Condo Function Room: $100 refundable deposit + $20 cleaning fee
Most people hold it at home or at chalets. My aunt recommended a SAFRA function room, but I was quoted $1,000++ for 4 hours use. I tried to book a multi-purpose hall at the CC but the onePA website was down.
Another friend offered to link me up with his friend who opened a nice cafe at a yacht club and could give me a friendship rate but it was too inconvenient for my guests to get to.
So it was back to square one.
Eventually, a friend who lived in a condominium offered to book the function room for my party and it turned out to be a good decision because the room was bright and spacious.
Pre-loved Scene setters & twirl decoration: $16 off Carousell
Baby Shower Banner: Hand-me-down
Puffy Name Cushion: $36 from Little Happy Puffs, reusable as room decoration
Misc: Cardboard and plastic clothes pegs from Daiso, printed 4R photos, marker pens and tape
I had friends who volunteered to come early to help set up. 😀 That’s my dad carrying Elise in the reflection.
Wish I took a family photo against this backdrop. Tip to new mothers: Please get the first guest to take a family photo if you don’t have a hired photographer.
Neo Garden: ~$800 for 45 pax after 20% SG50 babies promotion
I chose Neo Garden because it was the safest choice. Neo Garden is a large caterer and I can be assured of its taste and portions, plus set-up and collection was fuss-free.
Actually it’s because I love their Signature Curry Chicken and wanted my guests to enjoy it together with the bee hoon. I topped up $1 per person to change the dessert to Orh Nee for my relatives, added a side order of Honey Drumlets and redeemed free mini Swiss Rolls. /useallthevouchersandpromotions!
|Menu: Fried Mee Hoon, Pineapple Fried Rice, Mushroom Broccoli, Curry Chicken, Honey Drumlets, Cereal Prawns, Spring rolls & Sotong balls, Mini chocolate eclairs, Swiss Rolls, Orh Nee & Iced Lemon Tea|
Yes, the food tasted just as nice. Totally yum yum in my tum tum. HAHAHA. Kidding. I didn’t even have time to finish one serving on my plate because I was walking around and talking to people 🙁
I did have it for dinner that day though.
After most guests left, my friends helped to pack the food into plastic containers so we cleared out the metal trays completely. I LIKE! I hate seeing perfectly edible food go to waste.
Full Month Gift Boxes
It was a small and cosy event with close relatives and friends, but even then, I didn’t have enough time for each group and it made me feel quite bad for some friends who didn’t know anyone else there.
I’m glad I organised this celebration for her, so she’ll have photos to look back on when she’s older.
Elise received many presents that day from everyone who loved her, but Grandaunt Amy outdid everyone else with this: