Kigurumi is the Japanese name for performers who get dressed up in costumes that represent cartoon characters, which oftentimes are animals. Derived from the word kiru, which translates “to wear,” and nuigurumi, or “stuffed toy,” these individuals often perform at anime conventions, shopping malls, theme parks, and other public venues.
However, you do not need to be a professional performer or even Japanese to enjoy kigurumi and all the fun that dressing up creates. With the winter already here, kigurumi would make the ideal party theme.
Although anyone can be invited, keep in mind that this type of themed party is meant to be exciting, silly, and fun, so you may want to consider inviting people who would enjoy this type of party most and be willing to join in.
The thing that makes a kigurumi type of party so great is that it can be for children and adults alike. Regardless, seeing everyone dressed up in bright colored costumes certainly adds to an already festive atmosphere. Once you decide on throwing a kigurumi themed party, the first step is deciding on the guest list.
Because kigurumi has become popular throughout the world, finding party invitations is actually quite easy. Invitations are sold through many large retailers or can be purchased online. Of course, if you have time and possess a little creativity, you might think about making your own invitations. One simple idea is to create an invitation that has a photo of you dressed up in a kigurumi costume.
No matter the type of invitations, we recommend including a brief description of what kigurumi is and what it represents, along with examples of popular cartoon characters or animals from which the guests can choose. Once mailed, the next step is choosing appropriate party decorations.
To stick with the kigurumi theme but without spending a lot of money, we suggest going with more traditional decorations. However, in spirit with kigurumi characters or animals, we suggest you choose bright items that are unique and fun.
Of course, no kigurumi themed party would be complete without music. Instead of slower songs, go with music that is upbeat, something fun to dance to. In fact, for a party like this, you can incorporate any music genre, as long as it keeps the party lively.
The final thing for your party is to choose your own kigurumi costume. The list of possibilities is quite extensive, and for a party like this, there really is no right or wrong choice. You could come as a penguin, panda bear, big green frog, yellow tiger, giraffe, black and white cow, shark, or even Winnnie the Pooh.
The goal in throwing a kigurumi themed party is to get people to have fun but also out of their comfort zone. Just imagine having a house filled with family members and friends all dressed up in crazy kigurumi costumes. Because this type of party is unique for the winter season, you may want to give your neighbors a head’s up, so as guests arrive, no one asks questions.
Whether throwing a kigurumi just for adults, children, or a combination of the two, this is a wonderful way to celebrate during the winter season. Instead of a boring party that most people throw year after year, why not do something completely unique that guests will talk about for a long time to come?