Celebrations with Floral Garage

We had an early Chinese New Year reunion dinner cum Eizac’s 4th birthday celebration. With Eizac being born near CNY period 4 years ago, he is normally not given a proper birthday celebration as it is festive season. Either the shops were closed or we were too busy doing CNY visitations.

But this year, he is turning 4 years old and like any other pre-schoolers, he is “suddenly” aware of birthdays or rather presents, cakes and parties associated with birthdays! Open-mouthed smile

We are not big on hosting parties but decided to do a small one with the extended families in conjunction with CNY reunion dinner.

There were no other children/friends invited and my kids are the oldest (or youngest?!) in the extended family. Thus we need no entertainment, dessert tables and the likes. Yea! Because I am not good at those. Smile with tongue out

But we couldn’t just have an empty function room hey?

Floral Garage – a local floral shop – came to our rescue! The company was set up in 2015 by 2 guys who wanted to make flowers gifting an affordable option to consumers. They have gone into party decorations and supplies as well.

And the kind folks there decided to help me out with the supply of party decorations for the event as I was quite haphazard in what I wanted since it was a dual-celebration.

We ended up with a combination of both and here’s sharing how the place looked like after decorations. Have to apologise for the lack of quality photos as the older boy came down with stomach flu just the night before the event. Our hands were full with bringing him to the doctor, nursing him and getting ready for the function too. That’s why it’s advisable to either outsource venue decorations or buy ready-to-install decorations for such unforeseeable situations. Open-mouthed smile

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Eizac’s Happy Birthday Banner with big gold balloons letters.
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Another look with the cheeky birthday boy.

Initially I wanted lots of balloons to create a party atmosphere. Balloons are known to generate squeals from children and add on to the party mood.

There are balloon packages from Floral Garage such as those on this link. However, our event was on a Sunday which happened to be the day that Floral Garage is closed. As such, we couldn’t have the usual latex balloons as the helium will only be good for 6-8 hours. Eventually, we opt for some foil balloons which were delivered on Sat. Some managed to stay full till the event timing.

A note on the big balloon letters – they don’t float due to the size but they last for many days! I gave the festive letters to Eizac’s school a few days after the event so they can reuse them as decorations for the school’s CNY party. Very useful! Open-mouthed smile

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On the other side of the wall, we have the same gold balloon letters but in “HAPPY CNY”. Star and heart shaped foil balloons for the children.

To create a “fuller” backdrop, you can opt to get glittery backdrops from Floral Garage. Something like this: (Image from Floral Garage)

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With 2 of the major walls done, I decided to work with the other materials provided. A search online rendered these pretty photos for the ceiling:

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Unfortunately, I do not have enough bandwidth to do such an elaborate decoration. So we D.I.Y with the crepe streamers and balloons provided by Floral Garage and ended with a decent enough look.

Ok, it’s not as nice as those PinInterest photos. But good enough for the short time we have.

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D.I.Y decorations on the ceiling with crepe streamers and balloons.
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Happy Chinese New Year from another angle.

Floral Garage also sent a lovely CNY flower arrangement, which we displayed near the buffet line and thereafter “re-used” it at home. The flowers are very lasting and we still have them in the house till date!

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We ordered a birthday cake from Bengawan Solo simply because it has the series of Paw Patrol cartoon characters. These are Eizac’s favourite cartoon for the season.

And he has to choose a Paw Patrol or rather “Air Patroller” as a birthday present too. Smile

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We ended the evening with a “Loi Hei”; toss up for a good Rooster Year ahead!

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The family’s usual “formation” when it comes to Loi Hei. So that the ingredients can still be eaten after the enthusiastic toss up.
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The entire extended clan from my mother’s side. It is always good to follow traditions. Smile
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Any parents will know it’s not easy to take a family photo with young children. We managed one here with the help of our helpful relatives. Open-mouthed smile

And Thank You to Floral Garage for the kind sponsorship of the decorations for the event. Though there was a minor slip-up due to miscommunication between their operations and marketing team, credit has to be given to the marketing team for prompt service recovery. Most people look to florists and party suppliers for significant events, so prompt, accurate deliveries and reliably good products are always a must in this trade. Floral Garage is still relatively new in the floral and party business, but they are worth a try if you want an affordable bunch of flowers or a fuss free party supplies package.

If you need some ideas for the special occasions, do check out their details below:

Floral Garage: https://floralgaragesg.com

For party supplies:  https://floralgaragesg.com/party-supplies-singapore

And for the upcoming Valentine’s Day: https://valentines.floralgaragesg.com

I do especially like the artisan freestyle bouquets of flowers available on their website – “Rustic” goes well with me. Open-mouthed smile

And I have some happy fresh news for readers here. Here’s a 15% LIFETIME DISCOUNT Code which you can use when you order from Floral Garage.

Hope it will come in as using savings when you get a bouquet to brighten someone’s day. Smile

Enter this code when checking out: evelynXFG15

Next up, with Valentine’s Day in just 2 weeks time, Floral Garage is kindly sponsoring a giveaway of a “Freestyle Bouquet” for one winner! You can have it delivered to your loved one or for yourself just simply because you need some fresh flowers in the house?! Smile

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To enter the random draw, these are the criteria:

1) Visit Floral Garage Facebook Page. “Likes” are appreciated but not compulsory.

2) Visit Evespiration Facebook Page. “Likes” are appreciated but not compulsory.

3) Share this post on Facebook or Repost/Regram on Instagram; please remember to tag me – “Evespiration” and ensure your post setting is public. You will be contacted via your FB/IG account when you win.

T&C of this giveaway:

This giveaway ends on 8th Feb 2017. The winner will be randomly selected from announced on this blog post on 9th Feb 2017.

Winners will be contacted via the FB/IG account used to enter the giveaway. Winner will be given 48 hours to respond; failing which a new winner will be selected.

By entering this giveaway, you agree to release your email address to the sponsor for verification, contact and marketing purposes.
This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook/Instagram.

Updated on 10th Feb 2017:

Giveaway has ended! Thank you for the participation everyone! 🙂 

And the winner goes to Elizabeth De Cruz! Congratulations! You will be contacted on your Facebook ID and hope the flowers will make your day extra special! 🙂 


Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Rooster Year; May the new year brings new beginnings and create happy memories! Smile 

And of course to my CNY baby, A Happy Blessed Birthday! Eizac, you are super loved and cherished!

Happy Birthday Eizac

City Square Mall presents Nick JR!

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We had been “malls-hopping” this holiday season! The best time of the year for shopping at the malls is Christmas season!

The shopping malls are decked with their Christmas best and there are galore of free shows, characters Meet and Greet and goodies to redeem with minimum spends.

City Square Mall is no stranger to bringing in well known characters, catering specially to the kids!

This school holiday, City Square Mall brought in my boys’ favourite cartoon characters: Dora & Boots, Paw Patrol, Blaze the Monster Machines (at the outdoor playground area) and Bubble Guppies!

No prizes for guessing what is their favourite cartoon channel! NICK JR! Open-mouthed smile

They can shout “Abre” in Spanish, name every single Paw Patrollers, identify that Blaze had a recent makeover in transformation and chant “Outside outside, everybody outside!” with the Bubble Guppies!

If you don’t know what I am talking about, no worries – I didn’t know better as well when we subscribed to Nick Jr.. Open-mouthed smile

And if you have a big fan of Nick Jr. characters at home, don’t miss out this “all stars” live show and Meet & Greet sessions at City Square Mall. You can redeem a Meet & Greet pass with $50 spend in the mall.

For a minimum spend of $40 at the mall, you can also redeem a Wonderland Pass to participate at the various stations at the City Green Outdoor Park’s playland. These are very simple games such as bubble blowing at the Bubble Guppies station, a mini playground at Blaze, photo taking at Paw Patrol, catching falling balls at Team Umizoomi and dress-up at Shimmer and Shine.

And a quick note that the playground at the outdoor area had been revamped. It is even better than before with an old-school “turnstile” merry-go-round.

One BIG IMPORTANT TIP: Go on weekdays if you can. We were there on a Sunday afternoon and it was really crowded; with a long queue at the redemption counters and a crowd almost everywhere. Evenings might be better if you want to play outdoors too – to avoid the heat (if any).

There is a daily snowfall playtime at the Outdoor Park if you are there at 8pm and 9pm as well. So evenings are ideal. Smile

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If you don’t want your photos to be blocked (like mine); either be early and chope a seat in the middle. Or head upstairs to level 2 and 3 to sit at those common areas – it will be better views than at the sides. We were lazy to move. Smile with tongue out
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Xi En loved to take photos with mascots any time. Smile Eizac isn’t in the picture because he is scared of mascots who are larger than the cartoons he know so well! hahaha

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For more information, do check out City Square Mall’s website at this link.

Enjoy Nick Jr little fans! Smile

Merriest Christmas!

Home and Decor Part 5– Kids’ room makeover with Nippon Paint (Final look!)

Previously, we showed you the meticulous work by the Nippon Paint painters. Here’s the end result after we bought new furniture and deck up the kids’ room! Smile

The boys have been sleeping on mattresses without frames ever since they were babies. The main reason is safety – both boys fell and rolled off our adult beds before – thus the decision to use mattresses on the floors.

But Ethen had been asking for a “proper” bed since he is growing up. We did have a “fire engine” pull-out dual bed before, but it didn’t work out. So we gave it away.

This time, we bought a 2-in-1 single “adult” bed; hoping it will last longer.

I choose a white colored bedframe despite knowing the boys might dirtied them. Just because it matched the colors of the painted walls. Open-mouthed smile

Here’s the final look of the boys’ room; simple and functional:

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Pull-out bed with white bed frames for the boys. Bed sheets from King Koil Warehouse Sale. And a colourful TASTRUP carpet from Ikea as the weight of the bed put dents onto the floor.

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I love the white frame against the Momento Special Effects Series of paint by Nippon Paint. And kids’ room has the liberty of adding pops of colors! Smile

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At one of the corners, we recycled the brown IKEA book shelf from our old place as it was still well maintained. Ethen loves to read so the book shelf is constantly filled with many books to encourage the boys to pick up a book easily.

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I bought a wooden clock with the face of a map because Ethen enjoys identifying places in the world. The wooden block puzzle toys are from our Taiwan trip – a gift from my mother to the boys.

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For the wall which was painted with Nippon Odourless Paint in “Raindrop” color – I put up white photo frames with recent photos taken by Tomato Photography.
Instead of buying a picture, I D.I.Y a watercolor calligraphy quote. First attempt – thus the “raw” and “impromptu” look. Open-mouthed smile But maybe more meaningful than a store-bought painting? Smile

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And that’s the final look of the kids’ room.

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Made possible together with Nippon Paint! Smile

If you are looking to paint your new place or spruce up your current house before Christmas/New Year, do take advantage of Nippon Paint’s promotion with savings more than $900 and stand a chance to win a staycation! More details on Nippon Paint’s website.

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Another cool thing to share: Nippon Paint had developed an application “Colour Visualizer” which is available for Free on iOS and Android. You can take a photo of the room/wall that you are planning to paint and choose from a wide range of color selections. Thereafter you can “paint” the walls virtually to see how they turn out.

Nippon hopes this will help owners to “visualize” the colors prior to painting and make informed decisions on matching furniture too.

Try it out today! Smile

N.B: This is part 2 of a 2 part-series of a collaboration with Nippon Paint’s painting services. Photos and opinions are writer’s own unless credited.

Read more on our Home and Decor Series here:

Part 1 Keys Collection and Defects Check

Part 2 Useful Home Renovation websites and apps

Part 3 Renovation Ideas for kids’ rooms with Nippon Paint

Part 4 Dressing up your walls and glass doors with Decals by Decorette

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