We had quite a weekend. I am still reeling from the effects and have close to 100 photos to show off. What happened? Will come to that :)
(For the first time, I shall attempt to keep a secret :P)
Friday started on a good note anticipating the arrival of a close friend of K's who is also a very dear friend of mine. We have quite a lot of shared interests and K says, he is one of the few people with whom he can converse on a plethora of topics (still) (Lately we have noted people being too held up in their own small cocoons with spouses, kids, work and what not) He was slated to reach close to mid night, but that was not a bother. Being able to catch up with someone across continents is indeed a blessing. K had planned a proper 'dude's night out' with PS3 gaming and pizza. K proposes, Chiyaa disposes (inadvertently though) She had a bad cold, and ended up searching for K a lot. So he had no other go but to pacify her. Pizza was right up their street but PS3 gaming didn't happen :(
Saturday started with some scrumptious food dished out by mil. All 'tubby-fied' we looked at the day with dazed eyes. But K just had one day with his friend. They decided to make the most of it. He went ahead on a tour of the city . Mil and I ventured out to do the weekly shopping and grab the cake. Which cake? Well that was the big surprise :) we were hosting chiyaa 's first birthday the next day.
We had given a lot of thought into the party ( me in the foot soldier role and K in the Azeemo Shaan Shehanshah one ;) ) I got the invites ready, zeroed in on the return gifts (boy that was tough) , packed them (rather horrendously - no ISO certificate for that for sure. Guys any gift wrapping tips are majorly welcome ;) ) , bought the dress for the lil one, scouted for the cake , bought it and also got it from the store-phew! Hang on I am running out of breath here. I also had the task of getting in touch with caterers and getting estimates from them. We also had to look for venues since we were unable to fix a place that served food as well . I somehow was not getting a favourable response on either fronts. By chance we happened to notice a new restaurant in town called curry leaf. It served Sri Lankan cuisine. From the moment we laid our eyes on it- we knew this was the place.
To get the insider story we decided to lunch there one day. The food was to die for and the portions were huge ! The owner was also in hand and was gung ho to host the party . We had a deal ! Attaboy!
The last couple of days from the big day I had to chase them up with the count of guests , the number of vegetarians and non vegetarians and other nitty gritties. Now the very big event was just a day away.
But would things go as per plan?