I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages! But every time I got to the process of sorting out the pictures, I was distracted by something else, either at work or at home. But it’s September now and I told myself if I’m still going to blog about Little J’s birthday, I have to do it now or it will be his next birthday soon! So Little J turned 2 in July, and we decided to throw him a little birthday bash. Even though I said we, obviously I was the one who did most of the prep work and the organising. 😛 Anyway, the theme was Minions, just because that movie was popular during that time and it was easy to get their merchandise for goodie bags, etc. We held the party at a bistro at Ettamogah Hotel, because we were going to invite a few kids from the child care and thought that a place with play ground and jumping castle would be best to entertain them.
The day before the party, I made some cup cakes and the birthday cake. The cupcakes were banana caramel flavoured with yellow icing, and the birthday cake was a super moist chocolate cake. The chocolate cake actually turned out to be really nice and moist, except that I was a bit disappointed with the frosting on top. We used pre-made icing added with a bit of yellow colouring and that turned out well at first – until we started decorating it with M&M’s. We had to do a few tries with some of the letters and hence, reapplied the icing multiple times, creating an uneven surface on an originally smooth one. Oh well, we still have many other birthday cakes to make in the future, this would serve as our practice session. Most importantly, it tasted great right?
On the day of the party, we arrived earlier to set up the area with the cup cake stand and goodie bags for the kids. Most of our guests arrived on time so the kids had some time to play at the indoor play ground before food arrived. Here are some of the pictures of Little J having fun!
After playing for about half an hour or so, our food arrived and everyone went back to the table. I originally was worried that we might not have enough food for everyone since we had to cater to the parents as well, but we ended up with lots of leftover! We had a platter of sausage rolls, nuggets, pies and chips for the kids, 2 platters of sandwiches for the adults and another platter of wedges for everyone to share. The wedges were really nice and were the first to go. LOL! We prefer finger food like this so that it’s easier for kids to feed themselves without creating much mess. Little J, on the other hand, was more interested in the fruit juice instead of the food. You can see him in the pictures before trying to grab a sip of his juice whenever he could.
After lunch, most of the kids left since it was close to their nap time. Little J stayed around for a little while longer since our second cousin’s son wanted to bring him to the jumping castle. It was the first time Little J went inside one and he was a bit apprehensive at first. He kept losing his balance and falling down whenever people around him were running and jumping about, but he soon got used to the idea and started jumping and running himself. In the process, he also kept laughing at himself when he fell down. It was such a heart-warming scene to watch him having fun with other kids.
Soon, it was time to say goodbye to his friends. He was a bit shy at first but he soon warmed up knowing that they’re actually familiar faces he saw everyday in school. He even ended up hugging his best buddy before saying goodbye! Aww…
Overall, our little party was considered a success! The kids had fun at the play area, Little J had lots of fun at the jumping castle and he didn’t throw any tantrum at all the whole time! The only regret we had was not taking enough pictures of us as a family. I was so busy taking pictures of Little J playing and his friends that I totally forgot about pictures of Little J with Saucer and I! In fact we didn’t have a single picture of the 3 of us together that day, and we only realised that after we went home and looked through the camera roll. To make up for it, we took lots of pictures back home just the 3 of us, even though it’s not quite the same.
We had another birthday celebration on his actual day the next day, with a nice home cooked meal. I’m sure Little J won’t remember having gone through all this when he’s bigger but I do hope that he would enjoy reading about it when he’s old enough. Happy Birthday my dear son! We love you very much!