As we were getting close to 1 year, we knew we had to thank many friends and relatives who had called on, brought gifts and showed much love for baby A.
My planning had started months before the birthday. I wanted a simple, yet memorable and enthralling experience esp. for kids; also off late I have been thinking about our carbon footprints and how we can reduce waste, so my thoughts and ideas revolved around a sustainable and eco-friendly celebration.
Posted on one of the mumbai based groups on facebook for help for decor, got a wonderful response. What was even more satisfying was to have people appreciate the thought and many showed their willingness to join me. I contacted one of the members who I found very creative with papercraft and was enthusiastic about the project.
I started collecting ideas for decors and finalised floral installation. Though initially i wanted to use upcycled CDs cassettes bangles ( have plenty of them; may be i will keep them for A’s next birthday party) since fixing these in a large banquet hall would have been a challenge. I had to coordinate with the banqueting team, the event organiser( who was responsible for a part of decor and lighting), the decor lady, already too many parties were involved, i didn’t want to complicate things further, so I stuck to simple paper flower and cloth frill decoration.
|The main backdrop|
Birthday party also means lots and lots of gifts and when you invite over 100 families it could mean those many gifts ( mostly toys for a one year old) plus that much of plastic being used ( wrapping paper + poly bags) also these gifts would mean to take up a lot of space to store, which sadly any mumbai home would fall short of. So i decided to leave a polite note of ” no gifts”. Thankfully we got saved of a gifts’ tsumani. Many friends still got gifts and honestly we excitedly opened them up to show them to A. Nothing is more exciting than opening up gifts after a birthday party. It takes you back to your own childhood.
|A glimpse of the puppet show|
The inconspicuous theme of our party was “green”, dominant color was golden though. We expected around 40 kids, so we kept many activities for them. We had a trampoline, a potter, a tattoo artist and the highlight of the function was a puppet show. We also had few games, dance and DJ and a Selfie booth that went superhit. I wanted a cycle/rickshaw or a scooter for the booth and luckily our organiser got a beautiful Sone ki cycle ( golden color cycle). The props added to the fun.
|Posing with the b’day boy|
Birthday parties have excitement from the beginning tilll the end, because the end gets you a return gift. To stick to the theme, my idea was to give something that is useful, eco friendly and something that would intrigue the kids. After discussing it with others in the family I finalised piggybank as a giveaway. Since ceramic ones had shipping issues I zeroed down on cute wooden house shaped piggy banks. These were handcrafted and sourced from Sarahanpur in UP. (Saharanpur is known for wooden and wrought iron handicrafts.)
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