Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Long time no see

Its been ages. And no I wont give the I am back, or I promise to write spiel.

I just so happened that I wondered about my blog, blog friends.

So, N celebrated her first birthday amidst my and A's friends!! :) Hosting parties is tough. I, for one, have never hosted a party. Neither has A. So we were terribly worried if people would turn up or not. You see, we had never measured our "clout". Many people had confirmed on the phone.. but you know how it is. On the D Day, A reached the venue early. The next trip was N, me and my dad. The birthday girl had to be there early! But we got late unfortunately and all the way I was fretting, thinking it would be so rude if guests turned up earlier than us!! But nevertheless, when we reached there, I found A and his cousin sitting and twiddling thumbs.


And there were only 10 of us, all family (including Scarlett, yes, she came for N's birthday!!!). The invitation card read 11.30-3.30 and till 12 not a single person turned up. And N started getting cranky.. this party was getting nowhere near what I thought it would be.

Finally at 12.15, some two people walked in. And then I got a message from my friend saying she is delayed. Phewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. And people started pouring in. Finally. In fact, they kept coming. And I tried to circulate as much as I could but I don't think I spent more than 5 mins with anyone. N was also in a good mood, snatching gifts and envelopes from everyone!! She was pointing at everyones plate and saying mumum (that's what she calls food).

People came in even at 3!! Can you imagine that. We had ordered a 5kg fresh fruit cake - kiwi, oranges, apples, green grapes, red grapes, guava, strawberry, passion fruit etc. It got over in a jiffy. I, at least, got 2 teaspoons, A got none.

Finally the party ended with 98 people having attended (our estimate was superb!) the lunch.

A and I were stumbling, fumbling along the entire planning thing. We have never created invites.. he made one for the first time. We thought we will keep the decorations simple. Simple got equated to nothing by the decorator.. 30 bunches of balloons in a huge space was equal to nothing. And then the board telling people it is N's party!! We were just all over the place with the arrangements.

The cake too didn't have any child appropriate decoration. We ordered an "adult" fresh fruit cake.

I was also confused about return gifts, does one give it or not? What is the protocol? I finally decided against it. And the minute I did that, dad came in saying kids expect a return gift. Of course I took Scarlett for the jaunt!! The entire time we were at the kiddie store, we were oohing and ahhing over kid stuff that none of us never had.  There were these mickey mouse pencils and fruit shaped erasers and bubble blowers and what not... And we picked up some random return gifts. Did I tell you how expensive everything was turning out to be!!!

ps: if you were at the party, please to ignore the above!! 

In any case, finally the much awaited party happened. We gave only half the return gifts. A forgot to give it to his colleagues' children. N got a lot of gifts and was sitting happily among balloons and wrapping paper and cardboard and enjoying herself. All in all, an eventful day, sunshiney, happy day.

The next day we were invited to a birthday party that was at a place called claytopia. Kids could paint and adults could order  from the menu. So cool!! Why didn't we think of it?

Next year, a small birthday party please.


Bluestocking said...

Being a kid these days is so cool, at least till the time one is expected to be a master of all and jack of none :-)

Scarlett said...

I'm so glad I made it to Bangalore in spite of my fever! The trip to Sapphire was fun, it was great catching up with old friends at the party, the cake was delicious, and I enjoyed every bit of that mini vacation. My only regret is that I didn't carry filter coffee and a dispensing machine back :(

But there's always next time! Thank you for having me over :-)

the-mommie said...

"we had never measured our "clout".

LOL! True that!!! Seriously bday parties are a nightmare! every year I plan on having a smaller one than the last year's and it ends up being even bigger if that's possible!! I'm always in a tizzy about it for a month before!

You all did a great job from whatever I could make out from the pictures. The place looked really nice and the cake looked scrumptious! and don't worry too much about getting the hang of things, you have the rest of your life to create big "spectacles"! :D

Anonymous said...

The party was lovely, N! Had a great time and finally met baby N, after all those plans that got made but fell through! :)


Moonshine said...

@Bluestocking I know!! tell me about it!!

@Scarlett :D

@Mommie Nightmare is the right word!!! :) Actually till the day of the party all was hunky dory. But I was astonished that at 12 no one had turned up!!! I was like uh oh .. we are sc****d. What will we do with the cake and food for 100 ppl.
hopefully next time I will be more prepared

@S I know!! Thanks for coming though... and you better come more often now :)

mêlée said...

one whole year is gone?! hope you are having fun and generally better things to do than pour words into this space :)

Moonshine said...

@melee I think not! Being too lazy!!!