| Thursday, April 19, 2007
| lil' boy's 2nd birthday party
|time flies really fast, parang kailan lang, may baby pa ako. but now, i already welcomed myself to the world of “Terrible 2’s”, hehe.
here goes the kwento of my “baby’s” 2nd birthday party and suppliers too. wala nang rating kasi mostly naman eh puro Yan-Ple’s (kami yun,) eh. in short, kinarir na naman naming lahat. just like during his 1st bday party. =)
actually, it was just a simple party, tutal it’s his 2nd party na naman eh. since my lil' boy (and his cousins) loves swimming, we planned a simple swimming picnic party w/ Barney. =)
i underestimated the preps for the simple party i had planned. i realized that there’s no simple preps for an OC like me. =) kaya ayun, 3 hours lang yata tulog ko the night before. syempre, kami lahat ang nag-inflate ng balloons and all. and of course, aside from the preps sa décor, i’m still the mom of the bday boy, kaya super preps din sa things to bring naming lahat, lalo na dahil swimming, super dami naming dala.
i slept around 3am, and woke up at 6am. by 730am, my assistants and i were already at the venue starting the set-up. while si hubby naman was on the road buying everything else that we needed, like ice, charcoal, etc.
by 10am, our families, with the bday boy, arrived na. while the guests started arriving by 130pm. the party ended at 6pm. it was really tiring and very, very hot! we were literally under the sun the whole day. indeed, it was fun under the sun!
the party was a blast, it was obvious from the looks of the guests (especially the kids) that they all had fun. and i got really nice compliments after the party, thanking me for inviting them, and even receiving a text from a friend saying “as usual, gusto na naman ni (daughter) ng ganung party”. =)
and the laughter of my “baby” was more than enough para mawala lahat ng pagod at hirap namin sa party nya. i’m sure he enjoyed the swimming part, medyo takot nga lang sa clowns at kay Barney, haha.
and now for the suppliers:
Venue: New Family Swimming Pool (Vista Valley Exec. Vill., Marikina City)
i had a hard time looking for a venue, nagka-problem kasi ako dun sa 1st venue na pina-reserved ko eh. so last minute, i had to look for another venue. and since summer time, lahat na ng venue within our area were all booked. and when i was almost settled to have it at Jollibee na lang, i made a one last call on this venue. and i guess it was really meant for us, kasi biglang nag-back out daw yung nag-reserve for our date. kaya ayun, tuloy ang swimming! =)
if you want to read the whole kwento on the venue-search, click this link.
what i like about the venue is the nice pool with Jacuzzi, pool shade and rain shower. the kubo, cabanas and the playground.
disadvantage though is it’s quite small. and since small, limited lang to 80 pax ang guests. that’s why i had to trim down our list last minute. =(
since i wanted a “picnic” atmosphere, i wanted our guests to eat sa “dahon ng saging”, hehe. and since tried and tested ko na naman ang Balot-Balot, lalo na ang SISIG!, i ordered from them. pina-deliver ko lang sa kanila and there was no problem at all. they delivered on the venue on time. and may label pa bawat isa, since iba-iba kasing viand ang order ko eh. lahat naman masarap at nagustuhan ng guests.
need I say more, kid’s favorite pa din ang spag and burger ng Joillibee. i just called them that morning and made an advance delivery order. they were just right on time.
Mr. Softy Ice Cream
ok din ang Mr. Softy, dahil sa super init, hit na hit sa mga guests. and since their office is just in Marikina, they have a discounted rate within the area. kaya lang, kulang lang yung dala nilang toppings. it was supposed to be 3, pero di nila nadala yung mallows. good thing i added chocolate kisses and cookies.
Halo-Halo Bar – Yan-Ple’s
ito ang pinaka-mabenta sa mga food carts namin this summer. and it truly beats the heat (somehow). sarap kasi ng mga sangkap eh, walang panama ang ChowKing, hehe biased! =)
Others (additional food – embotido & shanghai, food during lunch, hotdogs, pica-pica, soft drinks and juice)
kami na lahat gumawa nito, with the help of our families and assistants. masarap lahat, pramis, hehe!
Balloon Decors – Yan-Ple’s (of course!)
i wanted to get away with the balloon decors sana, kasi simple swimming party lang naman. pero syempre, i had to set the “birthday atmosphere”, kaya di pwedeng walang balloons. i just had simple arrangements on the arch and some balloons on stick w/ a twist.
for the table centerpieces, i just had a simple balloon arrangement, but put the letters of my baby’s name on it. and each letter has a meaning with matching pictures, hehe. it was supposed to double as guest sheet, pero nawala na sa loob kong pasulatan sa kanila. naalala ko na lang nung uwian na at pinaghihingi na ng guests yung mga centerpieces, i just had to remove all the letters on it.
Styro (backdrop & surf board) – Yan-Ple’s
i really wanted to have styro backdrop. mas maganda kasi tignan because it’s 2D, mas buhay ang kulay at ang characters. i received a lot of compliments on the backdrop, gusto ngang iuwe nung iba eh, hehe. and for the welcome standee, we designed it as surf board, para match naman sa swimming. and we also had a welcome banner at the gate, para lang hindi lumagpas ang mga guests, hehe.
Host (clowns & Barney mascot) – Yan-Ple’s
i just got my clowns to host the games. i didn’t have any fancy program at all, no magic show, etc. because i know na hindi naman papansining ng mga kids because they’d rather swim than watch them. eh kung yung mga games nga, konti lang yung mga nag-play eh, yung mga gusto lang talaga ng prizes. the rest of the kids, hindi mapaahon sa pool.
hit din si Barney sa kids (and moms, too). panay picture taking nya with the guests.
kaya lang, my lil' boy was afraid of them all. ayaw na pumunta sa pool nung lumabas yung mga clowns, hehe. and he only had 1 picture with Barney, umiiyak pa yun ha. owel, ganun naman yata talaga at this age, takot sa mga kakaibang creatures, hehe. di pa sya nasanay, sabi ko nga dapat di sya matakot kasi negosyo namin yun noh, he has to live with it. =)
Give-aways (hamper & picture bag) – Yan-Ple’s
we personally did the hampers, cute din naman sya lumabas. lalo na kasi different colors, kaya pinag-agawan talaga ng mga guests. agawan pa sa kulay ang mga adults, nakakatuwa. and the picture bags for the Ninangs are also nice. a lot of my friends are asking for it. sabi nila pabinyagan ko na lang daw ulit si lil' boy at gawin ko din silang Ninang para may bag din sila, mwehehe.
Prizes, Lootbag items, Pabitin, Piñata, Table games, Give-away (neck pillow) – Landmark, SM Makati, Divisoria
since i’m always our for lunch these past few months, madami na din akong nabiling items sa Landmark at SM. but of course, di naman pwedeng mawala ang most reliable na Divisoria eh.
Director Chair – Yan-Ple’s
the Barney director chair was the special chair of the birthday boy. dami nga nagka-interes eh, tanong nila if hindi kasama sa give-aways yun, hehe. sorry, medyo mahal yun noh. but it would be nice as give-away to kids, kasi natutupi yun eh, and may handy bag pang kasama. so madaling bitbitin kasi maliit lang when folded, parang small umbrella lang sya.
Cake & cupcakes – Yan-Ple’s
my supplier actually made it. it’s a 2-layer all cake and a Barney stuff toy on top. the cute chocolate cupcakes were a hit sa kids, super sarap daw! i just put stickers on top of the cupcakes to align with the theme.
Photographer – Yan-ple’s
eto ang kinarir talaga namin. aside from coordinating the whole party, entertaining the guests, taking care of the bday boy, we were also documenting the whole event. palitan kami ni hubby sa paghawak ng camera. then to my Dad naman kapag kasama kami both ni hubby sa picture. super tiring ito, kasi syempre, being the OC to details that i am, kailangan documented to the last detail ang lahat. and i made sure na lahat ng detalye ay na-picturan namin. minsan nga, pagpasok ng guests sa gate, bago ko salubungin at mag-welcome beso, eh pi-picturan ko muna ang pagdating nila, hehe. and i’m happy naman that we’ve documented everything fair enough. super toxic nga lang.
i guess that’s it. told you puro kami lahat ang suppliers eh. kaya wala nang rating kasi biased eh, dahil we’re really one satisfied client, mwehehe.
thanks for reading this far. and thank you for all those who greeted my “baby” (forever!).
for the pictures, please check this link.
|posted by apple @ 10:40 AM