Friday, December 5, 2014

Minnie Mouse Themed Birthday Party for 1st Birthday

This is another super outdated post, Baby Ashlene finally had a Minnie Mouse Themed birthday party for her 1st Birthday in late September 2014. (yes i know it's already Dec just when i decided to blog about this).

And so it was mummy's first attempt to DIY a Minnie Mouse Themed birthday party or rather a Minnie Mouse themed candy table for her. IMO having a themed party always add some identity to the party itself and makes the planning and decoration so much easier.

As there are tons of DIYs, mummy started preparations months ago! Googling for Minnie Mouse Themed birthday ideas, designing labels etc, sourcing for the right candies to customize the packaging and spending lots of time cutting, pasting, doing the banner etc.

It's a good experience, though the end result looks pretty good ( i mean you can see it's a Minnie Mouse theme), there are lots of little regrets, should-have-done-this-instead-of-that sentiments.

Another lesson learnt, no more chalet celebrations, or rather no more bbq-ing celebrations. It had be much easier if we chose to cater food instead of bbq-ing..grrr... I was so busy the whole day, we were just too worn out after the whole affair.

Ok let's take a look at my very first Minnie Mouse Themed Candy Table!

First was the Minnie mouse themed invitation card. Download the template HERE

a little Minnie Mouse sign (albeit a little too ''little'') outside to help guests identify the place


A Minnie Mouse themed banner hung at the porch outside in order to help guests identify the place, since there are so many chalets at Aloha Loyang, most of which are celebrating birthdays too!
Oh also if you do not have enough time to do all the cutting, this is the easiest banner to make! I made this Minnie Mouse themed banner at the very last minute just the day before the party.
You can download a similar template HERE


 tadah! My 1st DIY Minnie Mouse Themed Candy table! Ashlene's 1st Bday banner with the Minnie mouse head is a tad too small though. And this takes time to cut due to its irregular shape.

 More close up shots of the items on the Minnie Mouse Themed Candy Table

 Different angle shots of the Minnie Mouse Themed candy table. All helium balloons (the polka dots helium balloons and the pretty Minnie Mouse Balloon Bouquet) were bought by Ashlene's godma a.k.a mummy's bff. How blessed Ashlene is to have a godma who always showered her with tons of gifts.


 and so the Number 1 balloon and standing balloon on the left with the Minnie Mouse head is done by my aunt. 

 this was the first Minnie Mouse themed banner done actually and it's too small so i used it for the candy table instead, not bad eh..





 I love how the pink and white balloons from Number 1 blends perfectly with the Minnie Mouse Theme

 DIY  Minnie Mouse Themed labels for bubbles! there're plenty of outdoor space available for the kids to play. this became a hit with the kids and one of those items that went out of stock really fast.

 My DIY marshmallow pops and recycled holder. Couldn't find wrapping paper that is pink with white polka dots, hence i did the design in powerpoint and printed it on my own. Used it to wrap the holder and paste a Minnie Mouse themed medallion over it. Tadah! 

 DIY Nutella brownie cupcakes on a Minnie Mouse themed cupcake stand. Oh i still have a piece off this cupcake stand brand new, looking to let go. Do email me at andrea_lyq@yahoo.com if you are keen.

 found these cute minnie mouse themed popcorn boxes online and decided to use them to hold serviettes.

DIY Minnie Mouse themed water bottle labels

DIY Minnie Mouse themed chocolate wrappers. finally found a chocolate with pink wrappers. love how pretty it looks on the Minnie Mouse themed candy table

 DIY Minnie mouse oreo pops!


Found these cute looking jars from Daiso and decor them with Minnie Mouse themed medallions and some ribbons, they are a tad too small though.

One of my favorites! Found these pink and white lychee pudding from EGO. Just paste the Minnie Mouse themed medallion over and it looks so pretty on the Minnie Mouse themed candy table.

Another pink candy - Mentos! Just wrap it with my DIY Minnie Mouse themed labels.


 tadah, the minnie mouse tower made by my aunt.

and that's a pretty back view of pretty godma helping with the decor

ordered the Minnie Mouse themed cake from Pine gardens which taste heavenly!

the kids having a bubbly time!

 bought this minnie mouse headband specially for her and guess what? i was so busy that i forgot about it totally when it's cake cutting and photo taking time.

 it's a must to bring the walker there! at least we don't have to keep an eye on her 100% of the time (not like we have the time) she's safer in the walker as compared to roaming around the place freely. Aloha Loyang chalet is huge!



 of cos it's time to eat dinner!

 the birthday girl was so hungry that she's angry with me for feeding her a moment slower as i was busy chatting with the guests while feeding her



 4 cute babies! The rose among the thorns. haha.. it's so difficult to take a proper photo of them.



 Cake cutting time! Notice we are wearing the same family t shirt? This was the 2nd set i've ordered, the first set looks much nicer which i've ordered from taobao but it didn't fit me. I've to sell it away reluctantly and thankfully i found this set on qoo10.sg with a shorter shipping time so it came in time for our Minnie Mouse birthday theme.



 the not so good thing about Aloha Loyang chalet is that the living room is non airconditioned and it was such a warm day. By the time we got down to cake cutting and photo taking, Ashlene is starting to be cranky!

Groupie with the group of mummies that we've known and began chatting in our whatsapp group chat ever since we were in the 2nd trimester of our pregnancy! 





Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fidgets at the Grandstand (Turf City) Review - Babies / Toddlers area

Brought baby Ashlene to Fidgets at the Grandstand on a Monday. Ain't sure about the weekend crowd but you know how chaotic indoor playgrounds can be with crowds hence thought of checking out the place on a weekday.

Just a little intro about Fidget @ Grandstand
Growing from 10,000 sq feet to 16,000 sq feet - Fidgets World is the flagship store and the largest outlet
under the Fidgets family! Located at The Grandstand, Fidgets World houses multiple concepts under one roof!
With activities such as music, baking, art & craft, makeover and a photo studio - children and even adults will
enjoy endless fun at Fidgets World!

What a right decision it was! Fidget at the Grandstand is pretty empty on a weekday, especially at the babies / toddlers area. Most of the time, there are only 2 or 3 other babies / toddlers at the babies / toddlers section as you can see from the photos.

So..why Fidgets? 
Fidgets at Grandstand Review
1. Read pretty good reviews and saw photos of their babies/ toddlers area. Seems bigger and more fun than the babies / toddlers area at Kids Amaze - Safra Toa Payoh.
The structures were also fully padded, safe to let your baby free play. Major plus point, the play area for babies / toddlers are separated from the older kids play area and older kids are "banned" from playing at the toddlers zone.

2. Free entry for babies below 1 year old!

3. Free usage of lockers

4. Free parking

5. Relatively nearer to home and more accessible (10 minutes drive along PIE)
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With all the FREE, need I say more?
Of course one of the main deciding factor was the size of the babies / toddlers play area as well as the fact that it's a good trial for baby Ashlene especially that entry is Free.
But I am certainly impressed with how spacious, clean and well maintained the place is, we will definitely be returning.

Fidgets at Grandstand Review
How to get to Fidgets @ Grandstand (Turf city)
Fidgets at Grandstand Review
Driving
In my opinion, it's much more convenient to park at the open car park behind Giant / Pasar Bella instead of the open space car park above the car dealers.
It's easier to get to Fidget, located at level 3 via Pasar Bella. Just enter Pasar Bella and take the lift to level 3.
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Map provided from www.fidgets.com.sg 
Public Transport
Free shuttle buses to the Grandstand are provided from Toa Payoh MRT! Wootz, how convenient that is for those who doesn't drive.
For more information on the shuttle bus and how to get there as well as their rates, please visit http://www.fidgets.com.sg/world.aspx 

And so these shoe racks were the first thing that greeted us when we enter, LOL. There're plenty of shoes racks available so you don't worry about having to plonk your footwear all over the floor and risk someone kicking them away or stepping all over them.



Lockers were also available for use for Free! Just enquire with the counter to get the locket key. However do take note that the penalty is $20 should you lose the key.
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the art and craft area

The playground for bigger kids, didn't really went in to explore, hence the limited photos. But notice how spacious it is and not as claustrophobic as some of the other indoor playgrounds?




Finally, we are approaching the babies / toddlers play area


Tadah...spacious, empty and looks fun!

 Fidgets at Grandstand Review
The babies / toddlers zone is also located right next to the cafe. They have a few ride ons as well

And the following will be the 2 play structures for babies and toddlers. Good enough for Baby Ashlene to explore. Fidgets at Grandstand Review

 Fidgets at Grandstand Review


Baby Ashlene made a new friend there too! Check out how happy she was. 

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lost in a pool of balls! Literally having a ball of a time

 and so Baby Ashlene continued having fun at the other structure where she can crawl around so freely
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Mr. Keir trying to get some pretty shots of Baby Ashlene. While she's finally paying attention to the climbing structure


Baby Ashlene loves to crawl through little tunnels! She's always attempting to crawl under the table or something even when she's at home.


she's having so much fun, she decided to do yoga for a break.


and finally, she notices the mirror there 


Enough of free play and climbing time, it's time for the ride-ons!
The good thing about the ride-ons here, it's really catered to both babies and toddlers. For babies, there are certain models of the coupe cars with floor board attached so you can push your little ones around safely without having to fear hurting their little feet. e.g the pink little coupe Baby Ashlene was in, comes with the floor board attached.

and well, she seems more interested in opening and closing the car door than being pushed around =____=


Mr. Keir suggested to put her in this little tunnel to take a photo because it looks like one of those green tunnels you can jump in for some secret coins stage in Super Marios. Yes Baby Ashlene happened to be dressed like super mario that day. ahaha.


And so we had so much fun and enjoyed ourselves at Fidgets World, Grandstand. Visited the restroom just before we left.
Again, i was impressed by how meticulous they are.

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They provide slippers for you to wear to the restroom so you will not wet your socks.



and there's even a play pen for you to place your baby in should you need to answer nature's call.
This is really important. I still remembered there was once I didn't dare to visit the rest room at a mall cos I was all alone with Baby Ashlene and I've no idea how to do it!



Changing table that's all padded too! And a urinal for boys.



There, our day ended at Fidget. Baby Ashlene had so much fun she KO-ed soon after she had her milk feed so we managed to eat our lunch in peace at one of the restaurants at level 1 - which i couldn't remember the name.
But they were having this 1 for 1 lunch promotion with DBS card.

All-in-all it's a wonderful day at Fidget Grandstand and we will definitely visit again, even though she probably have to pay the next time we visit.

~ Baby Ashlene @ 1 year old!