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How To Plan Or Attend A “100 Days” Party For A New Baby

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Celebrate your bundle of joy with friends and family!

Congratulations, mama! You’ve just crossed the fourth trimester – the first three months after delivery. Now that you’ve grown used to the sleepless nights (somewhat, at least!) and mastered feeding, you can consider organising a party to celebrate your little one’s milestone.

A 100-day celebration is traditional in Chinese culture, as it is in some other Asian countries as well. While get togethers are also common at the end of the baby’s first month, the 100-day one is preferred because it marks the end of the most vulnerable period for new babies and mums or, in some cases, and end to confinement. This celebration used to be fairly traditional with symbolic gifts, gold jewellery and red packets handed down from the older family members and well-wishers, as well as prayers and auspicious food being offered by the parents to their ancestors. In addition to this, often a lock of the baby’s hair would be cut and the bub would get his or her Chinese name (even if the Western name was already announced). The proud parents would also distribute red eggs (symbols of fertility) and pickled ginger to the guests. Nowadays, things are not quite as traditional and each couple is free to make up its own family traditions for this special day. If you are planning (or attending) a 100 days party, this is what you need to consider.

If you’re hosting:
Venue
Catering

If you’re attending:
Customs
Gifts

Read more: The Fourth Trimester: What To Expect When You’re No Longer Expecting

Venue

Le Meridien Cyberport

If you’re looking for a place to celebrate your little one turning 100 days old, consider the plush setting of a private party room at Le Meridien, Cyberport. This urban five-star hotel is gorgeous in itself – with views of the sea and the greenery of Pok Fu Lam Reservoir and Victoria Peak. What makes it even more attractive are its party package options.

Its 100 Days Baby Celebration Package gets you use of the private room (as mentioned), and two hours of free-flow orange juice, soft drinks and house beer. It’s great that there are non-alcoholic options because new mamas, especially those breastfeeding, might want to stay away from the booze! You also get three pounds of birthday cake, because no great celebration is complete without cake. The baby won’t be eating it, of course, so there will be lots to go around for the lucky guests. When you book a private room (with abundant natural sunlight guaranteed to pep up even a tired mother’s mood), there is an option to customise it to your specific needs. Get in touch now to book your spot to celebrate your little bundle of joy’s big milestone.

Le Meridien Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport, Hong Kong, 2980 7807, [email protected], www.marriott.com/hotels

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (TST East)

Your baby is 100 days old and you’re looking to celebrate with your loved ones? Wooloomooloo Steakhouse in TST East is offering the perfect party package. When booking for 25 guests, you get exclusive use of the dining room on the 1st floor. Priced attractively at $11,000, this also includes a 3-course set lunch and 2-hour non-alcoholic free-flow. With a collaboration with Sift, a popular local patisserie, the restaurant also offers you 30 cupcakes and a 6-inch celebration cake (your choice of three icing and two filling options). There will be silk flower centrepieces for the tables and if your guests are bringing along young children, who will soon be your baby’s best buddies, you can also choose to set up your own candy corner (only tableware provided).

This flexible package allows you to customise things to your needs. Covering an extensive period from 12pm to 4:30pm, new mums can arrange additional decorations for the dining room to suit your (and baby’s!) taste. You can also invite additional friends and family ($380 per extra guest), order a kids’ menu for $150 per child and even have the option to upgrade to a 4-course lunch set for an additional $70 per person. Beverage upgrades are also available.

All prices are subject to 10% service charge.

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (TST East), Shop G7/8 ,Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, 2722 7050, [email protected], www.woo-steakhouse.com

Ritz Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong offers a signature 6-course Chinese dinner, including red eggs with preserved ginger, tailor-made favours and gifts for each guest and themed table decorations for your baby’s first big bash. Prices start at $13,980 for a table of 10 to 12 guests. Read more details here.

The Ritz Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2263 2263, www.ritzcarlton.com

Hotel ICON

If you’re looking for an interesting mix of traditional Chinese (with red eggs and pickled ginger) and contemporary, look at Hotel Icon’s “Full Moon and 100 Days Banquet”. It offers auspicious dishes and complimentary Mahjong arrangements, 3D cakes and 3-hour free-flow (orange juice, soft drinks and house beers). Prices start at $7,388 for an 11-course set lunch for a table of 12. Dinner options are also available.

Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3400 1613, [email protected], www.hotel-icon.com

The French Window

The French Window promises you an afternoon party to remember with its adorably-themed packages – “Darling Rub-a-dub-dub” and “Apple of Our Eyes”. The convenient location at ifc mall, along with the views of Victoria Harbour, are sure to add to the charm. The semi-buffet menu is priced at $608 per adult and $480 per child (5 to 12 years).

The French Window, 3101, Podium Level 3, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2315 5437, 2315 5632, www.miradining.com

Ocean Park

Hong Kong’s popular amusement park + aquatic zoo is certainly hoping to catch its future fans young! You can choose to have a Chinese or Western buffet at either of its restaurants – Neptune’s or Club Panda. At Ocean Park, you can invite a lot more guests, as it caters to a minimum of 50 to 120 people (depending on the venue selected).

Ocean Park Hong Kong, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 3923 2323, [email protected], www.oceanpark.com.hk

Besides hotels, restaurants and amusement parks, you can also consider clubhouses and a large family home (if your family is based here). Remember to decorate your venue in red and gold or any bright and happy colour of your choice. Some parents like to use symbols of their baby’s Chinese zodiac animal as well. Look here for inspiration.

Read more: Private Dining: Where To Host Dinner Parties, Birthdays And Special Occasions

Catering

If you choose to have your celebrations at home, a community complex or in your residence’s clubhouse, you may need to arrange some party catering. While traditionally, Chinese food was always served, nowadays, western canapes, bar bites and an assortment of cuisines are also popular at 100-day celebrations. Some of our favourite caterers include Shamrock, Invisible Kitchen, Supreme Catering and Culinart. Can’t make up your mind? Look through our recommendations for catering for every occasion.

Since no celebration is complete without cake, selecting where to get this one also requires some thought. Complete Deelite has a wide selection of cakes catering especially to this milestone, as does Sweet Secrets‘ online store and Phoenix Sweets. Even the most traditional of 100-day parties now includes cupcakes, usually with some sort of red frosting.

Read more: Best Cake Stores For Every Special Occasion And Celebration

Customs

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Of course, the star of this show has to be the baby! While close family and friends will likely have already met the baby, this is an opportunity for the proud parents to formally introduce their bundle of joy. If they carry him or her around, guests usually bless the little one and tuck a little red packet with money into its tiny hands (if it’s grasping objects already) or place it on the baby’s clothes. The same lai see rules apply as for Chinese New Year – no coins, no odd numbers and only new or as good-as-new notes. Usually, people prefer to give just a small token amount in their lai see packets and supplement it with a physical gift.

With all eyes on the baby, what you wear may not be all that important, but try to pick festive reds, if available. If not, pink, gold and silver work as well. Black and white should be avoided for all auspicious occasions.

Read more: Your Style Guide To All Things Red

Gifts

Close family members and friends may gift the baby accessories such as a longevity pendant and bracelets for wrists and ankles, while others might choose to give clothes, shoes and hats, along with presents for the new mum. Here are our top picks.

 

Clothes

We simply love this onesie from Hong Kong brand, Ganas Kids. And nothing could be more suitable for the occasion too! Browse through the extensive collection on its website to order what you like – its prints are all a homage to the city with much-loved symbols like Vitasoy and red packets. The brand is also available on Baby Central. If you are looking for soft, comfy bamboo clothing for the bub, consider Snugalicious‘ extensive collection as well.

Shoes & Hats

Our top pick for shoes are the mini dim sum ones from Pepper & Mint Boutique, perfect for the brand new dumpling in your life. Handcrafted with love, they make an excellent gift for a baby’s 100-day celebrations. The moccasins from Little Caleb are also adorable. You can also browse and mix and match clothes, shoes and hats from M&S, Zara and H&M.

If you want to add swaddles, blankets, rattles and bibs, look at some of the cute yet functional hampers from The Wee Bean, Petit Bazaar and GiveGift.

Read more: Unique, Personalised And Useful Gifts For New Mothers And Babies

 

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Featured image courtesy of Ivone De Melo via Pexels, image 1 courtesy of Le Meridien Cyberport, image 2 courtesy of Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (TST East), image 3 courtesy of The French Window via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Complete Deelite, image 5 courtesy of Jonnelle Yankovich via Unsplash, image 6 courtesy of Ganas Kids via Baby Central.

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