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When mummies become party planners

When my twins Mysha and Myreen told me that they wanted to have a big birthday bash for their 8th birthday, it was double trouble. I actually secretly cringed, you know? Okay okay, so bad of me. But as we all know it, it’s never easy to plan for a birthday party. It’s a lot of hard work. It requires a lot of time, patience and dedication.

But then again, their big Sister Sharleez had her big bash last year while her twin sisters watched in envy. So like it or not, I had to comply and plan for the twins’ birthday bash this year. I needed to get this over and done with so that they would not keep asking for a birthday party. Besides, when you are a parent, it’s all about fairness and equality. Are you with me?

Now, the twins will always celebrate their birthday together with Shan every year because their birthday is just a day apart. So it has more or less become a tradition to celebrate together.

Mysha even said this to me, “Mummy, can we still celebrate with Shan? Can we have our party together? It’s not fun without him!”

So nice to see the strong bond my kids and Nurul’s have!

Needless to say, this year was no different. When I told Nurul that I would be doing a birthday bash, she told me that she wanted to do one for Shan as well.

“Let’s combine party ah!” we thought.

But do you want to know the best part? Nurul and I decided to do the decor for the kids ourselves this time round instead of engaging someone else to do it for us. Besides, Sprinkie Parties was not available to do the party décor for us. Boohoo.

The twins wanted a Harry Potter theme whereas Shan wanted a Snake themed party.

So it was going to be two themed parties within one venue.

And just like Sharleez’s party, this one was going to be like a carnival with booths for the kids!

HOW EXCITING! 

But what about the guests then?

To be fair to the guests (so that they did not have to bring THREE GIFTS), we decided to have our own guest list. So in other words,

Nurul invited her own guests/friends for Shan’s party and I invited my own guests/friends for the twins’ party.

So thoughtful of us, right?

Don’t worry, we understand.

We started to plan for the party like about two to three weeks before. It was a pretty last minute decision of ours. BAD MISTAKE. It was madness as Nurul was quite busy with her shooting. But despite it all, we both still made time because hey, we were doing it for our kids. Of course we would want the best for them. It was quite chaotic as we are both not party planners to begin with, but the chaos made it all the more fun and funny! Truth be told, we actually had lots of fun planning and searching for the decor stuff. It was also a good bonding period for Nurul and I as we had been too busy prior to that to even make time for each other.

For every birthday, the thing that I always look forward to doing is their goody bags for my kids! I am not really a fan of those pre- packed goody bags. I prefer making them from scratch albeit the extra effort and cost.

So since the chosen theme was Harry Potter, I did my research and once I figured out the perfect goody bag for the twins, I bought the materials and designed the necessary artwork.

I spent quite some time on the goody bags, but because every goody bag was designed from scratch, I got my girls, husband and helped to help out! Even my dad volunteered to help out by cutting out the stickers for me! Now that we have Shakeel, I can no longer be as efficient as before. So of course I will appreciate all the extra help I can get.

These are the goody bags! I did the artwork for the ties, logos, labels and collar. Printed them out as stickers to be pasted on the otherwise plain black paper bag.

 

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As for the goodies, I labeled them as below:

Chocolate frogs

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Flavor Beans

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Jelly Slugs

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Ageing Potion

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And these are Shan’s goody bags, done by his mummy of course!

 

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Mak volunteered to cook for the party because #AzizahCanCook, remember? She was like, “No need to find caterer lah! I want to cook for them!”

It’s always nice when family members are so ready and eager to help out in whatever ways they can, and I know I can always count on my family for that! Thank you Roslans!

Truth be told, I really could not wait for the birthday party because I was raring to do the decor!

This was the decor Tatek and I did for Mysha and Myreen’s Harry Potter themed party.

 

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Not that bad, right?

My twins were so proud of me and praised me endlessly when they saw the decor! That was enough to make my day. 🙂

And Shan was super elated to see his snake décor all done up for him by his mummy!

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(LOOK AT SHAISTA’S FACE! LOLOLOL)

 

So how do you actually for plan a birthday bash and what are the party services available?

I am going to list down everything for you (i.e. the party services we engaged) for your easy reference and planning should you need to plan for your little one’s birthday bash!

(You can thank me later!)

 

Costumes

Now, it would be ridiculous to buy a Harry Potter or Hogwarts outfit for myself and Tatek. I mean, what would we do with the costumes after the party? So just like the previous parties, I rented our costumes from No.1 Costume 

 

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Birthday Invites

I had the invites for Mysha and Myreen done by Sprinkie Parties because Ili (the big boss of Sprinkie Parties) knows Harry Potter better than I do!

Thanks Sprinkie Parties!

 

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For your party needs, you can look for them:

IG: @sprinkieparties

Website: www.sprinkieparties.com

Email: hello@sprinkieparties.com

Visit them at 60 Joo Chiat Road #01-04

 

Photography:

I have engaged the services of Pink Elephant Labs once for Sharleez’s birthday party and I really liked the quality of the photos they took! Their photos are always so bright and happy looking, perfect for kids’ parties!

I then took a family studio shoot with Pink Elephant Labs for my previous blog layout!

So it’s not a surprise if Pink Elephant Labs was chosen yet again for the twins and Shan’s birthday party!

My dear friend Indriana from Pink Elephant Labs did not disappoint as usual! I liked how dedicated she was in ensuring that she got the shot of every single detail at the party! And she was  so accommodating! I remember always interrupting her and asking her to get the shots of us with certain guests who were leaving.  She did it ever so readily.

So all the beautiful birthday shots you see in this post are by Pink Elephant Labs unless otherwise stated! (Some will be from i-phone)

Ohhh, Pink Elephant Labs also conducts photography lessons!

Look them up!

IG: @indie_bindi

Website: www.pinkelephantlabs.com

 

Photobooth

Our number one choice when it comes to photobooth has got to be Wishing Wand! Their photo quality, wide range of theme appropriate props, backdrops and the artwork they produce are just awesome! Everyone will never fail to look extra good in their photos!

Again, not our first time engaging the services of Wishing Wand!

These are the super wonderful and kind bosses of Wishing Wand!

 

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And just look at these pretty bookmarks! I call this effort, Wishing Wand!

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Need a photobooth for your party, wedding or event?

May I recommend you Wishing Wand and only Wishing Wand?

IG @wishingwand

FB Wishing Wand

WEBSITE : www.wishingwand.sg

Contact: 9733 4802

 

Balloons

For the loose helium balloon and big balloon arch, we chose Wheebake by MagikPlanner!

If you are looking for under one roof party packages, you should consider Wheebake!

The services they provide include:

  • Dessert Tables
  • Party Food
  • Balloons
  • Balloon Sculpting
  • Photobooth

 

They also provide event rentals like:

  • Backdrop stands
  • Chairs
  • Table
  • Clothing racks
  • Mannequins
  • Shelves

 

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Once again, not my first time working with Wheebake by MagikPlanner.

Contact: 66356693

Website: www.wheebake.com

IG: @wheebake

 

Henna & Face Painting

This is a must have for every kid’s party – Henna & Face Painting!

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Kids just loooooooooooove to get their hands and face stained but only at parties can they do so without being questioned by their parents! LOL.

My  girls are currently into henna, so they were really excited when they saw the Henna booth!

All they needed to do was to choose a design they liked before getting it henna-ed on their hand. The henna took less than 30 minutes to dry up but once dry, all they needed to do was to peel it off! So fuss free and really suitable for kids!

 

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And oh, the henna lasted for a week!

Thank you Tarted Skin Stains for the henna and face painting!

 

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Tarted Skin Stains have party packages ranging from $220 to $550 for your consideration!

*Face & Body Painting*

1hr service
Average of 10 – 12 kids per hour

  • Henna ($80)
  • Face painting ($85)
  • Glitter Tattoo ($85)
  • Airbrush Tattoo ($90)

Games (45mins) + Prize Giving (15mins) + Cake Cutting (15mins) – $150

Handmade Deco Props – ranging $150 to $350

Art Batik Painting (Tote Bag) – $17/child
Includes materials (aprons , brushes , etc) and 2 certified art trainers
1hr service + 15mins (instructions to be given to parents and kids)

Live Popcorn – $125
free flow

How to find them?

IG: @tartedskinstains

Contact: 94592264/ 93397623

 

Popcorn & Candyfloss machines + Chocolate Fountain

What’s a party without candy floss and popcorn?

So we decided to engage the services of Sequin Events & Co this time for popcorn and candy floss live stations!

Throughout the entire party, guests (especially the kids) enjoyed free flow of fluffy candy floss and crunchy rainbow popcorn!

With the helpful staff stationed at the respective machines, we did not have to worry about anything at all!

 

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Besides the candy floss and popcorn machines, we also had Chocolate Fountain for the guests! Chocolate fountain is a beautiful centrepiece for any event, and is especially ideal for children’s parties.  It was definitely a hit because the guests kept coming to the Chocolate Fountain station for their chocolate treats!

The dipping treats were marshmallows and fresh fruits, to name a few.

 

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Thank you Sequin Events & Co for ensuring that everything went smoothly, and for your friendly services!

Besides birthday parties, Sequin Events & Co also cater to weddings and corporate events! They are definitely not newbies in the industry as they have done sooooooooo many events!

Sequin Events & Co are currently having a special promotion for 2016 and 2017 weddings!

Do check them out!

FB: Sequin Events & Co

Contact: 90099601

 

Birthday Cake

I have always wanted to try out Lynn’s Cakes over a cup of latte at her bakery cafe but I have yet to do so until now. But I have seen her wonderful cake designs time and time again and I told myself that I must engage her services for the twins’ birthday party!

True enough, Lynn delivered more than what Nurul and I expected for the kids’ birthday cakes!

I like how professional and efficient yet funny Lynn was throughout our discussions!

WANT TO SEE THE BIRTHDAY CAKES?

This was Mysha’s cake.

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This was Myreen’s.

JUST LOOK AT THE SUGAR OWL! IT LOOKS SOOOOOO REAL, DOESN’T IT?

 

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Superbly done!

MY GIRLS WERE EXTREMELY PLEASED WITH THEIR BIRTHDAY CAKE!

And this was Shan’s!

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She did these cute Snake Cupcakes too for Shan’s class party!

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Okay sometimes, cakes can be so pretty looking but when you finally taste them, you would end up disappointed. Too sweet or too hard.

But Lynn’s cakes did not disappoint at all! Cake was really soft and not too sweet! Fondant was not too hard or too sweet.  For the first time ever, I actually ate a cake together with the fondant WITHOUT LOOKING FOR A GLASS OF PLAIN WATER THEREAFTER!

Thank you so much Lynn’s Cakes!

And oh, you can ask visit Lynn’s Cake & Coffee at 11 Eng Kong Terrace Singapore 598983 for your brunch or afternoon tea!

Visit their website to find out more by clicking HERE!

Tel : 63142886

Email : hello@lynnscakes.com.sg

Facebook : Lynns Cakes

Instagram : @LynnsCakesSg

 

Desserts

1. Wheebake by MagikPlanner

Another cafe that I have yet to visit will be Wheebake!

Meanwhile, we had party desserts from Wheebake for the party! They do have a wide range of party desserts which include:

  • Kueh Bakar Lauk
  • Mini Black Pepper Chicken Burger
  • Mini Donuts
  • Ondeh-ondeh
  • Ondeh-ondeh cupcakes
  • Curry puffs

 

SOOOOOOOO NICE, YOU KNOW?

 

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Visit them for a cup of coffee and some of their desserts!

415 Pandan Gardens #01-114

11:00AM – 6:00PM

Website: www.wheebake.com

FB: Wheebake

IG: @wheebake

 

2. Chocolate Mousse by Che’Wan

 

These Chocolate Mousse treats, you must try!

I repeat, YOU MUST TRY!

The treat comes in a small cup, filled with moist chocolate mousse.

The toppings are:

Oreo (2 different flavours)
Sprinklers
Panda biscuits with Crushed Almond nuts

 

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Even after the party, I had it once or twice a day until everything was gone! I am so going to order more!

How to order?

IG: @bachelorbakes OR @dapurberasapchewan

Contact: 85004037

 

3. Nutella Pods

 

Anything Nutella is always a hit! So were these Nutella pods!

It was Nurul’s second time ordering it and you know a repeat order is always good!

 

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Special thanks to @bakes_by_ny

Website: www.bakesbyny.com

Whatsapp: 81233953

 

Keychains

We had personalized keychains as one of the contents for the kids’ goody bags!

I have to thank Intan Armelia for these keychains.

Besides keychain, you can also opt for a name badge instead, with a theme of your choice!

Mysha and Myreen had Hogwarts keychains for all their classmates!

 

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Shan on the other hand, had snake themed keychains for his classmates!

 

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To find out more about personalized keychains, badges and more,

IG: @lovecreatez

Contact: 9655 6543

 

Shakeel’s robe

Now that I have a little baby, every event or party will mean that I have to think of one additional person to dress up. And since Shakeel is still so tiny and cute, I had a hard time finding a Harry Potter robe for him! So I thought I should get it sewn to his size instead. But who could actually do it for me?

 

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Special thanks to Farasya SG for sewing this robe for Shakeel in the correct cooling material!

FB: Farasya SG 

IG: @farasyasg

 

Science Experiment:

What’s a Harry Potter party without spells and potions?

Hence, I decided to engage the services of Mad Science Experiment for the twins’ party!

 

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Mad Scientist has a lot of experiments and themes available for birthday parties!

I chose Young Wizards for a very obvious reason. 

For this theme, Mad Science revealed the science behind spells and potions!

During this one hour session, children learnt all the science behind wizardry including:

Wands – The Mad Scientist created lightning bolts from the Electric Wand, and lighted a fire with it! Then Lumos wands mysteriously emitted their own glow!

Indoor fireworks display – kids learnt how adding different metals to fire changes the colour of the flames.

Lucky volunteers then helped the Mad Scientist brew Mystic Potions with Ice from the Mystic Cave of Yaaaaaaar, and other ‘mystic’ ingredients like hen’s bile, Yolk of Dragons Egg, pure water from the river Tigris and Euphrates, rat’s tooth powder and more!

The kids even met the screeching spoon and encountered Voldemorts Volcano of Foam.

Finally, everyone got the chance to make and take home slime that glows – using Troll’s blood!

 

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Definitely a hit, especially with the bigger kids!

Mad Science will bring all the experiments to set up at your venue of choice. All you have to do is book the venue and invite the kids, and they will provide the entertainment!

They even have the following themes:

  • Space Frontiers
  • Icky Gooey Bubbly
  • Dinosaurs
  • Winter Wonder Lab
  • Air-Blast
  • Reactions in Action
  • Mad About Blue

 

Click HERE to read more!

Besides birthday parties, Mad Science also conducts the following:

Workshops

Holiday Camp

Pre-School Program

AfterSchool Program

Corporate & Special Events

Details:

Mad Science Singapore

Contact: (65) 9760 5285

Website: www.singapore.madscience.org

 

Snake Charmer:

Since Shan’s theme was Snake, Nurul decided to engage the services of the one and only snake charmer Yusuf Ular to especially surprise Shan!

Shan is really into animals so we were pretty sure he would be so pleased with this!

 

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Every single guest was super attentive during his segment because hey, it’s not everytime that you get to see real snakes during a birthday party!

 

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Yusuf Ular showed the guests the different types of snakes he owns, which includes the King Cobra!

ssssssssssssSCARY!

 

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Definitely a very happy moment for Shan! I could see how he was beaming and smiling from ear to ear!

 

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Every guest even had the opportunity to take photos with the python!

 

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To enquire more about his services, you can contact Yusuf Ular at 93525094

 

Food by #AzizahCanCook

 

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Nurul and I actually requested for just a simple menu for the guests. But my mum being my mum, kept adding on to the list and ended up cooking quite a feast for the guests. I know she will do anything to make her grandchildren really happy on their big day.

Thank you Mak and Daddy for the generous spread of food! We can never thank you enough for always giving your best to our kids.

To order their weekly SuperShiok Nasi Ambeng, you can do so via the following methods:

  1. Website www.shiokuntilblur.com
  2. My dad’s FB (Roslan Kadir)
  3. My dad’s IG (@lanchilicrab)
  4. My FB (Diah Mastura)

 

Wand Making

I am indeed lucky to have those few friends who will go the extra mile for me and my family!

 

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Nura (the big boss of Pearlista salon for Muslimahs) for instance, sent me a message weeks before the birthday party and told me that her daughter Nyla (who is a well-known kid actress and host) is a big fan of Harry Potter and would like to volunteer and teach wand making to the little guests! I was sooooo touched by her kind gesture! So Nyla was given one special booth during the party for her to teach wand making!

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Look at all the materials above which Nyla prepared! Really, really, so sweet of her!

And then, there is also my good friend, Sabby. Her hubby and her were there early to help us with the preparations! I can never thank her enough because she is one person I can always rely on anytime and anyday!

Big thank you to all the guests for making time to attend the party! I am sorry that I did not invite a lot and I am sorry if I missed anyone out. Even though it was a birthday bash, I wanted to celebrate the girls to celebrate it people who matter to them and us, hence the limited number of guests. I am seriously done with this whole “invite for the sake of inviting” game. HAHAHA.

And I am sorry that I have yet to include pictures of the guests in this post. I have yet to choose the pictures! Will gradually add them once I have done so and tag you lovely people! 🙂

Thank you once again to my family members for being there for us, and for making our kids happy always.

 

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Lastly, thank you to my partner in crime, Lulu Aini. I can never find a better working partner because both of us know each other just toooooooo well! While planning for the party, we both agreed that we make a great team in anything and everything!

 

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The kids even named us MUMMIES PARTIES!

Hahahahahahaahahahahah.

The party was a result of our love and hard work for our kids.

We were glad we did it.

NO REGRETS AT ALL!

 

 

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The happy faces on all of the kids?

 

Priceless!

 

Happy turning 8 to my precious twins, Mysha & Myreen!

 

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Happy turning 6 to my dearest nephew, Shan Ehan!

 

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Love all of youuuuuuuuuuuu!

 

 

 

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