Sing it with me.
‘One people, one nation, one Singapore’ – that’s right, that time of the year has come again.
Announcing the celebration of Singapore’s birthday once again but this time – things are going to be a little bit different. For the past few years, you’ve gone to the National Day Parade (NDP), celebrated with your lovely neighbourhood or went to a smashing NDP party. Now, it’s time to bring the patriotic fun to you.
Let the decor represent your pride
Smear your face with red and white paint, or do the old classic custom and hang up your flag. There’s completely nothing wrong with any of these expressions, but what if we said that you could do it bigger and better?
Behold – balloon décor! Party décor bursting with white and red colours – what better way to show your love for your country?
Bring in a party planner and set up a balloon arch with the NDP slogan to welcome your guests. Or go whacky with life-sized balloon sculptures of Singapore icons like a Merlion or perhaps even giant Singapore flag for timeless photo opportunities!
Now, let’s throw in some words of appreciation for our beloved country, shall we? Perk up your NDP décor with balloon fonts on your stage landscape to represent your neighbourhood. Or better yet, craft out a personal message and express your love!
Don’t skip on traditions
We know we said to take your NDP decorations to the next level – but it doesn’t mean that you should scrap the idea of traditions entirely.
Changing it up here and there can be an excellent move. But there’s a reason why traditions have always remained for a long time.
After all, who can resist the beauty of all the National flags hanging side by side to make up one huge, stunning flag? Coming together with your neighbours on this day is a special moment that should be cherished for a lifetime. So, never forget age-old traditions like hanging flags and colourful NDP buntings! Even temporary tattoos are a custom that should always carry on. Trust us, it never gets old with adults and brings in tons of excitement for kids.
Never forget to wear your colours
Don the national colours, red and white. Bring out your best outfits, accessories and doll yourself up to the fullest.
Don’t worry; there’s no need to hold back. Go ahead and put up a show.
Have an adorable red top you’ve been hiding in your closet? Now’s the time to pull it out and show it off! Match it with your pair of sleek, white pants and put on a dashing white cap. Voila – the outfit is complete.
Spice it up with a lil bit of fun with Singapore themed face painting, merlion temporary tattoos, red and white hair tattoos to hair spray! It’s the only time where you’ll have a proper reason to go wild and crazy with all things red and white!
And if you’re a huge fan of dressing up, better use this opportunity while you have the chance!
Allow the table setting to have a voice
If you’re ready to represent your country with your National Day themed party – take it up a notch by splashing your table with red and white.
The highlight of National Day may be NDP but this time – you’re the one who gets to shift the spotlight to your party! But of course, inviting the whole Singapore and hiring seasoned dancers is just pure insanity. There’s no need for that and the only people you have to invite into your humble abode are your dearest friends and family members.
So, what exactly will you need?
Napkins, plates, utensils, table cloth and perhaps a balloon sculpture centrepiece to create a patriotic table setting which will show your dedication for Singapore. Just remember to stick to the colours of our national flag and you’re good to go!
Pop some fringe activities into the schedule
Sitting down and watching the NDP on television is pretty intriguing and inspiring for family of four. But during a party for more than twenty people? Not quite so.
How about some spontaneous orchid face painting? Or watching a balloon sculptor craft an adorable Merlion balloon sculpture? You could even create precious memories by setting up a photo booth with NDP themed props!
There are a plethora of fringe activities for you to pick from to make the party a blast! Just sit down and think about what’s best for your guests. If working out ideas is becoming a tad tough – sit down with a party planner and get engrossed in a brainstorming session. Together, you will come up with a delightful programme in no time!
No fireworks? No problem
Unfortunately, setting fireworks without a permit is illegal in Singapore. Wish you could teleport to another country right at this very moment? Same here.
The law may not be on our side, but don’t lose faith! Sparklers and party poppers are going to work perfectly fine.
We may not be as blessed as the folks who celebrated the 4th of July, but you can still get your own type of ‘finale’ in a fun way still.
So, gather round your folks in the void deck, multi-purpose hall or just some kind of open area! The more space, the better – you need all that space to run around with your flashy sparklers.
And who said you couldn’t bring the NDP to you? Bring in NDP stiltwalkers and mascots! They’re going to entertain all your guests and even give them a memorable photo to take home. We can even say that it’s like being at the Padang in person this year – without all the crowd and heat, of course!
Who said your NDP celebration meant that you had to go out of your way to travel somewhere else? Scrap that thought – you can make the party happen in your very own home, office or neighbourhood playground!
So, go on and make things a little different this coming National Day. Put together a spectacular party and have an unforgettable celebration with your loved ones.