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We decorated the ceiling with paper buntings, bells and stars. We below balloons and hung them all over. Doing that was great fun as some of the balloons bursted while blowing and others refused to stick to the wall. For our siblings, we had kept a few birthday caps. While I was blowing the balloons my friend quickly wrapped the return-gifts. We placed floating candles on the table where the cake would be kept and then put an extra table to keep the eatables.

Next we spread out the disposable cups, glasses and plates. The snacks were laid out in the dishes. The sweets and the samosas were kept in the kitchen along with the chutney. The wafers were kept on the table itself. Cold drinks were kept in the refrigerator. Almost everything was ready by 3:30 p.m.

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The party had to start at 4p.m my friend’s mother had also returned by then. She was very happy to see our work and asked us not to worry about the gulab-jamuns and samosas. She would serve them hot from the microwave.

Lastly, we placed a few extra chairs and dressed up quickly. The friends started pouring in as the time neared. By 4:20 p.m., all had reached. We decided to play a few games first so that by then Uncle could also return from his office and be there with us as the cake was cut. We played housie and musical chairs. It was a great fun. The winners were given small prizes too. All were glad and seemed to enjoy.

By 5:30 p.m., my friend’s father had also returned back. So at 5:45 p.m., we had the cutting of the cake amidst a lot of clappings and singing of the birthday song. Aunty had brought in the cake beautifully placed in a lovely platter and the knife too had a bow tied to it. My friend proudly blew out the 17 candles, made a wish and cut the cake. He then gave the first piece to his parents and then the cake was served to all the guests present. The gifts too were given at this time. Uncle was busy clicking the photographs and the cake looked beautiful with the floating candles, fresh flowers and soft music.

The snacks were served after this. Aunty brought in the hot and relishing samosas and gulab-jamuns. I helped Aunty to serve the eatables in the paper-plates. Meanwhile my friend and his younger brother served cold drinks in the glasses. Another of the friend put in some nice dancing music. We all ate with great joy and later on danced till we all could stand no more. It seemed we had rocked the entire colony. We also served toffees to the younger brothers and sisters of our friends. They too had great fun. At around 6:30 pm, we all decided to leave. We thanked my friend and his parents for a wonderful birthday party and went back home, all contended and glad.