Thursday, 26 February 2015

Birthday Party at Happy Willow

It was a well rested long weekend for us. Eat, play and sleep. Nothing gets better than these. Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!

In midst of nearing Lunar New Year, Jare celebrated an important milestone. He turned 4 on the 17th. Yes, fantastic 4! Of late, I will never forget that he popped on the 15th day of Lunar New Year 4 years ago. He was a racer to collect red packets! Time flew, and as always, I thought I had just gave birth yesterday! I can't believe I'm starting to lose count on their ages already.

While planning his milestone celebration, I knew he needed a party, but I had no idea where. I wanted an area for food and indoor play. Options threw and eliminated, we settled with holding his little party at an indoor playground. Some search high and low, we settled with Happy willow, at one KM mall. It was much spacious than their branch at Fusionopolis. Love partying there for its flexibility and variety of packages. We could bring in our own food, decorations, balloonist, airbrush artist, DIY pinata and the most essential to me was, hosts were provided to take care of the kids' entertainment. And yes, I don't have to call on the gather for cake cutting session. Everything was well taken care of. We overran a little because there's no party lined behind us. No rush, no fuss.

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Excitement area!

Jare asked for a dinosaur theme and I brought in some simple decorations and helium balloons. I felt even without decos, the place looked vibrant and lively as it was. Some balloons by the chairs might spice it up, but I guess they missed that out. The mega fun is over at the play area anyway.

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All set!

I had taken the food package for kids, and brought in some light snacks for the adults. We were a little delayed at the set up as the venue was still being cleaned and filled with guests from a private party held previously. Together with their staff, everything was well embellished within minutes. 

While we were hoping for the previous party crowd to swell off, their staff took initiative to reserve some tables for our guests. An applauding gesture, I thought. The happy thing at Happy willow is that Daddies and Mummies rest and relax, while kids run wild. Party games were well hosted and the kids had a go on their signature treasure hunt, which delighted most kids. It wasn't staged, but Jare found the treasure (of candies and clues to solving mysteries)!

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Toolbox treasure box. Sturdy enough!

So yeap, we paid for a party package. Not sponsored. It's unusual that we spend some amount of money on birthday parties. In fact, our first time holding it at an indoor playground. It was justified because Js had been out of school for a long while. For the amount of school fees saved up, we could do a little more exciting party this year. It did look like every little one had a great time of exciting fun. And of course the birthday star had a blasting fun filled time too! He's very thankful for friends who made it to the party fun with him, and for their love and blessings.

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Happy Birthday, Sonshine!

We do have some behind the scene planning. Coming up in the next post!

Meanwhile, don't leave without joining this fun giveaway. While corresponding with Happy willow, they agreed to spread more cheers by giving a one-time entry pass to 2 lucky readers of Mum's calling! Entry pass is good for weekday or weekend entry at any of their Happy Willow location, with 6 months validity.

Simply complete the following steps to enter:
1. Like Mum's calling on facebook
2. Like Happy willow on facebook
3. Leave your email on this facebook post and tell us how you celebrated your child's birthday. Tag 3 friends whom you think would be keen in playing or partying at Happy willow!

Best of luck!

 Thank you everyone for your participation! Two winners picked with random.org are:
1. JingRong and 
2. Sandra
Congrats! 

Terms and Conditions:
  • This giveaway ends on 04 Mar 15, 11.59pm 
  • Open to Singapore residents only 
  • Winner will be contacted using the contact particulars provided when entering this draw
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. 
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • All entries will be verified before the winners are announced.   
  • Winner/s will be picked by random.org

4 comments :

  1. Thanks for this very timely post! Due to having a 2nd baby on my hands this year I've been looking for a fuss free birthday venue for my older son and was glad to read your review as this as one of my shortlist 3. Any other tips/advice I should take note of? Heh! And the birthday looks like a lot of fun! Hooray to mummy!

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  2. Hi Nat, thanks for dropping by. Glad this is of some help to you. Yeap, it's really fuss free with Happy willow. I find their venue of a just nice play area, very cosy and easy to recall the kids for games or anything. There's play area for crawlers too, at onekm (Not sure about the Fusionopolis outlet). If you have party deco, you could actually bring them down a day earlier. The staff will see to it. Pick a few dates and times, I would try to get the slot where there's no party after, just so there's no rush in emptying the party room. But of course, there's still some risk of a party being booked after your slot. Their best part I liked about them is that I can bring in my own food or caterer, just so adults can have some snacks too. Their game hosts were really good and sure of what they were doing. Have fun planning!

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