Tobias was recently invited to his 1st Swiss Birthday Party! Of cos we have been to many other birthday parties but none of those was from a Swiss Swiss family (meaning both parents are swiss). It was very exciting & interesting for us. Tobias talked about from the time we got the invitation till the day we actually went – which was Tuesday 22nd June 2008.
Here’s a little drawing Tobias made for the little birthday gal – Lena, who is his constant playmate at Daycare. She turned 3 on Tues. Oh by the way, my clever little boy drew these all by himself. The only help i gave him was to write the words out on a separate piece of paper & i showed him how to draw the 1st flower & he drew the other 3 all by himself – mummy is soooo proud – can you tell?! hahhahha ;p
The party took place in the forest near the little gal’s home which is only 1x village down from us. Here a look at the place where the party took place:
There are actually many such places all over the Swiss counrtyside – i remembered going to a friend’s 30th birthday also which was in a barn. It so great to be able to be in nature & use it & the Swiss really do take good care of the natural environment they have – such taking their own trash away when they leave – they are really into leaving the place exactly the way they found it – so nature is still there for others to enjoy 🙂
Lena’s mother was a teacher at the Daycare (she has since resigned – she has a new baby now) so games were easy for her to do & half the kids were from the Daycare so they all knew the games 🙂
Here’s a video of one of the games:
She did like at least 3x different games with just that 1x balloon which she gave to each child! It was brillant & all the kids were 4 & under & could follow very well!
Here’s Tobias being silly with one of his friends from the Daycare, Patrick:
i was the only parent, besides Lena’s Godparents, that was there for the party. All the other swiss parents simply dropped off their kids. i guess i’m still very asian that way – feels funny to just drop him off & leave. Asian parents have birthday parties for their kids but parents are always expected to stay – they are of cos invited to stay – it’s just not asian to have a kids birthday party without the parents around. i sometimes think Asian parents have kids parties as an excuse to enjoy themselves too – hahhahaha 😉
i also like being there so i can pick up some game ideas/party ideas for Tobias’ next birthday :p
Tobias had a blast at his 1st Swiss birthday party – he had an early night that day 😉
(PS: mood has to do with the fact that i cleaned all the windows in the apt today – actually Tobias helped by spraying the window cleaner on & of cos Walter helped with the last few after he had his nap – he returned from a 3x day trip to Romania this afternoon – so it was a family effort! Ahhh… clean windows 🙂 )