Hi, we’re back from Melbourne (more on our trip later)! And were just in time to celebrate a special little someone’s second birthday 🙂
We had a small-ish celebration with family and friends at the spanking new Cookyn Inc premises (a day before Sean’s birthday on 15 August) last weekend.
The place was lovely and cozy enough for our group (we really had to cap the numbers this year so everyone could fit nicely into their kitchen).
I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for the party before we left for our holiday but with everyone chipping in here and there, I think everything came together quite nicely in the end. YAY!
The spread was scrummy – creamy chicken + mushroom in crispy filo cupcakes, Merv’s slow-roasted pork belly, curry chicken, homemade mashed potato, chilli cheese dogs, Vietnamese spring rolls (with a very yummy peanut-buttery dip), raspberry sorbet, root beer floats and sangria.
What was really cool was most of the food was made right on the spot just before our eyes! Some of us even had a hand in preparing some of the dishes/drinks at the various DIY ‘stations’ ourselves.
It was very interactive and fun and can I just say, such a nice and refreshing change from eating mindless catered food!
The birthday boy in an exceptionally good mood for the party, even though he was still a bit jet-lagged from our return flight. I highly doubt he knew it was his birthday or even the fact that the party was for him – he was just happy he had so many people to play with!
Well, that’s my little party animal for you 😉
We had lots of fun catching up with everyone.
Everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves. The kids were sufficiently entertained in the adhoc Kids Corner with colouring and masak-masak toys. Most of them also ventured outdoors towards the end of the party to run around and ride on the trikes I had brought along.
Sean was T-H-R-I-L-L-E-D and couldn’t stop admiring it! The birthday boy was SO excited he blew out the candle before we even started singing the song. Hmm 😉
Ah, it was tiring but really good fun.
I couldn’t resist giving my very exhausted but happy two-year-old a huge cuddle after the party was over.
TWO! Can you believe it?
Happy happy birthday, baby boy 🙂
A few additional notes on the party prep:
1) I was initially planning on a carnival/circus-themed party but in the interest of time (I had less than a week to pull everything together), I decided to keep everything simple.
2) I thought the decor came together quite nicely. I loved the carnival feel of the red/blue/white bunting and how it framed the wall perfectly. (I was going to make my own but after chancing on these beautifully-made ones in the kid section of Cotton On, I was sold.) Best part is, we can reuse them again. The HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEAN words are printed on plain A4 paper in one of my favourite fancy fonts, Budmo (yeah I am a bit of a font nut), pasted on coloured cardboard and then cut around the edges. Easy peasy to do, and it looked quite professionally done (if I may say so myself, ahem) 😉
3) Since the party was to celebrate Sean turning two, I printed a bunch of his pictures, one for every month of his second year. It really is quite remarkable to view the pictures side by side and see how much he has grown/learnt/changed over the past year. I mean, he wasn’t even walking yet a year ago and look at him now! Everyone – especially those who see him a lot, like my mum – had a good time reminiscing and laughing over the pictures.
4) Like for last year’s party, I pre-ordered and picked up a bunch of helium balloons right before the party. Balloons are always such a big hit with the kids – Sean was going around naming all the colours, or at least all the colours he knows how to say: BLOO! GHEE! PING (even though there were no pink ones)! You will note that I chose all the bright glossy colours (coz I frickin’ hate pastel colours, hee).
5) For the kids, I prepared colouring sheets and crayons/markers and brought along a few of Sean’s ‘masak-masak’ toys, including his birthday present from us: a toy kitchen stove. The kids were kept well-entertained throughout and the parents had their hands free to mingle and eat. Win-win!
6) I brought along a few of Sean’s trikes for the kids to play with in case they got tired of being indoors and wanted some fresh air. This turned out to be a great idea coz all the kids – Sean included – spent quite a bit of time playing outdoors, especially near the end of the party.
7) The kids went home with little bag of treats for the kids to bring home. Each bag contained a colouring book or doodle board, jigsaw puzzle, biscuits, markers, bubbles, Ribena and some jellies/milk candies. I also made a small ‘thank you’ card with a cute cheery pic of Sean to go with each bag.
8) Some other ideas I had but didn’t manage to do for some reason or other: A Candy Station (of sorts) where everyone could help themselves grab a paper bag and fill it up with candies/biscuits/jellies/chocs/etc (no space). Sidewalk chalk for kids to doodle on the ground outdoors (I couldn’t find the box of chalk I bought before the party and did not ask the Cookyn folks if we could doodle on their corridors, heh). Some personalized favours for adults to bring home (couldn’t think of anything). Ah well, I will save these for another time 😉
Hmm, I think I quite enjoy planning for parties. No wonder the responsibility always falls in my lap every year (and the husband is more than happy to leave it to me) 😉