For most Chinese in Singapore, it is tradition to commemorate a baby’s Full Month (also known as Full Moon or 满月 “Man Yue”). This happy milestone is celebrated when the newborn is one month old, and marks the beginning of the child’s life in the community. New parents are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a venue to celebrate their baby’s Full Month. And we don’t just mean booking that Community Club classroom.
But as you are recovering during confinement and learning to care for your newborn, planning a party is probably last thing on your mind. So here’s a tip from mums who’ve been there and done that: If you are planning to hold a baby’s full month party, plan before – and not after – you pop.
Shortlist suitable party venues, and suss out party essentials like buffet catering or add-ons like balloon sculpting. Fire off those emails to touch base first, and seal the deals when you’re ready. If pregnancy brain is meddling with your ability to think of a venue, why not try one of our favourites below?
Best for a grand celebration
Summer Pavilion at The Ritz Carlton
Garden Suite Living Room
The senior folks (read: Grandpa, Grandma and your favourite aunt!) will be mighty pleased to receive an invitation to dine at the Summer Pavilion, the Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant in the swanky Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore.
At its exclusive Garden Suite, you can choose to welcome guests at a separate entrance that leads to an elegant ‘living room’ for pre-event mingling. It’s also the most classy backdrop for photos with your newly-minted Full Month baby! The Garden Suite can be booked for a maximum of four hours, and accommodates up to 30 guests. Besides themed decorations, there are three built-in LCD projectors and screens strategically installed – perfect for showing off those newborn shoot photos!
Choose dishes from an exquisite nine-course menu featuring well-loved favourites like Steamed Soon Hock in Soy Sauce and unique dishes like Marinated Smoked Duck in Chinese Tea Leaves. We love the fact that you can also add on a personalised candy buffet (+$500) for younger ones too. After the feasting, each guest takes home a gift box of assorted pastries.
How much: Set menus are available from $158++ per person. A minimum booking of 15 persons and a maximum booking of 30 persons is required for lunch and dinner.
Best for large rowdy parties
5 Little Monkeys Café
If you want to invite both sides of your families, as well as your friends, colleagues, neighbours, and more, look no further than 5 Little Monkeys Café. This popular 4,200 square feet café in Kallang has enough room for 100 guests (seated) or 200 guests (standing).
A basic venue rental package includes audio-visual equipment like projector and portable speakers. What is amazing about the space is how the young ones can play both in the café and outdoors – there is a dedicated Kids Corner with foam playmat and toys, as well as a pond for water play. You can even add-on a single-tier balloon arch and 50 helium balloons to decorate the area.
Food-wise, you can choose from between a Western or Asian buffet, or bring in an external caterer you prefer. Drinks are often neglected at such parties, so we’re surprised to see an option for in-house barista coffee, tea, chocolate and soda – sure to be a hit with the guests. Other frills to make a memorable party include themed dessert tables (with Baby Shark theme!), rental of bouncy castle, popcorn & candy floss machine as well as animal walking balloons. Let’s just say you can get everything under one roof, saving you precious time that can then be allocated to sleep.
How much: $2,000 nett for 4 hours for the venue rental package
Best for sweet, intimate gatherings
Once Upon A Table
This quaint venue, nestled in the charming and idyllic neighbourhood of Lucky Heights, is perfect for Easties. You can welcome up to 35 guests in this lovely, light-filled space. We love how it looks like a cosy living room with an open kitchen concept, don’t you?
There are two packages – No Frills, and Effortless. The first is a venue rental package, inclusive of audio system, free-flow water, Wi-Fi, as well as two support staff. The Effortless package boasts a customised dessert table as well. With this, you get a dainty assortment of customised cupcakes, macarons and cookies in your chosen theme that will leave your guests in awe.
You can also choose to add-on a customised celebration cake, kids activities, party favours, party décor and florals, or have e-invites, place cards, event posters designed. It’ll just be like having a party at home – without the cleaning up!
How much: No Frills ($240 for the first 4 hours), Effortless (minimum spend of $800)
Best for family-friendly celebrations
A familiar name to all mummies, parenthood superstore Bove is not just a shopping haven filled with baby essentials. Centrally located, it also boasts three spacious event venues that are perfect for Full Month parties. Choose between Bove Moments (up to 100 pax seated), Bove Fun (up to 70 pax seated) and Bovestatic (up to 50 pax seated).
Each package includes a basic set-up with up to 40 chairs, audio-visual equipment, and Wi-Fi access. You will also get access to Bove’s list of reliable and quality partner vendors for catering, dessert tables, a roving magician, and a balloon sculptors.
Besides convenience and affordability, another perk for new mums is the lactation room and changing area – you won’t have to search high and low for a discreet spot to nurse your newborn or resort to changing Baby’s diapers on a toilet floor.
How much: Venue rental rates start from $200 on weekdays and $250 on weekends and public holidays for each 3-hour block. Bove members get a 10% discount.
Best for the most memorable photos
Skyve Wine Bistro
Formerly a school canteen at the old Monk’s Hill Secondary School, Skyve Wine Bistro is full of nostalgic charm. There’s an old-school vibe, with the use of mismatched classroom-like chairs and black grille-dividers. Then there are glass panels all around, letting in plenty of light.
Even though this modern European restaurant is minutes away from bustling Orchard Road, it seems to exist in a tranquil world of its own. Many corners are so Instagram-worthy that it is impossible to get a bad shot – perfect for photos with your new bundle of joy.
If your party size is about 40 to 50, get the Kids Party Package. It includes kid-friendly canapés like lasagna cups and mini beef burgers, sweets like mini profiteroles and two canisters of drinks. Complimentary party add-ons are a nice touch – choose between a bouncy castle, balloon sculpting, helium balloon bundles, and a birthday cake.
How much: Minimum spend of $2,000++ for the Kids Party Package
Best for kids’ play
We’re not kidding – all kids will have serious fun at any Polliwogs party. This indoor playground chain has branches at Eastpoint Mall (Space-themed), Suntec City (Jungle-themed) and Vivocity (Beach-themed).
With the hassle-free ‘A Special Full Month Celebration’ package, you get exclusive use of a specially-decorated room for two hours. The package also includes personalised services and keepsakes – invitation cards with your baby’s photo, montage show clips, and a guestbook. Guests will also be able take home gift boxes of ang ku kueh and other sweet treats.
Major plus: Sleep-deprived parents don’t have to worry about playing host. You can hire a Polliwogs’ mascot, roving magician, balloon sculpture artist, face painter or caricature artist to entertain the kids.
How much: Up to 30 adults for $688 (Weekdays), $738 (Weekends/PH). Additional at $10 p/adult, $18 p/kid (above 2 years old), $11 p/kid (below 2 years old)
Have you celebrated your little one’s Full Month at any of these places? Let us know how it went! Did it at a different venue that you’d love to recommend to other new parents? Do share. Everyone loves a celebration!
Header image: Summer Pavilion Private Dining Room (Bamboo) at The Ritz Carlton
Featured image: Once Upon A Table