29 June 2015, by Mandy Loh
Cristan is 4 years old! Woohoo!
We spent most of the month of June celebrating his birthday in multiple mini-celebrations. 4 celebrations, in fact, for our darling 4-year old! After his 2nd birthday party, we decided that instead of having one big party, we should do smaller, separate celebrations with different groups of people who matter to him.
The big advantage of celebrating his birthday this way, is it allows him to spend quality time with each small group. This is also less overwhelming and tiring than a big party, and seems to suit his rather introverted personality better.
We kick-started the series of celebrations with a cupcake party at his preschool, the day before his actual birthday:
On his actual birthday, we got him to “ponteng” school and brought him to the Zoo (on his request), together with both sets of grandparents.
After nap and dinner at home, we sang Cristan his (2nd) birthday song over a Transformers Bumblebee cake. Yep, this boy is Transformers-crazy now!
Over the weekend, we celebrated with his godparents and sang the (3rd) birthday song over cupcakes again.
We headed to the SEA Games Carnival for some fun and games thereafter.
The last mini-celebration was with my family, one week later. We started the day with an hour of mad jumping at a trampoline park. Couldn’t get any nice pictures due to the fast-moving kids though…
Then we headed to lunch, and had the final cake and birthday song (4th one!) for Cristan.
The main highlight of the final celebration was watching the Hi-5 live show!
Cristan was so happy to have taken a photo with Hi-5, that he kept talking about it for days afterwards!
With all the time, effort and expense gone into coordinating the 4 mini-celebrations, I do wonder if organising one big party is actually easier! I think Cristan did enjoy spreading out the celebrations over two weeks, but when I asked him, he said he would like a big party. Hmm…perhaps next year, we could consider throwing him a big party again. What do you think?