You’d never believe how much has happened in my life since September 20th (my 21st birthday)!!!!
With all that was happening around me, time just went by so fast, I didn’t even notice it’s been 2 months since the big two one. Now I’m finally settled in a new rented house with internet connection with 50% of my stuff packed, so I’ve decided this post cannot wait any longer…. I MUST share about my epic 21st birthday celebrations with all of you!!! Before it becomes 2014, and it’s all too late. To those who have been waiting for this post a long time.. Really. Sorry. And thank you for your patience! You’ll be pleased to know there are over a whopping hundred photos in this blog post, and I’m not sorry at all for how lengthy this entry is going to be. IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!! Although it’s over, I can still bask in its reminiscent glory. For years and years to come.
So here we go! Let’s talk about my party.
For all my life, I never gave much thought about what I’d do for my 21st party.
It only became a bigger deal as the actual date drew closer. I’ve never been much of a “omg guyzzz it’s my birthday” sort of girl. The last proper birthday party I had was like when I was 10, and my mother booked a chalet and ordered me a Little Mermaid cake. Sure, through the years I’ve had gatherings and dinners with friends and loved ones, but it wasn’t a themed party with decorations, a guest list, etc. Those take too much work (and if I can be frank, money as well… amirite?!) It was only somewhere in July or August this year, 1 month before my birthday party, that I started freaking out. “What if my 21st birthday party ISN’T a big deal….????? D:”. I know that seems like a petty and frivolous thought for someone who is turning into an adult to have, but honestly, when is the next time in my life I’m ever going to be celebrated like that? To do it every year seems over the top and unnecessary, and yet if I don’t do it for my 21st, when would celebrating your existence be a good time? When I’m 50?
WHAT IF I DON’T MAKE IT TO 50 YEARS OLD?! The next biggest thing would be my wedding, and gee, I’m not even sure if anybody out there in this world would marry me. So I decided….. once in my life, I wanted to make myself to be a big deal (yeah as if I don’t come onto my blog and do that all the time) and I decided, YES, I am going to have a fabulous 21st party. And so, with a month of frantic planning and discussions, surprisingly enough….. we pulled it off. By we, I mean me and my AMAZING team of genuine, lovely people whom I’m ever so grateful for…. because the party turned out so much better than I’d expected (with only 4 weeks to prep for everything!) and without them, there really wouldn’t be a party at all.
I had a hard time trying to figure out what the theme of the party should be, and finally settled on Glitter Glamour (Formal Cocktail) despite how cliche it is.. because my venue would have sparkling lights in the distance as the backdrop and we’d be making merry under the stars – I just thought it’d be so appropriate! Or really, just because I love sparkly things. *shrugs* Reason enough by my standards.
So, I came up with the invitation above *chuckles at Live While We’re Young line*
and sent it out to over 30 guests… and then came Thursday, 19th September 2013
- showww time!
I wouldn’t have chosen to have the party on a weekday if not for the fact that I was being hosted by the kind people at Moonstone who preferred if I held it on the 19th instead of 20th (actual day.) The offer was WAY too awesome to pass up… I mean come on………. would you pass up on a breathtaking view like this?!?
Certainly not me!!! P.E.R.F.E.C.T. ♥
I got to the party venue around 4pm, to find that my event planners, decorators and sponsors were already at the scene, hard at work, sprinkling their fairy dust all over the place to turn it into something magical :’) I didn’t even have an ounce of make up on because I had a make up artist waiting to doll me up…. I could get used to feeling this pampered!!!!!!!!
An unglamorous shot of me applying my eyeliner taken by Marie. She actually did all of my hair and make up you’ll see in these pictures, I’m just very picky about how my eyeliner is drawn so that’s the only thing she left me to do! I just had to sit back, close my eyes… and 30 minutes later I was partay-readay!
I tried to offer my help to the wonderful pixies that were helping me set up, but everyone just shoo-ed me away with “Don’t worry!!! Go and sit down. It’s your day. Just relax and let us do the work.” I was so touched I wanted to cry…. and that was just the start of the day.
Nobody would take my help, so I just walked around doing stuff like this.
Making a moustache out of pretty streamers I had hanging from the ceiling.
Showing my nail sponsors, Mabel & Christine, how the chrome birthday gelish set they did for me was holding up.
Posing in front of my glittery backdrop that has S H I B E R T Y spelled out on buntings… Oh. my. god.
I walked around the venue several times, trying to take it all in. All this was happening. For me. This wonderful party that’s about to happen, right now.
I mean, seriously. WOW. Balloons, lots of candles, fresh flowers, ribbons, streamers, red carpet… no expense was spared!
After awhile, I was just lazing around waiting for my guests to roll in! I can’t believe what a diva I was that day. I assure you that on normal days, I work very hard. To whoever is planning a birthday party… get an event planner. Be it hiring a professional one or making your best friend your slave for the day, trust me, you’ll need help. If you try to manage everything on your own, you’ll be too stressed out and busy to enjoy yourself!
My superman of the day was a man named Charles. Unfortunately, I realize I have NO photos taken with him that day… how could it be!!!!!!!! I owe everything to this man!!!!!!!!! Still kicking myself over it.
One of the first guests to arrive was my momma bear. I am a big mummy’s girl and I ain’t afraid to show it!
In matching mother & daughter formal attire
With my crazy bitch crayner Diana. I love this girl and she doesn’t even know it!
That’s Vanessa and Joey laying out a red carpet in front of the photobooth! Yes, I asked for a red carpet to be at the party. Lol. I didn’t really think they’d actually make it happen, though. But they did.
After some time, the guests started flowing in one by one, that I didn’t even notice if somebody had arrived because I was probably preoccupied taking pictures somewhere. I spent the most time in front of the photobooth!!!
No idea what I’m doing in this pic but here’s my mum and Marie getting their nails done at the live gelish booth!!!
Peggy and Xavier intently decorating my guest book! They’re such a silly and fun couple to be around
I love my girlfriends!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
My favorite couple, Mel and Jon!!!! These two have become some of my bestest friends in recent months, I adore them both to bits! ♥
As the sun started to set and beautiful colors were painted across the sky.. live music began as Marc and Hashy serenaded everyone with their soothing & kick ass voices respectively, then delicious Japanese food from Moonstone’s own kitchen was served!
Raina, one of the great things I got from entering The Final 1 competition, also agreed to sing for my birthday and she has the voice of an angel. I miss hanging out with her & Cyril so much!!!!! Why are you two always so busy!
Somewhere along the way, I was forced to take the mic and sing as well. I was TOTALLY unprepared and I sucked soooo bad singing “Skinny Love.” The older I get, the worse I think I am at singing. What was I ever thinking… lol. I think I’ll stick to making cakes.
I am now forever scarred, and afraid to sing that song.
But it seemed to make my mom happy (coz she requested it -_-), so… I guess if it makes her smile…
She gave me a big fat hug after that.
Altogether now……. Awwwwww.
Also seen here is Sam, who was secretly filming my little performance! Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or does he look a little watery eyed too?
One of my favorite parts of the night is when Sam appeared with a TV (which he lugged all the way from home) and started playing this video montage clip he made with old (embarrassing) photos he got from my mom, and the ones we took together over the years
. He narrated it with touching commentary about how I’m sucha great person (uh huh) How the people who love me will always support me in whatever I do…….. and how my ex bf was a jerk he saved me from………. ….. ….
and I almost cried……………..
With Byrne, one of the best human beings I know, who has never failed me as a friend, ever. Don’t know what I’d do without him in my life! Thanks for always being there for me!!!!
Auntie Jackie at the glitter tattoo station proving you’re never too old to have a little fun!
Ma boys looking real handsome, all of them. So appreciative of everyone who dressed up to the nines, with blazers and all, despite it being an outdoor event with no fans. Thank gooooood the weather was merciful and agreeable – getting windier as the night progressed and no signs of rainfall.
Good to know that my guests were well entertained throughout the night thanks to all the fringe activities available!!!
Halfway through dinner, I made a little speech….
This is literally my “giving a speech” face caught in action. Hahahaha.
My guests don’t seem too amused at what I was muttering. I can’t remember half the nervous gibberish I said, but I thanked my guests for taking time out of a weekday to join me as I commemorate becoming an adult and “hey thanks to all the bloggers who came”, I invited mostly bloggers that night because I wanted to give a nod to my blogging career that has brought me so many opportunities to experience new things and meet new people. I will forever be grateful for that.
I would’ve loved to invite other important people such as my cousins, high school best friends, my old favorite teacher, etc… but unfortunately, space constraints only allowed for a small and private crowd.
Soon, the night was coming to an end…. and then it’s cake cutting time! I was sad that everyone was about to leave, but excited to show people our latest cake creation. Really, these things are over before you know it (birthday parties) A month spent planning and in a few hours of mingling, taking photos, eating… it’s all gone! Well, I do have memories to last for a whole lifetime
How do you like my 4 tiered cake?! Kindly sponsored by Shiberty’s Sweets. LOL.
The face of a very happy girl that night. It was so nice to be surrounded by people who loved me!!!
I am so pleased with how my 4 tiered & over 10kg cake turned out! Spent the entire morning and afternoon decorating it together with Sam. The top tier is entirely cold, covered with 3d little spiky stars. The second tier is plain white, with a big cute bow. The third tier is covered with sugar gems, painstakingly made and stuck on one by one by yours truly……. and the bottom tier is black with gold lace banners and draping curtains! I think it’s glamorous without being too over the top (or time consuming to make :P)
Flavors of cake I’d chosen for my 21st cake: Vanilla cake with lemon & passionfruit, chocolate with peanut butter and red velvet!
World’s sexiest kiss award goes to us.
Really not sure why Sam came up and stood beside me halfway. Hello, you’re stealing my attention!!!
Because my brother and I share the same birthday on the same day and month, I invited him up to cut the cake with me! We’re 8 years apart.
Out of nowhere, ravenous barbarians appeared from behind the bushes and started attacking the cake when nobody was looking. We had to chase them off with sticks.
Presents…. my favorite part. It’s ok if you don’t attend my party, just mail me your present. LOL. I’m kidding (ya think?) My expression says: “HOW DID YOU GUYS KNOW I NEEDED NEW BRAS???”
….And then everyone went home after that.
…Just kidding. I’m so NOT done with my birthday happenings!!!! That was just a rough skeleton for you guys to figure out what went down, in chronological order. I have A LOT more pictures to post.
HERE ARE MY HUNDRED THANK YOUS TO EVERYONE WHO MADE ONE OF THE BEST NIGHTS OF MY LIFE POSSIBLE.
And here’s what they did to make it so damn awesome.
•••• •••• VENUE, DINNER & HOSTING:
Thanks to Moonstone‘s prime location at Mount Faber, I had the best backdrop imaginable for my party. I believe the pictures above speak for themselves!!!! Instead of a cooped up indoor event like everyone else is doing, why not have a party under the stars? If you’re looking for a place to: hold your ROM, birthday party, proposal, farewell party, D&D, private parties, romantic dates or any sort of special occasion…. you’ll LOVE Moonstone just like I did, for its charming alfresco concept dining and good food. I’ve reviewed some items from their menu before, here.
My guests finished the yummy Japanese skewers within minutes of it being served! One thing that impressed me about Moonstone is that instead of doing your usual party “buffet catering” style of serving food, leaving mass produced food to get cold while people help themselves, they insisted on having waiters to serve freshly cooked food to dining tables so that my guests could enjoy a nice hot meal of appropriate quality, a testament to the restaurant’s true standards. I honestly believe Moonstone will impress anyone who steps foot into the place, the view will take your breath away. The design of the place is understated elegance, with an open upper deck patio concept with minimalist wooden finishing.
The team and management at Moonstone are extremely helpful, flexible and friendly, which will make your event planning that much easier! A BIG BIG BIG BIG thank you to Moonstone for having all of my friends and family over at your lovely venue, and everyone couldn’t stop gushing about what a pretty sight the party was thanks to your top notch restaurant. Please call them to find out more information about holding your next important event there! You won’t be disappointed.
Level 2, The Jewel Box, 109 Mount Faber Road
Tel: +65 6276 0609
Mondays to Thursdays:
4:30pm to 11:00pm
Fridays, Saturdays, eve of Public Holidays (Closed on Sundays)
4:30pm till late
•••• •••• GELISH MANICURE BOOTH, BIRTHDAY GELISH NAILS:
Say hi to Mabel and Christine, from The Nail Status! If you find them familiar, that’s because they have a super popular nail salon at Far East Plaza that’s packed every time I visit them. These two lovely ladies set up a manicure booth at the party, giving my guests prettified gelish nails all night long!
Even weeks after the party, I heard good feedback from guests about how long their manis lasted! I think a manicure booth is a great idea for parties that have a surplus of women attending. It can’t possibly go wrong. They’ll appreciate having something to do. Instead of standing around doing nothing and chatting, they can get their nails done and chat simultaneously!!! It’s a refreshing change. Small talk suddenly becomes bearable. Party entertainment has never been this practical and frivolous at the same time. I approve. Your female friends will thank you later.
The Nail Status has been doing my nails for months now, and I’ve loved every single set of nails done with them. Here’s my birthday nails that I requested! Each set lasts well over a month, and I only take them off because I want a change in design!
Far East Plaza 14 Scotts Road
#04-83 Singapore 228213
Tel: 6836 2005
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•••• •••• GLITTER TATTOO BOOTH:
What’s a Glitter Glamour party without a little glitter tattoo fun?! Even though I wanted the party to have an overall elegant flair, I didn’t want it to be dead boring… and by the end of the night, more than half of my guests were covered in sparkly new tats! Sherie from Makeup Refinery customized suitable stencils just for my party!
You’d think this sort of stuff was meant for kids only… but most of my guests were older than me and more than willing to get sparkly stuff on their bodies. Suitable for any age, as long as you’re young at heart
Me getting a heart shaped glitter tattoo done and looking a tad tire from running around entertaining guests all day. Sherie was very quick to do each tattoo, barely a few minutes per person, so this is especially suitable for large scale kids events!
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•••• •••• HAIR & MAKE UP SERVICES:
Dear Marie Soh… thank you for being such a wonderful friend and an awesome make up artist!!!!!! I totally felt like a million dollars that night, all thanks to your magic touch. Thanks for making me picture perfect just for one night. She was such a sweetheart, and helped me unpack + distribute the goodie bags Maybelline sent over for my guests to take home!
I am so glad that through knowing you as a make up artist, I’ve found a new friend. Marie somehow seems to know exactly what sort of look I want to achieve without me having to elaborate too much! She takes into consideration personal style whenever she’s applying make up for somebody, to guarantee you’ll love the results no matter what. If you have a special event you need to look good for (prom, D&D, photoshoot etc)… she’s your girl!!!! She’s just one of the nicest person you’ll ever ever meet.
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•••• •••• TABLE FLOWER CENTREPIECE & PARTY STREAMERS:
Poppy Flora Studio offers more than just flower centre pieces – they also provide event planning, decorations, and even cakes and dessert tables! You can go to them for literally everything when it comes to making an event extra special.
They were the ones who did up the whimsical looking streamers in eye-catching shades of cyan, gold, hot pink, and black, AND they did a great job with the beautiful flower centrepieces of red gerberas and dainty pink hydrangeas on every table, which made the event look ten times more elegant and vibrant instantly. My guests liked the flowers so much, they took them home!!!! Nothing adds a fancy touch to a party like some beautiful blooms, and hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers!
I told them I wanted pops of color without it looking too tacky or loud against my general white black silver gold theme, and they accomplished just that. Thank you Sarah from Poppy Flora Studio for your help, and I won’t forget you when it’s time to do my wedding floral arrangements!!!!! ♥ You haaave to contact them for your weddings, because I’ve seen their wedding work before and I was completely blown away by how elaborate their themed work is.
Tel: +65 6225 8496
•••• •••• GENERAL EVENT DECORATIONS:
Vanessa and Joey from Frolic Affairs dressed up the place with little details that made all the difference to the overall outlook.
They provided fluffy pom poms, helium balloons, a glamorous red carpet for my guests to walk on, candles in a high top glass holder filled with little beads, blinking LED lights in balloons that floated in the water beside the dining tables… All I did was give them my suggestions and a themed concept to work around – and they certainly didn’t disappoint. It’s all in the details, and I love how they didn’t miss out on anything, making the party a grand affair. If you’re tired of big event planning establishments that seem to have lost that personal touch, give Vanessa or Joey a call. They would be happy to take up small projects such as personal parties at reasonable rates, making it an unforgettable one!
Contact Vanessa: 9029 2113
Contact Joey: 9856 2883
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•••• •••• LIVE ACOUSTIC SINGING:
You might recognize Hashy Yusof & Marc Than from “The Final 1″ singing competition that was airing on TV earlier this year! Hashy was my personal favorite to win The Final 1! There’s just this quality about her voice that is so unique and distinguishable. I could honestly listen to Hashy’s soothing vocals all day (I’ve done it before using her SoundCloud!). I’ve known Marc for many years now from an event we did a long time ago, and he’s always been a great guy, but I’d only found out about his rocker talents recently! Give the guy a mic and a guitar, and he’s unstoppable. I was super thrilled when they both agreed to perform at my birthday party. They have very different sounding voices, but with strategic harmonizing, somehow they make it work. I dunno about you, but to me, live music is just so much better than blasting from a stereo. It injects so much more life into the environment.
Check out Marc and Hashy, a new duo, HERE!!!: https://www.facebook.com/MarcXHashy
If you have an event that needs some awesome live music to pump it up, drop them a message!
•••• •••• PHOTOBOOTH, LIVE PRINTING SERVICES & ROAMING PHOTOGRAPHY:
Vilvian & Gui Jie are the masterminds behind La Novella studios. They were in charge of so many things with regards to my party, and their performance exceeded my expectations so much…. I could not have asked for better people to work with. :’)
They customized a huge and gorgeous glitter glamour themed photobooth backdrop which was exactly what I had in mind when I visualized a “Glitter Glamour” party. Shiny, fun, and of course glamorous!
They also provided unique props for people to go wacky with, and let my guests take home as many high quality prints as they wanted..
AND even did up the guest book for my guests to sign, which they totally didn’t have to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just one day before my party, I actually did a picnic themed photoshoot with Yina, Melissa and they all sneakily worked together to rush out the pictures (shot by Multifolds, edited by Yina and printed by La Novella) so that they could slot the prints into the guestbook and surprise me!!! :’))))
Speaking of the photo booth, I was blown away by the quality of the pictures, considering we were shooting outdoors at night the pictures turned out freaking awesome!! Since this post is SUPER long as is, I’m going to leave the photobooth pictures and the rest of the credits for another post.
Aside from event services, La Novella Studio is also a photography studio, where I took these shots at! Scratch that, they’re a total design house under one roof. They also provide: web design, outdoor photography, and more services to satisfy your creative needs!
60 Kaki Bukit Place
#07-16 Singapore 415979
Tel: +65 6844 8944
In my next post… A WHOLE LOT OF PHOTOBOOTH PICTURES!!!
And more Thank Yous to follow, because one post isn’t enough to thank everybody who made a difference that night, and to my life. See you in the next post!