October is fast approaching and that means my little girl is turning another year older. Around this time of year, the wheels in my brain are already turning as I try to cook up a birthday celebration that’s going to be fun, memorable and well-executed. The “well-executed” part is the events person in me talking.
On Tala’s first birthday, we made it a butterfly-themed party. These were some of my favorite images from the party.
(Left to Right) Customized butterfly piñata, host dressed as a butterfly, butterfly facepainting and our own version of pin the tail on the donkey but with a twist. We called it “pin the butterfly on the flower”. Ha. Cheesy.
For her second birthday, we decided to do a lady bug theme.These were some of my favorite details from that party.
I absolutely adored that cake by Big Tummy Cakes! It was affordable, pretty and yummy. We had a ladybug themed kiddie game (I don’t remember the mechanics) and of course, that’s the little girl in her ladybug costume and me. That pic shows that I was at my heaviest last year.
The little girl’s birthday is coming up so for this year’s theme, I came up with this mood board which shows the look I’d like to achieve for her birthday. Yes this year, it’s all about the rainbows.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not going to be a big party at all. Nothing like the first two parties where I booked the clubhouse, hired a caterer and did the whole shebang including cue cards for the hosts, a well-thought out program and a carefully selected party playlist. I know, I can get a little carried away sometimes. It’s hard not do. Kiddie parties are a lot of fun. You get lost in the details.
This year, she’ll have two mini parties, one in school during recess with her 6 classmates and one at home with family, close friends and some of the neighborhood kids. But even if we’re making things a lot simpler this year, I think as per tradition it would still be fun to tie in everything with a nice theme. This year, instead of buying ready made stuff, I plan to DIY everything. If only I could bake, I would even make the cake from scratch. But I already found the perfect supplier for the rainbow cake who happens to be a young home-baker in QC. The cake isn’t actually as perfectly shaped as the one that you see in the moodboard. It really looks homemade which is why I love it more. It has so much character. It will be perfect.
I’m sure you’re starting to see a pattern. The husband and I try to veer away from party themes with cartoon characters. Although I’m pretty sure the inevitable is going to happen eventually. We’re just trying to hold off on that as much as we can. Once the little girl starts demanding for her Dora, Sesame Street or Hi-5, we’ll have to give in sooner or later.
Speaking of the little girl’s birthday, It was such a pleasant surprise when the little girl received an early birthday card in the mail! It’s from Familia Kiki of http://madammisismummy.wordpress.com/! Thank you for this card and for Aki’s pic, it’s the sweetest thing ever! Aki is also an October celebrant. Oh what fun!