October 18, 2009

Birthday celebrations

Appu’s birthday was celebrated dhoom dhaam se last Thursday, a day before her actual birthday.

The celebrations were underway from 13/10/2009 in a sense. Both me and B stayed up late until 2.00 am and decorated the hall and the corridor of our house. Appu was in for a pleasant surprise when she woke up the next morning and saw our home decked up. For her the thrill of the birthday celebrations had commenced.

I barely managed to keep myself awake in office the next day. I was totally tired and could not keep my eyes open after 9.00 pm the next. So B single handedly had to blow all the balloons and stick them on the walls. He had done such a wonderful job of it that I was surprised when I woke up at 1.00 am for Aarush’s feed. Appu was again in for a surprise the next day when she saw the balloons. It was as though the excitement was being given to her in small doses. Aarush loved the balloons too and was cooing the whole day looking at the balloons. Even his excitement was very evident. Since Appu’s school does not encourage much of celebrations in school for birthdays, it was limited to distribution of chocolates for the students and teachers.

Even was a rush. The party was scheduled to start at 6.00 pm and I managed to leave office at 5. Had to rush to collect the cake, get the food etc etc. We were finally home at 6.30 just when the kids were coming in. Then there was a melee at home. The cake was admired by all. Must say it was much more beautiful and tastier than I expected. Though nothing was planned earlier, I managed to throw in a few games and a few dancing sessions to entertain the kids. Though there was so much of a hungama at home it was sure fun. By the end of the party, my hall was an utter mess. The adults we had invited came in by 8.30 and we had a sumptuous dinner. The menu – aromatic boneless chicken biryani, parathas, chapathis, butter chicken, salad, raitha, and the jewel in the crown….mom’s very special beef fry….which was unbelievably tasty.

We hit bed at 2.00 am after the celebrations and after the last of the guests had left. Still, Appu was up at 7.00 am asking whether she could open the gifts. Wonder when she will pass over this craze for gifts! More than the actual gifts, I have realized that it is the excitement of opening the gifts and the surprise of seeing the gifts that interests her.

Posting a few photos of the celebrations….


Swaram said...

Nice pics and looks like the party ws a gr8 hit :)

Sandhya said...

@Swaram - Sure it was. But the aftermath was back breaking...cleaning!!!