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!)

TIPS TO LOSE WEIGHT

HELLO EVERYONE!!! It’s TGIF! 

I have been googling and reading up on how to lose weight effectively, quickly, in a shortest time ever. And my answer is “There is no shortcut.” 

But there is a guideline on how to lose weight over the time. A crash diet doesn’t magically make those fats/extra weight disappear into thin air. But changing your diet would. Living a healthy life, eating healthier food would definitely help in weight loss. 

1. Change your mindset. Change your lifestyle. 

“Don’t start a diet that has an expiration date. Focus on a lifestyle that will last forever.”

Losing weight, keeping fit is a lifelong journey. Let’s admit it, why diet when you wanna suffer a few months, look good, then go back to those unhealthy eating habits??? Change the way you eat, and it will change the way you are. Having a positive mindset is important, having a realistic goal is achieveable, having an inspiration to motivate you keeps you stick to plan better. Do you wanna eat unhealthy now, and suffer when you are old, or eat healthier all the way till you are old? For me, my goal is simple, eat clean, and once in a while indulge in good food, because it’s okay to let your body enjoy. 

2. Workout at least 3 times a week.

“The only bad workout you can have is the only one you didn’t do.”

Trust me, even if you ran maybe 10 mins, it’s better than sitting down on the sofa eating potato chips. Right? If I can fork out a portion of my time after my work to run, who else has excuses? I know of people who still gyms despite the fact that they are fasting, so what is your excuse again? I know what excuse you got, “I prefer being unhealthy.” Skinny without exercising doesnt mean you are healthy, skinny without exercising but you eat healthily, that is maybe healthy. But no, don’t think you are skinny, you can skip exercising!!! 

3. Remember to:

– Drink lots of water. 

Keep your body hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water, (as everyone says). I would drink at least 4 bottles of 24oz (750ml) water everyday (week day), and just started drinking green tea in the morning to boost my metabolism! 

– Stay away from sugar, or sweets. 

I stop eating sweets unless I really need to, because I feel giddy/weak. But generally I stop consuming sweets. And I have been trying my best to stay away from sugary stuff… It’s hard to stay away but once in a while with cardio, it’s okay I guess? 

– Eat less carbs, more protein!!! 

This is the key to losing weight actually. Cut your carbs by 1/4, then slowly 1/3 then 1/2, and that should be your portion for dinner. Or even lesser actually. More proteins!!! Stock your fridge with more chicken breast, white fish, salmon as main source of proteins, and lots of veges, and mushrooms, tofu etc etc! 

– Have at least 8 hours of sleep. 

Sleep is very essential for the body! You wouldn’t want to overwork your body and then jeopardize your health, end up sick, and have to skip your workouts right??? So SLEEP! Put your phone down and sleep! 

4. Stay happy and motivated. 

“It takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changin, 8 weeks for your friends and family, 12 weeks for the rest of the whole. 

Keep going.” 

Don’t be dishearten if you cant see any results during the first 4 weeks, maybe it turns more time to notice!!! Never give up simply you can’t see the results!! Don’t be impatient~ follow fitness inspiration on instagram /tumblr / blog/ twitter!! 

Here’s my few tips on losing weight, I actually think everyone of it is equally important / essential when it comes to weight loss! Cannot leave out any of it! 

And, I’m going to try some smoothies recipe/ more salad recipes and share here soon okay! Hope everyone starts livinf a healthier lifestyle and be the best of themselves! 

Enjoy your weekends! Xx