Jul 21, 2013

A Bubble themed Birthday Party - Manav turns 2 !!

 

Our little guy just turned 2 years old. Time literally flew by and before I could get enough of his soft baby cheeks, baby smells and baby giggles, he’s grown up into a naughty yet cheerful and loving toddler who’s smile can melt anyone’s heart, who is ready to give you a high five anytime,  who is willing to atleast give a ‘lick’ to everything mommy cooks, who loves to jump into his dadda’s caring arms when dadda comes home from work and has recently learnt that if he falls flat on the ground and makes crying sounds his grandparents will do anything for him…yes he’s grown up a lot in these 2 years and has a lot of tricks up his sleeve.  

Manav celebrated his 2nd birthday on July 11th We just had a simple cake cutting at a friend’s house. Their son Avyay and my lil’Appu has been friends from almost 6 months of age and they love each other’s company. As it was a working day we kept it simple and ordered a simple chocolate cake from a local bakery and Appu and Avyay had super fun blowing the candle over and over again and eating the cream right off of the cake.  

Avyay’s mom got all creative and made a beautiful sandwich in the shape of a fish with Strawberries for the fish scales (as Appu loves Strawberries) and Cheerios for bubbles, isn’t it terribly cute!!! She also prepared awesome Pav Bajji , and we had a simple yet scrumptious dinner party and the kids played their hearts out.

We  decided to have a small party with very close friends and our new neighbors the coming weekend (July 13th) at our home and having pondered over a lot of fun toddler birthday party ideas I was confused between organizing a Farm themed party or a Bubble part. The bubble theme sounded much more fun and do-able (b’coz I dint want farm animals in my backyard ;-) though Appu absolutely enjoyed being with them at our Farmvisit) and even my friends were all thrilled with the idea as their kids loved blowing and popping bubbles as well. 

A Bubble party is a very easy, simple and totally enjoyable b'day party theme. There are so many ideas available online to make this theme a success, but I just decided to keep things simple and both kids and adults enjoyed a lot!

Obviously I was making the cake, but this time I took it a step further and decided to cook the food also myself, along with a lot of help from my parents, Manish and my dear friends. My mom was completely assigned the task of keeping lil’Appu away from the kitchen and Manish was in-charge of putting up the decorations and all bubble play stuff up and ready and me and my dad and few of my friends were the cooks :-)

For the decoration, ofcourse I wanted lots of balloons everywhere (balloons look like bubbles right?) but I also wanted a certain "bubbles-floating-in-the-air" kinda look and bought water balloons just for the small round bubble like shape. 
We used the same Happy Birthday banner which I made for his b’day last year (made using colored card-stock and alphabet stencils) and decorated below it with blue and yellow water balloons for a floating bubbles effect…we kinda nailed it…what do u think? Manish did this whole stuff, so full credit goes to dadda! :-)


For the Cake table I wanted to go for a Blue-White theme. I made the Birthday Cake with a Blue Ombre effect topped with blue Gelatin balls and also made Cake Pops and Cake Balls in blue and white shades respectively (again a nice idea for a bubble theme). 
I immersed the cake pop sticks into mason jars and glass containers filled with sugar.  Manish got helium filled blue, white and blue-white polka dot balloons to border the table. In all we loved the way the cake table was arranged…what about you? (I’ll be sharing in detail about the cake and cake pops in subsequent posts)

The Cake cutting went really well…Appu was the perfect B’day boy, ever willing to cut the cake , while singing ‘Happy U uuuu’ to himself  (that’s his way of singing the happy birthday song) and graciously opened his mouth to take big bites of the b’day cake when his dadda, grandparents and myself offered it to him! If you notice even our dress colors are shades of blue n white (except for my moms :-) )

A bubble themed party is incomplete without the bubble makers right? – so we bought lots of different shaped wands and bubble solution and a bunch of bubble maker guns (specially good for smaller kids incase they put the soapy wands in their mouths). We did not plan for any bubble themed games, but this was good enough to keep the kids engaged and they loved every bit of it.

Non-stop bubble fun, Bubbles bubbles everywhere...Little kids should be supervised ofcourse, but its double fun for both the kids and adults :-)


Even the adults had lots of bubbly fun :-)


I also wanted to do something really fun which included making a huge bubble the size of the child with the kid standing within the soap solution :-) Got the idea from internet. We made a homemade soap solution, bought the splash pool and hoopla hoop to get it done but in all the excitement and running around at the party we couldn't get it done,  so the next day Appu got to stand inside a bubble his size, all by himself.

He had super fun with the bubble forming around him and he kept popping it out when it came to the level of his head, so photographing this was quite a difficult task….It’s a super fun idea for a bubble party and I bet it would be much easier with older children, as lil’Appu just wouldn't stand still *sigh* :-)

Now coming to the food – no party is complete without yummy food is it?
I wanted to incorporate some bubble theme into atleast the Appetizers, so  we had Pani puri (perfect for a bubble theme) , then there was Bhel puri made of puffed rice, round mini pizza’s and round veg cutlets.  Well atleast something round , something puffy, something that pops in your mouth – all has something bubbly about it right :-)

The main course really had nothing ‘bubble’ about it, but it was all yummy stuff and we made everything from scratch… Yes!! (except the icecream and naan…lol)
Veg dishes : Mushroom Manchurian, Vegetable Biriyani, Mattar-Paneer masala, Veg Hakka noodles, Raita and Naan
Non-Veg dishes :  Chicken satay kebabs with roasted veggies, Chicken hara bhara kebabs with roasted veggies, Chicken Tikka masala.

Dessert: Scoops of  Neapolitan  Icecream and Boondi Laddoo 
I also placed a tray of watermelon and honey dew melon balls – scooped out using a melon baller – This was again a stunner and my friends loved the idea and went very well with the bubble theme! ( I did these in a hurry, so some were perfect balls n some shapeless ones ;-) )

Finally the goodie bags. We found these cute bubble themed goodie bags for the little guests to take home and filled them up with bubble party favors and chocolates and some fun stickers.


And not to forget the gifts…Oh! The gifts….Appu was literally buried between his gifts the next morning and he loved them all :-)


I must mention my heartfelt thanks to my friends and family who helped a lot with the dishes, this party wouldn’t have been a success without your food:
Rupali - for the lovely chaat (pani puri and bhel puri) and mini pizza,
Kalpana - for the veg Biriyani masala and ofcourse of Appu’s favorite Boondi Ladoos,
Nandini - for the awesome Veg cutlets,
Swathi - for her superb Hakka noodles,
Daddy and Mummy for helping me with the rest of the food :-)
Special thanks to hubby dear Manish for bearing with me and helping me make this party a success! Muah! 



Neha, our photographer also gets a special thanks for capturing some lovely pics of Appu (second pic and above pic) and of the cake cutting. All other photographs were taken by me.

We had super fun for this bubble party and I hope you enjoyed it too just as much as we did :-)




If you want to see Manav's First B'day party : A Rainbow theme - click here !




-Manju

39 comments:

  1. a very lovely and much awaited post...... belated b'day wishes Appu dear. Sure you all had a great day with fun and food :)

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  2. wow u r amazing Manju ! Great job done. Perfect decoration and the cake ! and what a treat the food was ! just AWESOME ! Loved the pic with Appu in the huge bubble !

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  3. You are always so clever. The cake is absolutely beautiful. It is good to see your family so happy - many more happy wishes to you all.

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  4. U are so Creative Manju... Just loved it... Appu has a got such a cute.. Loads of hugs

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  5. Wow ! Very different theme... Loved all ur clicks... Fabulous... My wishes to ur kutty !!!

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  6. Beautifully done! Birthday greetings to the little one!

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  7. oh... it's look such a fun party with all those bubble.. glad to know manav had a great time... do you know that this age is called "terrible twos"? it may become "terrific twos" as well... :) my younger one belongs to the first category, i hope manav doesn't belong there!!! seriously... :) xoxo for that cute little one with an impy shmile...

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  8. Happy Birthday to your baby boy! A fantastic bday idea and executed quite well, well done.

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  9. What a beautiful smile Appu has.Happy birthday to him.All that food and cake makes me hungry.Well done on the party planning and beautiful cake.

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  10. enjoyed all the clicks manju :) belated b'day wishes to Appu dear..

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  11. Super duper manjoosse.... Loved the Theme n pics .... Pls do post the cake recipe too... Looks great...I wud like to try:-)

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  12. Awesome dear... just love it... Appu looks so smart and happy to see him in the giant bubble... superb party recipes... kudos dear...

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  13. loved your clicks Manju. Awesome! Birthday wishes to the little boy :)

    Home Made Recipes

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  14. Belated wishes to dear Appu .Awesome manju!!!! You have selected a good theme for the party and the photographs are great...I'm waiting for this post...A Perfect B'Day Party dear...!!!Hats off :)

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  15. lovely theme and awesome arrangements dear :) b'day wishes to manav :)

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  16. awesome!!! lots of hugs and wishes to him...those clicks say, it was just perfect!!!!

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  17. i loved reading the post.. amazing planning & what a stunner.. bubble theme rocks and everything is so perfect.. wish ur son a very happy birthday :).. he is one lucky guy :))

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  18. Wow such a great party..Appu will be so happy and also proud of his mommy :) Belated birthday wishes to the lil one...He is looking adorable in the photos

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  19. Hai Manju , I think Appu as well as elder's had a good time ............ as usual great clicks ............ ur Bubble's on the cake came out really well ........ Belated Happy B'day Appu & GOD BLESS ...............

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  20. That's a wonderful theme! The cake and the decorations look amazing. Happy belated birthday to your little one.

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  21. nice theme n beautiful cliks...this may helps others to plan...BTW belated birthday wishes 2 manav kutty..;)

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  22. Manju,

    That's a wonderful post!!!! Lots of food, lots of fun!!!! Waiting for your post with cake details. Belated birthday wishes to lil Manav!!!!

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  23. Soooper awesome....loved ur post so much.....it's a real feast and I'm sure appu enjoyed it to the core...very well done...btw,,can u tell me where did u get those bubble maker guns ? My daughter literally kills us daily to make bubbles...

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    1. Niru,
      You can get these bubble maker gun at Micheals or Target or Wallmart etc. Just check in those water games and kids play areas.

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  24. Hi, Manju:)
    This is great celebration. I love the bubble theme idea seems like all kids love bubbles even my little ones. The food is just delightful and all those colorful ballons and the CAKE! WOW!!!! I love it:)

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  25. What a fun party! Everything looks good including the cake and the food.

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  26. Perfectly themed party for a bubbly and adorable toddler.You really organized the party well, awesome :-)

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  27. Happy Birthday to Manav! And what a great feast you had for him. I loved playing with bubbles when I was young - this looks like a terrific time.

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  28. Manju, Happy Birthday to your handsome son!! He truly does have a smile that can melt anyone's heart. :) You had a wonderful party... loved the bubble them. The food... Drool!! Your cake was STUNNING! It looks like a fabulous party and I am sure he will enjoy looking back at all the photos to see trouble and time you took to make his 2nd birthday so special when he gets older. Enjoy these precious years... they do grow up too quickly. :)

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  29. Wow.. First of all a very belated bday wish to Manav.. Loved the theme, the post, ur culinary & imaginary skills & not to forget the awesome array of food esp the ombre cake !! Loved every bit of it. So much detail u put in every thing, I just love that attitude of yours.. Manav is very lucky to have u :) May God bless u both :)

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  30. Perfectly planned party for ur lil one.. He s adorable.. I love bubbles on the cake. Well organised :)

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  31. Amazing party Manju. Love the attention to details and such a fun theme for kids. Im sure they had a blast. The cake looks fabulous, stunning. I still can't get over the amount of food you had and all homemade at that, everything looks heavenly you are one super woman:)...

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  32. Wow..am so impressed! Did you make the hakka noodles a day before? I am planning to do some cooking for my son's birthday and since its in afternoon cant cook everything that morning plus take care of him. I was wondering if I could make it a day before and keep in fridge and then oven heat it next day?

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    1. Hi Pradnya.
      The Hakka Noodles were made on the same day. But we made most of the other dishes the day before and mixed and heated them on the day of the party.

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    2. Awesome!! Do you have a recipe for the same, I have never cooked for a party 35+15 people!

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  33. Did I miss wishing the little one :(
    Belated Happy Birthday Wishes Cutie!!! The whole theme, food and everything looks wonderful. Manav looks so very happy with all the fun he and his friends had :)

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  34. Wowwww Manju so sorry I am really late to comment here, everytime I used to hop here and load the page somehow I never used to see more than 1 picture so was waiting for the day to see them all together, the party preparations right from the cake, decor, goody bag, food everything is so so good... shows how much of detailing went into everything to keep the bubble theme in mind. But to me the cake and cake pops top the creme ;) so beautifully done... Manav is so cute, i think he gets the genes from one awesome couple :) hugs kisses and wishes to Manav kuttan (Appu)

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