Berry celebrated her 2nd birthday with a small party thrown for her and her playmates/friends last Saturday. It was a fun gathering and of course I had a blast preparing for the big day!
It was basically a pool party with a Zoo/Animal theme, because Berry loved her visit to the zoo. Plus, she can distinguish animals now. She can even say big words, like elephant and chimpanzee! I thought it was a way to mark it as milestone, and of course, it was a theme that her guests - both boys and girls would love!
I ordered the cake above from Bee's Cakes a month before the party. I just sent Bee pegs from Berry's party buntings as reference. The cake is not only cute, it's very good too! Not too sweet at all, and the frosting on the cupcakes had a buttery goodness to it. So yummy!
To set the mood, I bought party supplies from one of those party supply stores along Middle Road in Bugis. I figured, a birthday banner, colorful table covers and napkins, flags and balloons would liven up the room and make it look festive.
I also set-up the room to have a play mat with a few of Berry's toys to keep the little ones entertained:
Lola (my mom, who flew in with my brother Andrew for the occasion) decorated Berry's name with leaves similar to her birthday banner, and Berry helped of course (Berry did the "Y"):
Tristan brought along his toy, a fish that blew out butterflies which they could catch with a net, and it was such a hit with the kids!
What I was also most excited about was the food! Upon the recommendation of my friend Frances, we hired Gustos, a Singaporean catering company. I went for the kiddie party package, and ordered food that would appeal to both child and adult palates:
Apart from colorful fusili with meatballs and spaghetti bolognese, we also had sushi (a favorite of Berry, save for tuna makis. Berry also enjoys snacking on nori, tearing the sheet to bits and chewing on them like paper):
Mini beef burgers:
Mini cheese pizzas:
Almond crusted chicken fingers (we also served crunchy fish sticks, also a fave of Berry's):
After lunch, we sang the birthday song for Berry, and she blew her candle like a pro (actually, this was a retake, we told Berry, pretend you are blowing your candle, and look! She acted so well, hahaha!)
We took a family picture for posterity, but Berry was too busy looking at her cake, heehee:
Afterwards, we went out to play some games. The kids played catch the "butterflies" (the contestant with the most number of butterflies caught wins):
And in honor of the Zoo/Animal theme, they went on a safari! Well, we really just hid animals around the pool area and the kids had to look for them, sort of like an Easter Egg Hunt:
Here are our "hunters" and their prize catch: Alexi with an elephant, Noah with a tiger, Reese with a zebra, Tristan with a rhinoceros, and Peyton holding a lion and Berry's jaguar.They all got to keep the animals they found.
When the time came for their afternoon naps and the kids headed for home, Berry sent them off with these pool party themed goodies - a wind mill, a water frisbee plus junk food (sorry parents! heehee!):
What did Berry wear? This gorgeous ensemble from Gingersnaps, which was a gift from fabulous Aunt Ingrid aka The Baghag, who shares the same birthday as Berry (yes, they were both born on June 17, how cute is that?!)
It was a simple but fun occasion, and all our guests enjoyed the food and had a lot of fun! The birthday girl had a blast and up to this day, she still sings "Happy Birthday Berry" to herself.
Without a doubt, it was a memorable occasion for us and our little girl!
Happy 2nd Birthday Berry! We all love you!!!
(Photos by Berry's Unca, Andrew Abu)