Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kabir's 2nd Birthday Party

This post should have been created 2 months back in October, my favourite month of the year, when my dear son Kabir was born 2 years ago. As you all know, I had to go to India at the last minute and this party had to be postponed. The new date for party was set as Nov 20th, vs Oct 30th. I am glad most of the people could make it on this new date.

The theme we decided on was Sesame Street as Kabir loves all the characters in it. The invitations were also made on the same lines. I had so much fun designing this card. Got it printed on a white linen card stock, and added a pop up Elmo on top. Then I backed it with an orange card stock to create a border.

After adding the border, this card was no longer of standard size. So I had to come up with this half envelope instead, and decorated it with balloons popping out.

Birthday Boy

Thats the birthday boy, my darling son Kabir, wearing his favourite character Elmo's shirt. It was created by a very sweet seller on etsy and she even customised it to add the number '2' on the back. I loved the way it turned out.  Kabir's hat is also made by an etsy seller. She covered this hat in her blog here.

I have been wanting to make these tissue pom poms from a while now. I made 8 of these in all bright colors. This was the last piece to go up the wall/ceiling for the party, so I was dead tired and was thinking that maybe I took up more than I could handle. As I climbed the ladder with this thought, Kabir touched my feet and said 'Good job Mama'. That made it all worth it.

I wanted to make lots of bunting for the party. So I got patches of colorful fabric and rick rack trim. It was as simple as cutting the fabric into triangles and sewing it onto the lace. This was the easiest project I made for the party.

Birthday cake had to be a chocolate cake as Kabir loves it. I added tons of chocolate chips to it, just to make something special for the kids. For cake topper, I made an Elmo out of fondant. I thought it turned out ok, but when Kabir saw it, he said its 'Papa Elmo'.... lol .. I guess it was a little fat for an Elmo.

Cake Pops
Oooh.. I had so much fun making these Elmo and Big Bird cake pops. Got this idea from Bakerella. I wanted to make Oscar and Big Bird as well, but because of lack of time, had to stick to just these two, as this was the most time consuming. Its red velvet cake pops with yummy cheese frosting added to it.  It was big hit. Kids and adults all liked the pops.

I enjoyed making these hats in all the Sesame Street characters : Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abbey, Count, Bert, Ernie. I made these out of cardstock paper, and attached a ribbon instead of an elastic for each of these, as little kids were to wear it.

Other stuff on the cake table:
Chocolate Chip cookies from Cookie Monster

Elmo Juice Boxes
Candy and Ice Cream Buffet
The candy buffet had rock candy, big suckers, sixlets, cookies, M&Ms, swedish fish and alphabets and lots of ice cream. Kabir still asks for the leftovers from this buffet. He thinks that by merrily saying 'Trick or Treat',  he would be handed another candy.

Candy Buffet

These are all the birthday banners, signs and cake toppers I made for the party.

Cake Cutting
Kabir had waited for this moment for a very long time. He was so ready to blow the candles on his cake. But, he no longer wanted to keep his hat on, so Rohit and I wore one too, in desperate attempt to encourage him to keep his on.

Party Games
We played 'Pin the nose on Elmo', 'Oscars Trash Toss'(everyone's favourite), Big Bird's Journey to Ernie(with Easter eggs), Pass the 'Ernie' and Cookie Monster Pinata. Apart from this, there were kiddie tables and chairs where kids could color or play with playdough.

Goodie Bags
I decorated plain brown bags with Elmo/Cookie Monster on one side, and 'Thank You' note on tthe other side. These bags were filled with 'Bubbles from Ernie', Sesame Street drawing books along with some more goodies. I also made crayon rolls for all the kids at the party. For the kids at Kabir's daycare,  I made Elmo and Cookie monster pom poms from wool.

I loved putting this party together for my little cookie, and his reactions and "wow's" at each step made it worth it. 


Annu said...

We had great fun at the party, and Tania, you did great job with all of the crafts!!!

Nitika said...

Cant believe you did ALL that yourself, Tania! Awesome job! Kabir is two already?? I held him as a baby just a while ago!


well done tania.awesome mom

Tania Tangri said...

@Annu: Thanks. We loved having you and your 2 munchkins over for the party.
@Nitika: Thanks Nitika... Yeah.. after a kid, time just flies away. You will soon realise this with dear Sasha.
@Varun: Thanks...

Divya jairath said...

I am so impressed!! Its inspiring too read Tania... Great Job!!

Supriya said...

Great job didi.......everything has come out so beautifully :). I am a big fan of our posts on this blog :)

Prabhjot. said...

Tania so impressive your love for crafts and you are so damn good at it...a devoted mom.So proud of you.

Yamini Kaur said...

Tania this is just awesome.. so much effort and love.. and so worth it !! You can take this up as a profession anytime !! If you didn't tell me, I would think you got this done from a professional party organizer. Lots of love to Kabir and wish him many more such beautiful birthdays.. Great job Kabir-di-ma !!

Pranjal said...

Tania, super job! All this looks so professional! You should consider starting an 'event mgmt' firm :)
I love reading these posts from you! Keep them coming

Tania Tangri said...

@Divya Didi: Thanks Didi. You are too kind.
@Supriya: Thanks a lot.
@Thanks Bhuiya.
@Mini Didi: Kabir & Kabir-di-ma says Thanks and sending loads of love your way.
@Pranjal: Thanks dear. 'Event mngmt firm.. hmm.. maybe some day ..:-))

Unknown said...

Doearest Tania O Tania THE Mom, Tanu I feel greatly, immensly happy, satisfied to see you as mother,wife, as the way you are right now.Try to enjoyor observe the moment and the space, when Kabir responded,"vow,good job mom". The space, from where these words reflects the feelings of son of 2 years, for his mom,completes the bondage of a mother and son. Tanu, you are a complete mother and wife, God bless you.Be the way you are. I love you beta. PAPA

Tania Tangri said...

Oh Thank You Papa.

maha said...

awesome!!!! anu has been telling me to look at this post for a while.....really really cute...luv everything here...all the details....keep it up mommy!!!

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