I got the Nihao Kai-lan images from the internet, designed the layouts using MS PowerPoint, and just printed them on plain white A4 paper (because I didn't have any sticker labels). After cutting them (yes, I had to cut the toppers manually with scissors, one by one), I used glue and clear scotch tape to stick them on the toothpicks, bottles, and containers.
|containers of chicken nuggets|
For the goodybags, we bought noisemakers and packs of crayons and notepads from Party Centre, soft play balls from Ansar Gallery, jelly snacks from Union Coop (we also bought the bottled water from there), and individually-packed waffle biscuits from Spinneys. All these we distributed in lootbags that we already had at home.
Because of my first successful attempt more than a month ago, I took on the task of baking cupcakes for the party. For the frosting, I had to cheat (I don’t have an electric mixer, remember)...I bought a few canned Pillsbury frostings and used those. Since I couldn’t find any blue icing, I just added a few drops of coloring to the vanilla one, and added white chocolate chips in the middle to make them look more appealing. The cupcakes frosted in vanilla looked plain as well, so I simply added some rainbow sprinkles.
|the amazing cake|
(photo taken from Fadgecakes)
|taking it all in...but still too shy to hide her enthusiasm|
The celebration was very short (around 20 minutes, I think), but when we got home, Caila wouldn’t stop talking about how happy she was and how much she enjoyed her little party. The following day, she said that her classmates kept telling her that they enjoyed the celebration and everything they got, especially the stuff in the goodybags. And just hearing her talking so excitedly was enough to assure me that everything I did was worth it.
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