Cheap plastic dinos. Itsy-bitsy bubble wands. Mini plastic cars with wheels that jam. Enough with the throwaway tchotchkes.
When the party’s over, hand out individually packaged shortbread treats from Hello Kookie.
The hippest favors this side of the Pacific, these anime cookies will tempt both tiny revelers and their chaperones. Baked to order in small batches, the tasty sweets pair a pop aesthetic with organic ingredients.
Bay Area foodies Dina To and Wendy Gardner ice each Kookie by hand, turning out impeccable J-pop likenesses of chicks, pups, and ladybugs. Not to mention the animals of the Chinese zodiac and whatever custom creations your birthday nipper can dream up.
Best of all? They’ll be gone before you can say “landfill.”
Doing us all a favor.
Available online at hellokookie.com.
What: Moms gather for cocktails, a store tour, and one-on-one consultations with sexologist Dr. Carol Queen.
Why: Rev your engine.
When: Tues., 7-9 p.m.
Where: Good Vibrations Polk Street, 1620 Polk St., at Sacramento St. (415-345-0400).
Party like a Twinkle Star CD Release Show
What: Rock out — and then to sleep — with local minstrels Charity Kahn and the Jamband to celebrate the release of their double (day and night) album.
Why: Moods swing.
When: Sat., 4:30 p.m.
Where: Recess Urban Recreation, 470 Carolina St., at 18th St. (415-701-7529). Tickets online at recessurbanrecreation.com.
New Pickle Circus
What: San Francisco’s homegrown acrobat ensemble tumbles over to the JCC for an annual weekend of high jinks.
Why: They’ll be on cloud brine.
When: Sat., 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., b/t Presidio Ave. & Walnut St. (415-292-1200). Tickets online at tickets.jccsf.org or call 415-292-1233.
Photo: Courtesy of Hello Kookie