[This is second in a series of travel posts from the Summer of 2017 (2/4)]

So you thought I was going to spare you some more travel posts huh? uhhh–NOPES

Travelling all the way to London and not venturing outside of it would have been a shame, so we took a week-long road trip to Scotland and back. This was our route: London-Bristol-Lancaster-Edinburgh-Newcastle-London. Lancaster and Newcastle were just there to break down the journey as travelling with a two year old strapped in a car seat for long distances…eeez NOT recommended.

UK map

Our Route

We rented Avis from London City airport, and well, it took three whole hours. It was an AWFUL experience; Read More →

There are raging debates amongst the mom-circles in Karachi about which pre-school to send their kids to, what is the right age to send them, what schooling philosophy each school adopts and so on. And as the blistering heat of summer makes its advent, the debate turns to which summer camp is best. Some first time parents find themselves lost, adrift and confused. Read More →

It is that time of the year again. When the devout fast and feast, pray and celebrate. I see so many Ramzan Mubarak posts on my news feed and so many heartfelt messages for this month full of blessings. It makes me nostalgic for my childhood. For all the Ramzans spent at home with my parents and siblings. It’s pure torture waking up at that hour (not just waking up but EATING) but something so charming about a home that is fully lit at 4am. Read More →

I turned 35 today. It’s daunting. It’s humbling. It’s eye-opening. It’s a mix of ‘oh-shit’ and ‘oh-wow’ and ‘is this middle age?’

And you know what? It’s also all kinds of awesome. I love being here. In the now. In this moment. Firstly because it’s a huge 5 year leap. My life lessons/understanding/maturity at 20 was almost the same at 25 and maybe just marginally more at 30. Read More →

Planning the second birthday

It’s raining cars!

Despite the fact that we introduced gender-neutral toys to our little one from the very beginning, he ended up with great partiality towards cars, somehow. Or anything with wheels for that matter. And he has a special fetish for red-colored cars. So it was a no-brainer what the theme of his second birthday would be- it was red cars all the way.

My husband and I are not really big on birthdays in general but we are really, really into big birthday celebrations for our tot. Both his birthdays have been fancy affairs (though not very elaborate), but it’s been a labor of love. We like to pay attention to the minor details and get personally invested in almost everything. I love doing the decor myself. Honestly. It’s a lot of hard work and sleepless nights, but the results are TRULY worth it. And it’s such a high when friends are gushing over everything. Since its mostly family and friends (about 50-60 people), we don’t like to involve event managers; but a bigger reason is that we love doing everything ourselves.

Once the theme is decided I scour the internet for ideas, and save the ones that seem the most easily executable. Then I go and raid a stationery shop and get down to business. Here’s my nightly routine for a couple of weeks: put the toddler to bed, switch on the telly to some mindless show and start crafting; banners, buntings, cupcake toppers… everything down to the bottle caps. And as things start taking shape, the excitement heightens. My husband and I decide the contents of the goody bags (sorry folks, everything that goes in is sugar and we don’t care that your kids get high and you have to pay for it; we just want to be popular with them) and we both pack them personally, every single bag. Of course there are many petty squabbles that last for weeks as there are a trillion things we can’t mutually agree on. I mean can someone please tell my husband a live steak station should not be the central focus of a toddler’s birthday, and that it’s tacky and ostentatious?! Yes? THANK YOU! Lol! But after a successful event all the bickering replaced with high fives. So its totally worth it!

Well, without further ado, here are some glimpses of the overall décor… ENJOY! Would love to hear your comments, suggestions….

Goody Bags
“Thank you for zooming on over”

 

Choc fudge covered with fondant (I’m not a huge fan of fondant but gave it cuz it looked pretty)

 

Cupcakes with teeny weeny car toppers

Signal brownies

 

Strawberry jelly with the ubiquitous car

 

 

Popcorn – most popular with babies and adults alike!

 

Photos | Umer & Madiha Photography

Location | Our house

Food | Gazebo

Cake | Cake Craft

Décor| ME!