My baby is 2!
I am happy to celebrate this big day. But I have a dilemma. To throw a party or not to throw. Why so?

A traditional longevity noodle (mee sua) with 2 eggs. It is more special in our family because we cook it sweet!

A traditional longevity noodle (mee sua) with 2 eggs for the birthday boy. It is more special in our family because we cook it sweet!

I am not so much a party person. But I like how birthday celebrations are like close family and friends gatherings. It provides an excuse to bring the extended families closer. I enjoy the catch up with loved ones. I enjoy planning activities for the children. I appreciate that everyone gets together amid their own busy schedule. But if the birthday child is too young, he may not know what is happening and may even be overwhelmed by the crowd. All of us may be enjoying the mingling and playing much more than the child.

So sometimes I question the need for a big celebration for children below 3. Big celebrations can be really overwhelming. The last thing I want is to upset the birthday child. I could remember how YT cried while we were trying to take family photos during his 1st birthday. For this 2nd birthday, I was determined not to let YT get upset for the wrong reasons. As usual, I would hold a simple celebration. I would not fret too much on the fanfare. I would try to be with Little YT during the party as much as he wants me to be by his side.

Unlike many mum friends I know and see on Facebook who plan way way ahead for a big bang party, I am as usual so laid back and unplanned. In fact, I only sent out invites a few days before when the party was firm. They are close siblings and I could count on them to turn up at short notice even though I know to invite early is a courtesy. But… I was so undecided on the party.

Everything towards the details of the party was impromptu after that.

A thought on Elmo themed party came to mind just a day before the party. That is just the only favourite of YT for now. And so I googled for an Elmo banner. I want him to know it was his big day and some Elmo decorations around the house would send this message and make his day. That’s precisely the most important thing, isn’t it? It was a last minute idea but hey! At least I had ideas!

On the party day, we bought some little gifts from Daiso and after going home, I had another impromptu idea of a treasure hunt for the kiddie guests to find their own gifts. It’s better than just handing out the gifts in a line. Oh this idea came just 4 hours before the party.

The food
For all celebrations, Kel does the cooking. I did the rest of the party deco, games, gifts and tidying the house.
We had steamboat dinner.

The decoration

Deco
I printed this from here and all I need to do is string the letters together.

Elmo paper plate art
I added the paper art Elmo that we did last week. The Elmo deco put a big smile to the baby’s face at once.

The game

Clue
I divided the 11 children into 2 groups.
Each group has to work together to unravel a clue which leads to another clue till the final hiding place where the presents were.
Each clue paper was assigned a name and this person will lead the group to unravel the clue. This is needed to ensure there is no one to dominate the game, which is most likely my own children since they know their house the best.

Game1

Group 1 searching for clues

Game 2

Group 2 searching for clues

Group 1 found their treasure!

Group 1 found their treasure!

Group 2 found theirs in the washing machine!

Group 2 found theirs in the washing machine! Group 2 had many young kids and that explains that only 2 out of 6 kids made it to the last clue 😛

The cake

Birthday cake
I was not able to find an Elmo cake in the usual cake shops and I was not prepared to spend a bomb on a customized cake for something that is worth the photo keepsake but not a favorite snack for most of us. On most times, the birthday child does not eat the cake unless it is an ice-cream cake. So, I settled on a kiddie cake from Four Leaves bakery.

The photos

Family photo
Apart from our photoshoot session, we are not too successful in making Little YT smile at the camera for our family photo. He just stared. Saw that bruise below his left eye? He fell a week back and this bruise traveled down from his forehead to the eye area. Poor boy. He was actually sick on the day of his birthday and that explains his expression.

Luckily, he smiled for the birthday song.

cut cake

He cut the cake.

cut cake 2

He refused to eat the cake.

Needless to say, the kids had great fun.

And my Little YT didn’t cry… not much 🙂

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Happy 2nd birthday my dearest Little YT! We love you 🙂