Monday, December 10, 2012

Open your mouth...hahaha!

 "Last Sunday was a day of pride for us. Firstly, because my little one turned one honoring me to be a  mother of toddler now. Secondly, because we managed to pull a grand get together for the first time :)
Its true that big job counts but you can't negate the fact that every small job if done well - means a lot! ;) (Courtesy: The Bee movie - my LO's current favorite). We started planning for the birthday bash one month in advance - settling on the theme to the invitations and the food. Though, coping with caterers and last moment coverups due to careless vendors was a nightmarish experience but at the end of the day we sure had loads of compliments and untethered smiles.
We started with the theme based on my daughter's favorite characters - Monkey, Duck and Bee, we settled on duck. So, that decided the decor to be in yellow, white and voilet.
With a vague idea of what we wished the party to be like, we contacted many event organisers before we settled on Dream Events. The team was hardworking and creative. They took care of decor and entertainment. Invitations, music and catering was our call as it was something which was becoming difficult to settle on with the event manager.

My husband managed his department of invitations, catering and music creatively well.  Invitations on duck theme was a challenge but all credits to his photoshoping skills, where he designed and got them printed at Kodak.

 Catering was by a known and recommended caterer in town with veg and non veg course. Over that, I arranged for some duck bites in small paper cup with salty biscuits and fruit chews.

Father of the b'day girl had a special surprise arrangement of a projector for screening a movie capturing all the kids who were invited for the party along with few famous nursery rhymes and tracks. It turned out to be the most personalized arrangement for the party and treat for the babies and the parents.

 Starting with my department - the couture for the princess, we didn't want to invest on frilly fairy frocks so instead we got a dress from UCB with yellow sandals, a matching hairpin with black stockings.

Return gifts were a combination 4-pc puzzles on farm animals/pet animals/transport- guess a decent choice for the age group. The gifts were wrapped in gift paper with a yellow ribbon on top.

Then the birthday cake was themed as well. It was a yummy butterscotch butter cake with ducks on top.

For the decor, we had a flex on stage with duck cut outs in-front and on round tables. There was a flex message board at second entrance and a cottage board at the main entrance.

We successfully checked on the two of the three important aspects of a first birthday party -
1. Ambience
2. Food

What we lagged on was the strategy to pep up the mood of the birthday girl as she was upset to be surrounded by so many guests :(
But, the guests tried their best to keep us pepped up by enjoying the party to the fullest by being kids with the kids :)
  Yes, last but not the least to acknowledge we were honored with gifts from the friends adding to my daughter's collection and what she gave in return was big-mouthed hah aha with her 3 teeth shining (courtesy: Johny Johny)  :)
Well this one turned out to be 'Big First Birthday Bash' ending with a thank you note and the cake for the guests who couldn't come. Tiring though, we were happy at the end and hoped to have rocking birthday bashes in several years to come for our little princess. 

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