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Party Update

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Warning: Ms Modesty was reading this post with a raised eyebrow and a smirk on her face. Very annoyed, I packed her off to Mars with a one-way ticket. 
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Party was a soooper doooper hit! Kids and the moms and the few dads had a whale of a time! We had a good turnout too – around 67 turned up out of the 80 invited. Party started at 5.30 and went on till 9 PM. We had organised 4 art and craft activities and 3 traditional Indian games. Our wonderful neighbors volunteered as organisers for the events – party wouldn’t have been a success without them. We managed to have a Healthy and Green party that was also interesting (thoroughly enjoyable; the best b’day party ever- said the kids). Yay!

The art and craft activities were:

1. Bead key chains and bracelets: Initially the boys shied away from the beads. One little boy made a key chain and that triggered the rest of them to follow suit. They even made their own little variations. I saw these key chains on many cycles later. Girls  made some very pretty bracelets too.

2. Block Printing: We had plain white hankies and two types of blocks. No two printed hankies were alike. After the beads, boys didn’t shy away from anything else.

3. Decorative Terracotta Diya: We had the large size diyas. Some metallic colours, glitter and stones and the kids made magic! Again each diya was different ranging from simple to complex designs. Some kids were so interested that they made two diyas…

4. CD Painting: Borrowed the idea from utbt. We prepared the CDs beforehand – spread glue and smeared our own humble kola maavu instead of coloured sand. I made couple of samples so that the kids got an idea. Since this is a bit time consuming and effort intensive, we packed it for them to try at home.

And we had made newspaper bags for the kids to carry these back home.
G akka, Pattu’s caretaker deserves all the credit for preparing the CDs and the paper bags. MIL pitched in too.

Kids and moms had total fun with art and craft. A mom of a sleepy 2 yr old dropped her son at home and came back to do crafts. Lot of moms further borrowed the CD idea and newspaper bag idea for the kids’ reuse-recycle school projects.
All party decor conceived and executed by my mom. She also put up with resultant party mess in her house.
Pattu’s hairdo (which was very pretty and attracted many compliments) and dressing by G akka.  Pattu also liked the b’day frock that G akka bought for her so that’s what she wore at the party.

………doing a virtual dhrishti………I’m blessed to have such lovely people around……

Coming to Games:

1. Cycle tyre race – we had big and small cycle tyres for different age groups. Made some people nostalgic. Kids were oh so excited.

2. Gilli danda – Everyone (including some adults) had a go at this…

3. Bambaram (top) – Surprisingly, not many were adept at this. By the time we started bambaram, it started to rain and we had to cut it short and shift indoors.

All procurement for games by our driver and and event management by hubby, some wonderful neighbors 

Now to the Food:

Utbt – you were right about the food. Kids didn’t even miss the chips and the samosas. And the parents really appreciated the thought and the effort (and our guts 😉  )

1. Whole wheat pasta + corn and veggies in mint and basil sauce – a huge hit across age groups. It just vanished in minutes! Kids came back for second and third helpingsMany moms called me later for the recipe 😉
2. Bhel Puri – a hit with older kids and adults and a few 3 yr olds as well
3. Chutney sandwich – older kids and adults
4. B’day cake and chocolates – the cake was the ‘melt in your mouth’ variety… from Hot Breads
5. Real and Tropicana fruit juices

I was planning to bake some muffins but most moms felt it would be an overkill and kids would not be able to eat more than these many items. We served very little initially and kids came back for a second helping of their fav snack. Very little food wasted.

Utbt – ‘No Gifts’ on the invite worked... only 2 or 3 gave gifts. The whole community is planning to adopt this policy of no gift – no return gift b’day parties. We were quite worried about the kids’ attitude towards return gifts lately.

Pictures – next post…. 

Pattu turns 5

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Today!

She had 2 new sets of clothes to choose from. She chose to wear an old frock that she likes most. This is your day Pattu and your joy counts, who are we to tell you otherwise.

Pattu has been waiting to turn 5 since her dear friend P is 5. P is exactly 1 yr older than Pattu so I told her

Amma: “When you turn 5 P will become 6”
Pattu: looking all upset “Tell P to wait amma…then we both can be 5 together…”

Well, Pattu, Time is merciless…

Healthy and Green

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I’ve been going around with some dangerous ideas in my head lately. No, no…I’m not gonna enroll myself for music classes…not that dangerous.  I’m thinking of a healthy and green b’day party for Pattu. While it is generally very fashionable to use a smattering of these words in conversations, they are not necessarily party highlights…if u know what I mean… that too if your audience is kids.

I. Healthy….
Imagine a b’day party without fries, fryums, wafers, samosas/ puffs/ cutlets/burgers/ pizzas… more so, imagine b’days with cucumber, carrot, fruit salads, idli/dhokla, cup corn, sundal…. I sounded this off with a few kids here are some reactions,
‘aunty, last year they served fruit salad at S’s party… we are not planning to attend this year..’
‘aunty you can serve corn and chips and samosas…let people take what they like’ – the kid who didn’t want to hurt me.
…. you get the picture. I don’t have to tell you all…kids are ruthless. Imagine the kind of nick names they’ll call me *SHUDDER*
But, but…I am not one to give up. Iron will …heard of it?
So, here’s goes my list:
1. bhel puri, small triangles of chutney sandwich – whole wheat/ multigrain bread, whole wheat pasta with corn, mini fruit muffins (that I plan to bake) + b’day cake ; non aerated fruit juice ; chocolates ; cookies
Any other non messy, easy, healthy and interesting option? Ideas please…

II Green
No plastic cups/ confetti, etc. Bio degradable cups and plates; etc. etc..
Hubby strictly said no gifts and no return gifts… it has to be celebration for the pure joy of it and not be burdened with gifts and such trappings. Very radical. But it is like serving cucumber and boiled carrots for the party. I told him that his daughter would be alone and friendless after such a party. None of that moved his Iron will…the family seems to have this in plenty.

But then I got a bulb… I thought I’ll organise art and craft…

– Wooden beads – they can make bracelets/ key chains
– Pot painting – a pack of seeds with each pot
– Block printing on white hankies
– Danglers with used CDs
– Newspaper bags to carry these

So long as they have things to carry back home, I think kids would be happy…what do you think?
Any other ideas folks? Let me know before this weekend…

While I was away

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...lots of Happy Birthdays happened…

  • This blog turned one – since my first post i.e. Happy Birthday Blog!
  • Puttu turned 4 – a few friends out here saw the ticker and wished too – That was really nice guys…thank you sooo much! We had a simple and small get together at home.
  • Krishna and Ganesha were born

…I went gallivanting…

  • I set out on an Art and Craft trail and discovered some wonderful shops selling artsy craftsy stuff, tucked away in some nondescript corners – I promise to cover these in a few parts.

…some experiments

  • I tried my hand at some art and craft stuff – made some candles and tried glass painting besides the pottery workshop

AND…I won ..


Birthday Birthday Oh What Fun!

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We had Pattu’s B’day party last weekend so that all kids could make it. We had it at the park in our colony so kids could run around and play freely and I think that was a good idea.

Its been a year and a half since we moved into this neighborhood, and Pattu’s 2nd birthday party was the first official party of the colony. We probably had only 15 families who had moved in by then.Though we had invited only the kids last time, most of the families had turned up just so that we all could meet and get to know each other. The nostalgia brought most of those families back and we really had a good time.

Hired some games (bowling pin set, dart game..) from Toyzdayout – kids just loved them and had a great time! After the cake cutting and eating formalities, kids gathered and started the games and went on till 9 PM till they dropped from sheer exhaustion. We had all age groups and so we had games designed for all of them.

This time we had our camera in shape (yeah, we didn’t have batteries last time!) and have some good snaps…

Pattu was delighted with the gifts – she is still fascinated with the wrappers and the boxes more than the gifts per se. She got her first Salwar suit from her care taker and loved the duppatah so much that she even wore it with her frocks and t shirts the whole day. Here’s the pic of the big girl in salwar…and other snaps

A fascinating tale with brilliant illustration through ‘Dancing on Walls’ from Art and Anush – not just Pattu, all of us liked it. Pattu’s been gazing at the moon looking for the moon people :D. The hand made dolls from Tsunamika have been saved (along with the card) – will give them to pattu when she is old enough to understand.

…and thus ‘happy tired’, we hugged and zzzed through the rest of the night (which was too little) and through morning only to wake up at 9 AM!

The Weekend that was

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Tomorrow is Pattu’s ‘Happy Birthday’ – she turns 3, a big girl! She would jump up and touch a low hanging twig and say, ‘see amma, I’m a big girl!’. Yes indeed!

Planning the party this weekend. So, that was my reason to go on a shopping spree – went berserk and thoroughly enjoyed it. And then there’s this added joy in spreading out all the little knick knacks on the rug and sharing it with rest of the family – I haven’t quite figured out which part I enjoy more – the actual shopping or the sharing later with family.

Peeped into Toyzdayout (thanks to Art) and Peek-a-boo. My Reviews here.

Sunday started with wishing Ganesha a ‘Happy Birthday’. Pattu wore a new pavadai chattai for Ganesha’s b’day and happily went and sat on a low stool that was decorated with kolam and flowers, meant for keeping Ganesha’s prasadams -she just declared that it is her ‘special stool’ and that became her obsession for the day. She was almost about to inaugurate the prasadam but paati somehow managed to save it for neivedyam.

And when pattu was napping, I managed to rearrange her room to include the new ‘writing desk’ that had arrived just in time for the birthday. I like the look on her face when she walks in to a rearranged room 🙂 …she’s been happy so far with my experiments…

And then we went out – without an agenda. We first went to a terracotta place and didn’t pick up anything. Then we were wondering what to do when sk (hubby) suggested beach and so we headed to the sholinganallur beach on ECR. Pattu is scared of waves, she won’t even tread on wet sand and would hold me really tight when the waves come near. But yesterday she was quite adventurous and allowed the waves to just about kiss her toes. Well, we are trying to be friendly…just need some time. Since we were tired from running around, we were hungry and so we drove straight into Delhi Dhaba. Pattu slept on the way back – tired, but happy tired…only to wake up at 11 PM! Had to humour her till 1 PM and then we kept tossing in the bed to sleep only at 3 AM! And a Monday morning to look forward to!