Earlier this year we decided that we wouldn’t throw a party for our mr.two since last year pretty much tired us out and we had a really good run.
…Till early March we received a message, and then two and a few more …asking if they’ve missed Liam’s birthday or if there was going to be one.
The flurry of questions started to spark my enthusiasm to put together a party. But alas with the insane long-going humidity and haze, I was hesitant. Our mr.two loved the outdoors and it was without question that if there was going to be a celebration regardless how simple, it was going to be non-indoors. There were some back up cafés and indoor playgrounds in mind but the thought of squeezing our guests with the weekend playground crowd? Nah.
And so up till the 3rd week of Mar I continued replying messages that there probably wasn’t going to be a party unless the weather improves. I did get friends to tentatively block a date/time just in case we ended up having an impromptu one at home. Must have been a sign when it started to rain the following day, and the next, and the day after. The weather improved so tremendously that it felt so right to start revisiting party plans. Coincidentally Liam had been watching the topic of “birthdays” on Elmo’s World. And so when he asked for an “Elmo cake please…mummy?” with those earnest eyes, I had to oblige.
With the theme set, I knew the exact venue of choice. It was simple, no frills, outdoors chill-out spot which had ample parking and came with a well maintained playground. The main highlight was the kiddos getting to hang-out and get some pet fish home – somewhat like a Elmo & Dorothy relationship and I knew that would absolutely drive my birthday boy in excitement.
An invite was quickly conceptualized and sent out to a very shaven-down-from-last-year’s guest list. Because it was so last minute, we didn’t expect everyone to unanimously RSVP on the spot but they did.
God sent along more angels in the form of girlfriends who offered their assistance in designing and running errands in ways unexpected. It was amusing to see how excited they were to assist in the party plans 🙂 And I honestly think that I wouldn’t have been able to put anything together if not for them. From support to helping me run to various shops to get the stock which I had reserve to constant naggings reminding me to rest; they were like mother hens! Yet I couldn’t be more grateful for these well-intentioned hens!
We kicked off the weekend with a simple celebration at school today with Liam and his classmates. I was so tickled to see him waiting anxiously and excitedly through photos another classmate’s mum had taken and sent to me while I was battling the insane orchard road jam to get to the school. And when he saw me and the Bo walked into his classroom with a cake, his face lighted up and went “cake! Cake!”. Unbelievable just how a year ago he wasn’t at all interested in a cake and blowing out a candle and now, this actually made his day!
Tomorrow will have us celebrating his birthday with cousins and friends from his julia gabriel terms (they’ve been classmates for a year now!) and I can’t wait to see how that turns out…with all the late nights I’ve been keeping at my attempts to DIY the party as much as possible. I pray for lovely weather, the birthday boy to have the perfect nap prelude to the party and for everyone to have a smashing good time.
Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend! xx