We had an early Chinese New Year reunion dinner cum Eizac’s 4th birthday celebration. With Eizac being born near CNY period 4 years ago, he is normally not given a proper birthday celebration as it is festive season. Either the shops were closed or we were too busy doing CNY visitations.
But this year, he is turning 4 years old and like any other pre-schoolers, he is “suddenly” aware of birthdays or rather presents, cakes and parties associated with birthdays!
We are not big on hosting parties but decided to do a small one with the extended families in conjunction with CNY reunion dinner.
There were no other children/friends invited and my kids are the oldest (or youngest?!) in the extended family. Thus we need no entertainment, dessert tables and the likes. Yea! Because I am not good at those.
But we couldn’t just have an empty function room hey?
Floral Garage – a local floral shop – came to our rescue! The company was set up in 2015 by 2 guys who wanted to make flowers gifting an affordable option to consumers. They have gone into party decorations and supplies as well.
And the kind folks there decided to help me out with the supply of party decorations for the event as I was quite haphazard in what I wanted since it was a dual-celebration.
We ended up with a combination of both and here’s sharing how the place looked like after decorations. Have to apologise for the lack of quality photos as the older boy came down with stomach flu just the night before the event. Our hands were full with bringing him to the doctor, nursing him and getting ready for the function too. That’s why it’s advisable to either outsource venue decorations or buy ready-to-install decorations for such unforeseeable situations.
Initially I wanted lots of balloons to create a party atmosphere. Balloons are known to generate squeals from children and add on to the party mood.
There are balloon packages from Floral Garage such as those on this link. However, our event was on a Sunday which happened to be the day that Floral Garage is closed. As such, we couldn’t have the usual latex balloons as the helium will only be good for 6-8 hours. Eventually, we opt for some foil balloons which were delivered on Sat. Some managed to stay full till the event timing.
A note on the big balloon letters – they don’t float due to the size but they last for many days! I gave the festive letters to Eizac’s school a few days after the event so they can reuse them as decorations for the school’s CNY party. Very useful!
|On the other side of the wall, we have the same gold balloon letters but in “HAPPY CNY”. Star and heart shaped foil balloons for the children.|
To create a “fuller” backdrop, you can opt to get glittery backdrops from Floral Garage. Something like this: (Image from Floral Garage)
With 2 of the major walls done, I decided to work with the other materials provided. A search online rendered these pretty photos for the ceiling:
Unfortunately, I do not have enough bandwidth to do such an elaborate decoration. So we D.I.Y with the crepe streamers and balloons provided by Floral Garage and ended with a decent enough look.
Ok, it’s not as nice as those PinInterest photos. But good enough for the short time we have.
Floral Garage also sent a lovely CNY flower arrangement, which we displayed near the buffet line and thereafter “re-used” it at home. The flowers are very lasting and we still have them in the house till date!
We ordered a birthday cake from Bengawan Solo simply because it has the series of Paw Patrol cartoon characters. These are Eizac’s favourite cartoon for the season.
And he has to choose a Paw Patrol or rather “Air Patroller” as a birthday present too.
We ended the evening with a “Loi Hei”; toss up for a good Rooster Year ahead!
|The family’s usual “formation” when it comes to Loi Hei. So that the ingredients can still be eaten after the enthusiastic toss up.|
|Any parents will know it’s not easy to take a family photo with young children. We managed one here with the help of our helpful relatives.|
And Thank You to Floral Garage for the kind sponsorship of the decorations for the event. Though there was a minor slip-up due to miscommunication between their operations and marketing team, credit has to be given to the marketing team for prompt service recovery. Most people look to florists and party suppliers for significant events, so prompt, accurate deliveries and reliably good products are always a must in this trade. Floral Garage is still relatively new in the floral and party business, but they are worth a try if you want an affordable bunch of flowers or a fuss free party supplies package.
If you need some ideas for the special occasions, do check out their details below:
Floral Garage: https://floralgaragesg.com
For party supplies: https://floralgaragesg.com/party-supplies-singapore
And for the upcoming Valentine’s Day: https://valentines.floralgaragesg.com
I do especially like the artisan freestyle bouquets of flowers available on their website – “Rustic” goes well with me.
And I have some happy fresh news for readers here. Here’s a 15% LIFETIME DISCOUNT Code which you can use when you order from Floral Garage.
Hope it will come in as using savings when you get a bouquet to brighten someone’s day.
Enter this code when checking out: evelynXFG15
Next up, with Valentine’s Day in just 2 weeks time, Floral Garage is kindly sponsoring a giveaway of a “Freestyle Bouquet” for one winner! You can have it delivered to your loved one or for yourself just simply because you need some fresh flowers in the house?!
To enter the random draw, these are the criteria:
1) Visit Floral Garage Facebook Page. “Likes” are appreciated but not compulsory.
2) Visit Claude Dambreville Facebook Page. “Likes” are appreciated but not compulsory.
3) Share this post on Facebook or Repost/Regram on Instagram; please remember to tag me – “Claude Dambreville” and ensure your post setting is public. You will be contacted via your FB/IG account when you win.
T&C of this giveaway:
This giveaway ends on 8th Feb 2017. The winner will be randomly selected from announced on this blog post on 9th Feb 2017.
Winners will be contacted via the FB/IG account used to enter the giveaway. Winner will be given 48 hours to respond; failing which a new winner will be selected.
By entering this giveaway, you agree to release your email address to the sponsor for verification, contact and marketing purposes.
This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook/Instagram.
Updated on 10th Feb 2017:
Giveaway has ended! Thank you for the participation everyone! 🙂
And the winner goes to Elizabeth De Cruz! Congratulations! You will be contacted on your Facebook ID and hope the flowers will make your day extra special! 🙂
Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Rooster Year; May the new year brings new beginnings and create happy memories!
And of course to my CNY baby, A Happy Blessed Birthday! Eizac, you are super loved and cherished!