I am really not someone who likes to boast, but I must say I had the BEST time at Ruby’s 4th birthday party this past weekend! My little girl turned the big 0-4!
For the very first time in four years of hosting birthday parties, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and got to partake & have fun in so many activities with her instead of running around like a madwoman! I was completely able to ‘be there’ throughout her 3 hour bash. I of course shot all my own photos, but there was a photographer on hand from Tamimi Stables which was fab and I can’t wait to see what she captured for us!
“Al Tamimi Stables is a family friendly farm and educational activities centre situated in the emirate of Sharjah. Our centre boasts over 30 acres of lush farm land with over 500 domestic and exotic animals, sports facilities, stables, a horse trading enterprise, a recording studio, a petting farm, creativity studios and a quaint café. Look a little closer and you’ll find that we even grow our own exotic produce.”
“Make your child’s special day even more memorable by making use of our massive offering of private outdoor and air conditioned indoor facilities throughout our luscious 30 acres. We provide all the great activities, extras and fantastic food choice you need to make your party a day to remember.”
Hands down, the best party venue I have been to in the UAE. Not to mention the exceptional service and party hosts! Absolutely FABULOUS!
Ruby’s Private Air Conditioned Party Room!
I will not take all the credit for the decorations inside Ruby’s private party room at the stables:) The staff proved themselves to be beyond fantastic! They set the tables, put up a banner, hung balloons, made the hay barrel stacks, all the center pieces and floral arrangements! I am so so soooo pleased with how it turned out. As a busy mom, this was a total blessing! To arrive at Ruby’s party (instead of hosting it at our home) and have everything set up and ready to go without a drop of sweat on my face or stress was awesome! Previously I would have to send my husband out with the kids while I decorated and prepared the house (crummy part about October birthday parties…the heat). And how could I forget to mention the best…I mean worst part, cleaning the house after the party was over! Ahhh I am still smiling about her party two days later:) Literally EVERYTHING was taken care of for us. We had two party hosts, music with speakers in the party room, endless activities, beverages…I 100% recommend this party venue to ALL of you!
For loot bags (you can see them sticking out of the hay barrels) each child received a butterfly net and bag of gourmet marshmallow’s. The boys: wooden gecko with a kit to paint it. The girls: mini Disney tin boxes with lockets and flower headbands.
What I WILL take credit for though, is the food:) Oh! And the piñata (my mother-in-law brought it from Austria) and the glittery butterflies which I found in my craft drawer. I made all the cupcakes from scratch using a simple yellow sheet cake recipe, set up the candy bar, I made the candy cake using marshmallow’s and other pretty sweeties, Ruby’s great grandma and Oma helped wash and cut the fruits while I made a very easy cream cheese and marshmallow dip, the vegetable platter and dip, cheese, Jell-O jigglers with creepy crawly candy that turned to soup on the drive over (can you believe how hot it is still in October!), the butterfly celery sticks filled with peanut butter, cookies which my mom made in Canada, PB&J butterfly sandwiches…I am sure I am forgetting to mention more things!
Snacks & Party Food!
The itinerary of the party was superb and kept all of us on our feet and laughing, not a dull moment whatsoever! I decided to scrap one of the activities as most of the guests did not arrive for 2pm, rather after 2:30pm (no biggie). Around 2:30pm we walked over to the horse stables for “Horse Hero” where the children pet the breathtaking horses, posed for pictures and groomed them.
Activity 1: Horse Hero
Anneliese and Jenny sat the children on benches and brought out different animals during the Animal Care Hero activity. One at a time they passed the animal around very carefully explaining various facts about it (guinea pig, hamster, parrot, bunny). The kids loved it (heck they loved everything!). Anneliese insured all the children washed their hands after petting the sweet creatures.
Activity 2: Animal Care Hero
We then walked through another door to the cooking room. Each child was give two cupcakes, generous heaps of different colored icing and a ton of sprinkles to pick from (they definitely were not stingy). Once the kids were finished decorating their treats we bagged them up and shuffled on to our last activity.
Activity 3: Little Chef Cupcake Decorating
The craft room was oozing with recycled projects, which you all know, is something I just love! The children used recycled cardboard flower cut outs and colored each of their flowers which were then placed on top of a bottle cap all assembled using old plastic bottles. The children poured soil into their new flower pots and could pick what color of plant they wanted to put in their flower pot. I have Ruby’s proudly on my windowsill in the kitchen. I will always look at it and fondly remember all of the great moments we had at her 4th birthday party with our amazing family and friends.
Activity 4: Creativity Hero: Recycled Flower Pot Craft
Ruby’s Birthday Cake!