Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In preparation for a grand ball

When it comes to girls parties, you can never go wrong with fairies; princesses; diva. But then it also depends on the age of the child.
After mei-mei's birthday, che-che did say she also wanted a Little Einstein birthday - which I DID give her a HARD STARE. Little Einstein for her age?? In my mind, I had an idea in mind.. and whether that idea turns into reality depends on a couple of factors.
1 month went by, then followed by weeks. 2 weeks before her celebration in school I was still considering if we should have a party for her outside. On her concert day, 15th, I decided to let her have it.
After the celebration in school the next day, I went down to Curly & Spike to make my deposit.
It was rather untimely too that she was only left with one more school day on Thursday. And then her P2 year is over!
Informed friends by SMS and in the night, printed out invite. I told you I had the idea in my mind so everything was a breeze.
Ahem... maybe that was what I thought. In reality, it was no joke preparing everything in 6 days for a party.

16th - Tuesday
Night time printed out her birthday ball invite, following the same Tiara Club book format. Keke! So, now you know it's based on a Princess theme. I can't do a Disney Princess because she's way too old for them so Tiara Club is the next best solution.
Maybe abit bor-liao, wanting to add something else in the invitation (like I did a pass for her Dora party) so added this typed Temporary Membership Card.

Weeks before I had purchased this online to standby. I mainly used it for decorations. Though it helped a little, I've to sacrifice my beauty sleep to print, cut and assemble. I didn't get to use the banner in the end coz' the place had it decorated well beyond my expectation. Not wanting to throw away my wasted effort * think my sacrificed sleep* - I asked KZ to put them up in her room. It matches their room, don't you think?
The wordings were printed out in my own format and glued.
Oh! They didn't have this bottle label so I did this myself, scanning out pic and re-doing everything. Forgot to take pics during the party, so I have this miserably-taken photo under dimmed lights in my kitchen
And I'm extremely pleased at how everything turned out. Sweet pink.
Ooh.. just gotta use my mold. I have one castle mold but it didn't turn out as nice as what I had expected, so I used back this same crown as I did for Aricia's party 2 years back. Again, using the scanned pic, did the text and did a label
Prepared some pretzels (forgot to take pics), covered a popcorn canister, did a label for the rocher chocolate. Did the card tags for food etc..
Did these cutlery packs too! Okay... I'm crazy, I look too much into details already
More editing and printing over the next few days. Everyone knows that I like personalised things, since I still had my template from the Hello Kitty celebration I did the same for this party. I love the way the labels turned out, all DIY-ed from scratch (which only this crazy mother would do for her children)
Honestly, anyone would feel tired. But then ... I always feel so challenged to make things look asthestically nice.
Cake - No intention to have it done outside since it's going to be a small party. Will end up with lots of extras. And I certainly don't need the extras fats too! The cupcake picks all ready to be dived into chocolate-ty cuppies.
23rd (Monday)
I sent Ari to school in the morning, so was a busy mother going from school-home-school. I packed in the cupcake sticks in a bag.

Since the day I drop the invite, only once did I have the time & opportunity to scour the whole mall trying to look for something. One last try today, if luck has it that I will not be able to find it -then I'll drop the whole idea.
And I did! Yippee! Those tiaras that I have seen before are very expensive. And boy! am I glad I found these cute tiaras at $7.90 each. They have even smaller ones but I didn't like it. When I said it's cheap, one mummy commented "this is cheap?" Ok, so my dear friends .. please take good care of the tiara I gave your girls.

Photo taken with her 2 of her current collection.
I love the myriad of colours on each tiara. Of course my girls had special privilege, they chose what they wanted. And I bought them 2 each.
Pop by the party shop upstairs and manage to find these for the 2 boys.
Prepared buttercream for the cuppies in the afternoon.

Arranged for her Berries class in the evening. While waiting, I was cutting the goody bag tags.
24th (Tuesday)
One last try to find the titles of the books on the girls' list. I asked their mummies for their girl's desired book title/s from The Tiara Club series.
I didn't have such luck with Popular. Went to 2 different outlets (Fri went to Compass Pt, today went to Tampines Mall) on different days and they carry .. the old stock? Want to cry already.. I don't have time to try other bookstores. My birthday girl have all the titles they have on their shelves. Ended up buying her Roald Dahl books instead.

Afternoon : baked cuppies. I really miss baking!

Evening time was preparing the last 2 batch of crown chocolate when KZ reminded me about birthday girl's birthday dress. OMG! I actually forgot to buy her her birthday dress?!?!?! Rushed out to nearby Compass Pt.

She's all excited for next day's event. I'm tired but had to persevere on. I haven't pack their goody bags yet. Argh!
Back home, rushed through dinner, continued with the incomplete crown chocolates; then packed the kids' bags

In girls' bag :
1) Princess scrapbooking sticker
2) Princess notebook
3) Princess-y theme cute rubber band
4) Crown Chocolate
5) Nail Sticker
6) Book
(note: I didn't put in snacks except for the chocolate. Didn't want to overload kids with unhealthy stuffs - Haha! look who's talking?!)

For boys : Wanted to keep to a theme - Ben10. But books were too wordy for the 2 young boys. So their goody bag are rather chapalan kind
1) Outer Space scrapbooking sticker
2) rubber band
3) chocolate (can't be bothered to change. Moreover I do not have any mold of that transport category)
4) Thomas book
5) Thomas snack
6) Stationery set

*yawns* 2+ in the morning.. I need to get up early tomorrow

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