Friday, April 25, 2014

Aiden's 5th Pizza Birthday Party

What would April be, without a post about Aiden's birthday?

As I explained in the previous post, Aiden wasn't too happy with the fact that Ian was going to get a party (read: Aqiqah) before his birthday, so he negotiated (yes, he can negotiate now!) to accelerate his birthday party this year. After giving it a bit of thought, I finally conceded - after taking into account that I could combine the two events together and I would be able to have ample time to plan for both during my long maternity leave.

I initially wanted to have a circus themed birthday party for Aiden, but after a lot of planning I finally realised that I wouldn't be able to juggle circus themed game booths with Ian's aqiqah at the same time. Also, Hubby and I would be in our traditional clothes so we wouldn't be able to join in the games as well. Finally, I settled with a simpler theme - a pizza birthday! At first, making pizza dough and getting the kids to make individual pizzas with various toppings came to mind, but again after considering the aqiqah in the morning, our lack of portable ovens and the effort it would take to coordinate the kids and their individual pizzas, I agreed to just call a magician and get him to take over the daunting task of entertaining the children.

Again, this is a picture loaded post so please read this only when you have a stable and strong wifi connection!

The table centerpieces. Found out that Buon Appetito means Bon Appetit' in Italian!
I used mini 7" pizza boxes and personalized them with matching printables. They were then used as favour boxes for the kids to bring home.
Handmade the chef's hats and paper fans all by myself. Tissue paper chef hat tutorial here.
Pizza party plates, napkin and matching pizza chef cupcake stand from Oriental Trading.
The left side of the dessert table. Red gumballs and rock candy from Party City.
Personalized cookies and pizza shaped cookies. It was quite a tedious task to shape the tiny pepperoni and olives into place!
Personalized milk chocolate and kit kat.
Middle of the dessert table. Green and red macarons. Candy cane lollipops from the Christmas stock.
Spaghetti cupcakes. Buttercream 'pasta' with Ferrero Rocher 'meatballs' topped with strawberry jam 'sauce' and grated white chocolate 'cheese'.
The right side of the dessert table. Red and white candy sticks and push pops. Photo of Chef Aiden was taken when he was two years old.
Chef hat and mustache inspired pushpops. Aren't they cute? Yes, I made those mini chef hats one by one. Talk about effort for my first born!
Cut out individual mustaches and stuck them to striped paper straws for use with the personalized drinking water.
A story about those darn popcakes. It was my first time making pop cakes and I left it as one of the last things I wanted to do. Finally got around to dipping the popcakes the night before the party, but underestimated the complexity of putting colour into the white chocolate. The colour I used kept making my chocolate seize and I wasted a whole big bar of chocolate just by experimenting. In the end I had to just settle with pink popcakes - that was all the colour the chocolate could take before seizing.
Green swirl cupcakes in red striped cups with personalized cupcake toppers.
Last but not least, the birthday cake!
A close up on the detailing of the cake. Hubby and I slept at 3am putting the finishing touches on the cake!
Something else I am absolutely proud of. Constructed this pizza slice pinata from scratch by myself. Drew the mushroom slices freehand and used shredded paper as 'cheese' - even Hubby was impressed!
Right after the aqiqah - we changed Ian into a matching shirt with Aiden, and he promptly fell asleep in his rocker.
The party kicked off with the magician making fun balloon shapes.
Happy kids occupied, so that the adults can eat and gossip in peace.
The magician entertaining the star of the party - Aiden, of course.
Look at that happy smile!
Aiden posing with Danya and his Handy Manny balloon helmet and balloon gun.
Frolicking together in the garden.
A fire wielding magician!
Mesmerized children in awe!
The magician trying to tame the flying magician bench.
Even the adults were having fun!
The newly weds were in charge of distributing the pizza boxes goody bags to the kids.
Aiden was again called to be the center of attention. The magician asked Aiden to hold his magic wand...
...with strict instruction not to 'break' it!
Of course, it broke! Check out Aiden's happy laugh!
The magician asking for a volunteer.
Stuffing (and then pulling) a long cloth in/out of Adam's ear.
After the magic show, everyone gathered around the dessert table for Aiden to cut his birthday cake.
The magician getting everyone to sing the birthday song.
Getting ready to blow.
Big blow! My baby is 5 years old!
Basking in the attention.
Cutting the cake, all by himself!
And then he had help from Aunty Awien.
Don't know what the conversation was about but Aiden was certainly having an animated talk with his favourite Kakak Deena.
Posing with his birthday cake.
BBGS girls!
Family photo. I love Ian's grin!
What would a pizza party be, without pizzas? Piping hot pizzas straight from our oven. I think our 10 pizzas were snapped up in less than 15 minutes!
Games time. Wrap the mummy contest.
Daddy posing behind Aiden the mummy.
Erm, definitely not winning this contest, Aiden!
The various mummies we had during the party.
My porch was absolutely full of both kids and adults having fun.
Next up, the chicken dance. Although this picture made the kids look like they were dancing in a club. Erkkk...
Aiden doing the chicken dance.
Bagi chan newlyweds pun nak chicken dance jugak. Aiden and his partner Iskandar, his best friend on his school bus.
Intense concentration!
Wide grin!
Next up, pinata time! Everyone was asked to make a line behind Aiden.
Of course, Aiden got the first hit. I'm so glad the pinata didn't break with the first hit, if not it wouldn't be much fun - would it?
In fact, it didn't even break after the first few hits.
Iskandar getting a shot at it, and managed to whack some candy out. Kids getting ready to jump for the sweets.
Big whack, and the pinata finally broke!
Look at the kids scrambling to get the candy!
Aiden and Danya posing with their loot.
More candy and sweets!
An absolutely brilliant way of collecting candy from the pinata.
Posing with the BBGS gang.
Everyone was so amused with how Sara was carrying the pizza box.
Thank you for coming, Sara!
Office gang.
The running mate.
The lunch partner.
A lady I have not seen for years!
Ian out of his party suit and into a romper suitable for his afternoon nap.
Aiden posing with his presents. 


  1. talking bout crazy efforts!! way to go mommy! your speghetti cupcakes are way crazier.. haha!

  2. Thank you Farah! The spaghetti cupcakes were inspired from a decorating book I picked up at the Big Bad Wolf!

  3. Akk.. sy suke tgk akk wat birthday party. Sgt suke..

    1. Awww thank you Ana! Suka sangat bila dapat comment comment macamnie. :)


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