Gold Dusk: Tzu Hsiang’s 21st
Starting off this incredibly long post of my 21st birthday celebration & acoustic gig!
Have never celebrated my birthday on the actual day (15 Dec!) with SO many people in my life.. so this was exciting!!
I never really had a birthday party before- December babies don’t get much choice what with the Singapore academic calendar here! Was initially lazy to throw a party- but decided to after I woke up from a dream where I was having a party (lol). Woke up excited, hopped onto Google and found a venue after a lot of searching. Booked the place in the next hour with Weeyong’s help and voila! Time to invite friends and plan this shit. Hahah.
Trying to pin down a theme was difficult. Like Jess says, I wanted a little bit of everything. Eventually did a mix of garden/woodlands theme and named my event Gold Dusk. Heheheh. This is my invite that I used for the Facebook event & Whatsapp!
Ripped the picture off from talented artist Gerren Lamson.
Made party favours!! Am a very goodie bag person so this was a must. Found these gorgeous gold bows from Daiso- bitch please $2 for 32 bows!!! HAHA *smirks* Candy from Marks & Spencer’s ! Home printed the card/set list :) Thanks to Wenx who helped to punch butterflies & make pretty bunting :)
Also made a lot of these paper chains->
That’s my dress! From Forever New, sponsored by my mama :)
My heels from Charles and Keith! On discount also muahahaha.
Also scoured through many old family albums to make this:
cute anot… HAHAHAHA the unglam pics really crack me up.
Woke up early and headed out to buy flowers & collect macarons :)) Made my animals which… I thought were a good touch. Later on went to collect the helium balloons from Party Joy in Parkway. Lol @ all the children’s faces while walking to the carpark. HAHA.
Uncut flowers from Haig Road :)
Dem last minute woodland creatures with colour pencils, drawing block, marker and cardboard.
Around 4 plus, Wenxin came to pick me and my sis and ALL MY STUFF up haha. Including the balloons and Feizai my guitar. Big thanks to wenx for all the help… lol madness really. <3 <3
The Venue: MESRC, 21 Evans Road :).
Nearest MRT, Botanic Gardens
Found the place through reading someone’s blog (hahaha) and what really nailed it was the outdoor gazebo & more importantly, the stage. Where I can hold my first acoustic session!! You can book the place if you have an MOE account!! (Find yo teacher friends!!!) Plus, it was way more affordable than a chalet or a cafe (at least $1000 yo…) The place comes with amps, 60 foldable chairs, projector and etc. Perfect for my party needs- only that it’s
a little ulu la. Lol well done all guests for making it there!! Hahaha :) You really deserve pats on the back for finding this place.
The lounge going under decoration works… thanks Rae, Wenx, Sandra, Quek for coming early to help! :D
Dontcha like those flowers in jars and vanilla candles (Ikea)? The jars were all found at home. LOL like Prego and Ragu and Jam jars. LOL. Thank you wenx for arranging the flowers~~
IT RAINED!!! So I didn’t get to use the outdoor gazebo…but it’s okay!
Was a little stressed out haha - I said ” I don’t care”, “Whatever” , “Anything” like 10000x times when my friends and sista were helping me to decorate LOL. Everything to your own discretion haha :D
Catered food for 40 from Orange Clove~! I had about 45-50 guests that day I think..a good estimation since I only had a little bit of leftovers and my guests liked the food - lol there were people who went for 3 rounds LOL. 10 dishes ! Love the tom yum fish cake & spaghetti :) Food is proudly sponsored by my dad :D
Toyed with ideas like chocolate fountain but I didn’t know if I would have a microwave so I set up another dessert table anyways. Here’s a pic of my dessert table! Love love all the flowers and vanilla candles and everything.
Ordered Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma macarons from Yue Huan’s bakery, Dezerto! Hahah fking adorbz right.
Also made a playlist of energetic songs and basically anything and everything I like. Haha was encouraging cuz amidst all the rushing about it is always comforting to hear some song you love.
Had Pikachu and a dinosaur at my party!!! Hhahaha.
Hahahah Rachel, Jo, Liren and Casper playing the CUPS song!
Hit a cinch- the mics were NOT THERE!! Was pretty resigned to the fact that I wouldn’t be performing with a mic but the day was fking saved by Godwin zomg who had all his magician and performing gear with him wahlau I am damn heng!!! Thanks a billion! And again to the couple Joyce and Godwin who invited the caricature artist that was super interesting!! Like hahaha I would have never thought of that. Awesome :)
Happy Jess with her caricature.
And happy Kailin :)
My sister was super useful that day HAHA let me recommend you to bring a fam member you can count on on a busy event and won’t be paiseh to ask for help. Like sending her out to claim lost guests who can’t find the venue. Multiple times. Lol. (Will insert a pic of us later- can’t find a pic of us.. yet)
Around 8 plus I started my acoustic gig!
Haha I was pretty nervous. Was super keyed up for the whole day so I didn’t get a time to calm the fuq down before the perf.. haha. Thankfully after the second song (Radioactive x Trouble) kinda relaxed cuz I play this a lot haha. Missed out/mumbled through a ton of lyrics for Misery Business and Royals hahaha familiar enough with it!! Royals was hilarious HAHAHA I have the best audience ever.
Fairy lights borrowed from Jojo :) Thanks Quek & San who kept sticking them up since like.. 5.30 pm lol.
Glad you guys liked my lame short songs like the Don’t Wanna song too HAHA. Wasn’t even thinking anymore and couldn’t even remember my starting chord for Death by Sea- fumbling like a lameass hahaha. Thankfully saved by Matt who was like ’ A Minor!!’ HAHA! And also thanks to Oli for saving me for some lyrics also LOLZZ.
Was possibly freaking out cuz I usually perform with people and have one sole job- to sing. And not sing AND play at the same time. Alone. Haha so props to myself *clap clap clap* HAHA!!
Thanks woonie for finding the lyrics of Spiralling Sunday and singing along HAHA!! And all my other ardent fans you guys rock <3 Thank you for all the kind words and support and love. <3
Then it’s time to cut cake!!
Cake from Rive Gauche. I don’t know why there was an alcohol taste lol I never planned for thizz o_o Thanks Yuting for bringing my cake over :)
I love you all :)
And thank you for all for the presents- didn’t really take photos (probably kinda ate some of them already HAHA). But was really touched!! Holy shit guys you people are amazeballs. Lol opening gifts that are kinda surprises that I confirm will like is like… an amazing feeling (cause I posted a wishlist heheh). And LOL at the range of presents. Useful stuff like vouchers and guitar things yay!, subtly asking me to grow up stuff (like buying 正经 clothes and gifting a 正经 bag :P) and also a hello kitty toy microphone HAHAHAH, and of course the REAL recording mic. and DRUMSTICKS!! ahha
And of course all the chocolate and home made brownies & jelly heart cakes!!! Which I obviously polished off. Already. Lol. And deliciously fruity smelling perfume haha ohmy. All MAH NEW CDs !! And my Nat Geog sub and flowers <3 And all the cards !!! And the hulkies video HAHAHA. 谢谢你们！<3
(oops, untreated photo. LOL)
Was showered with a lot of love that day, went home exuberant probably. Realised though I spent the entire night socialising I didn’t feel sapped out of energy- probably because everybody there WERE PEOPLE I LIKED!! HA! What a difference that makes.
Clearing out- I hardly did anything- my friends were so efficient I don’t even. Thanks for packing everything up even without me asking :’)
Going home- balloon drama HAHA thank you Rachel for driving a car full of people and balloons lololol to my place! XD The aaaahh sigh when your feet touches your slippers instead of the heels. Haha.
Also want to give a shout out to Adeline, my uni French buddy<3 who celebrated with me even though she was in Shanghai!! All decked out in the appropriate wear according to theme too :P Heehee you’re so cute!!
And my sailor gals Han Yin & Joanne for sending birthday cards from overseas!! And Yi Lin too hahaha hugs <3
Also big hugs to everyone who was overseas or sick and couldn’t make it! Love love anyways <3 <3
Hugging the Fiesta donkey and playing my new CDs, reading my library books and enjoying life with all dem beautiful flowers.
Thanks guys for being here <3 Thankful to have met you in my 21 years on earth :)
Cheers to more adventures together :)
Photo Credits: Bolong, Stella, Rae, and various Instagram accounts XD