Mia and Mike Birthday Party 2011

We decided to throw a combined birthday party for Mia and Mike over the weekends. We were occupied on their birth month (September) for few reason – celebrated our Aidilfitri and the following month,we went Australia for holiday. So we decided December it is!

Previous party I throw for them can be seen here and here.

I asked Mia what theme she likes and her answer was- ” a rapunzel party mommy!pleaseeee” . Mike is still very into his Buzz Lightyear , and so of course it has to be a Toys Story theme! Since it’s a combined theme ( a little crazy there i must say)  I was happy it somehow matches in terms of color – purple (rapunzel) and green (buzz lightyear) . It was easy once I get the color combo and quickly work on what needed to be done.

This time around I plan to have games for the kids. One of it was the pinata. I was inspired with Jordan Ferney’s DIY pinata [here] and  as a sucker for DIY I just gotta try. Number 5 for my girl . I knew it, my husband’s old album boxes will come in handy one day and so we used that! Reuse Recycle ;P .  Bought purple and green crepe paper to work on it one step at a time. Mia even help out at one point but gave up as she feels ‘tired’  and wanted to do more important things (like watching her rapunzel movie for the nth time!) .

As in previous parties, I love giving something memorable for kids. Mia’s 3rd birthday we gave  chalkmats as favors and in previous year was a small pocket  bag. For this party I decided its best to make drawstring bags. Since there’ll be a pinata filled up with sweets, the bag will do ’em good 🙂 .

The last thing I don’t like in a birthday party is wasteful on food and cake! This year, we didn’t order one, except the green and purple swirls cupcakes.  On the day itself I asked a friend a help me to buy wondermilk’s medium size cupcakes and treat it as the ‘birthday cake’. Almost all cupcakes gone by the end of the party. So yay! nothing was wasted. Success 🙂

One new things I splurge for the party would be the Ikea’s curtain I bought a week ago. I couldnt help it falling in love with the garland pattern on it so I must have that as the photobooth backdrop. We’re happy everyone was sucha sport taking pictures and using our silly props. Most things are recycled from our previous party.

Oh I must add, weather was great too! It was gloomy at first, but it just stop there, no rain. KL has been raining almost every afternoon til evening. Boy am I glad it didnt rain on the day 🙂 Alhamdulillah!

All in all, my kids had an awesome time with their friends and so do we. And THANK YOU my lovely friends who came and made a joyous day. Bless you!

Pictures time 😉

she even gave out a thank you speech to all guest 🙂

pin the tail on bullseyes

Our Space Ranger – Buzz Mike-year ;p

Our Rapunzel girl

The Party DIY

– rapunzel cupcake topper – print out from here
– coloring pages, sun bunting,  rapunzel and toys story coloring pages, magnets(in the pinata)
– printable chevron thank you tags from here
-DIY rapunzel box – bought here
– DIY toys story – husband’s design
– handmade polkadots puple and green drawstring bags
– Number 5 Pinata

And what’s in kid’s goodie bag

That’s a wrap!

Super 5!

My girl was super happy with her birthday celebration done in school. It was a fun affairs gathered among her friends and teachers. It brings me such joy to make my daughter happy. Mom, Ted, myself and even small brother Mikey make way to her sister’s birthday.

The super rainbow cake by That Last Slice. So yummy, couple kids asked for another slice! Yerp thattttt good!

Something to make the girls pretty. My handmade fabric flowers for each cutie pie.

Party favors for the girls – hairclip, jelly, cloud 9 chocolate, small notebook (buku555) and pencil.

Party favors for the boys – a felt mustache, small notebook (buku555), pencil,  jelly and a cloud 9 chocolate. One item missing from kids goodies is yogurt drink.

Mia wrote her friends name in each goody bags. Credits and many thanks to Kiki for the free printable awesome tags [boy][girl]. It totally brings out the simplicity of the goody bags and  love it! 🙂

I love you Mia .

Finally dear farah!

On the day Farah send out emails to myself and her other closes friend to be her bridesmaids, I was thrill. Thrilled because she’s finally getting married! Thrilled we get to be her bridesmaid! And thrilled I indirectly get her closes friends emails  to set a plan with them to throw a bridal shower for her, which got everyone excited as well.Happy!

We’ve been exchanging ideas and suggestions over emails couple months back, and then finally February came without any one of us realise it, soon our dear farah will be getting married!

We then decided 14th of February would be it! M booked a spa room at Andana Glemarie for us girls to spend the whole day full of pampering! Farah was trick into believing to picked up M for a lunch date but was ‘surprise’ receiving a helpless phone call from her to come over the room. We had help from aunty (frm the spa-great acting btw!) informing M had a bad leg cramp. Farah parked her car at the entrance and was quickly rush to the room, and was freaking cluess why we were there! LOL.  She just couldn’t grab the idea how S and M know each other, and suddenly I pop-ed my head with a ‘surpriseeeeeee’. That was hilarious!

We had  ‘serious’ conversation, sharing ‘tips’, lotsa laughter on top of pampering from those massages, jacuzzi + bonus,food was yummers (damn those delish yee mee!). Each of us had not one, but two scoop of HäagenDazs. That kept us pweety happy! We ordered two movies, but rather than watching it we chat!

And yes, being a party lover – I volunteer making goodies bag which I sew a simple (orange & pink) felt purse, filled with lipgloss, panty liners & a  ‘smacking lips’ lollypop (idea taken here.TQ!). I add a tag I found in Eat Drink Chic to make it more personalize. Double awesome! As the theme was a Pink and Orange V-Day bridal shower. cliché i know. S helped out with her homemade mash potatoes p***s – looks damn real wei! LOL! (sorry wont publish the pic here)

Anyhoot, what matter most we make the bride-to-be the happiest girl alive! 🙂

those who don’t believe in magic will never find it – roald dahl” May u find the greatest magic in your marriage. Now Keep Calm and Marry On. ;p

I*heart* you babe!

p.s: am using clip art by pugly pixel. thank you Katrina!

Mia & Mike's Alphabet Birthday Party

I love my kids and I looove parties. On top of my office work and the house chores, yes I go commit myself with this ‘mini’ project some months ago. Yes, I prefer to plan ahead so not to get myself stress up the very last minute details ( but there still *was* when sumppljustdunudnerstdtorsvp ya know?!) Anyhow, organizing double M party was one hell of fun! The birthday girl was super happy the day finally came!

And since I love to make things I try to DIY as much as my mommy time permits.

Over couple of months, I’ve been exchanging ideas and party planning alot with Nadia. Good thing both of us share the same interest (+home decor + arts & crafts and the list goes onnnnn) and search whats best for our kids . She’s so resourceful. Thanks babe!

The alphabet theme came up because I feel since this year Mia started schooling, so obviously the first thing she learned in school is A B C 🙂 . Both my kids share the same birth month, again, it has to be a double celebration and alphabet theme fits best as its a neutral theme init?! Plus I need something as easy as abc to make and do too heh.

First and foremost, the birthday cake turns out just as I imagine it to be. Many thanks to Zurina’s cake. She’s genius! and easy to communicate with and prompt my emails and text messages fast. Totally recommendable.

I choose the colors pastel green,orange and pink as their party color theme. The color was based from the fabric that I sew for kid’s party favor bags. I was happy to get hold of the fabric when we were in Gold Coast.  Here’s a few things I make

-the scallop garland (yeah still a sucker!) and party garland ( get it here!)
-the pompoms (I’ve been meaning to find excuses to make this, what better way to use it during my kids party!) {tutorial here}
-the party favor bag ( brown for girls and blue for boys= filled with M&M’s chocolates, alpha crayon, pop up game, marshmallow; babies goody consists of coco crunch)
-the party hat {ideas here}
-the alphabet cups {thank you violet! – get it here }
-and  the alphabet crayons {tutorial ideas here and here}

Ted was awesome for helping out with the food labels, stickers and photo-booth. Most of our photo-booth prop’s are from Mia’s last year party.

This time around we have games. It was more for Mia’s friend rather than her baby brother, obviously. We had bowling, kids enjoyed that! and we have pin the pinwheels, where they are blind folded & had to walk up to pin at the right spot. Naturally all kids received a  gift token for each game. Every kids was such a sport!

And so, the must anticipated birthday party finally ended with on a happy note over the weekends. Above all, two major thing I must highlight here – I’m glad Mia and Mike was in their pink of health and secondly weather was sun shiny. Syukur! Because truthfully health and weather is beyond our control. So that is something to be grateful.

Dear friends and family who came, we couldn’t express how happy with your present on the day. Bless you soul! 🙂 Hope you had a great time at the party as much as I had fun planning it.

On another note, time flies super fast. Feels just like yesterday Mia w her baby talk and me heavily pregnant with Mike, and now my girl all grown up, being cheeky + silly is her best trait, sisterly love, independent and special with her own way. Mike on the other hand, is super active, adore his big sis and utterly cute little men whom I wanna snuggly & tickle every freaking seconds I get.

more party pictures in my flickr

Other ideas and great inspiration of alphabets party theme I found and very impress with their creation are :- {there’s more i missplace the link- will update tis!}

Dr Seuss Alphabet Party

pictures credits to husband

toodles. xx

Lovin December

Been pretty occupied with life – work, kids, house chores..ah the usuals. But on top of it all, am lovin all day in December! The Christmas, the long weekend breaks, the year end sale, the meeting up w old friends and latest, our first as family of four, a holiday up north-Kedah & Penang! Well, in fact we just got back yesterday and it was a blast! All we did was eat, eat, eat and EAT! tsk tsk My goodness heh.

kiddos mike and mia

The road trip was accompanied with two other family.Yeah, we just love traveling in groups, more fun that way. We first headed to Kedah where we attended our good friends wedding. Stayed one night in AS at the Star City Hotel.Good thing about this hotel the room was pretty cozy and it has free internet access! Not bad at all. That night, we went out w few other friends looking for good seafood.

Penang was our next destination. Stayed at The Royal Penang. Again, good hotel as well w free internet access too (err goes to show how lifeless well be w/o it uh hehe). Got ourself a promo rate, which was awesome, we’ll since we booked it months ago tho. As I mention, the trip was more of looking for good food and chilling around, which we did that aLOT. I must say, kids was just awesome. Mia behave quite well, which we ended buying her a so called doll house- which has mother + daughter barbie, a bike , slides and swings. She was s0 excited and thrilled that she quickly took off her shoes the moment we step in the hotel room. Yeah she headed to open and play w it. until late night. Mike was happy in his maxi cosi, in his snugg carrier, under my ketiak, well basically hes relatively easy to bring around lah. Except, when its under a hot hot sun that is.

xxx

Coming to year end, one Must to-do thing is looking for a calendar! For me that is. However, instead of searching for one, I plan to make one instead.  Hmmph, well sadly I haven’t materialize it. I have no one but myself to blame for freaking procastinate getting a new toner for the printer.Gah!

As for new year reso, gee…I do have fews, but someone told me it will only work if you keep it as a secret. So there,I’m keeping mine too. But  care to share yours? hehe .Anyhow, Have a great day ahead and Happy Happy New 2010!

Party for her

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So it was  last Saturday the party finally got materialize. Truth to be told,  we’ve been planning to throw her birthday party for quite  awhile, even before I was pregnant. Nevermind her actual birth date was some two months ago (Sept 9th), we feels she deserved to have at least one great party in her life heh! What more, at this age she begins to understand the whole blowing candles, singing birthday song, I couldn’t think of reason not to throw one for her.

Now being realistic, throwing a kid’s party these days ain’t cheap, so since we’re on a budget, we try to be creative and reasonable. We took months planning for it and did quite an extensive research on everything a three year old birthday party could ever have. This was one of the ‘project‘ I’ve been keeping myself occupied during my pregnancy months teehee.

Since it was an outdoor party, weather was our number one concern. Days leading up to her party, KL has been raining almost every evening! Everyday we prayed hard for the rain to stop but finally we decided it was better to move up the time (12pm!) in hope to avoid the heavy downpour in the evening.

That morning at around 10.30 am as we were busy assemble the tables, it  started to rain. I was this >close< to change the venue , but Ted was the +ve one who calm me down saying “look at the clouds,  lookin bright and insya Allah the sun will come up, let’s just wait for awhile ok“, and soon after, it finally did stop! I was thrill!We were happy, and quickly set up the decors, prep the food and what not. While we were away, Mom took care of the  kids (thanks Ma!). My aunt and Fara came earlier to help us out too, which was a great relief! (thanks girls!). By 12 we ‘re done with party set up and went back picking Mia and Mike up.

Even though the party started at noon time, I would say weather was pretty ok, not too hot,not too windy either. We had nasi goreng cina as the main dish and finger food was cocktail sosej, karipap, sandwiches and chicken drummet. For desserts we have yummy cupcakes (by fara) and cold nata de coco jelly. Thanks to Mia’s babysitter who was kind enough to prepare the food for us.

Initially we wanted to have a pinata for the kids, but we didn’t find anything nice and reasonable with our budget. So we opt for a (rm10) bowling set  for kids to entertain themselves, which was I think a great hit!;P  Next, since both Ted and I love photography, we feel it’ll be great to have a smile booth for the guests to snap pictures. It’ll be an awesome way to remember Mia’s party with her friends. A week before I sew the birthday garland to match w the whole party theme. As for the backdrop, well…that was a table cloth if you wanna know lol. Ted couldn’t help it to also design a signboard for it, and man I know he is proud of it!HAHA. As for the party favors, we gave each kid a roll up chalkmat and a party pack consist of healthy snack and stickers (hope your kids love it).

The party ended with lotsa smile, laughter and sweat! I could say I  was pretty satisfied w the outcome and enjoyed planning the party.So Mia, mommy hope you really did enjoy your party as much as mommy and daddy enjoyed planning one for you! Next year, am sorry you gotta share with your brother la hokay! Oh! Another funny thing I must mention, much “thanks “to my brother who accidentally ate the candle letter ‘Mia’ hence the no name on the cake! apa la bro!

Enjoy the pics! 😉

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credits to fara (the baker) and nadia (for the venue+pictures).

*got my great party inspiration and ideas from  twig and thistle.

This party got feature in ohdeeedoh ”.*big smile*

p/s: love you husband.happy 4th aniversary! xoxo