Ev­ery­thing fell into place

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For Kris­tine Nguyen, the first birthday of her twins Si­enna and Se­bas­tian was cause for a big party. She started or­gan­is­ing the party when they were three months old, hir­ing a har­bour­side venue, a stylist for her dessert ta­ble, kids entertainment and a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher. She says: “I started re­search­ing and or­gan­is­ing when they were three months old. I just wanted to have an idea of dif­fer­ent venues, then once we booked a func­tion room at the Deck­house in Wool­wich, ev­ery­thing fell into place.

We had an events man­ager there and fi­nalised all the num­bers and the food two weeks be­fore the day of the birthday. It was quite easy. They sent us the event plan and the lay­out of the room and or­gan­ised a lot of the venue stuff.

We hired Than Tran to style our dessert ta­ble — she also styled a dessert ta­ble for Michael and Kyly Clarke’s daugh­ter’s chris­ten­ing. I just asked for pas­tel pink and green and some gold, and said they could style the rest. We had a For­ever Friends theme — I love the bears — and that was the brief I gave her. She did ev­ery­thing within two weeks and set it all up and took it down. I didn’t have to do any of that.

The res­tau­rant took care of all the food. It was an al­ter­nate drop ser­vice, like at a wed­ding, and it was a three-course menu. It was quite ex­pen­sive, but we only had close friends, so about 50 peo­ple all up.

I didn’t have a bud­get as my hus­band knew I’d like to have some­thing mem­o­rable. There’s noth­ing wrong with a com­mu­nity hall, but be­cause there are two of them, I wanted some­thing g spe­cial.

We had an­other party at home with ex­tended fam­ily the fol­low­ing­wing week.

I’ve had friends say it’s s pretty ex­trav­a­gant for a first birthday,th­day, but we have two kids and I felt lt if we didn’t do any­thing spe­ciall I’d feel a bit on the lazy side.

But this will be the big­gest thing for them un­til their 21st — that’s it.. We didn’t even bother hav­ing a party for their sec­ond birthday, the first took its toll on us with all the or­gan­is­ing.

Our friends re­ally en­joyed it. I still re­mem­ber it quite fondly, the twins were up the whole­ole day, but they got re­ally cranky af­ter we cut the cake.ake. It was also re­ally nice for us to have the time to catch up with friends.

Hav­ing twins, I hardly went out the first year. I chat­ted with friend­sriends we hadn’t spo­ken to in months.”

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