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.
Have you also veered away from the extravagant 1st birthday parties? Please do share your ideas 🙂
We celebrated the birthday of my MIL at Choi Garden in Greenhills. Before the day of the celebration, i decided to take a look at the room that was reserved for us to see if it needed some decorating.
And it did! The room’s walls were all black and it was small. Literally one table for 12 and a small cake table in one corner. The rest of the space was enough for ONE person to walk around the table.
Anyway, here I am again being the “frustrated decorator” trying to make a place look a bit livelier with simple things. Nothing extravagant. Mostly DIY stuff.
Things I did:
1. Chose a theme…Royal birthday. Decors/designs were colored pink and purple and a crown drawing.
2. Got 10 five-inch & 8 eleven-inch balloons with currling ribbons. Only pink and purple.
3. Made a happy bday banner, cupcake toppers, drink labels, and welcome sign.
4. Ordered a small fondant cake for blowing and a bigger strawberry shortcake to serve.
Mission accomplished. It really looked better!
My mother-in-law said it wasn’t really normal for chinese families to have something like this as they just go to the restaurant, sit down, eat, then go home. No wonder all the waiters and managers were all peeking inside the room and smiling. Maybe wondering what’s this crazy pregnant lady doing!? Some even went inside the room and really looked at every detail. The manager even thought I made the “royal drink” myself not knowing it was just Sola iced tea, lol!
Anyway, MIL was happy she felt like a kid again during the dinner with all the decors (well, at least that’s what she said …hehe). She got shocked when she arrived and even asked my brother-in-law why the room looked different from the outside and even left and looked for another room hahaha! Actually, I got shocked coz she was there early! I wasn’t done with the decorating, so I din’t let them go in and closed the door 🙂 Then the bunny baker delivery was supposed to be at the venue by 6pm, but my MIL was already there and still no fondant cake which was supposed to be the centerpiece! …Good thing MIL went to the bathroom, then when she came back, the cake was there. (note to self: always ask suppliers to deliver 1.5hrs in advance).
This also made my kids enjoy the dinner…and I quote “Mommy, I’m enjoying the party coz it looks so pretty!”. That coming from my 3 year old 🙂 I’m nowhere near an event stylist but I enjoy doing these little things especially if it’s for people close to me.
Pizza Hut – Veggie Pizza, Hawaiian, & Super Supreme (some had cheese crust stuffing).
Inutak and Ferinos Bibingka – Filipino delicacies for dessert aside from the cakepops and cupcakes.
To sum it up…The celebrant’s “wants” were prioritized and she had a blast!!!
So who said you need to stress out yourself in preparing for your toddler’s birthday? Sometimes we have to set aside what we as parents want and really do things that makes your toddler happy. It’s their birthday anyway 🙂
I’ve been contemplating whether I’d take the kids to Easter egg hunts in hotels or malls this year. But then I remembered our experience last year when I took them to the Easter egg hunt in Edsa Shangri-La Hotel. There were A LOT of kids! The entire Isla ballroom was packed! Then come easter egg hunt time, it was just crazy. Kids and parents were shoving each other. So I decided not to do that this year. But don’t get me wrong, it was an experience for them to be exposed to that setup as well as dress up in animal costumes as that was the hotel’s theme. But 300-400 kids was just too big of a crowd for my toddlers.
I also considered the egg hunt in Podium but when I found out yesterday that there were 200 kids, I was more decided to make one of our own and not go through the same experience last year 🙂
1. My kids won’t be shoved from one side to the other. Given that they are helpless compared to the bigger kids.
2. I have control of what the prizes are. Meaning I’m sure they’ll love the prizes in each egg.
3. I’m sure they’ll get more than 1 egg! (Chesca only got 1 egg from last year and Lexi none!)
4. Saves a ton of money!
5. Less stress 🙂 I don’t have to help them look for eggs!
So there you have it, gives me more reason to have a simple Easter egg hunt just for us.
What did I do, you ask?
I also included our nannies and helpers in the hunt and prepared a little something for them. I put several 20 peso bills in colored makeshift envelopes. I will hide them after the kids’ egg hunt and let them have their own Easter egg hunt. A little something to de-stress, relax, and enjoy as well.
I’ll keep you posted on the turn out of our little “make-our-own” Easter egg hunt experience.
Gotta go and hide the eggs while the kids are eating lunch.
What are you doing this Easter? Maybe you can do one of your own egg hunts as well!
This year, it was as simple as having dinner with friends at home, having lunch out with friends, take-out food with family, an afternoon with the kids, a meal with siblings, and a dinner date with my husband. Of course, it all din’t happen on my birthday, these were spread out throughout the week.
First off, we had an intimate dinner at home with friends for the September celebrants. I cooked Baked Garlic Chicken and Artichoke Dip served with multigrain chips. Had california maki from Cold Storage. Friends cooked baked spaghetti and bought DQ Oreo ice cream cake!
Then early lunch with friends…
Then late lunch at home with family…but of course, I didn’t eat anymore…well, I ate dessert. I never skip dessert! 🙂 I’ve been wanting to try Amber food since I’ve heard good things about it, so we had that for lunch. (Tasted their food, wasn’t that great for me.)
The entire afternoon was spent with the kids. Just playing and having fun. Oh, let’s not forget, the eating part too! We had an afternoon snack…cake, pancit, and pichi-pichi! I know you’re thinking, “eat again!?!”. I’ll use my birthday pass here 🙂
Then off to dinner at Gaudi with Rick as I’ve been craving for their steak for quite some time. Just haven’t had the chance to go, so now, we made time.
After dinner, we had a short trip to Fully Booked to walk off our heavy stomachs. We also got some coffee to help.
But then, the night wasn’t over…or shall I say, the eating wasn’t over! As we were parking our car at home, my cousin-in-law arrived with some goodies! yehay!!!
After a couple of days, my siblings wanted to celebrate too…so we decided to try out Bonchon Chicken. Too bad I wasn’t able to take pictures of that.
Overall, this birthday celebration of mine was major eating! Let me rephrase that….major eating and NO exercising for an entire week! 😛 But I’m not complaining…I thank God for all the blessings 🙂
Now it’s double time for me to lose all those extra calories I took in for an entire week.
Wish me luck 🙂
Happy Birthday to all the September celebrants 🙂
Mrs. Polly’s can be found at the top floor of Robinson’s Galleria. Real moist chocolate cake.
Amber take-out telephone number: 531-0746, 533-1111, Edsa Branch. They charge P100 for delivery.
Cold storage has several outlets, got our california maki at wilson branch.