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I don’t think I ever want to be a mom that says ‘no’ too much.
My 6 year old told me last week that it was the one thing I tell him the most (I was hoping it was ‘I love you’, but apparently not).

The world we live in, unfortunately, is extremely judgemental, and as much as I would like to shield my kids from the monster that it is, they will eventually have to face it, and in all probability, on their own. I try to teach them the importance of not judging, the importance of not looking into your neighbours’ plate to see if you have more than them, but to make sure that they have enough. The importance of accepting that we, as a family, may be different from others in his class, but that does not make us better or less important than them.

Though of course I cannot tell them that others will not judge; and, as much as I’d like to, stop them from judging me and my own. What I Can do, and will continue to do, is to teach the troop to be kind. As much as it is important for us to be kind to others, it is also important to face judgement and criticism with kindness. To not shout or rant, or complain or be upset, but to understand that their opinions are their own and it is not important or necessary to impose ours on them or to adopt theirs into our lives. Of course it is a long, hard, difficult continuous struggle for a 6 year old boy today, as much as it is for his mom, but it is a lesson I need to remind him and myself every day.

In the Spirit of free expression and trying different things without fear of judgement or reproach, I let Tigger go out and choose his haircut! With the national day of UAE coming up, the salon had a special, where they applied temporary coloured hair spray in the flag colours. Think I might have given Mr. A a heart attack when I send him that picture of Tigger with his new ‘do’.

I thought it was amazing that Tigger wanted to try new things. Of course he wasn’t so fond of the oil I had to rub vigorously in his hair to get the said color out, but that’s a story for another day.

Until that story today.

We wanted to play games that were fun and funny. We had people who were my sister’s school friends, cousins and other friends.

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We started the games with the classic, guess how big the tummy is.

IST_7131 We then had, guess the chocolate bar in the diaper game which was, I admit, slightly disgusting, but seriously hilarious.

 

IST_7159 We also had a game of who can finish the baby bottle the quickest (it was filled apple juice).

 

IST_7084 Dress up the baby relay with a lot of mommies and to-be mommies.

 

IST_7034 The memory game.

 

IST_7144 And ended with, pin the baby on the tummy.

 

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We cannot thank the people who came to the event enough for making it the wonderful event it was. But to show out gratitude we had a basket of favors filled with Body Shop gifts, beautifully wrapped by favors.

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Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Invite
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Decor
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Food
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Kids Activities

Vendors:
The games and arrangements were hosted by the amazing Luminous events who did a brilliant job
The Favors were bought from Body Shop.
The Favors were wrapped by Favors

Part of the reason why I love having parties in the Royal stables is that there is a ready entertainment for the kids in the form of a lovely park with swings, slides and more.
Almost everyone invited was bringing two or more kids so we thought it would be lovely to add a few more activities especially for them.

IST_6591 We had the ever classic face and body painting.

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We also had mask making, which the girls especially gravitated towards.

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And the highlight of the Royal stables being the pony rides, which cheered up even the grumpiest of kids at the party.

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Suffice to say, the kids had as much fun as the adults at the event, if not more.

Vendors:
The event planners Luminous events did an amazing job of setting up the activities for the kids.

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Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Invite
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Decor
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Food
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Games And Favors

We wanted the food to be wholesome, colorful and fun to look at.

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We set out a buffet, which began with loads of canapés and
other finger food and dips. We also added salads.

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For the main course we not only had small portions of wraps,
grilled chicken, rice and a few curries, but we added fish and chicken fingers
with chips for the kids as well.

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We also had a few Arabic dishes like skewers and kebabs.

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Our dessert table was extensive with macaroons, trifles,
cheese cakes, eclairs and more in individual portions. The highlight of the
dessert table was the beautiful croquem boche that you can see only a part of
the pictures.

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My favourite were these heavenly mini chocolate cakes with
the tiny bee on them. They were super cute.

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And finally the cake that was cut. We didn’t want an ostentatious one, but still it had to be sweet and to theme. The caterers did an amazing job of it.
We were super happy.

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Vendors:

The entire catering was done by Dclub, who can make
literally all your food dreams come true.

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Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Decor
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Kids Activities
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Games And Favors

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We went all out on the decoration. We had everything, including a large red riding hood themed signage.

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Gorgeous white chairs with bright red tie backs, and red table clothes with picnic style table runners. Red and teal lanterns and paper fans hanging down from the trees. And a grandma’s house that you can sort of see in the background.

IST_6549 Centre pieces that looked like tree stumps with white twigs that had crystals hanging on them, and the red riding hood and the carriage leaning on it.

 

IST_6863 There was a photo background, where people could take selfies or fun pictures.

IST_6532 And finally a sweet table with the red riding hood and the carriage making an appearance on the teal background with color themed dessert.

 

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The weather, the sunshine, and the amazing people that came made the day all the more special. Thank you all.

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Follow the series
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Invite
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Food
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Kids Activities
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Games And Favors

Vendors:
The decor was done by the amazing Luminous events whom I have known for what seems like forever. They always do an amazing job.

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To people who don’t have sisters, sometimes its hard to explain what having a sister is like. Suffice to say i think that most times, it is THE BEST. And I should know, I have two.
My little sister is expecting her second baby soon and my big sister and I decided to throw her a baby shower.
If you didn’t already know, i LOVE planning parties. We were hard pressed to find a theme that would be feminine, but sort of fun too. My big sister picked teal and red as the colors, and as soon as i saw red, i thought it would be amazing to have a Red Riding Hood or to adapt it to the baby shower, Red Riding Carriage Theme.
This is a 5 part series. This is the invitation that we send out last week for the party. We loved how amazing the card turned out.
I am so excited about this series.

Read on for
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Decor
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Food
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Kids Activities
Red Riding Carriage Themed Baby Shower – Games And Favors

…wonderful! Yes, today was absolutely wonderful. I love days which I have been looking forward to for a while and today was definitely one of those days. My little sister is expecting her second baby and we threw a wonderful shower party for her – full of love, fun and some amazing food *obviously*.

The theme was Little Red Riding Hood, and it was HEAPS of fun.