The month of May is typically hot and sunny in the history of Singapore so I had initally booked the poolside terrace of Hard Rock Hotel to hold the water dragon’s birthday party. But it turned out to be wet and gloomy in the weeks before the event. Horror will be the parents having to manage the kids who can only look at the pool and not get to play should it rain on the day of the party! Trust me, I know cos I experienced firsthand with my kid when I recce-ed the place.
My dad gladly offered his place because he felt that Teanne would not know how to enjoy the facilities and surroundings at Hard Rock Hotel at this age anyway. Am glad that I have my folks’ place as a backup but I was apprehensive about having the party at home after enjoying the perks of throwing a party at an external venue for the Cub’s second birthday.
It was just TWO WEEKS away from the event when I confirmed the change in venue and informed our guests. Time was running short cos I started on her birthday preparations late and I was on course for a week before the event. Needless to say, I was a bundle of nerves every day until the party ended.
About the Party.
This time round, I found Liz from trusty Etsy to do our invite and party banners.
Because of time constraints, I had to pay premium to get my party banners from Etsy to reach Singapore in time for the celebration. Overspent on these pretty paper but thankfully they do match the theme well.
Didn’t expect to find my ideal table cloth from Pupsik! When I saw this pink polka dot one updated on their site, I knew I had to get them for the party.
Balloons – the must-haves for kids’ parties! They instantly transform the place. Brenda from Balloon Blasters was great help in giving advice on what was needed and what was not. No hardselling and she put some thought into how to decorate the place with our theme and constraints. And they have an awesome extensive variety of balloons that leaves you spoiled for choice!
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to take a pic of the giant cupcake balloon with a 1-shaped candle flying at the gate. We wanted to make it easier for the guests to identify where the party was. 😉
And of course, what’s a kid’s party without toys?! The husb’s criteria for the celebration was that Teanne must get to enjoy her party, and our little guests of course! Hence, I rented some toys for different age groups and a photobooth to let both adults and kids have fun with it!
Thanks to the light shower before the party, the carporch area was not too warm and quite pleasant for the kids to play in. Having 4 kiddos and some space at home meant that we do have some bigger toys which helped save some money on toy rental. I rented just one more twin slides for outdoor play!
I bought the market stand and sweet treats soft toys from IKEA to complement with the photobooth, which I rented from Party of Eva.
Pity we didn’t get to use the photobooth with the birthday girl but good enough that our guests had fun with the props! (Will share those pics in next post!)