MIN’S 21ST <3

YAY, I am finally gonna sit down and blog about my 21st birthday…erm, party or celebration whatever you call it. It’s a small scale gathering with people who matters to me, and people who cares about me and love me, and shower me with LOTS OF LOVE. Wait, do I make any sense? But whatever.

Okay probably a few years ago I would have planned to have my 21st at MBS suite with like the whole universe of people I know. But things changed, people grew up and apart, so instead, I initially wanted to do away with this whole party thingy but just a month before I decided to throw a small scale one with my love ones, because after all, this is for myself. 

Unless you are super efficient, and good with planning partyPLAN AT LEAST 2 MONTHS BEFOREHAND

BEFORE THE PARTY:

✓Decide on the venue (based on convenience, number of guest or the price.)

For me, I initially wanted Naumi Hotel, have dinner at ROUSE and cake cut in the hotel room. But I felt like it’s just not really what I want. I don’t feel happy and contented. Moreover I have to pay $300 plus for the rooms, and my birthday falls in the 7th month so… I dropped the whole hotel party thingy, and wanted to scrap off party. My parents plan to bring me to Disneyland, as my birthday present, so yes I have a birthday trip coming up next. Just 1 month before, I thought it through, if I miss this, it’s never 21 again. So I planned for a small scale one, initially at my lift lobby, but my parents think it’s better to do it at home. So yup, final decision: my house. 

✓Invitation cards

I can’t be bothered to collect each and everyone’s address, so I decided to send it over whatsapp. Did my own invitation card using photoshop and send it out! 😀


I didn’t really wanna use those standard ones, or zazzle / paperlesspost ones so I came up with my own simple invitation!

You can always try zazzle/ paperlesspost if you don’t wanna make your own ones!

✓Having a theme or not

I was torn between RED and BLACK (the mickey-ish theme) or BLACK and GOLD (which is super common), and NAVY BLUE and GOLD (which not many people would have navy blue shirts/dress). And guess what, my theme came after I bought my decors. (LOL) I went to typo to get these (by accident).

 Long story short: I went in to typo, saw this bunting, bought it and tada.

And then, I was very determined to use ‘cooper’ font for my letters. Don’t ask me why, it just came to my mind (the look of the font) and then I went to slowly find THE font in words and thank god I found it within 10 mins.

I type it in words, and then print out, and cut it out by myself, glue them/ double tape them on the buntings, and tada. In case you are wondering, I got the red glitter hearts at made with love (313). I bought it without thinking of what is it for and (HAHA) it end up of good use hah.

✓BALLOONS

I got the heart and star balloons from some shop near Bugis plus, 5 bucks each. 2 and 1 balloon at a shop near bugis plus too (different shop) and it’s 5 bucks each too I think? My mum got the balloon pump from NTUC (If I’m not wrong), and we actually stick the balloon up like 2 days before the party? HAHA. Cool right. Perks of doing a party at home!

✓Drinks

Went to NTUC and got like 2 bottles of green tea (pokka) WHO DOESN’T LOVE GREEN TEA? 1 strawberry tea (pokka), and 1 sprite. My mum filled a tupperware with drinking water too, and we made quite abit of ice ourselves.

✓Food

Food is mini buffet from neo garden! I order 10 pax (AND IT WAS ALOT.), I had around 13 pax actually. My dad went to help me collect the food at Enterprise road there.

  • I bought french baguette from Delifrance at 2 for $5 for the curry chicken
  • My dad made potato salad with baked almond slices but I think not every one likes it. 😦

I made the menu myself too, by using words. HAHA.

Talk about efficiency, I ordered pizza in advanced at 2.10 pm and call for delivery at 6.10 pm but they came at 5.45 pm (Way too early, and it was cold already when all my guest arrived.) I ordered 3 large pizzas at $48 (+$3.50) = $51.50, (hawaiian, chicken supreme, ranch style chicken.)

I OVER-ORDERED IN SUMMARY.

I spent around: $190 + $51.50 = $250 for food (~13 pax)

✓CAKE

7″ hero, $45 (for 10 pax) I think it was a little bit not enough but my friends all say it’s just right (guess they were full from the food hah.) – delivery by them 

Prior to my birthday party, I am super sure that I don’t want fondant cakes. I actually wanted Chocolate banana cake from Secret recipe, and then I change my mind to Rainbow cake from NOM, and then I kept changing, it was Chef Yamashita’s mille feuille cake, but too hard to cut. And then 1 week before I was like “why didn’t I think of tiramisu?” So I went down to taste the cake with TK and I was torn between Original and Oreo, and I decided on Oreo because WHO DOESN’T LOVE OREO? 

✓My photographers!

TK was my photographer of the night, and then Leon helped abit, and Rachel was my polaroid photographer! Hehe.

✓Guestbook signing area.

I printed the ‘wait’ note and frame it up, got the letters from TYPO (actually for my room but also can use it lah.), and washi tape I collected over the years tgt with my colour pens. Stickers from paper market. DIY those photo booth props from (near) scratch. 😀 I spent quite alot of stickers and pens so don’t even ask how much I spent.

And as for the polaroids, it’s hang on my mirror.

The flowers are hand picked by my mum, and the vase (she diy herself.)

I totally forgot about planning games/ programs for my guest and thank god they kept themselves busy HAHA. 

Such a lousy host I am but hey at least now they made friends with one and other and it’s so fun!

I’m glad everyone stick to the theme and came in black. It’s a mad dull dress code but it’s nice to me. I shall post the photos here and sit back, relax and enjoy!

THE PARTY:

(Errrrr?)

She actually pose for this photo LOL.

(she came after cake cutting from work!)

YAY finally, CAKE CUTTING before everyone went back to their social activity:

To my dearest parents:

Thank you for helping me out by tidying and cleaning the house for my 21st birthday house party, and of course helping me in every possible way. I wouldn’t be here without you two meeting each other, falling in love, and the rest is history. I may not be the best daughter but I am thankful for everything you both have done for me. I’m sorry to have said that you guys didn’t love me enough when I was a rebellious teenager back then. It’s just words out of anger. Thank you daddy and mummy, for bringing me up, giving me the best and nurturing me. ❤

To TK:

Thank you for running around with me for weeks to get all the things I needed to make this party happen, I know it’s quite tiring but nevertheless thank you. And also thank you for helping me take photos, and sorry that you didn’t have enough rest time/ eating time because guests was continuously flowing in at different timings. Sorry darling. 😦 But you know I love you right? ❤

My dearest best friend, Rachel:

Thank you is not even enough but thank you. See you on Wednesday! ❤

The 3 jokers:

Thank you for coming guys! (erm yes that includes you CTK.) and thank you for being early, I like punctual people!!!

To PFI:

Thank you for taking the time down! 😀

To the listening ears:

THANK YOU,

THANK YOU AND

THANK YOU!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

AFTER CAKE CUTTING! 

PFI:

KKLL:

LOL oops.

From everywhere else:

(probably my fav photo that night)

Craftholic from Leon, which is a neck pillow and a sketch of MINIONS!

The typo bag is from PFI, and it’s a DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME OK. I did not see that coming and they know me so well lor. I love albums so they gave me 16/32gb and I can store unlimited photos HAHA. (not really unlimited but you get the idea.) Sephora is from Huijia, LIP BALM FROM CLINIQUE OMG. Pandora from Serena, HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARM, and chomel bag from Joey (necklace and a coin(?) pouch from PRIMARK apparently!

Tiffany and co: one from TK, and one from my grandparents (The key necklace) and a pair of GOLD earrings from TK’s parents!!! Thank you aunty uncle!!  ❤

Here’s the end of the photo spam of my party…but my birthday is still not here so technically I’m still 20. 😀 I know 10 guests is probably a really small number but these people are the ones that matters to me a lot, and I hope I matters as much too to them. Thank you for coming everyone, I hope next year, I do a better job at hosting the party (YES you heard me, next year.) I’m gonna plan in advanced okay, no joke. Probably at MBS hah. AHAHAHA. Thank you everyone of you. ❤ you guys!

 

As for me, this 21 years is filled with lots of ups and downs, I had gone through quite a bit. Every hurdle thrown at me, every obstacle to cross over, I think I managed to handle it well and this is why I’m never weak. (except physically lah.) I’m emotionally strong after so many years because I learn to pick myself up every time I fall.

I’m thankful my parents don’t spoil me, instead they teach me “good things only came when you put in the effort for it” and that money doesn’t grow on trees.

Most of my friends have the same first impression of me which is loud/ bold/ loyal. And they all say that I am very honest/ real which is good because I don’t pretend to like you. If I don’t like you, you would probably know it straight.

I’ll be even better, and I hope I would be the best of me. Here’s me signing off as 20 years old, and I think being 21 years old would be even more awesome than ever. ❤

p.s: I can’t wait for this weekend to come because my biggest and bestest present is coming. 😀 Till then. 🙂

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HOW TO PLAN A PARTY?

(EDIT: MIGHT UPDATE WITH PHOTOS SOON)

Hoolas!! I’m back, with a ultra wordy post with no pictures. I’m gonna talk about how I planned my party, and preparations, and etc etc. Almost every thing you might need to know (or not), and that you can consider!

1. Venue

So the main issues would be the venue. Some people go for hotel suites, some people book their condo function room, some people do it at chalet, I picked my house. Reason being I didn’t plan on inviting a lot of people, and I wanted a cosy and intermate kind of party/celebration, and it’s easier to do it at home because I think at least I don’t have to buy and move to the hotel/function rooms/chalet. 

Advantage: I don’t have to pick up guests from hotel lobby, or security guard house (idk if there is a need). 

Actually I wanted NSRCC but transport was a problem, aranda was another issue because of the venue (too far from home and most of my friends stays in the west side), and no thanks to downtown east/aloha.

But if your number of guests is too many for your house to handle, pick Chalet then. I guest the downside about doing it at home is tidying and packing my house. I am serious lol. ($0 foc!)

2. Theme

After you decide on number of guests, and venue. It’s the theme. I initially wanted mickey mouse themed, black and gold, white and gold, navy and gold, etc etc. Weirdly, I ended up with something else. I guess seeing black and gold/white and gold was too common for 21st birthdays. Like most my friends went for the same theme. I wanted blue and red because it was my favourite two colour but it kinda feels like 4th of July instead of my 21st birthday instead. So I picked (click here on 1st sept because I’m keeping my theme as a secret.) this colours for my theme!

3. Food and drinks

After theme, comes food! My parents offered to cook but I think it’s too tiring for them (they add up too a 100 years old pair already), so I decided on catering + pizza. I picked mini buffet catering because my number of guests was smaller than usual 30. And I thought of having varieties too. Mini buffet + pizzas + cake = more than enough I guess? (About $100-$200)

I got my drinks from NTUC. 2 bottles of green tea, 1 sprite and 1 strawberry tea! (Under $5/6)

4. Cake

I haven actually decide my cake yet but I’m opening my options. Banana chocolate cake doesnt seems good enough..though it’s my favourite cake. But piece of advice, don’t pay so much money for fondants. They are just sugar, people. Yes it might be insta-worthier, but it’s not that healthy. (Not like cakes are healthy but fondant cakes are the worst.) ($40-$100)

5. Photos/videos

Now, photography/videography, no videographer but I have a boyfriend who has a DSLR and tripod and remote control, so I guess I’ll make do? I’ll probably step in as my own photographer for my party, because I’m too much of a perfectionist like this? I owned a polaroid camera and my best friend has polaroid camera too, so not much of a problem.

6. Guestbook

I got my guestbook from Typo (~$20-$30) and I DIY it myself, personalizing it, and writing messages for people to leave a note for me. I bought photoframe and did a note for people to take a polaroid and put it in the guestbook with their message! Got those nice markers/pens from popular for over $5-$6, and some washi tapes I collected over the years came in handy too!

7. Decor

My decors was pretty simple, I bought twines, (from qoo10) and Typo’s bunting (I chanced upon it while window shopping and bought it anyways.) and immediately on the spot I already eureka the font to match my buntings. Inspirations flowing through, so nicely. Got 2&1 foil balloons from Bugis, at $5 each, and got another 2 foil balloons (star and heart) at $5 each too. I print the fonts, and cut them myself, paste them myself (with the help of my meticulous mama lau) at 12am on one of the friday night.

8. Props

I also DIY my own photobooth props instead of buying ready made ones. Sometimes I could find people laughing at me. Like why trouble yourself when you can buy ready-made ones online or those craft stores. The feeling after you finish the props, is just so awesome. It’s like you did something for yourself, and it’s the fruit of your labour. I mean if you are ok with those ready-made ones, you can purchase them. For me, the ready-made ones are not up to my likings, therefore I DIY.

Hmm, did I miss out anything?

Oh wait. I also did my own invitation card, and wrote my own thank you cards for all my guests. I hope everything goes smoothly on that day itself, and I can then blog with more photos! Oh as for my outfit,

9. Outfit

I have not decided. Hehehe. 

(edit: decided already!)