Unbelievable… Just don’t know how the time has gone by so fast!
So, you must be thinking we would have had a big party to celebrate!Well, you are wrong 😦
We decided to skip a birthday party this year as we hardly had any close friends with children belonging to V’s age group. Also, with our extended family back in India, we did not feel too motivated to host a big party.
Still, we wanted to make it a little special for V and so had a low key celebration at home. When I say low key, I really am not exaggerating. All we did was just hang up some balloons and a banner, and cut a cake. Of course, we did get V a birthday present and then had a photo session of the birthday boy dressed in his new clothes.
We followed a few party hacks to make our tasks even simpler and easier. I will share them below:
Balloon Decoration :
Blowing 25-30 balloons can be really hard and tiring. So, we decided to get a Manual Air Pump to blow the balloons. SMART Decision-making from my Husband. I don’t know if we would have been able to get so many balloons ready if not for the pump. Not that using the Manual Pump was a cakewalk either. We ended up getting a good work-out for our arms. Still, it was a lot easier than blowing the balloons by mouth. I did try blowing a few balloons by mouth at my husband’s insistence and had to grudgingly appreciate him for his savvy shopping skills.
Once we had the balloons ready, we were wondering how to arrange them on the walls as quickly as possible. That’s when my Husband remembered a balloon hack he learnt a few months back at a friend’s son’s birthday party.
So, what we did was just cut some scotch tape and fold them up and stick them at the end to form something like a double-sided tape. Then, we just stuck them on the balloons and then used the other sticky side to stick them to the wall. It was a real time-saver, and a balloon hack which I am sure will come in handy for all future parties as well.
Surprisingly, the double tape method worked really well. The balloons stayed put for over a week. As and when the balloons would fall, we would go around sticking them on the walls again as it was quite easy. Finally, we got tired of the balloon decoration after a week and took them off.
It is customary in India to prepare a Sweet dish at home to celebrate all special occasions right from birthdays and anniversaries to promotions at work and good results at school. So, I decided to prepare a Badam Payasam/Kheer. You can check out the recipe here (http://www.sharmispassions.com/2011/01/badam-kheer-almond-kheer.html)
To make it simpler, I skipped the first step entirely by simply using already blanched almonds that were store bought a while back.
No Last Minute Shopping Trips :
Other than the delicious Fruit Cake that we bought the previous day for the Cake cutting, no other last minute shopping was done. This helped me spend some quality time with V on his birthday instead of dragging him along to the mall/shop which he dislikes.
I wanted to have a birthday banner, but forgot to buy one in advance. So, instead of shopping for one at the last minute, I just prepared a “Happy Birthday” Bunting at home using some of V’s Craft supplies. He joined me in colouring some scrap as well, and we ended up having a good time crafting together.
Birthday Gift & Storage:
We had decided on V’s Birthday gift about a month in advance. We decided to get him a Train set as he had just started to recognise a train and developed a recent liking for “Thomas & Friends” on YouTube.
So, when V was asleep during one of our shopping trips; we chose his gift and had it gift- wrapped. The train set also included a few lego pieces (100 pieces) to build a bridge/tunnel etc. So, after the birthday, I was suddenly faced with a huge pile of the small blocks and tracks. It was getting difficult to keep them together without getting misplaced in his huge toy basket.
So, I made another trip and bought a Potato/Onion sack (a fancy term for just a small Jute pouch) at a PoundShop to test if it could accomodate all the pieces. It worked and I could not have been happier.
Overall, a memorable second birthday celebration, without too much hassle and stress.
We also managed to get two decent pictures of the Birthday boy enjoying with his birthday gift.
That was truly the highlight of the day, and something I am sure we will look upon fondly in the coming years.
Let me know how you plan birthdays? Do you feel that a birthday party is a must? Is it OK to skip parties and keep it simple once in a while?
Looking forward to your comments.