Party time

The girl had 3 parties this year. One minuscule at home, one medium at school and one grand (not really) with friend’s at a craft shop.

For the home party it was just myself and Adi as M was enjoying @ India at that time. We woke up late, ate homemade pancakes for breakfast, started with preparations for rainbow cake and cup cakes, Adi played with bubbles at backyard, we baked cakes together, took head bath, went to nearby temple, visited store to buy another pack of whipped cream, came back home, continued with frosting, decorations, cut the cake around 7pm, distributed to grandma’s at next door, had an impromptu guest, treated them with cakes and went to bed on a happy happy note.  I let her loose on that day and she was constantly checking on me “Mommy you let me do this mess because its my special day and you don’t want me to get sad or mad right?”.. My neck was paining end of day with all that nodding to her check 🙂

For the cake we followed the recipe from here except that I didn’t use Soda. I just prepared the batter in usual way. Adi helped me in every step right from breaking the eggs to mixing the batter to pouring the batter on the pan.. You see her hands there 🙂

For the school party we bought cup cakes/juice boxes and dropped it with her class teacher in the morning itself. We didn’t go to school at the time of the party. The kids had the party at their snack time and Adi also distributed the cakes to teacher in other classes for a reason. The other day, Adi was the helper to another birthday kid, you see to carry the cup cakes. That day, she came home with 5 to 6 mini gifts that she got from the prize box of other classes when she accompanied the birthday girl. She said, the teachers were kind enough to let the helper also take some gift from their prize box. It seems the birthday girl gets the first chance to pick a prize and then the helpers get their chances. That day made her decide the plan for her birthday and ordered additional cup cakes for other class teachers 😀  who would say no to extra prize?

The craft party was a hit. It was a kids drop-off party at a nearby craft store. Some parents choose to stay back to chit chat with other parents. The hot topic of the day was summer camp options. What with 2.5 months of summer break? I will rant on another post about how bad I feel to send the girl every day to summer camp. I wish she gets a break. She can wake up at her own time, laze around the house, get bored, read books sighhh… I wish she gets a break from the morning routine at least during the summer break but I am helpless 😦

The party was from 11am to 1pm. We reached the spot at 11:10am. Please don’t stare at me like that.. We had to pickup balloons, birthday banner, party hats from the local store on the way and everyone in the town choose that time to hit the store. It was so crowded and we were delayed. So there I justified but you should have seen my face on seeing one parent standing in front of the venue. I kept a really really sorry face and he ended up convincing me that they just arrived.  The tables and other arrangements were already setup and slowly kids showed up one after the other.

The kids spent next two hours in the venue. First they were engaged in tote bag decoration with their name on it. The plan was to make them do a canvas painting as the next activity. But, by the time they were done with tote bags, pizza arrived and even the adults couldn’t resist. So, all of us relished the pizza and then continued with the next activity. The kids imagination went wild with canvas painting.  Each one of them came up with their own design. Then, kids cleaned themselves form messy paints and Adi cut the cake. Her friends reminded her to make a wish before blowing the candle. One of them shouted as “I wish to have wonderful children”. Now what does that mean on a 7 year old birthday party? ***rolls eyes*** Anyways, the cake was good with real strawberry filling that we ordered special.  Then, the kids were running around, playing with each other and I filled their tote bags with some more goodies like a cup and door hanger to decorate, M&M pack and some chocolates.  By this time parents were returning to pickup. The kids proudly showed their crafts to their parents and went home with tote bag filled with goodies and the canvas painting. There was a not-yet-two-year-old in the party and he got to make his first master piece too 🙂 For once, I didn’t forget to miss any item to take from home. The 7 shaped candle, paper plates, napkins, party hats, goodies et all. Adi gave “thumbs up” for the party that let me sigh in relief. 🙂

Some pictures from the craft party

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Something exciting planned for coming long weekend. One of my long term wish ***fingers crossed*** 🙂 🙂


33 thoughts on “Party time

  1. Wow the cake looks yumm.. 😀
    Loved the crafty party idea 🙂 The canvas paintings are lovely..Adi’s dress is also super cute 🙂
    Super arrangement!! Clap clap Clap 🙂

    • thanks for the claps ss.. dress sponsor was amma from India 🙂 she sent a dozen dresses all of different types.. the girl is having super fun trying them all every time we step out.. amma sent two skirts/tops for me and none of them fit me 😦

  2. Wow that’s just too good for a home-made cake !!!! So colorful and perfect !!! And the craft party is such an interesting and fun way to celebrate a birthday !!! Many Many Birthday love to Adi and kudos to the momma !!!!

  3. What lovely cake 🙂 I loved the soft colors that you have used 🙂
    Loved reading about all the celebrations 🙂
    The craft party sounds superb. I wish I could do something like that for Cheebu’s B’day someday. I can imagine what fun it must have been for the kids. No wonder Adi gave you a thumbs up 🙂
    All the best for the exciting long weekend 🙂 Waiting to hear more about it 🙂

    • actually its not soft colors my colors didn’t get bright and I was also hesitant to add more colors so kept it mild 🙂
      we can also do the craft theme parties at home but might involve little bit work from our end.. think about it.. it will be so much fun..

      • I have actually been thinking of having a craft theme party at home as I don’t think that there are any craft shops here that host b’day parties. Lets see… maybe on some of Cheebu’s b’day i’ll do it 🙂 🙂

  4. i came to blog via peppers blog.. and the very first picture i saw was the rainbow cakes.. it looks lovely.. its always fun mixed little pain when u have to do so much and arrange so many parties na..

  5. fun timesssssssssss… the cake and the fooood looks yummmyyyyyyyyyyyy I want a LOT OF THEMmmmmmmmmm 🙂

    She is looking gorgeous an i love those bubble thing I want one of those toooo

    Happy birthday once again to her 🙂

  6. Belated birthday wishes to Adi! What a wonderful time she must have had! The craft party was just great! I want to be a child again and go for a party like that 🙂

    And I love the cake the two of you baked! I want to give it a shot too! Lets see if we do.

    She must have had the best time of her life!

    • the school closes mid of June and reopens 2nd week of Sep 😦 😦 Its good for the kids but very difficult for parents to arrange for summer camps esp. when both is working and cannot take break 😦 😦
      hope the weekend will be at least half of what I have imagined.. hoping hoping hoping…

  7. A very happy belated birthday to Adi and three cheers for the superb teamwork of mum and daughter 😀
    Absolutely loved the cake and all the planning you did for the parties….I wanna be a kid myself to be a part of such fun 😀
    Eagerly waiting for your post-long weekend post 😀
    Have a great time!

    • thanks ME.. May be we mummies can get together someday and have a party with our own theme.. sounds like so much fun na? 🙂 🙂 If only we can do it…
      wishing you a good weekend too..

  8. look at the tote bags, the goodies and the cake is beautiful Ani…you’re so talented mamma 🙂

    Aww Adi helped you with the cake and all..she is a sweetheart 🙂

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