I had the honor of being part of the planning committee for my dear friend Jade’s 40th birthday celebration. The event was held at the Tanglin Club, and it was a night filled with love, laughter, and tears. Jade’s family and close friends were in attendance, and we all came together to make her day extra special.
My role in the planning committee was to create a slideshow, and I was also the quiz master for a game to help Jade’s friends get to know her better. Many of her family and friends got the questions right!
Other members of the committee had their own tasks – Rachel prepared the lovely balloons, Jacqueline set up the photo booth and flower decorations which were so beautiful and Shi Min, our party leader, coordinated the entire event from start to finish.
The party was hosted by Jade’s elder brother, Xavier, who was an excellent emcee. He did an excellent job of keeping the party lively and engaging.
There were many touching speeches given especially by Jade’s younger brother, Harn, and her close friends who shared beautiful memories and things they love about her.
It was indeed a beautiful moment to see how much Jade is loved by everyone.
Jade’s husband, Lin Hui, gave her a great speech and showered her with hugs and kisses too. And of course, her four children, Joel, Megan, and Rachel, spoke about what an amazing mom she is. Of course Tristan is too young to do so but he gave his hugs and kisses to his awesome mama!
It was truly a night to remember, and I’m certain that Jade’s love tank was filled to the brim with all the love and appreciation from her family and friends.
Of course, Jade was the queen of the night, and she looked like a million bucks. She loves attention although she’s constantly in denial about that 🙄 but anyway we made sure she got all the attention she deserved.
We showered her with so much love and affection, and I could see that she felt very cherished and appreciated. And of course the birthday girl cried many times and laughed happy tears throughout the night.
But of course the celebration didn’t stop there. This birthday girl constantly needed to be showered with more love and attention in case you didn’t realise. That’s how you fill her cup. After the big party, we had another private celebration on April 18th, 2023.
This time, Tze Teng and I decided to surprise Jade by giving her a makeover, followed by a photoshoot. We were all dressed in white, her favorite color, and we looked like God-sent angels in her life. Haha! Hope she will always remember that.
We started with some solo photos of Jade, and then we did some lovely friendship shots.
During the photoshoot, we had so much fun and laughter. The photographer got us to pose and hold hands, and we felt like supermodels. We then got to choose the photos, it was tough to narrow it down to just a few because we all love the friendship shots and it was a fun experience overall.
This photoshoot is something which I have planned in my head 2 years ago and I knew it would be something she will truly cherish because she loves taking photos and looking like a prom Queen. I mean who doesn’t want to look good right? Haha. Well I just wanted to create more wonderful memories for this birthday girl so that she could cherish it forever.
After the photoshoot, we headed to Marina Bay Sands (MBS), where we had dinner at Spago.
As we headed to Spago, we got Jade to wear a “Happy Birthday” sash so that she could capture more attention.
It was Jade’s first time at Spago, and the food was absolutely delicious.
We had octopus, pork loin, quail, pasta, and sea bream laksa.
We were so full by the end of the meal! But what made the night truly special were the deep, meaningful conversations we had.
We sang her a happy birthday song with a lovely cake complimentary of Spago.
It was a beautiful end to an already unforgettable celebration.
I’m so grateful to have been a part of creating a meaningful 40th birthday celebration for Jade.
I hope she enjoyed herself every moment and that this celebration will always be a special memory for her.
Despite all the ups and downs we had together over the years, to me Jade is a wonderful sister-in-Christ and a good friend to me and I’m blessed to have her in my life. Planning and celebrating Jade’s 40th birthday was a truly fulfilling experience. Seeing her happy and feeling loved was worth all the effort put into the planning.
As I reflect on Jade’s 40th, I am reminded of how important it is to celebrate and cherish our loved ones. Our lives can get rather busy, but we must always pause and make time for the people who matter most to us, and especially celebrate them on their birthdays.
Birthdays are not just about the age or the presents, but about the memories created and the love shared. This is something I enjoy doing for my loved ones – planning and surprising them on their birthdays so that they know how much they are loved!
“Birthdays are not just about growing older, but also about growing wiser, stronger, and more grateful for the people in our lives.”
And to you, my dear reader, what about you? What are the things you do for your loved ones to make them feel special on their special day?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.