the birthday party

IMG_9777I am one of those parents who don’t mind to celebrate my children being another year older.  I like to throw birthday party for my kids, though I don’t over do it.  Perhaps, because my parents used to make birthday party for my brother and I when we were a child until about 12 years old. And the memories of my birthday parties were still fresh in my mind until now.  That’s why I want my boys to have the same childhood memory about their birthday as well.

While I am trying to be creative every year about the party, such as the place, the goodie bags, the cake, etc sometimes for practical reason I just have to stick to the basic.  I let the boys choose who they want to invite.  If we have the party at home I limit the number by 12 max.  Last year, they went to Bounce for some fun and came back to our place for pool party and food.  This year we have it at the Bicton Bath with 16 kids attending, because it is their last year at Primary so I thought it would be nice to have more of their friends together before they go to different school next year.

Unlike most Indonesian here, I only invite the Boys’ friends because it is their birthday party so it’s only fair to invite whoever they would like to come to their party, their friends, not mummy’s friend! 🙂  I often see the way Indonesian here throwing party for their children, more their parent’s friends than the kids’ ones and the food which sometimes it’s not children party food ( not all children like fish balado or beef rendang, let’s say ) And I realized too, that I am labelled as snob, arrogant, too western, and so on because I do the party differently, but I do not care.  It’s my children’s birthday, so they rule 🙂 They should have fun on their birthday with their own friends.  This is my personal opinion anyway. You may disagree with me 🙂

On Friday on their actual birthday a big surprise came, Daddy got home that afternoon, yaaay!  I didn’t tell them that their Dad would be home I wanted to be a surprise.  You should see their face when they saw my husband after I picked them up from school, they leaped out of my car like a frog! 🙂  So that evening we had dinner out at the Grill’d as requested by the birthday boys.  Then on Saturday afternoon we headed to Bicton Bath with food, drink, birthday cake, and some fun to celebrate.  Thanks God the weather turned out to be pretty good, the wind dropped and the sun shone.  They swam, kayaking, run, did cart-wheel, ate, and repeated.  Their friends and them said that they had a very great time and big fun, glad to hear that!

Here are some pictures from the birthday scene 🙂


the birthday cake – some people commented on my insta and other social media that it was full of sugar.  yes it was, because you know what that’s what birthday party for! they don’t eat lollies like this every day at home.  like adults, we have wine and beer at the party, so they are allowed sugar at the party too! plus the cake was home-made and it didn’t cover with that thick colorful icing. don’t judge please!

IMG_9685food was; fruits (rockmelon, grapes, and strawberry) mini quiches, sausage-rolls, chicken strips, chips, water and fruit juice.  simple that i just need to throw them all in the oven (not for the fruits though) and put them all in foil to keep them warm.

IMG_9691having fun kayaking






IMG_9752behind every successful party there’s a happy mothers tee-hee… 🙂

IMG_6585thorn between three roses hahaha!




IMG_9776blow the candles make a wish!

IMG_9783crowding over the lollies on birthday cake,like a crows! 🙂 and that was the fun part! IMG_9772happy 11th boys!

Thank you everyone for the wishes on their birthday, it’s much appreciated.  Now that the party is over, we are back to our normal routine again.  Hubby also back to commute, I just dropped him off at the airport this morning.  For Perthians, enjoy the Monday off today and for the rest of you have a good week!

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27 responses to “the birthday party”

  1. looks very fun!!! 🙂


    1. It was indeed fun and they all had a good time. Thanks Arman.


  2. Happy belated birthday again boys, the future olympics swimmers! 🙂 I agree with you and I do it the same as you do; during my daughter’s birthday SHE decides who the guests are, the food and the theme.

    G had actually noticed it once when I asked her whether she wanted to come to X’s birthday party ‘Mother, X is your friend’s child, not MY friend, I won’t go’.

    Your boys’ party must have been fun, ignore indeed the judgement. Let the kids be dirty, consume a lots of sugar and have fun on their own birthday party!

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    1. Yup let then running wild and have a great time so they won’t be high on sugars tee-hee! My boys crashed very early that night!😀


  3. happy birthday Boys 🙂


    1. Thank you tante Noni😘


  4. Seruuuu lihat foto-fotonya Ria. Aku banyak belajar tentang parenting melalui ceritamu atau blogger2 lainnya. Thanks for sharing 🙂


    1. Ma kasi Den, senang dngarnya kl ternyata postingan aku ada manfaatnya juga hehehe😊


  5. Iiiiih seru bgt b’dsy partynya.. sekalian piknik yaa.. alam dan cuacanya ngedukung bgt.. have fun kiddos 😀


    1. Iya Shinta biar mrk bisa leluasa lari2an berenang kayaking, membuang extra energy dari sugars rush😀😀


  6. Di Kolombia mirip kayak di Indonesia soal undangan ultah anak ini..
    Trus aku juga suka bingung kalo diundang ke pesta ultahnya anak teman, aku kan kenal ortunya bukan anaknya.. Tapi ya gak pernah banyak omong, kalo bisa datang ya datang, kalo gak bisa ya bilang gak bisa..


    1. Oh berarti sosialisasi di Colombia mirip dengan di Indonesia ya Em, asas “ga enak” masih berlaku juga? Kirain being part of western country ga gitu. Beberapa orang sini suka dengan alesan ga enak itu jadi mau kenal or ga ya pokoknya hrs diundang😉


      1. Kalo di Kolombia alasan utamanya bukan karena “gak enak hati”, tapi lebih karena semua umur doyan pesta😄, jadi emak-emaknya pun mesti diundang.. Pesta ultah anak 5 tahun aja diadain di klub disko khusus anak-anak..😀


  7. Happy bitthday ya the boys!! Seru ya acaranya dipatk gitu mba. Cakenya canggih banget buatnyaa 👍👍👍


    1. Thanks again tante Nisa gor the wish😘 itu kue gampang bgt koq buatnya. Kapan2 aku posting deh kl uda ga males lagi 😅


  8. Suka dengan prinsip nya mbak Ri, it s the boys’ party and not others !
    The party keliatan seru bangeth, full of fun 🙂


    1. Hehehe ya kan Feb, yg birthday aza ga kenal sm yg mau diundang what’s the point? Party was good full of fun and sugars😀😀


  9. Too western ya mbaaaa? Hahahhaha… Dadah2in aja deh yg bgitu 😋

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    1. Iya uda aku say see ya later alligator mwah mwaaah😘😘


  10. Birthday party yang gaul sekali mbak :)) dan kuenya itu, colorfull dan past manis sekali :3 maau :p wkkw 😀


    1. Gaul ala pre-teens 😀 Kue-nya ga manis sekali koq, karna icingnya ga banyak.


      1. Wahahaha gaul ala pre teens 😀 wkwkw tapi, kuenya menggoda banget mbak *sodorin piring 😀


  11. yang niup lilin itu adik atau kakaknya mbak?


    1. They are twin Sekar 😉


      1. iya, twin, tapi biasanya yang keluar duluan itu kakaknya. hehe. berarti pertanyaannya diganti, itu yang niup lilin nathan atau dylan ya? 😀


        1. Ahahaaa kirain ga tau kalo mereka twin Sekar😀 yg tiup lilin itu yg kluar duluan jadi kakak ato adek ya? Bingung😇 Mereka cuma beda 10 menit sih.


          1. kakak berarti mbak, hehe. Aku langsung tiba-tiba inget justin bieber masa’ 😀 haha padahal nggak mirip juga. Sayang sekali, masih kecil. Coba kalo udah gede ya.. bisa-bisa aku susul deh ke aussie :p *plakk


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