My Enchanted Underwater Mermaid Theme Birthday Party

This party came about because I’ve always been regretting not doing one when I was 21. 21 was a time where alot of my friends held big celebrations but I didn’t really want to do so because, yes I was lazy and I didn’t want my parents to pay for my party since I just started working and I didn’t have much savings. Hence, my 21st was a small celebration with a few close friends and I was happy.

Some years I was too busy to plan anything and last year I wanted a celebration with my loved ones and perhaps some friends, and that sort of didn’t happen because my own family wasn’t able to attend. My dad had a major operation and he was then still in hospital. Thee date was pre-planned way before the surgery date. He was actually discharged on the very day the dinner was supposed to happen but he was running a fever still hence my whole family couldn’t make it. I was contemplating to go ahead with the celebration or not because I wasn’t feeling really happy but my in-laws were already ready to celebrate for me. So, the dinner still went ahead. It was good nonetheless, but without my own family, it just feels different.

This year, I was determined to have a party because I really wanted my entire family (in-laws inclusive) to be part of the celebration and for every one to be merry. Planning started about 2 months back when I was conceptualizing the theme. I thought of unicorn but there’s this unicorn cake that’s been going round the internet and I thought it has become too common. Mermaid is like some kind of fantasy and I thought it will be nice and well, pretend I’m a mermaid or something. Hahaha… Plus, Legend of The Blue Sea started airing and I was head over heels over the drama. I’ve always like mystical creatures and the last movie which I really love was Mermaid Got Married, and the stellar cast had Ekin Cheng, Christy Chung and Takeshi Kaneshiro. The movie was in the 1990s and I’ve watched that umpteen times coz I love it so much. So yes, Mermaid theme. Set.

I searched through the internet, from using Google to instagram hashtags to Pinterest for ideas, and started to buy things online as shipping will take some time. I knew I didn’t want a party planner because I prefer things alacarte, and I can create the look I wanted by myself.

First was the invite.

Picture’s from the internet and I love the colours and all.

Prior to the party, my lovely husband accompanied me to buy the necessary party needs and drove my round Singapore to collect various items. This party happened and was successful and my husband played a huge part in it by being so supportive and helpful. Not once he complaint and because I have extremely dry hands and ezcema prone skin, my husband also helped me wash so many things. So grateful and blessed.

Finally the day came and we went to pick my dad & mum before heading over to Bedok to have lunch and to get finger food for the party. I needed help to carry stuffs so my parents helped me. My in-laws helped to collect the balloons and to carry the drinks from home. My other in-laws helped to get ice for the drinks so thank you too!

I made alot of arrangements for the party but I’m glad my logistics worked out pretty well. I chose Sofitel as the venue because I wanted a suite where they allowed a small party to happen. To be honest I enquired with W Hotel too. My sis-in-law had her 21st party there but when I was enquiring, communication was slow, and they insisted it couldn’t be done until I told them about my sis-in-law’s birthday. They came back with an indemnity form where the terms do not seem favourable to the guest at all. Sofitel’s service was way above W’s, thus I selected Sofitel Sentosa.

I shall not post too many pics of the hotel as I want to keep that as a separate entry. So here comes the party!

This is my dessert table setup. It is right in front of a sofa, so I really couldn’t push the table further, otherwise there won’t be sufficient space to stand. Everything was setup by miss truly.

I bought the backdrop from aliexpress for USD32. I have people who are interested to get the backdrop so good news, I will be renting it out! It’s $10 per day and self-collection at East area. Easy peasy and you can save some money too. I got the chalkboard welcome signage from ezbuy for about $6, tablecloth from Textile Centre. $5 per meter and I bought 4 meters. Balloons from a carousell seller $1 per balloon and I wanted gold strings and 2 weights, so total came up to $19.20. The flowers was meant to be my bridal bouquet which I didn’t use, so here it comes to good use. The dessert glassware are also from ezbuy. Total 3 glasswares (but I only used 2) at about $32 for all 3. The glasswares were meant for my future home but well, this party needed it, so I brought them out to use. I have 2 treasure chests, one from Baros Maldives and the other was from NTUC. I’m pretty happy with the entire setup to be honest. What do you think?

The following desserts are sponsored.

Can’t do without macarons right? Seashell macarons with black pearls and the blue marble cookies are from Beikeryy. All the desserts weren’t too sweet and suits my tastebuds. I love that the shells were a little crunchy.

This…. where do I begin. 2 words. Sooooooo good! Communication was easy and she could understand exactly what I needed with the few sample pictures sent to her. She made a twist from the original pictures and created her own.

These gorgeous cupcakes are from mav.is_l3p (Mavis). I love those seashells and the glitter on them. My photos don’t do her cupcakes justice because the real thing really looks so much prettier. She really thought through the design of the cupcakes and she asked me if her ideas are ok. I didn’t have to change anything because they were perfect! She had many flavours to choose from as well and her specialty is actually chocolate. As I don’t take chocolate, I chose Lychee Rose Pistachio & Pandan Gula Melaka. So flavourful my tastebuds went crazy with delight! There’s the real lychee fruit in the cupcakes too. Craving for more!

These other cupcakes are from zizou-_cake_boutique. I love the pretty seashells macarons with shiny glitter! It is strawberry mascarpone flavour. The cupcake is fine and delicate and is very tasty, without being too sweet. Her cupcakes are very intricate and these are certainly instagram worthy. I simply showed Azizah what I wanted and left it to her to design. When I collected the cupcakes, I most certainly could not contain my excitement and happiness because the cupcakes really look super beautiful!

The largest cake I’ve ever had in my life other than my wedding cake which is faux by the way, this real 2 teir cake nearly made me cry from happiness. It is so so so gorgeous, and the strawberry flavour is super delicious! Totally under the sea kinda vibe with the mix of colours which I love. Got to give it to Yati from SapphireTouch because she was so sincere in her work. She didn’t have the molds for starfish and shells, so she actually went to buy the mold just so she could create this for me. I’m so touched by how she actually wanted to ensure that she is giving her best and her all to make my dream birthday cake. She also did a sketch as below and as you can see, initially the shells and stars were chocolates but after she bought the mold, she made fondant ones instead so that the colours will pop instead of having to colour the chocolates and the colour may not look as vibrant and chocolates will actually melt.

As for the gorgeous cake topper, it is from PolliePapeterie, previously known as Polly Parrot Kids. Likewise, I also showed them roughly how the cake topper I wanted to look like with the mermaid, I didn’t expect that they will include a seashell as well and making it super beautiful! The last time they did a topper for my anniversary cake as well and you can have a look here. It was my wedding logo and was so intricately done. They showed me 2 sample photos of the final product, and I chose this. I’m going to keep this topper too!

For the white based desserts stands and plates, these are from Absolutelyj from Carousell. She does rental of the stands so you can actually rent them for our party or dessert table. Saves you space and you don’t need to always keep using the same things over and over again. Plus, her pricing is very reasonable, so do find under user Absolutelyj on Carousell. Communication with her was very easy as well, and pick up location is at Yishun. I got the 14 pieces rental but if you like, you can rent a smaller number of items too if you think 14 is too many, depending on the scale of your party.

So here you can see the treasure boxes. I love the ocean, the sea and the enchantment under the sea, so Maldives was the pick for our honeymoon. I bought the treasure chest from Baros (the resort we stayed in) and I knew I will certainly use it one day. Those pearls in them I wish were real, but till then, they are just for decor sake. The other treasure box is from NTUC. I bought it when I was buying stuffs for the lunar new year and thought this will be a great add on to the party.

These labels I got it from Carousell as well. I showed the person the design I got from the internet and basically it’s done very well! Love it! It costs $20 for 20 labels. These are the door gifts for my guests. Nothing too expensive, but a little gesture to thank them for coming.

Some other food I got were like finger food like kuehs and from Old Chang Kee. It was for tea time so I didn’t prepare much food nor did I want food wastage. I’m so happy every ate everything!  

There were more food I suppose but I didn’t take a photo of them plus the drinks. There were wine and moscato too!

Should have placed the wine there for picture taking but I was already too busy talking to guests.

Side track a little, this is Prestige Suite room 312 and a peacock came to visit us. My dad & mum arrived together with us and they were thrilled to have a peacock outside, so here’s a picture of them with the peacock. Haha…

Right. So the birthday girl needs a photo on her own right?

This man. What will I do without you. I know I’ve thanked you many times but I will do it again. Thank you for all your effort and I know you really wanted me to be happy. Though it was tiring, but you halved the load and in the end you were very tired too. I love you sweetheart with all my heart.

With the fam. Thank you all for being healthy and I want to celebrate many more birthdays with you all. And, hey, we have a new addition to the fam! Hehe!

With the best in-laws one can have. My mother-in-lw especially who helped me to much for the party. From washing the disposable cups and helping me bring so many things. My father-in-law for driving them around and bringing additional wine, and my sis-in-law for helping me pick up the balloons and helping to wipe those cups too.

My other in-laws whom I see so often, I’ve become closer to them. 🙂

My favorite girl Ling. The most supportive, always wanting to create peace. A beautiful girl inside and out. Love you dear Ling.

My glam fam from Branche. It’s their working hours but Kai (salon director) actually gave them time off to come to my party. I invited Kai too but he already had an appointment so he couldn’t come. Thank you so much Branche team! I wouldn’t have nice hair and pretty nails if I don’t have you!

My favorite guy friends of my husband’s, Kelvin & Weiqiang. Thank you for coming and let’s plan for our monthly dinner! Mortons yes?

Alvin & Geraldine. Thank you for making the time and effort to come down to my party! Those with kids from our group wasn’t able to come because their respective partners had to work and it is tough looking after a baby alone. These 2 are gonna wed in October this year so congrats to you guys!

My sis gets to take a pic with her bf coz they came early and I know the backdrop is too beautiful. Hahaha….

Pretty well organized to get all 20 in a frame. Thank you everyone for coming!!! I would have loved to invite my colleagues and more friends to come but through the liaising with Sofitel, they only allowed up to 15 people in the suite and I have already exceeded that number. I don’t think it will happen but I don’t wish to be evicted from the room or something, so I had to keep to the number. My ClubSEWS guys couldn’t make it as one is in Japan while the other’s wife is gonna be popping any time soon, and Sentosa is quite out of the way for them to come. Dear Reiee had to work so these are my 20 peeps.

We took photos first before the cake cutting and then it was time to start on the desserts yes?

As it was Safori’s actual day birthday (19th), I got everyone to sing her a song, make a wish together and to cut the cake. It’s more fun to have someone to share with you the happiness right?

Never tried cutting a 2 tier cake before. Heh.

The two guys who helped. Thanks!!

You can watch part of the birthday celebration here.

Thank you everyone for coming to my birthday party and for the awesome presents!

Thank you Sofitel for the lovely venue, sponsors Sapphire Touch, Pollipapeterie, Mavis, Beikeryy, Zizou Cake Boutique & Absolutlyj.

Birthday Celebration at South Beach Hotel (Review) + Fleet Flight Float, Flowers & Jars and Merry SG

Get ready for a super massive entry because I have painstakingly took many hours to photoshop all my pictures to the instagram feed colours which I’m using currently and a long, long post of my birthday celebration at South Beach hotel. I have close to 100 pictures ahead, so yea, enjoy!

My birthday celebration kick started on 20th February where my husband and I checked in to South Beach. This staycation happened with a heavy heart because my dad went through a surgery to remove a tumour which was very fortunately, somewhat an early stage of cancer and he didn’t need to go for chemotherapy nor having to take medication. During his hospitalization days, I’ve been visiting him daily without fail and was truly contemplating whether to celebrate my birthday at all. My in-laws though, suggested that dinner still needs to be eaten anyway, so they tried to cheer me up by asking me to plan a birthday dinner so that we can all eat together. My dad was recovering and I was truly hoping that he will be well enough to come and celebrate my birthday. This birthday celebration was really a last minute kinda thing which was planned a couple of days before my actual day of my birthday. The hotel was booked because my company had a corporate deal and I’ve been wanting to stay at this hotel.

Some time back, my husband and I ever checked out the hotel. He didn’t like the lobby because he thought it was too artsy for him and he found it strange not to have a proper reception area where hotel guests checked in. When I suggested to stay in South Beach, initially he had his doubts, but trust me, after staying here for 2 nights, he had a change of heart.

Upon arriving at the hotel, someone will attend  to your check-in while all you need to do is to sit and relax. It pretty much sums up the 5 stars service the hotel is able to provide. You need not wait in line for your turn to be served. It’s like you’re staying in a suite or something. This is point number one where little by little, South Beach won my husband’s heart.

The pretty looking lobby.

Usually, my husband will request for high floor, non-smoking room, king bed. They gave us room 914, which was really an awesome room. When we opened the door, we’re led into this long corridor.

Then we passed the mini bar area.

That’s our room facing Suntec City. Fussy husband thought that he might be able to get a better view, so he requested to see another room. The next best available room they could give us was on the 10th floor because some of the higher floors were not opened to public yet. South Beach is a new hotel and it is still in the midst of checking all the rooms, making sure everything is ok before their official launch. Right now, it’s only their soft launch and I guess in a way it was good for us because the hotel is less crowded, so we get more privacy.

The one which they showed us on the 10th floor was nice, but room 914 was alot nicer. The one on the 10th floor looks too empty although it seems more spacious. They didn’t have the long corridor either, so we stick to room 914. I believe they have already given us the best room available for the class of room we are staying in.

It’s a family friendly hotel because they even have kids toys in the room!

The bathtub with a view if you like, when you draw open the blind.

This toilet bowl is da bomb. You can actually find Japan’s technology because this toilet bowl is warm when you sit, and it automatically opens when it detects motion. I love it!

Their amenities.

So, the room blinds and lights can actually be controlled using the remote controller, where it will be shown on the tv.

You can actually watch my video of the room and the pool.

The room provides TWG tea.

And the mini bar is free!

Some reads for you…

Even the phone has my husband’s name. Cool.

When I saw these bedroom slippers, I couldn’t help it but exclaimed to the husband. So cute and it is one of the softest bedroom slippers I’ve ever worn! Kisses and mustache!

The lady needs to catch up on lost time. Reading a magazine provided by the hotel. The one on the 10th floor didn’t have this long sofa.

My beloved husband already prepared for me the first surprise. The hotel gave me an entire orange cake for my birthday! He had specifically asked them not to give chocolate and cheese cake because I don’t take these flavours. Thank you South Beach for being caring enough to listen to your guests requests and of course my husband for the surprise.

Prior to checking-in, we visited dad in the hospital and by the time we wanted to check-in, we were kinda hungry, so we went to grab some Old Chang Kee to eat as well as gorging ourselves down with the very delicious orange cake. So yummy!

After food, we just slacked around a little, before going over to Suntec City for dinner. While thinking of what to eat for dinner, we walked past La Senza and I wanted to get some stuffs. Ended up my hubby bought them for me, as part of my birthday present. Teehee!

When we reached back hotel, it was around 8pm? This is what it looks like outside of the hotel.

A mandatory #ootd.

Dress: MDS Collections

Clutch: Charlotte Olympia

Watch: Tissot

Necklace: Thomas Sabo

Hubby wanted to go for a night swim, so it was time for my Pegasus to make an appearance. I wanted to shoot it in the day but my hubby was saying everyone’s doing the same thing so why not you do a night one?

Makes sense.

Night view from the 18th floor, where the infinity pool is.

We were so lucky to even catch a glimpse of the fireworks because it was Chingay.

This Pegasus is just too awesome! The float was sponsored by Fleet Flight Float, where we did a collaboration. They had a lucky draw for my followers on Instagram where one party won a free float rental. The contest is already over, so congratulations Cheryl for winning! May you have a fabulous time, just like I did with the float. You can find them on instagram @fleetflightfloat.

Initially I thought I wanted to get a Unicorn float instead since I love unicorns, but this black, white and gold Pegasus suit my Great Gatsby theme birthday dinner more, so I chose the Pegasus instead.

The view that’s drop dead gorgeous. Thank you Rui from Fleet Flight Float for your service and the extra birthday present which you gave me. It was such a nice surprise!!!

Did you know that South Beach hotel pool offers floats for guests to use too? They have a huge pretzel currently and previously they had a donut as well. There are smaller floats for kids, yoga mats are also available for use at the gym. While my hubby was trying to inflate this huge Pegasus, a staff name Sue was around to help us. They had their own pump so she helped us pump up the Pegasus. Sue is a really friendly and young lady, and you can tell she loves her job very much. Thank you Sue for your help and your service!

The next morning, we woke up for breakfast. Breakfast was a delightful affair at ADHD (All Day Hotel Dining).

This isn’t the first time I’m here. Last Christmas, I had dinner here with my friends and thought that the food was really good, and relatively affordable. Therefore, this time round, I decided to make my birthday dinner here.

Their breakfast variety was alright, and given for me, I have a small appetite in the morning, so it was more than sufficient. I didn’t really like their har gao because the skin was abit too tough and rubbery and my hubby said the noodles wasn’t nice. Other than that, the rest of the food wasn’t too bad. I love their prata though.

The pool in the day. I have to say that the bad thing about having a pool so high up is that the water is always so cold! I didn’t swim because it was too cold for me, so I just laze on the Pegasus and daydream.

My husband is very protective of me and what I post on the internet. He wanted me to be covered for my bottom because he deemed that as too revealing. Being a good wife, I listen to my husband. 😛

Swim wear: Wild Fox

Scarf: Bebe

The hubs managed to jump into the water to swim.

After the pool session, we saw Sue again, and she was sharing with us about the gym. She brought us for a tour in the gym. They had a huge tv where they were playing a video on yoga. I honestly wanted to go to the gym for a workout but I guess due to time constraint, we had to give it up.

This bicycle apparently costs $20,000! If I were to stay at South Beach again, I must make it to the gym the next time round.

Their treadmill is awesome or what. It is wifi linked so while you run/jog, you can watch your YouTube or even go to your Facebook. Although I don’t know how you surf and run at the same time, but ya.

Sunday night was my birthday dinner. Daddy managed to be discharged. You have no idea how happy I was and thought that he will be able to join us for the dinner. However, upon reaching home, he felt feverish and wasn’t well enough to be out and about and staying in an air-conditioned place, so instead, I made a trip back home after the pool session.

Prior to leaving the hotel to go back to my place to visit my dad, I managed to meet Fiona from Flowers & Jars, who kindly sponsored me a bouquet of flowers, in Gatsby theme.

Flowers & Jars provide a personal, friendly and customized service for all occasions, be it big or small. they cater for parties but specializes in arrangements for weddings, business functions, celebratory events and seasonal holidays.

Be sure to follow Flowers & Jars on their Instagram @flowersandjars and Facebook. Their online shop is here.

Fiona is incredibly sweet. I was sharing with her the bouquet which I like from her shop, and she took the liberty to search the flowers and colours used in the movie, The Great Gatsby. Eventually, she came up with this because I told her I wanted a touch of dusty pink.

I love the flowers so much I can’t even. Thank you for delivering to me as well!!

I was actually disappointed that my own family couldn’t come to the dinner that night but I know daddy really wanted to make it. As I’m working with some sponsors, work still needs to be done and my extended family were all invited, so I went ahead with the dinner.

In the hospital, while my dad was alseep, I had lots of time so I re-edited this invitation which I plucked from the internet.

Oh crap, now the whole world knows my age. Lol..

Initially I was contemplating of throwing a birthday party this year because when I was 21, I never threw any party of sort. I had wanted a suite at Capella or W Sentosa and to invite my families, friends and colleagues. Unfortunately my dad had to go for his op, so this birthday dinner was just a small affair. It’s more of a bonding time actually.

My time was very tight after having to head back to my parents place in the east, and when my sponsor Merry.sg reached ADHD at 6pm, which was the time I told them to reach, I didn’t know they will be waiting for me, even though I mentioned to them to leave the balloons with the staffs will do. Their service is so good that they waited for me to reach to check with me if the decorations were alright.

I was actually kinda flustered because while coming back to the hotel, the hubs got angry with some driver on the road and as you know an angry driver is not to be trifled with. Moreover, knowing that my own family not being here with me for the celebration made me sad, so it was all emotions build up.

Nonethless, Merry.sg did a great job in the balloons decor and they gave me a special big balloon that’s super pretty. I name it the happy balloon because my emotions were kinda going up and down because of my dad’s hospitalisation and the following days whenever I’m home and see the balloon, it actually made me happy.

Merry.sg is a startup and they do offer something different as compared to the other local baloon companies. They specialise in luxury balloons decor such as the tassel/confetti balloons, customising unique balloons to each individual’s likes. Usually clients will go to them for designs less commonly seen in Singapore. I think that is the reason why I fell in love with the happy balloon because it is really super pretty.

What sets them apart from the rest is that they often combine craft works with balloons to create designs that fit the theme.

So pretty that eventually it did lift my spirits up. Thank you Jingyi!

As mentioned before, the food at ADHD is really good. All of us enjoyed the meal which we ordered. Special thanks to Muru, the Assistant Restaurant Manager who helped me with my reservations, giving me a a slice of birthday cake, 15% off birthday discount using UOB JCB card, and to kindly waive off corkage charges and, liaising with his colleagues because I had to send the balloons to ADHD and I told them I may not make it back on time at 6pm. Lastly, the staffs also gave me a plate of complimentary fruits.

I’ll never say no to a burger. Needless to say, this is my main course.

This cake was ordered 2 days before my birthday. Hubs helped me to find one because all other cakes are vey mainstream and I wanted one that is more unique. A fondant cake wasn’t possible because my dad’s situation was a little uncertain over the past week before my  birthday and I wasn’t really sure if the dinner will proceed. At the ame time, I wasn’t able to find someone who could do the cake within such short notice.

I made the cake bunting myself though! Spent an hour doing it. All materials from Daiso. The twirling rose cake fits in well with the Gatsby Theme.

The instagrammer birthday girl just had to take her own photos. I think Michie is secretly laughing at me. 😛

Two birthday cakes!

Thank you my dear family for celebrating my birthday, and being sporting enough to come dressed in the theme or colour.

Yes to free fruits!

After the dinner, we brought our families to the 18th floor to soak in the view.

They even have a pool table, a table soccer and a ping pong table for your leisure.

Who’s winning?

I find this photo below very romantic somehow. Good thing is, only guests can come up to this floor so is very exclusive. Bad thing is, if you’re not a guest and you’re dying to come up here, I’m sorry but you can’t. Just like how I’m missing this place now.

After sending the guests off, I realised the day zipped by too quickly, I didn’t have time for an outfit photo. This is my rendition of the Gatsby outfit.

Ended the night by soaking in the tub. The tv system is able to connect the sound to the bathroom. They even have a set of songs for you to listen to like lounge, pop, jazz etc playlists to choose from. After the hotel stay, I went to search some songs on Spotify, and realise that South Beach has its own Spotify account and playlists. How cool!

The next morning, another round of breakfast at ADHD.

Gazing upon my ceiling, I have these.

Special thanks to many people who’ve made my birthday a happy one.

My family and my extended families gave me red packets, on the far right there’s a necklace too from my sister, my hubs gave me a Charlotte Olympia clutch for V-day & birthday combined, but went on to get a Lucien elements angel wing ring and stuffs from La Senza; my colleagues for the Tiffany & Co bracelet; Merry.sg for the happy balloon; Flowers & Jars for the bouquet; FleetflightFloat for the Pegasus and a lip tint from Berrisom; Sephora for the eye shadow palette; South Beach for the awesome service staffs you have, the birthday card and the cake, and lastly, a colleague who told me she has vouchers to Face Shop but she doesn’t use anything from there, so she got me a body mist and a hair treatment mist. Even though that wasn’t meant as a birthday present, but since it’s near my birthday I take it that it’s a present anyway. Ha.

Last 2 photos before I end off this post.

My overall experience at South Beach is beyond awesome. It’s by far one of the best staycation my husband and I ever had. The staffs also made it very pleasant as they are all very accommodating, friendly and nice, like Sue & Muru. I have zero complaints except that the second night a bulb blew and certain parts of the room was dark but someone came to fix it and all was good.

Thanks for reading and if you like my review of South Beach, do share my post! 🙂