Mon 6 Aug 2012
The little boy turned 4 years old in July! We decided to have a party for him inviting all his friends to come celebrate with him. The last time we celebrated in a big way for him was when he was 1 year old and he probably didn’t know what was happening. But this round, he will be fully aware of what’s happening and we really wanted him to have a unforgetable birthday with friends he played with throughout growing up! The sheer number of almost 30 adults and 17 kids made the humble abode unsuitable and since we had a very successful outdoor party at the Botanical Gardens for the girl before, we thought it would be fun to hold the boy’s one at the newly re-done-up Bishan Park.
I was also sick of the usual mini buffet food and decided to order food from Qiji which is famous for their laksa, mee siam, nasi lemak and popiah (incidentally i ordered all these!) and to add to the fun, the popiah i ordered was even the DIY ones.
The few hours before the party at 5pm, I had reports from everywhere that it was raining in certain parts of the island but as I looked up at the patch of sky above Bishan Park, it remains clear even though just ahead, it was overcast! God was faithful to the little guy’s prayers, and in His usual overflowing ways, when the party started at 5pm, we had to hide under a pavillion because it was so sunny!
The Qiji delivery guy was also thumbs-up! He sat at the car park waiting for me to arrive at 5pm, then ferried the food from the car park to where we were originally sitting, then ferried the food to the pavillion where everyone wanted to hide under from the sun’s rays with not even the slightest comment! His countenance was friendly throughout and he patiently set up all the food to where we indicated him to. But before he got to work, he did asked me again very carefully that THIS IS really where we want the food to be!
All the food lined up!
It was a glorius day and the 2 little kids took off to play ball with some kids who came early as well!
The little spot under the pavilion!
What’s a party without some bubble fun!
and trikes and bikes and scooters too?
We finally manged to gather the kids down to eat their dinner!
Ermm…maybe just half of all the kids?
Some are ermmm…still out there?
The adults were however, good at stuffing themselves without much prompting!
I ordered an ice-cream cake from Swenson’s and took it out of the ice box to warm up 45 mins before the cake-cutting! Still it was rock-hard when we attempted to cut it later!
Even the poor dry ice couldn’t escape their ill fate of being trampled around by the kids!
Next up was the pinata! Lightning Mcqueen! (The Cars theme is somewhat a bit more obvious now, no?)
The clever hubbies hung it up on a beam at the pavillion! and the kids were all raring to have a go at it! But no, nothing like delayed gratification right? We played the game of “Pin the donkey’s tail” first.
Trix came all prepared to let the kids play this game and organised the game as well. Lots of laughing and fun ensues!
And now its time to sing the birthday song and blow the candles! The little guy was grinning from ear to ear!
Enjoying the birthday song sung for him!
and blowing out the candles!
Now its time for some action, the children were split into the boys team and girls team. and the children sure were strong!
This was the best performing pinata I have ever seen. With every whack, a few little sweets would dribble out, really heightened the excitement for everyone!
The birthday boy taking his turn!
What’s left of poor Mcqueen!
and what happens to poor daddies’ pants with pockets in it!
Trix became the most popular person to invite to a party after she whipped out stickers and with that commanded the kids to pick up rubbish, listen to instructions etc!
It soon came to my most favourite part of the day – dusk! and the beautiful river beckons! a few families then ventured towards it!
Gingerly, as they were barefooted! I think it might have been better if they wore crocs or slippers in?
The park was beautiful at this time! A gentle breeze blowing, families engaged in all sorts of play all over, tiny street lamps lighting up in the distance! Awww!
Trix rounded up the day by asking the children to draw what they thought was the best part of the party for them! What an ingenious way to wrap up the party and we really enjoyed what the children drew.
When it was all dark and everyone was preparing to go, we were treated to a spectacular display of colourful remote-controlled flying kites which resembled dragons in the sky. It was the GO FLY KITE guys having some fun at Bishan Park. Perfect way to end the evening!
In the car (had to drive even though its 5 mins walk away due to all the pressies), on the way home, the little boy turned to me and said, “I didn’t know birthdays can be so special!” I guess that’s about sum it all up for me as to how happy he was! Happy birthday my dearest boy! May our God crown you with grace and favour all the days of your life!