Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Making an Impromptu Party Happen

When my son turned one, we didn’t have any big party plans. We just invited his godmothers for lunch in one of the restaurants in the mall. But, my son got sick with colds and coughs the day before. At 4 am, he was having a temperature so I decided to cancel the lunch party and just invited our family and the godmothers to the hotel where we were staying to have a mini party.

I had very little sleep that night because my son was too fussy and crying because of his colds. Then I was up at 4 am, planning this impromptu party and taking care of him, making sure that his fever won’t get full blown.


I didn’t plan much for breakfast as I knew we would be going out so I had a quick breakfast of tea and chocolate sponge cake with my husband. At 6 am, my text invites were sent and I began making my to-do and shopping list.

I texted my mom to get the cake. I texted Cousin C to get a bunch of stuff from my craft closet and to print a few things. I got some vouchers for Domino’s pizza too. My plan was slowly coming into fruition. I couldn’t have made it without help from these two, especially cousin C!

When Cousin C arrived, we went to the nearby supermarket to buy supplies then we went to pick up the food. In this case, the food was 2 kinds of pasta and some pizzas.


Mom got the cake and the guests slowly arrived.


I made these printables using Microsoft Word, stuck them on straws and put them in the snack tubs. We didn’t have matching colors because I used what I had. I didn’t want to buy stuff anymore. Anyway, I think the colors evoke a sailor theme.


I made a snack bar because I knew that everyone would stay the whole day to spend some time with the little one. We needed something to last us the whole day. I got a bunch of different snacks and popcorn and some chocolates. We also got ice cream, of course.


I also put Happy Birthday flags on some of the straws.


I asked Cousin C to make a bunting out of yarn and washi tape that we stuck on the wall.


All in all, it was a fun day. I guess it was even better than the original plan. My son got to see all his family and his godmothers got to spend a little time with him. He slept after eating. Poor birthday boy. But he was able to enjoy his gifts come night time. He was feeling better after dinner.

I also got to spend some time with my friends which is great because we rarely see each other because we are all very busy with our chosen careers – A as a corporate executive, C as a pastry chef and me, as a full time mom.

So that’s how I made a first birthday party happen with just 6 hours to prepare. Whew!


  1. I enjoyed this party - simple and intimate which is what family gathering is all about especially if the celebrant is the prince of all.