July 27, 2010

Yan Yan's 1st birthday

We celebrated Yan Yan's 1st birthday last Saturday, two days after her actual birthday. It was a dual celebration as Saturday was also her papa's birthday, so papa got to tumpang glamour a little bit. Well come to think of it, it's a triple celebration as it's also the day we signed on the dotted lines as husband and wife but of course, the star of the evening was the little girl.

I started planning for the party about two weeks ago, sourcing for a restaurant which would be willing to let us have the whole place from 6-10pm as I wasn't keen to have it at home to avoid having to clean up after the party. The solution came in this restaurant whose core business is catering, and since they don't open on Saturdays and Sundays, we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. We didn't intend to have a big do but still ended up with close to 50 adults and 35 children.

Since I had been really busy at work, I bought most decorative items and favours for party packs online. It was a breeze just waiting for the courier to deliver the stuff, before packing the individual bags with other snack items.

I ordered two cakes, one each for Yan Yan and her papa, from this talented lady, and again, I wasn't disappointed. Yan Yan's cake was gorgeous, and I was amazed with the intricate details on the little girl, right down to her two front teeth! And the lion head was a hit with the boys, with many of them requesting for a piece of the lion :-). It was my first time tasting orange poppy seed cake and I liked the "crunchiness" as I bite into the tiny seeds. The other was moist chocolate cake which was super rich and yummy.

The lion head cake reflects hubby's passion in Lionism, with the words "A Lion That Touches Many Lives"

And of course, birthday celebrations can't do without the ubiquitous red eggs, can it?

Being her first birthday, we decided to splurge a little bit and got someone to come in to entertain the children. He performed magic tricks, puppet shows, organized simple games, rounded the children up for the cake-cutting before wrapping it all up by twisting balloons for the children. Needless to say, the children had a blast.

One for the family

And here's the birthday girl, oblivious to all that's happening around her. She's probably thinking, "It's MY birthday but how come all these kor-kor and che-che are enjoying themselves so much?"

Happy Birthday Darling. May you have a blessed, happy and healthy life ahead of you.


Hui-Wearn said...

she's growing up prettier & prettier each day! happy belated birthday to yan yan!

Kit said...

Happy birthday, Yan Yan! She does look blur amidst all the celebration :) Think her jie jie enjoyed it more, ya?

The cakes are beautiful!!! I love the pink look and the tiny hearts. The baker is really, really good - I visited her site and love her handiwork!

~LiLHypPo's mUMmy~ said...

Happy belated Birthday Yan Yan!! And to your hubs too.

The cakes look absolutely amazing!! Love the tiny details as well :)

smallkucing said...

50 adults and 35 kids...wow that is a big party! Yan Yan look lovely in her party dress. Must develope this photo and frame it up :D

MieVee @ MummysReviews.com said...

Happy birthday to you, Yan Yan! Stay happy and healthy all year round. :)

michelle@mybabybay said...

Happy Birthday! Very cute lion cake.

Cynthia said...

Happy Birthday to your girl! I'm a newbie at this (ie silent blogger) but been following since I started. Thank you, loving the inspiration!!! The cake is awesome btw!

BoeyJoey said...

HAppy belated birthday, Yan Yan! And to your hubby too.

So fast and she's already one year old.. i remembered her birthday is only 2 days after QQ's :-).

A Mom's Diary said...

HW - thanks.

Kittycat - she was pretty amazing that day. She allowed everyone to carry her without a fuss. The baker is awesome - that's why I keep going back to her though her prices are a bit on the high side, but then again, you can't really put a price on such handiwork.

LilHyppo's Mummy - can't agree more. Simply love the cake.

smallkucing - huge indeed. I'm still perplexed as to how we ended with so many people :-)

Mievee/Michelle/Boey Joey - thanks.

Cynthia - thanks for dropping a line. Hope to hear more from you more often.

Angeleyes said...

Ooops!! I missed the action!!!!

Happy Belated Birthday Yan-Yan!

I must go bug Faith to make me some cakes next time to taste! hahahaha
The cakes looked gorgeous!

zmm said...

Wow.. what a big celebration!

Nice cakes!

A Mom's Diary said...

Angeleyes - thanks to you for giving me her contacts last time, and yes, go bug her when you come down to KL next time :-)

ZMM - good thing I didn't need to clean up :-)