So I'm finally gonna blog about my 21st birthday party (yay)! Turning 21's a huge deal for me & I've been envisioning my party since like forever. I took tons of effort & time preparing for everything – sourcing for a baker, finding the perfect location, ordering the food and DIY-ing my own props! The entire process took about 1.5 to 2 months & it is a very tiring cum frustrating process I'd would say, especially if you're a worrywart/perfectionist/OCD-freak like me.
So what went down on the actual day still remains as a blur to me... Everything happened so quickly & the next thing I knew was I had to rush the cake ceremony within 15 minutes because I was running out of time & the staff personnel was standing outside the function room, fuming & hastening me to leave – not a good feeling.
I was so busy that I kinda feel guilty towards some of my group of friends whom I sort of neglected – my Raffles classmates, Junwei & his GF, Sophie, Huimin & Gab, the BFS crew, SAMEJKM, Jovelle & Claire, the SJI gang and my family! ): I didn't have enough time to keep everyone sufficiently entertained & I was just super worried that everyone's bored etc... And I didn't managed to take photos with everyone too. So my party was kinda a fail in my opinion. I was just so overwhelmed!!! Don't think I'll ever host a party with that many guests ever again in my life. It's honestly too much to handle & I kinda overestimated myself.
| Location: SPGG |
SPGG function room with cluster style table layout.
Estimated capacity: 40 pax
Room rental: $500 excluding food
Downside: I found the tables too big & it took up a lot of space. Thus, I didn't have enough space for my photobooth area. SPGG offers a few types of table layout – classroom, banquet, cluster etc... And also, if you're thinking of ordering food for the party, you're only allowed to order from SPGG themselves. However, they do offer a pretty decent menu.
(I don't have any photos of the food from that day at all because I forgot to take them.)
| Cake & Dessert table: The Cake Issue |
Cake & desserts lovingly baked & put up by The Cake Issue. I generally had good reviews about the brownies, lemon meringue tarts & crumble shots – which were my personal favourites as well. I loved the crumble shots so much I couldn't stop feasting on them even at home after the party!
I absolutely adored the set up too, especially how every dessert name card & cupcake had my name/initial on it... I really love details like this. (;
Dessert table: $890
| Decors |
All of my decors (besides the balloons) are handmade. It took me super long to do them but it was worth it. I got the tutorials off the net and they're super easy to make! –
You can get these crepe papers from either Art Friend/Spotlight, they don't cost much at all.
I bought nail polishes for my guests to paint on as the theme was punk rock, but no one was sporting enough to do so – except my BF. I also bought light stick headgears for photoshoot purposes but it was completely ignored and untouched throughout the party – fail.
I also made cards using photoshop for my guests to fill in for my birthday scrapbook. I adopted this idea from one of my friend's party & thought it was pretty cool & different from the usual filling in of birthday wishes. However, the feedback I got from my friends were that it was too hard to fill in as they don't know what to write. ): I suggest simplifying the sentences if you'll like to use this idea as well. Some of the cards were left blank halfway, it was so horrible!
More photos can be found here on Facebook.
A HUGE thank you to those who came down earlier to help me decorate the place – especially my BF's parents who helped put up the pom poms, the BF for shipping those huge ass balloons that filled up the entire backseat of the car and driving without the use of the rearview mirror as well as Klinton for loaning me the polaroid printer. Lastly, thank you everyone for coming down! I hope to catch up with each and everyone of you all soon. (: