Friday, July 26, 2013

Chocolate spoons, cup cakes and a party

The drafts have been piling up, my comeback drafts, but I've been weirdly reluctant to press the "publish' key. This post, however, just might get done. It's a party post and I love party posts. Besides, a party is a good way to get back, right?

The kids this time had their birthday in Lucknow so missed out celebrating with their friends. The Husband told them to decide between one big gift each or another party with their friends - not a birthday party, mind you, just a party.

You should have seen them think and debate and argue back and forth. Naisha wanted the party, Hrit wanted the gift, we just wanted a consensus. Finally after much thought a party it was to be.

For long I'd wanted to separate the concepts of 'party' and 'presents'. This party was to have no gifts and no return gifts either. For the record, I have a long lasting vendetta against return gifts and the mega avatar they've taken.

That decision being made the next thing was to convey it to the mums that this wasn't a birthday party. It took a bit of convincing but they came around and did a pretty good job and the kids were primmed well. I just had a few queries of "Aunty where's my return gift?"... far fewer than I expected.

I chose an invite off the Net and fiddled with it so it looked like this.. to make sure everyone got our message.

I did away with the cake and instead got cup cakes for everyone. We put on name flags to avoid fights over colour! Yeah we need to think of everything.

Another fun thing I'd been longing to try out were these chocolate spoons. The recipe I worked with was from here
Since my spoons were plain white I dressed them up a bit with stripey glitter designs with 3-D paint. I loved the result.

All I had to do after that was melt some regular Dairy Milk chocolate on a double burner, pour it out on the spoons and decorate them with sprinkles (which I had ordered from Here's what they finally turned out. Not as good as the ones in the original recipe but then I'm no cook. I do hope to do a neater job next time round.

The menu was simple, the music good and Hrit set the mood with that notice!

The kids had a blast.

With twenty of them in our tiny living room, decibel levels climbed beyond decency. Even as I fretted over what the neighbours would have to say, The Husband slept.. yes slept through it all.

We really should have more of these!


  1. party seems so cool..I hate the return gift culture and am appalled at the gargantuan proportions it has taken on. Surely, this idea gives me hope. I'll try this out when R gets a little older. Until then, I think I don't want more birthday parties ;-)

  2. Wow , you have always been so innovative . Just love the idea . Miss being a part of it .

  3. @Uma: glad you agree. You should see the amount people spend on birthday parties these days!
    @Nisha: The cyber space is full of creative people... I just know how to search well ;-).

  4. Wow!! So many new things here.
    1. Liked the chocolate spoons... awesome idea.
    2 Cupcakes with name tags, super cool.
    3. Innovative invite.
    Would love to read your return gift woes in a post! :)

  5. I like to celebrate my daughter's birthdays as it is the only time in the year all her friends are home and I love treating them!I like your idea of calling kids over just for fun too!

  6. Thanks Shilpa.. A post on return gifts - great idea - good way to vent ;-).
    Antara: Yeah, we like having parties and since I hate the planning bit I like to keep it simple so I can do it often.


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