Not your traditional 1st birthday party

Gone are the stressful preparations of a noisy, too colorful, too much activities,  handful of performers, magicians, type of 1st birthday party.  I’ve done that before and probably won’t do it again.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, guests enjoyed it, but the celebrant, I can say, not too much.

So for A’s 1st birthday, I decided to have a simple lunch buffet at HEAT in Edsa Shangri-La Hotel.  I din’t have to worry about the food since there’s a wide variety and guests could just take their pick from the buffet.  The best part? no food getting cold!  No matter how late a guest would arrive, he would still be able to eat fresh, hot food.  As you all know, food is something that’s always remembered in a party.

Din’t have to worry about the rent of the place.

No fuss in decorating an entire plain boxy area.

No parking problem.

All I needed was a cake to blow, a gift table, and a little table decoration to make it a bit special.

Here are some personal touches I made.  Not extravagant.  Just right.

heat

centerpiece
DIY pinwheel centerpieces.  Covered sola bottles with burlap and organza ribbon.
centerpiece again
Table numbers so guests can easily be directed to their respective seats.
Table setting: personalized placemat with celebrant's bits of info., place cards.
Table setting: personalized placemat with celebrant’s bits of info.  We also put name plates as an added personal touch.
ribbons on glasses
ribbons on glasses to put some color in the area

 

cake table
decorated cake table a bit…cake is from Whipped by Diane and decor from Regalong Pambahay.
cake table 2
personalized m&m’s (which I ordered online) were in the martini glass and chocolates in the small bin.
gift table
gift table had a big letter “A” made of styro which was borrowed from a friend.
invitation front
This was little A’s invitation.  Just had it printed at FANS, then laminated in National Bookstore.  Punched a hole and put ribbons on top.
I decided to make an invitation that doubles as a calendar for it to be useful.
I decided to make an invitation that doubles as a calendar for it to be useful.  They were also individually personalized with the guest’s name printed on top.
frame
Our DIY photobooth frame
picture taking
kids enjoyed picture taking
Heat area
We got an area on the main floor good for 100pax since function rooms could only accommodate 30pax. 
The cake table was meant to be a place for picture taking...this is how it would look like.
The cake table was meant to be a place for picture taking.
Some just carried it around...
Some just carried it around…
Our portable picture frame was a hit, so as the pinwheels :-)  They were made to be brought home to the kiddies.
Our portable picture frame was a hit, so were the pinwheels 🙂 They were made to be brought home to the kiddies.  I just had some nephews and nieces go around with a camera, passing the frame to guests while they took pictures of them.  No need to wait in line in photo booths, we brought the photo booth to our guests 🙂
And there you have it.  A simpler, stress free, first birthday party.  The most important thing that happened was that our celebrant had a wONEderful time!
And there you have it. A simpler, stress free, first birthday party. And I could say, our celebrant had a wONEderful time!

Have you also veered away from the extravagant 1st birthday parties?  Please do share your ideas 🙂

 

 

 

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