sh** that was a lot of work. You don't realize how much crap you have to buy for your sweetheart. There are so many little pieces like for example, you can't just buy balloons. You have to buy strings as well and sticky tape if you don't have. Which you never find around your house and when you go and buy and tell yourself that you will put them in a safe drawer, it turns out to be the same safe drawer that you put all the other sticky tapes that you said you will save and remember.
I told myself that I am just going to make a simple outdoor party for my friends with cute party decor, sandwiches, drinks and party favors. I visioned twinkle lights all around the courtyard and was proud of myself for actually taking the time and buying some and then realizing as I was going home that it will be a daytime event and no one will be able to actually see the lights. Got a bit flustered but that's alright, I moved on...
I even got my friend Amina who was a popular contestant in Masterchef to make the food. But when you are asking one of Australia's best chefs to make a meal, you don't ask them to make a fruit salad. That's what I did. Trust Mariam to ask a chef to make something that will show absolutely none of their talent in cooking. I realised my big mistake soon enough, called her in a panic and asked her if I can change the menu. She simply responded with a yes and reminded me that we had lots of time and I felt pretty ridiculous for my over exaggeration. I had to keep reminding myself that I am not actually planning a wedding.
Everyone has been going crazy with these candy buffets so I decided that since my friends are in their mid 20s that instead of having a candy buffet, that I would have cute little blue and white dotted party favours with candy inside. As soon as I gave the guests with infants the candy, I realised that I was handing them out potentially choking hazard chocolates but whatever, I just brushed that off. I'm sure it will be fine. And instead of writing a simple message on each candy I thought of putting different quotes. Trust me to put in the longest quotes ever and forget that I would have to hand write like a million of them. Some of them I wrote the quote by Oscar Wilde, "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention" and it went on to another sentence about the candy and thanking them. I donnno, it just went on. Next year, "Thanks for coming! Love, Hasan" and I'll just attach a poetry book or just print off a poem. Or just nothing.
I thought it would be really cute to make Hasouni his invitation cards. I started a couple of months ago and things were going well. I was enjoying buying all these ribbons and card stocks. Just to make it harder on myself, I decided to make each invitation card different from one another.
What is the REASON for that?
Did anyone see the different types? No?
Was it cost efficient? No. Not at all.
Did I enjoy it. Sure?
But, I did take a photo!
Here are some photos of Hasouni's party. What do you think?
Next time, order helium tanks. I almost fainted blowing up over 50 balloons. And yes, they are still hanging on the wall. I noticed that after a kid's birthday party, the decorations on the wall look like as if you went to a really bad rave party. There are just so many colours. It's seriously makes me dizzy so I've been spending a lot of time in my room
the best part was my friend surprised me with Hasan's birthday cake. look at how gorgeous it was! the poor girl had to make it vegan and nut free for hasoun and it didn't help when I kept asking her "so. ..have you made cakes before? ? can you make it green like a forest? no wait can you make it blue? so how many have you made. ..is there any sesame inside? is there cream in the icing (she's vegan)"
I would show you more pics but I can't find the cord to upload my dslr photos. I'm sure I'll get around to it before he turns two!
My advice is do what ever you like. It is a special time and it is worth all that trouble. Once.