Raina’s birthday party was really a last-minute plan. We got back from Kedah on a Tuesday morning; then that night my mom called me to inform that she’s hosting Raya open house at her place for her siblings that weekend, and asked if I would like to celebrate Raina’s birthday on that day as well. Raina had never had a birthday party before, so I said yes straight away.
And then it hit me – I only had 4 days to plan and prepare for the party! Where do I even start?! I had never really organized birthday parties before, or any parties for that matter (Ayra’s 1st birthday party was fully sponsored by MegaKidz so I didn’t have to prepare anything except ordering the birthday cake and inviting guests). This time, I had to plan everything on my own. I decided to do just a small party for her, with only family and close friends.
The first thing I thought of was Raina’s dress. I ordered her dress from Monsoon right after my mom called (they have gorgeous special occasion dresses for girls and they ship internationally). I ordered on Tuesday night, and it arrived right at my doorstep on Friday noon. Phew!
Next was the birthday cake. The only person I could think of was Jennifer from Cake-In-Cups who did my sister‘s engagement cake and cookies. I texted my sister for her number and thank God Jennifer accepted my last-minute order, which includes a rainbow birthday cake, 5 desserts, 2 drinks and a simple table deco. Choosing the theme was easy. Raina is currently obsessed with Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony – she even insisted we all call her Pinkie Pie. “No, I’m not Raina. I’m Pinkie Pie!” :roll:. I knew it’d be the perfect birthday theme for her!
So dress, cake and food settled; all that were left were the little things – goodie bags, deco and guest list. The night before the party, Wani stayed up to help me with the deco and goodie bags (she sponsored the party bag fillers – little toys, masks, balloons and whatnot. She even bought a pony pinata and prepared rose bouquets for the table. I love you, sistaa!).
I couldn’t find My Little Pony goodie bags so I decided to make them myself. I printed My Little Pony characters’ faces, cut them out and stick them on these plain paper favor bags from Art Friend and secured the bags with wooden clips (also from Art Friend).
Wani wanted to prettify the party hat for the birthday girl so I cut out number 3 using glitter foam sheets and she helped to stick it up. She also added tutu frills at the base of the hat. So pretty!
The party was supposed to start at 4pm. At around 3pm, Jennifer came to set up the table. Here’s the end result (some of the photos taken from her Facebook page). I love how it turned out walaupun last minute!
I also ordered this French Vanilla Mille Crepe from Humble Beginnings. They made the best mille crepe and this was a major hit at the party! Everyone who tasted it for the first time went like, “OMG what is this? So niceee” and took several more cubes. Haha.
Hello, birthday girl! (she was all quiet that day. Ayra had forgotten her sister and was busy playing with her new friends. LOL). Oh by the way, I rented the kids’ table and chairs from PartyShop.
Wani also set up a photo backdrop with props for the party. I couldn’t thank her enough!
With Ijaicool and his wife and baby
The party was so kelam-kabut at first – we started half an hour late, the dessert table was too small that my husband had to go buy another one, and then it was raining (we did the party outdoor). But it was my first time organizing it, so I learned my lesson. I was so exhausted by the time we finished cleaning and clearing up everything after the party ended, that I told my family I didn’t want to throw any party every again.
But the next morning, I woke up already mental-planning for Ayra’s 5th birthday party, which is still 4 months away! Haha. We’ll see laa, if I’m rajin.