Cub’s celebration in school is a smaller affair with only about 9 kids including birthday boy himself. It was my first time holding a celebration in school and was kinda bombarding the teacher with lots of questions on what can/cannot be done, how long it can take, etc.
There were a few hiccups along the way.
In January, the school informed parents not to prepare goodie bags for celebrations in school. I was rather upset because I had already bought all the gifts in December! And a party without goodie bags is just odd, no? I called up the principal to find out if I could still give away the goodie bags since I had already bought them and the reason behind the new rule.
The principal explained that there were food allergy concerns for goodie bag with snacks and safety concerns for those with toys. I thought those are pretty justified reasons, but still asked if I can give away my goodie bags since they are crayons – which I’m very sure is commonly found in schools! She said it was okay since we had bought them before they notified us. What a relief!
I had checked with the cub’s form teacher earlier on kids with allergies and was updated that there are two of cub’s classmates who are allergic to milk and eggs. POOR KIDDOS! That meant they cannot have the cupcakes I ordered from Celebrate-with-Cake. Celebrations are supposed to be joyous and the last thing I want is for any of cub’s classmates to feel left out with no cupcakes for them.
Thankfully, I have resourceful friends on my ever-trusty twitter list. I was pleased to find one of the recommendations – Delcie’s Bakery – can make milk-less and eggless cakes and cupcakes! I contacted them to find out if I can just get two cupcakes for the two kids and their staff responded promptly I could drop by at their store in Serangoon to buy the night before the party.
As a mother, I know I would be uptight about the food my kids may be exposed to in school, especially if they have allergies to ingredients that are so commonly used. Hence, I decided to write a note to the parents of the kids with allergies and attached a write-up of Delcie’s Bakery so that they can check it out and decide if they are okay with what I will be getting for their children.
One note for the teacher, two notes for the kids’ parents.
When both kids’ parents said okay with the bakery, I explained the situation to Celebrate-with-Cake and asked if we could order two cupcakes less and have two cupcake toppers made (after making sure that they are made of milk-less and eggless ingredients). This way, the cupcakes will all look the same when we put them together and the two kids won’t feel like the odd ones out. And they obliged!
I had a scare at Delcie’s Bakery on the night before the celebration when I went down to get the cupcakes. They had ONLY TWO left and were of durian flavours! I have no idea if the kids are okay with durians but I didn’t have a choice. I asked the staff if there was any way I could get other cupcakes but they said no. Usually what is off the shelves are the balance from the bulk orders that they were preparing for the day. Geez, the person who promptly responded to my email did not mention anything about this even when I had told her about my situation.
Anyway! The good news was there were two and I grabbed them.
The first two cupcakes from the left in the top row are from Delcie’s . I placed the cupcake toppers that Celebrate-with-Cake prepared for us and the spread of cupcakes looked perfect!
The cub wasn’t in the happiest mood initially because he thought we were going to leave him in school and was clinging onto his Daddy all the time until he recognized the SOPs of the birthday celebration when we lit the candles and sang him the birthday song.
Helping to distribute the cupcakes
Making sure he gives away the goodie bag and not taking it back
Drawn by the teacher!
Pleasant surprise: a gift for cub and note of appreciation from the mom of the kid with allergy!
Guess the party went well with all kids enjoying their cupcakes. It was quite a mess though! No wonder bath times are scheduled after meal times.