19 June 2013, by Mandy Loh

Of Candles and Cupcakes

I can hardly believe it, my little munchkin is now two years old!

We celebrated his “Terrific Twos” over three separate occasions: with his playschool class; on the actual birthday with a fun outing to the Art Garden at Singapore Art Museum; and finally, with a small, cosy party last Saturday with family and our group of close friends.

I admire the super-moms out there who throw fantastic kiddy parties with awesome activities, gorgeous themed decorations, and thoughtfully put-together goodie bags. Kudos to them for putting in tremendous effort to plan a big ‘do for their little ones. As for me,ย I always try to get away with the simplest and most minimal. ย Besides, at this age, Cristan is still quite clueless, so that works…for now!

Anyway, here are some pictures of the celebrations. I’m glad that Cristan actually smiled in some of these! Hooray!


Day Before Birthday: At Cristan’s Playschool

The playschool that Cristan attends allows parents to do a mini-birthday celebration in the school during morning tea. By the way, in case you’re wondering, I did not bake these cupcakes. (I say, leave it to the experts!) Instead, I ordered them from a friend who recently started a home business,ย Angel Cupcakes. Great stuff! She even personalised the cupcakes with a marshmallow C on top of each one – too cute!

A simple celebration with cupcakes at Cristan's playschool

A simple celebration during morning tea – check out the little kiddo reaching out for a cupcake while we posed for a photo!

Cristan was crying for most of the “Happy Birthday” song, but paused long enough to blow out his candle! And lick off all the chocolate icing on his cupcake.

A chocoholic - just like mommy!

A chocoholic – just like mommy!


Actual Birthday: Pontang School for Outing

The next day, we let Cristan skip school and brought him to the Art Garden, 8Q @ SAM. This has got to be the most fantastic children’s art exhibition ever, and what’s more, admission is free! Cristan totally enjoyed himself, despite being a little sick and cranky.

Somewhere over the rainbow...

Somewhere over the rainbow…

Cristan had more fun choosing the colour pencils than actually drawing!

Cristan had more fun choosing the colour pencils than actually drawing!

His favourite exhibit was the Incredibly Magical Expanding Room, where colourful graphics projected on the walls would change in response to him shouting into a microphone. (Unfortunately it was too dark to take a proper photo of it, but he sure had fun!)


Weekend: The Birthday Party

We decided to hold a small birthday party for Cristan at a kid-friendly cafe, and they did up all the decorations for us, which meant it was totally fuss-free for me!

Balloons and birthday banner. Perfect!

Balloons and birthday banner. Perfect!

Breakfast spread

Yummy breakfast spread

The main reason we chose this venue was because of their well-equipped play area for the little ones, allowing the grown-ups to catch up and have a leisurely breakfast in peace!

Spacious 2-storey play area chock-full of toys!

Spacious 2-storey play area chock-full of toys!

Yes, this lazy mommy was so slack, she decided to have a cupcake tower yet again, instead of a proper birthday cake, to avoid the hassle of cutting and serving the cake!

Our “Super” family photo! So glad that Cristan was smiling!

I love this picture of Cristan blowing out his candle, especially the facial expressions of the rest of the guests!

Favourite picture of the lot!

All the kids were enthralled by the candle-blowing! Even tiny baby M on the left!

Cristan had tons of fun, and was overjoyed at receiving a big-boy bicycle as a present! Thank you aunties and uncles for this lovely gift!

Two-wheeler for a two-year old!

Two-wheeler for a two-year old!

Time really flies. How did my itty bitty baby boy grow into this active, playful toddler in the blink of an eye? Once again, I am reminded to treasure the everyday moments with him, as these precious years are going by way too soon!


Mandy Loh


June 29th, 2017 at 10:59 am    

Hi Isabelle,

I’m so sorry to inform you that this cafe has already closed down. It used to be called Treehouse Cafe, located at The Grandstand.

It’s really a shame because it was such a nice, kid-friendly cafe! My kids and I loved it!

Anyway, thanks for reading the blog and for dropping a line! Take care!


June 29th, 2017 at 12:21 am    

Hi there, may I kindly know the name of the cafe please? ๐Ÿ˜Š

ming tay

April 1st, 2016 at 11:53 pm    

HI mandy! May I know the name of the cafe?
Thanks, Ming

Mandy Loh


February 26th, 2016 at 2:39 pm    

Hi Vanessa,
Thanks for reading! I’ve sent you details of the cafe in your email. ๐Ÿ™‚


February 24th, 2016 at 10:20 pm    

Hi, could you please send me the details of the cafe? Thanks.

Mandy Loh


February 23rd, 2016 at 11:15 am    

Hi Greg,

Thanks for reading! I’ve sent you an email with the details of the cafe! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!


January 30th, 2016 at 11:28 pm    

Hi Mandy,

Its a cozy place:) mind sharing some details about the venue?


Mandy Loh


September 29th, 2015 at 4:13 pm    

Hi Xiang, ok sure thing, check your email! ๐Ÿ™‚


September 29th, 2015 at 1:18 pm    

hi mandy
can you pls email me details of the cafe ? ๐Ÿ™‚

Mandy Loh


September 24th, 2015 at 11:43 pm    

Hi Esther, sure thing! I will email it to you!


September 23rd, 2015 at 5:43 pm    

Hello Mandy,

Can I have the details of the cafรฉ? I am planning my girl coming birthday party. TIA ๐Ÿ˜€

Mandy Loh


July 29th, 2015 at 8:56 am    

Hi XiaoQi,

Sure thing! I’ve sent you the details in your email! Thanks for reading my blog!


July 28th, 2015 at 6:39 am    

hello Mandy, can I have the details on the cafe too? Thanks!


May 2nd, 2015 at 12:39 pm    

Hi Mandy

The cafe where you chose to host your son’s birthday party looks great… Could you kindly share the name of the cafe with me? Thanks.

Mandy Loh


April 19th, 2015 at 5:34 pm    

Hi Kathy, Sabrina and Dada,

Thanks for dropping a line! I’ve sent each of you separate emails with information on the cafe.

ps. Sabrina and Dada, I’m so sorry for the late reply, as I did not notice these comments back in February. I was overseas at that time and I must have missed the notification email! Really sorry and I hope this information isn’t too late!


April 18th, 2015 at 11:44 pm    

Hi Mandy, I’m planning for my son one years old bdae, can you share the venue of the cafรฉ.
Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ and good night!


February 19th, 2015 at 10:50 pm    

Hi Mandy,
Pls share the name of the cafe. Tks!!


February 12th, 2015 at 9:55 am    

Hi Mandy, this looks like a great place to consider for my daughter’s upcoming 1st birthday. Appreciate if you share the cafe details with me via my email addy. Thks in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

Mandy Loh


January 16th, 2015 at 4:35 pm    

Hi Yen,

Sure thing, I’ll email you the details! ๐Ÿ™‚


January 14th, 2015 at 10:35 am    

Hello! may i know what’s the name of this cafe ya? THank you!

Mandy Loh


November 8th, 2014 at 10:13 pm    

Hi Shan,

Sure thing, will email you the details! (Sorry for the delay in reply, was overseas last week)


October 26th, 2014 at 6:58 pm    

Hello Mandy,

Do you mind sharing the name of the cafe you have held your son birthday celebration at?
Could you also send me the details?

Thanks alot

Mandy Loh


August 29th, 2014 at 8:26 am    

Hi Karen,

Thanks lots for dropping by my blog! I’ve emailed the cafe details to you already. All the best in planning your son’s b’day party! Have fun!


August 29th, 2014 at 1:50 am    

Hi, could you share cafe venue with me? Struggling to get ideas on where to hold my son’s first birthday party!

Thanks much!!!


March 7th, 2014 at 1:31 am    


May I know the name of this cafe? Thanks!

Mandy Loh


February 26th, 2014 at 10:36 am    

Sure thing SQ, I’ll PM you at your Yahoo address! ๐Ÿ™‚


February 25th, 2014 at 11:31 am    

Hi Mandy, would like to find out abt the cafe. Can u share with me? TIA!

Mandy Loh


August 7th, 2013 at 2:54 pm    

Hi Shumin, ok sure, will send you details via email! ๐Ÿ™‚


August 7th, 2013 at 8:59 am    

Hi Mandy,

May I know please where’s this cafe too?


Mandy Loh


July 12th, 2013 at 11:18 pm    

Hi Joey, sure thing! Will email you the details! ๐Ÿ™‚


July 12th, 2013 at 10:23 am    

Hi Mandy,

I’ll like to find out more about the cafe too. Could you send me the details?


Mandy Loh


July 8th, 2013 at 11:02 am    

Hi JJ, I have resent the email to you. Hope you receive it this time!

Hi Shirlin, I will send you the details on the cafe via email too. ๐Ÿ™‚


July 5th, 2013 at 4:15 pm    

Hi Mandy, I didnt received ur PM. Wondering was it lost or undelivered?


July 3rd, 2013 at 11:42 am    

Hi Mandy.. the cafe sure look cozy.. can I know where is this? Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mandy Loh


June 25th, 2013 at 12:27 pm    

Hi JJ, thanks for dropping a note! I’ll PM you on the name of the cafe! ๐Ÿ™‚


June 19th, 2013 at 10:37 am    

Hi Mandy, do u mind sharing the name of the cafe that you chose to hold the birthday celebration? tks!

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