BabyMOO turns TWO!

Friday, 11 January 2013

BabyMoo turned two last Sunday, and we had a little party for close friends and family to celebrate the milestone.

We decided to have it at the Playground at our home, where there is a vast, open area in which the kids can play. I toyed with the idea of having a party at one of the many indoor playgrounds which BabyMoo frequent, but decided against it because the food served at such venues are usually finger foods and we can't have a caterer of our choice.

The hubs and I are very particular about having 'real' food at our parties, and we don't want our guests to have to dine elsewhere after the party because the food was just there to look pretty, fit with a theme, or for nibbling purposes. Furthermore, most of our relatives have adult kids or have none at all, so we had to ensure that the environment is comfortable enough for them, whilst providing the kids with suitable entertainment as well.

Two separate parties will just be too much of a hassle! Being a working mum, I could manage the party planning, but I don't have the luxury of time to execute the plans without outsourcing certain fundamentals. With a little help from some very reliable suppliers, we managed to pull off the simple party - and we hope that everyone had as much fun as BabyMoo did!

The Invite



We decided to go with a Lego theme because BabyMoo loves Lego, and the colours are so bright and fun to work with. I made the invite using Photoshop, and we had it printed and sent to our family and friends 3 weeks prior to the party date.

I like to personalise party favours as and when I am able to, and thus it was necessary for us to get the responses so that I can have the names printed out on the goody bags.

We left a note for the kids to bring their outdoor gear, and so that I didn't have to worry about entertainment they can have fun during the party!

The Party

With the weather being so unpredictable, I was so worried that it would rain on party day. That would really spoil everything, and the kids will be so disappointed if they couldn't ride or scoot! Thankfully, the day dawned bright and clear, and although it was humid - it didn't rain at all.




The Party People




The Little People





The Food

We decided to go with NEO Garden Catering because they have never failed to deliver great food and service at other parties which we have been to. Although their portions are true to order (if you are expecting 50 people, please don't order for 40 persons, because there would not be enough food for everyone!) and they are slightly on the pricey side, we feel that this is fair in favour of providing quality catered food for our guests.

Their follow up service and communications is impeccable, and Kelly, the lady whom I liaised with - was extremely accommodating to our requests. Delivery was slightly earlier than agreed upon, but it was a small matter as the set up guy informed me that they gave allowance for traffic conditions. He was also polite, and had everything set up in about 15 minutes (all by himself)!

Pick up time was supposed to be at 8.15pm, but he informed us that should the party run late - to just give him a call and he will swing by later instead. He wished us an enjoyable time before he left, and even sends his regards to the birthday boy. I understand that the catering market is competitive and perhaps they have been instructed to provide service above and beyond the call of duty, but I was really impressed, and set a positive tone for the party.


The Birthday Cake

In keeping with the Lego theme, I asked my long time friend Christina of Baking Bees to specially create a Lego themed cake for us. I wanted something simple yet fun, and since at two years of age our dear boy understands a lot of things... it also has to be a cake that will 'wow' him.

Christina baked cupcakes for BabyMoo's goody bags on his 1st birthday and did not disappoint, so I was more than happy to leave the task in her capable hands.

And look what she came up with! Two Lego blocks made up of three layers of blackforest cake covered in fondant, in bright yellow and striking red!





Needless to say, BabyMoo was extremely happy with his cake, and kept going 'WowowowowWOW'!

The Birthday Song


When everyone started singing him the Birthday Song, BabyMoo acted all coy!

The Goody Bags

I'm very particular when it comes to goody bags, and will try to provide one which will make the kids AND their parents happy to receive. So I would give the kids what I would like the boy to receive in a goody bag.

The challenge was to think of a gift which is non gender specific, and fits with the theme, so after a little research on the net, I decided to include 2 Lego-block photo frames, one as a fridge magnet, and another as a standing one, plus 4 little Lego block magnets.

I initially did not want to include chocolates or candies, but at the very last minute, I decided to put in some. I think that it will make the kids happier since chances are, they would have come to associate party favours with it. I didn't want them to anticipate or expect, and find none at all.

I had a little problem trying to find clear plastic bags, since most of those for goody bags have really awful cartoon characters, hearts or flowers on them, but I eventually managed to find some at a neighbourhood shop. Problem is they don't sell loose ones, so now I'm stuck with 460 clear bags... after deducting what I used.

This also meant that I would have to find a little bag to put both the Lego frames / magnets and the party treats in. I stumbled upon a party planning site run by a mumpreuneur, and was extremely pleased that she knew exactly what I had in mind, even without me going into much graphic details in my first email correspondence. Browsing her site, testimonials and portfolio - I could see that she really took into account little details to fit into each theme. Yen Leng from Party with Eva (named after her adorable daughter) is able to customise everything from party favours to planning the entire party for you! I ordered little bags in Lego colours, provided her the Legoman head graphic, and gave her the list of names for the bag. Ten days later - I collected the bags, and true enough - each bag was painstakingly hand made!




The Birthday Boy






He had so much fun!



For all who came to celebrate BabyMoo's birthday, thank you for making the day a wonderful one for him.
We hope you had as much fun as we did!



A special thank you goes out to Adeline of The Accidental Mom Blogger and Nadia of Itchyfingers for the fabulous pics!

30 comments :

  1. wow...love the cake & the goody bags. Really very nice, hmm..now u got me thinking about the party planning for the children this year :)

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    1. Must do! It's super fun... and when you see their faces, it will be absolutely worth it!

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  2. Love the party pictures. Great looking cake and goody pack :)

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    1. Thanks, Dom! The cake tastes fab, too!

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  3. Wah so cool! Love the party favors :)

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    1. Thanks, Mad! *I* love them too! Hahaha!

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  4. Looks like a great party! Love the smile on Caden's face - happiness! Happy birthday, Caden! Sorry we couldn't be there, but so glad you had fun!

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    1. Thanks, Cin! Next year, ya? IF we decide to celebrate his 3rd! *headache*

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  5. If you didn't know, I set up 'Kaypoh photography" mah. Hehehe :p happy to capture different perspective from Nadia! You had double the choices! Lucky you lor.

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    1. Eh... Kaypoh Photography sounds good leh! So uniquely Singaporean, and it's really a peek into the event!

      Yes - C is a very lucky boy (to have such a great Mum! hehehe)

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  6. Lucky baby! What a great party that was! Happy birthday baby moo! :)

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  7. Lucky baby! What a great party that was! Happy birthday baby moo! :)

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  8. Lucky baby! What a great party that was! Happy birthday baby moo! :)

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  9. Happy birthday Caden! :) That looked like an awesome party, and those goody bags and their contents looked fab! Big pat on the bag for planning everything so well! (Guess you can use the remaining clear bags for subsequent parties until he's too cool for mummy to plan his next time?)

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    1. Thanks Auntie J!

      Yes... I think I'll be able to find use for them, IF I decide to plan for the rest of his birthdays. Hahaha!

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  10. Happy BD Baby Moo! :)

    That looks like a well-constructed party! :p
    and happy colours too! Superb party favours :p
    Well done Mummy! Love the smiles too

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  11. So sad we couldn't go :( DinoBoy will be happy to meet & make so many new friends!

    Happy Birthday BabyMoo! Come Auntie Jenn kiss kiss you *muackzzzz*

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    1. Ya... it was very unfortunate, indeed, Jen! I'm sure there will be lots of opportunity next time, lah!

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  12. Cool party! Can auntie have a goody bag too pleeeeease? :P

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    1. Yes, Auntie shall certainly get one! Hehehe

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  13. Wah! What a fab party! I love the party packs - wah liddat you stressing meeeee out! :P

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  14. Wah! What a fab party! I love the party packs - wah liddat you stressing meeeee out! :P

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    1. Eh... I think you did fine yesterday!! :D

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  15. Hi, may i know where did you get the lego photo frame?
    Thank you.

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    1. Hi there,

      If you could kindly email me at mail2regina@gmail.com - I will be pleased to let you know in detail.

      Cheers!

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  16. Thanks for all the birthday wishes! :) Cheers to a great year ahead for BabyMoo, and many more happy ones to come.

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