We had the birthday celebration for Gundu last Sunday. We had organized a Pooja, which was followed by cake cutting and lunch. I had a great time planning this first birthday for my darling son. I know he won’t remember any of it, but then what are photographs for?
What started off with a discussion as to whether a celebration is needed, turned out to be quite a big affair in the end. BG was of the opinion that Gundu won’t remember anything anyway, so let us celebrate when he’s a little older. I on the other hand felt that turning 1 is a very special occasion and he might want to know what we did, when he grows up. After lots of discussions we decided, we’ll go ahead and celebrate it.
Bg’s family usually ends up having all family celebrations at home. With the Pooja and rituals inside the house and the terrace or the adjacent site acting as the makeshift lunch area. This time I wanted to have the celebration elsewhere, as cleaning up the house after the function gets really tiring. We started looking out for places which would fit into the budget we’d allocated. Found one, which was just right, thanks to my sister and BIL, who were also hunting for places for a different occasion.
All in place, we went shopping for the return gifts for kiddos. It was so much fun! I wanted non-plastic gifts. So that ruled out a whole bunch of popular gifts. We settled for squeaky rubber duckies and a small wooden photo frame for the youngest bunch. A metal ‘Pooh’ design money bank for the toddlers. A Tic-Tac-Toe and Uno Cards/Pokemon Cards combination for the bigger kids. I decided to pack the gifts myself, which turned out to be a herculean task considering the fact that my son moves around all over the place now. It gave him immense joy, pulling at the wrapping sheets and the boxes. I tried a different packing design for the different gifts too. The outcome was awesome and I was super happy! We chose jute bags for the ladies, which I could source thanks to my sis.
With the hall and gifts done, the cake remained. A theme based cake was on my mind, since a long time. I just didn’t have contacts. However the web has made everything easier. With just a Facebook search, I found the right lady, and guess what? Her place was just 5 min away from the venue! The universe conspires, I tell you! I had an animal theme in mind and wanted a Simba (The Lion King character) on it. That’s all I told her too. She designed and delivered the perfect cake. For me the cake was the highlight of the entire event! I just can’t stop looking at the photograph, captured so well by my darling sister. It tasted just right, with not much cream, like how the family prefers.
We usually don’t call a photographer as most of us including my sister and Bg’s cousins own a great camera. But that means one of them spends all the time clicking pictures, instead of enjoying the event. So we decided to opt for a photographer, who would have minimal charges and gives us only the soft copies. We can print the ones we want later. So went about doing the same. The photographer unexpectedly turned up with the photography umbrellas and screen setup for pictures for the guests and everything. We hadn’t asked him for it. So that turned out to be great too. It made a simple arrangement seem grand.
The lunch was much appreciated by the guests, though I felt it was a tad spicy than usual. All in all, it turned out to be a satisfying event. It was good to hear the words of appreciation about the how the event was organized, by so many guests. BG’s uncle called me later and told that the function went very well. He went on to say, how he and his family were discussing about BG having got a really intelligent and smart wife. 😀 I couldn’t wait to tell that to BG. 😛
I hope my son feels equally happy, looking at the pictures a few years later. 🙂