Each year, we would start brainstorming for Dana’s birthday party after CNY. This year is no different except that I have yet to blog about her 5th Birthday celebration held last year. It was a fun bowling party which Daddy aptly named ‘Princess & the Pins‘.
|The invitation card|
We spent several weekends doing site recces for suitable bowling alleys for kids’ party (SAFRA Toa Payoh Bowl- large, clean and new premise but carpark is woe on weekends; Singapore Poly Clubhouse Bowl – ample free parking but premise is small and dinghy; Kallang SuperBowl – too far and they do not allow external caterers). We finally settled on Orchid Bowl at The Chevrons which was bright, airy, with free shuttle service from the nearest Jurong East MRT, comes equipped with kids’ bowling facility and a private party room for our use.
|Her own Bowling Party!|
Once the theme and venue have been finalised, I went into overdrive mode and worked with an Etsy online designer on the Birthday Invite. The colour scheme for her party was Pink and Green. Next, we engaged the talented ‘Party with Eva‘ team to work on the party decor and the dessert table. Working with the ‘Party with Eva‘ was a delight – their replies were always prompt and cordial, they were very accommodating and gave excellent service at reasonable prices. We gave them free reign to work on the theme, they wielded their magic and they transformed a plain function room into a ‘Princess & the Pins’ bowling wonderland:
|Large banner Backdrop in our chosen colour scheme…|
|A Welcome Poster and Birthday Favors from Amazon…|
|Bowling Pin Sipper Cups personalized with every kid’s names…|
|Every child’s fav – Popcorn in a Box!|
|Kit Kat Bars and Favor Bags…|
|Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes and Choc-Dipped Marshmallows…|
|Mineral Water in the theme…|
|Pink & Green M&Ms!|
|Homemade Pinata and Photo Props|
The cake was an awesome Chocolate Fudge from Awfully Chocolate which had been personalized according to the design on the invitation card as per our custom request.
|A non-fondant cake for a change this year…|
|Chocolate, because it’s her fav!|
Dana invited 30 friends and it was a wise decision to hire a roving photographer from Party with Eva to ease us of the photography duties so we can mingle with our guests freely. The photo props they brought were put to good use throughout the party too!
|Dana and Maegan…|
|With Xav, Val and Rayden…|
|With Faith and Max…|
|With Daddy & Mommy!|
After bowling, we gathered everyone in the party room for the cake cutting and afternoon tea refreshments. The Birthday Girl then gave a short thank you speech which she had prepared on her own. It was a precious teachable moment for her to show gratefulness to all the family and friends who love her so, and had specially set aside time to celebrate her 5th Birthday with us.
|Caught in action…|
|She’s 5 in a flash!|
|Showing her appreciation to all friends for coming to her party…|
Here are some useful contacts for your party needs:
1. Venue: Orchid Bowl at The Chevrons
2. Party Planner (Dessert Table, Decor, Roving Photographer) – Party with Eva
3. Birthday Favor Bags, Coloured Napkins and Plastic Cutleries – Spotlight, Plaza Singapura
4. Birthday Favors – Bowling Pin Sipper Cups, Amazon
5. Birthday Card – Pink Monkey Prints, Etsy
6. Birthday Cake – Awfully Chocolate, The Star Vista
7. Pink & Green M&Ms and Hershey Chocs – Candylicious, Takashimaya
8. Pinata – Handmade by my girlfriend, Lynn Soh (PM me for contact)
|A successful Princess & the Pins Party|
We thank God for His blessing on Dana’s life and we pray she will continue to grow as a teachable, healthy young lady who will love and worship God with all her heart and be a blessing to all around her. To God be the glory.
For previous Birthday Parties we’ve held for Dana, check out the following archived pages: