I found a lot of things at AsianIdeas.com Stuff like the red streamers, paper lanterns, and the fun doll mask. I found a big dragon kite on Ebay, but you could always create your own dragon kite too!
For the Piñata we decided to make a Cat Bus, based off one of our favorite anime movies Totoro. I filled it with some little toys, candy, and paper cranes.
Party favors consisted of a few things…I made little takeout boxes for each kid to take home at the end of the night. I also created little Soot Sprite plush to help fill the piñata. We also had purchased small rice bowls at the asian market, and chopsticks. The bowls and chopsticks were used for food during the party, and then we did a quick hand washing so the kids could each take home the bowl they used. We had extra chopsticks, so those went home with them too.
Besides the piñata, and food we decided to watch the movie My Neighbor Totoro during the party. You could pick your favorite anime, or if pressed for time watch something a little shorter like a tv show sized episode of Bleach.
We also spread origami paper out among the tables for kids to fold their favorite things. Little printed origami instructions are good to put out too, so the party goers can try something new.
For music we used Pandora and chose an already made J-Pop channel to play in the background while everyone ate and mingled around.