Bye bye babyhood

30th March 2015 was the most amazing day of our lives as we welcomed our little bundle of joy into our world. The series of events that happened prior were totally unexpected and dramatic, hence, we were totally unprepared as isaac decided to make his grand entrance into our world almost a month earlier. It was almost unbelievable that have become parents! In the blink of an eye, one year has come and gone. Our baby is turning into a toddler!

For Isaac’s full month celebration, we hosted it at home. Not only did we have to clean up the house after everyone has left, our guests were also feeling extremely warm during the party with so many people in the house. It was probably a bad experience for our guests and I felt terrible about it. Hence, I told myself and G never to host such celebrations at home again.

With the help of many lovely (and well loved by us) people, we hosted Isaac’s birthday at Makan@Jen at Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway. The whole looking for a venue process was a headache for me because there were certain criteria that matter a lot to me. They were:

1. An easily accessible venue for guests who do not drive

2. Allows us to decorate the place

3. Have an open area where kids can play

4. Good food

Luckily for us, while we were have lunch at makan@jen one weekend, C suggested, “Can do it here la!”. Looking around, I realised it does fulfil every criteria i had and I started to imagine how I wanted the party to be here! That is how we came to a decision on the venue. Most importantly, we don’t have to clean up after the guests leave. LOL! The selection of venue and the party planning took place a few months before Isaac’s birthday because I did not want a last minute job.

One of the important parts of the party was the cake! We managed to get Susanne to bake us a robot themed cake. We were extremely lucky to be able to get her to bake for us because when I initially approached her, she mentioned that she already had someone to bake for on that day. Thankfully, she managed to accommodate to us in the end.

The day of the party came (26 March 2016) and it was nothing short of wonderful. Isaac had a very good time just watching the other kids play because he has not mastered the art of walking yet. He was especially happy when everyone started to sing the birthday song and he was clapping frantically. If you had read one of my posts on the significance of my baby’s birthday, you will know that my hubby was not all for the party in the beginning. But I had insisted on doing this for Isaac because it was important to me to celebrate this milestone in our lives. Just at that moment, when i saw how happy Isaac was, I knew I had made the right decision. He was practically clapping and slapping the table top in excitement and happiness! Happy baby = happy parents. It was an absolutely fantastic day for us all!

People i would like to thank :
First and foremost, C. A very big thank you for everything you have done. From the sourcing of venues, engaging the baker, getting the party stuffs for the goody bags, designing the milestone chart and all the help with the balloons even though we both are super scared of balloons (oh this balloon part goes out to Yus as well). This party wouldn’t have been as great without your help at all!

My lovely and supportive in laws who looked after the kiddos while we prepped for the party. Not forgetting how they are also Isaac’s primary caregiver while we go to work. I can put my heart at ease when I go to work because I know they will take very good care of him. I am extremely fortunate to have such a loving family who loves us dearly.

All relatives and close friends who turned up. I know some had to make changes in their busy schedules to attend our event.

Susanne, our baker for being so wonderful to work with. The cake turned out better than I had imagined it to be and it was delicious! Check out her works at : http://lovingcreations4u.blogspot.sg

Soon Koon, for popping by to take many wonderful photos for us. Heard from C that his camera is Super ex, that is why quality of photos also Super different from ours. LOL!

Last but no least, the hubby. For being extremely involved in our parenting journey. We have come a long way with many ups and downs but today we have a beautiful baby boy. He is one more reason why we should be stronger than ever in whatever we do. 🙂

On the day of the party, C asked me if I had anything to say to Isaac because she was trying to do a video montage. To which, I said a very simple “Happy Birthday Son”. Not because I had nothing to say. But because I know I would probably tear if I started my grandmother story speech. So, I have a letter for Isaac only. Kept away in his box of memories which I will go through with him when he is of age.

Grow up healthy and happy my baby Isaac! You are loved by many many people and thank you for being our sunshine after the rain. Mummy and daddy love you very much.

 

isaac enjoying his birthday song with mummy & daddy

 

When The Baby Boy Turns One

Today our littlest one at Punggol Babies officially turns ONE!! Happy birthday Isaac. Welcome to toddlerhood! Here’s a clip for you to revisit the day we celebrated your birthday at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway.

The Celebration

It was a cosy and happy celebration last weekend with family and friends at Makan@Jen, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway; where we held Isaac’s 1st party. All the time, energy and planning was well rewarded when the birthday boy gave his biggest and brightest smile at his very first cake-cutting session.

Planning The Party

Party planning is quite a tiresome task, from the time we decide to plan one celebration to the sourcing of suitable locations, guest list, decoration, the cake and a lot of other little things in between. It all started about six months back and I think we managed to pull through it pretty well. Well done Team (mums, dads and grandparents) Punggol Babies! 😛

The Location

For all events, once the location is locked down, everything else will fall into place. We contacted and shortlisted at least 3 locations and we made our choices based on a few criteria – accessibility, good lighting (for photos), good food and of cos costs. After weighing the various options, Makan@Jen was picked. Because it met all of our requirements and fits the budget.

We were lucky the outdoor open air Makan@Jen Terrace was not occupied that day, and the weather was windy and great. Our guests (especially the little ones) were running around at the terrace and we could watch them from inside too. Who needs planned activities when you got a huge space to do whatever you want!

As it was also the Easter weekend, we had a cute and fun dessert bar to fill our guests with sweets treats and awesome grill and seafood from Makan@Jen kitchen.

The Cake

This is Isaac’s very first birthday cake and extra care had been put into the selection. After trying out the awesome chiffon cake at a friend’s party, it was a no-brainer to go with the same baker who baked it. Placing our order as early as 4 months prior the celebration, we almost didn’t make it to the list as Susanne only takes in limited number of orders per week. Thanks to another customer who so kindly changed her order date, Susanne was able to take on our robot cake request.

When everyone crowded around it as the cake was revealed, they took out their camera and started snapping. Of cos this made the party planners very pleased. Chiffon cake was light and fluffy, the right touch to end off the afternoon after a filling buffet spread at Makan@Jen. You can take a look at Susanne’s creations on her Instagram or website.

The Decoration

It was a finger (and cuticle) tearing and painful process. We had all underestimated the stressed on our fingers for knotting 60 latex balloons!!! We managed to get the place done up as best as we could, after losing precious foil alphabets balloons which stopped us from using any since words couldn’t be formed.

Tips: Instead of using ballon weights to hold down your balloons at party, try using little treat bags instead. It not just helped hold down the balloons, but it helped us have the balloons cleared out too as guests willingly brought home some treats.

Since it was Easter, we prepared some eggs and wanted to hide them around the Terrace for the little ones to find. Alas time was moving faster than we planned, so we mixed them up with the basket of red eggs prepared by Makan@Jen for our guests to help themselves with.

Extending The Celebration – A Family Staycation!

Our party and celebration continues through the weekend as we checked into our hotel rooms at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway. We’ve stayed at this hotel a couple of times and the kids really enjoyed our staycation, so this time round we booked three rooms to accommodate our families.

The rooms booked came with access to Hotel Jen’s Club Lounge on Level 19, Grandpa was most delighted with unlimited supply of beer during cocktail from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. And all of us took this time to just chill and reminisce that afternoon’s celebration. Oh and the Club Lounge makes pretty good spot for photo taking too!

We’ve originally booked a deluxe room for my family as we needed an extra bed for the four of us. Lucky us got bumped up to their Panorama Club room as we requested to have our rooms on the same level as the gramps. This time round, the room wasn’t as huge as our previous family staycation with Hotel Jen, but still we appreciated the space. We even had a gathering that evening in our room to catch the laser show from opposite our room. Isaac was most excited to see those green lights beaming in the night sky.

And of cos we cannot missed out the fun time by the pool at Baywatch@Jen on level 19. This was the one thing that the kids were all looking forward to! Just look at their happy faces!

Can check out my review of the hotel here and here.

This is probably the one party for our family in a long long time. I love party planning, but pulling this off was quite an experience. Even more stressful then those events I plan for work! Good thing we have all agreed that the Punggol Babies will only have one big celebration when they are young. The next one will probably be when they reach 21 ba.

Thanks to everyone who came and made this day so special and fun for our little baby boy. Hope you’ve had an awesome time too!

I shall keep the sentimental post for Mummy Pris, it was a celebration for her too! Over to you now. 🙂

Happy 1st Birthday Isaac!