1st Birthday Ni Hao Kai Lan Party

I initially blogged about why I chose Ni Hao Kai Lan for Baby Bear‘s 1st birthday party and attached the mood board that I used for her party preps in this post. Here are some pictures from the party that reflected the mood and feel of the event. It was definitely a happy 1st for my Baby Bear. Looking forward to many more birthdays and celebrations. C’est La Vie! 🙂

ni hao kai lan invite
ni hao kai lan invite
ni hao kai lan invite back -- labor of love by yours truly :)
ni hao kai lan invite back — labor of love by yours truly 🙂
ni hao kai lan happy birthday banner
ni hao kai lan happy birthday banner
ni hao kai lan party set-up
ni hao kai lan party set-up – comfy bean bags for the kids to sit on 🙂
ni hao kai lan table set-up
ni hao kai lan adult table
ni hao kai lan kiddie table
ni hao kai lan kiddie table
ni hao kai lan hair salon
ni hao kai lan hair salon
ni hao kai lan sweet station
ni hao kai lan sweet station
ni hao kai lan lanterns
ni hao kai lan lanterns
super yummy! :)
super yummy! 🙂
delish strawberry panna cotta by K. by Cunanan
delish strawberry panna cotta by K. by Cunanan
ni hao kai lan cupcake tower
ni hao kai lan cupcake tower made by a fairy godmother 🙂
ni hao kai lan water bottles with dragon bling
ni hao kai lan water bottles with dragon bling
ni hao kai lan cookies
ni hao kai lan cookies
ni hao kai lan loot bags
what’s a party without a loot bag? 😉
ending the party with a confetti burst bang! - 'til the next celebration :)
ending the party with a confetti burst bang! – ’til the next celebration 🙂

*All fab photos posted above were taken by our creative photographer – Ging Lorenzo

 

Checking In

Hi there, everyone! Gawd… it’s been the longest 10 days of my life! (yes, that is three exclamation points that you are seeing) 😛

First, Baby Bear got sick, then me, then Papa Bear. My life was literally on a pause button while I took care of the family. As they say, the world stops when a loved one is sick… and to think, this was just your typical cough, colds and fever… and just throw in a little conjunctivitis because the universe must’ve thought it was just an easy problem for me (NOT!) It’s the first time that the whole family was super sick. This was definitely a curve ball that was thrown my way… but as they say, you are never truly a mom until you have nursed a child back to health. Truly a test of your patience and strength as a mother.

While all this was happening, I was also busy preparing for Baby Bears’ 1st birthday party. It is this weekend already, and as the date draws near, I can’t help but be overly excited. The gifts have started coming in already… it definitely feels like Christmas! 🙂

The theme will be Ni Hao Kai Lan. She was introduced to NHK by her maternal granny (guama). She loves all her Kai Lan toys and books and gets super excited when I put Kai Lan on. What I love about the NHK series is that first, it teaches Mandarin by incorporating it into the cartoons. Secondly, it teaches a lot of values. There is always, always a moral lesson to every episode. The only thing that I don’t like about it though is that is shows the negative scenes first before the positive ones. This show had the same pattern of the much-loved Paddington Bear. This was sadly, what caused the demise of that show. This is so because according to studies, the attention span of kids are not that long so if you show the negative scenes first, that might be the one that they remember. There is also the tendency that their brains hit a snooze during the tail-end of the cartoon. What this teaches us as parents is to be vigilant in monitoring what your kids are watching and to make sure that as much as possible, you are there to supervise shows and to be by their side to explain what is happening so that they don’t get the wrong impression or take away the negative messages.

Anyway, I digress… here is the teaser for her birthday party. I’m sharing with you the mood board for her party. As all projects go, I always have a mood board that serves as the basis for all decision-making. Well, not all, but you get my point 🙂 As promised, I will blog about it once I get the pricey pictures I paid the photographer to have the event immortalized 🙂 Let me know what you think. It’s not the usual birthday party theme and I doubt that the kids even know who Kai Lan is… but this party is for my baby… so, whatever makes her happy 🙂

Ni Hao Kai Lan Party (mood board) – c/o Hi5 Parties