The 2nd quarter of the year has been extremely hectic for us. With the daughter’s birthday in April, the hubby and my own birthdays in May, our 20th Wedding Anniversary in mid June followed closely by Buddy’s birthday one week later. I heaved a big sigh of relief when the party celebrations finally drew to a close yesterday.
We held a simple birthday celebration in his preschool last Friday with a customised Number 5 pull-apart cupcakes from our fav home-baker, Kai Lee of Cativating Cake and Cupcake. I order from Kai Lee year after year because she doesn’t add any nasty preservatives to her bakes and her cakes are delish. The birthday boy was literally bursting with excitement when he saw the cake. As it’s the June school holidays, half of the class were not in school but those who did sang the birthday song for you with gusto. One thing’s for sure: 5 year olds sure love birthdays!
On Buddy’s actual birthday (23 June 2019), we invited 10 of his closest friends to a special party at BUDS, Indoor Playground, at Shangri-la Orchard hotel. This was a party package (worth SGD1188) which Daddy won on BUDS’ social media contest specially for Buddy and we can’t thank God enough for His favor and provision! Here’s our winning video entry:
As with all the parties, I outsource to reliable professional vendors as much as I can. This year, I located Cindy of CakeMadders by word of mouth and engaged her to do up a Paw Patrol Dessert Table inside BUDS’ party room. We communicated via FB Messenger and I leave it to her creativity to interpret the theme. A nicely done up dessert table becomes the central conversation piece of the party. I am so glad Cindy was willing to accept my orders at the 11th hour and she did such a fabulous job. I also enlisted my shopaholic sister’s help to order Marshall plush toys and fireman hats to be given away as door gifts (with less than 10 days to the party). Here’s how everything magically came together for Buddy’s Paw-fect 5th party:
Buddy and his little guests enjoyed BUDS so much that every single one of them was reluctant to leave when the party ended. Having a birthday celebration at BUDS is absolutely fuss-free for us as hosts – the kids self-entertained inside the amazing playground structure while the parents sit comfortably in the party room (away from the noise and chaos) to chat. I must commend the BUDS party team, Ms. Christina, Ms Hidayah and Mr. Aaron, for being so attentive and accommodating to our needs. They played an instrumental part to ensure the celebration went without any glitches. All our party guests were very impressed by the level of service and the food quality. We couldn’t have asked for a better party venue partner.
Read our previous comprehensive review of BUDS by Shangri-la here.
The BUDS party may have concluded the birthday celebrations for our son but it is only the beginning of his 5th year as a precocious young boy. Dear Buddy, it is our prayer that you will continue to grow in wisdom, kindness and health; that you will always be resilient when you face challenges and you’ll never give up learning new things. This year, we’ve seen you stepped out of your comfort zone to try different activities (such as snorkelling, flying trapeze, reading) and we are so proud of you. You have brought us unspeakable joy (we love your surprise hugs!) and we have never stopped thanking God for you daily. We love you x3000! Happy 5th Birthday!
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