Yui’s 7th Birthday: Tangled Party

For her 7th birthday, Yui wanted a party so she can celebrate with her friends. At first she wanted a Minecraft themed party, then changed her mind and wanted Descendants instead. I was already searching the net for ideas when she asked if she can change it again. I told her that as long as we haven’t started the actual preparations, she still can. Her third, and thankfully the last, theme is Tangled – the Rapunzel movie. I got excited as well since I LOVED that movie too! I immediately told my friends Rog, Wendy and Ivy so we can start the preps. We spent two months for the planning, Divi shopping, and DIY-ing the decorations and other items for the party. Complete with a detailed workplan, help from other friends and our hyper-mode excitement, we were able to pull our DIY event styling.

Our DIY moments

Here are the things that we DIY’ed for the little girl’s party. (Apologies for the long post, I just wanted to chronicle our labor of love ❤ hehe!)

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Pulled out my Photoshop skills to create her invite. Since we’re digital, go green and all, this wasn’t printed anymore but was just posted in the FB event

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Created 40 of these lanterns in 3 weeks

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We braided 20 of these yellow yarn, glued them on headbands and decorated with flowers

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The welcome sign board. Wood work by Rog

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The lanterns and sun bunting that we hang in the ceiling. Wendy cut 150 suns and glued them on the bunting in 2 months

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Our venue, Casa Camba, was transformed into Rapunzel’s kingdom

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Daddy Melvin hand-painted the cover of Yui’s guestbook

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Tower window by Daddy Melvin and Rapunzel braid by Mommy Ena. It took 6 hours to finish this braid! #NotDoingItAgainHaha

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We hung 50 of these WANTED FLYNN posters all around the place, which we used for the treasure hunt during the games

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Pascal party blowers. Since we can’t find ready-made blowers in Divi, I did these blowers after watching a how-to video in YT

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We opted for art materials for the loot bags since Rapunzel loves to paint ❤

 

Even the cake and the dessert buffet are all DIY. Of course, my dear mom baked Yui’s cake. It was yummy as usual! Then Rog designed our dessert buffet with goodies that I bought from my trusted baking supplies shop. 🙂

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We bought a Php40 tree branch in Divi, which we decorated with lanterns and used as backdrop for the cake

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Grandma Ethel’s cake. Yum! ❤

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Cake topper up close

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Dessert buffet station

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One of the animal chocolates. These lady bugs are so cute! Bought these per kilo at the baking store

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Grandma Ethel’s mini cupcakes

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Lots of mini choco cupcakes!

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Marshmallows. You can never go wrong with mallows 🙂

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The birthday girl at the dessert station

 

On the day of the event, I also got some help from other office friends in manning the registration booth and giving out prizes. I’m ever grateful for helpful friends. Love you guys!

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The DIYers. Thank you braders! ❤

 

Our Suppliers

Yui’s #1 request is to have inflatables (bouncy bouncy) at her party. This prompted us to find for a bigger venue but it was totally worth it! I rented the bounce castle from Smile Party Events & Balloon Decor, which I first saw in olx then contacted thru FB. The kids had 4 hours non-stop playtime at the bounce castle. If there’s anything that you want to be a sure hit at kiddie parties, I’ll vote for inflatables!

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Bounce Castle from Smile Party Events & Balloons

Our other supplier was G2Photography for the photo booth and official photos. I got them primarily because of the photo strip layout. It was a breeze doing business with Sir Gerald. He was accommodating on my feedback on the photo strip layout and responds timely on questions.

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Yui’s photo strip from G2 Photography

We also had a hair & makeup salon, c/o Christabel Santiago, sister of Yui’s Home Room teacher. It was a blast – both for the kids and kids at heart!

Lastly, the venue we got is Casa Camba at New Manila. I stumbled upon them in google while searching for venue near our place. I went to see the place and fell in love with it immediately as it fits with the Tangled theme. I read some negative feedback online but there were also more good ones so I took the risk, and I wasn’t disappointed. The head waiter that attended to us that day was great too. He was very much attentive to our needs all throughout the party.

Overall, we are satisfied with our suppliers as they helped make Yui’s party a success! 🙂

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Happy Birthday Princess! ❤

 

Zac’s First Birthday: Lego Party

My friends and I had another opportunity to plan and setup an event this month. This time it’s a Lego themed party for the first birthday of Zac, the little boy that we did the Dr. Seuss baby shower for. We started planning for the party around May, went on two trips to Divisoria, spent a weekend painting boxes and sleepless nights designing and printing stuff for the party. It was truly a team effort and on top of the successful event, I was grateful to have spent more bonding moments with friends. It made the party much more special for me. I hope Zac would look back at his first birthday fondly when he grows up, since mommy, daddy and his ninongs, ninangs, titas and titos, all made the party special. Here are some details of the setup we did for the party. 🙂

Preparations started around 10AM and since we lost the balloons we bought at Divi, we had to make a quick trip to Market! Market! to buy additional balloons. It was worth the trip, since the venue truly brightened up with all those balloons hanging from the ceiling.

Rog and Kaye setting up the ceiling decor

Rog and Kaye setting up the ceiling decor

Epoy putting up the decor

Epoy putting up the decor

Zac standee and Registration table

Zac standee and Registration table

"Guess How Many Lego?" mini game

“Guess How Many Lego?” mini game

Kiddie tables and the stage

Kiddie tables and the stage

Our DIY backdrop. Not bad for first timers :)

Our DIY backdrop. Not bad for first timers 🙂

The venue, all dressed up

The venue, all dressed up

Zac's play area: a great idea to keep little kids out of boredom

Zac’s play area: a great idea to keep little kids out of boredom

Our Lego Centerpiece

Our Lego Centerpiece

Game prizes and DIY loot bags

Game prizes and DIY loot bags

Zac Corner: baby photos and scrapbook where guests can sign at the last page

Zac Corner: baby photos and scrapbook where guests can sign at the last page

Mommy Destiny created this scrapbook to document Zac's first year. The last page is reserved for guests to write their birthday messages

Mommy Destiny created this scrapbook to document Zac’s first year. The last page is reserved for guests to write their birthday messages

Candy Station

Candy Station

Personalized water bottle

Personalized water bottle

Sweets galore!

Sweets galore!

More sweets

More sweets

"Lego of your sweet tooth"

“Lego of your sweet tooth”

The amazing birthday cake ^_^

The amazing birthday cake ^_^

It was really a surreal experience after we dressed up the venue. There’s a proud and happy feeling once you see all those decorations. The project wouldn’t be a success without the help of everyone in our “build team”. Everyone exerted their efforts and shared their time and skills in building all those decorations that we have planned. In the end, I would say it was our biggest project thus far. Looking forward to more events in the future 🙂

The Build Team. =)

The Build Team. =)

 

Kiddie Kist Christmas Box: Potpourri Card

Last week was crazy in the household. It was Yui’s exam week and we’ve got tons of cupcake orders. That’s why we didn’t get a chance to have some Kiddie Kist time. Since it’s already school vacation this week, we finally get to have some time for arts and crafts. The second activity in the December Kiddie Kist box is the Potpourri Christmas Card, which was really nostalgic for me. I remember during my younger years before Photobooths became hip and popular, giveaways on birthday parties and weddings are potpourri bottles. I don’t know how they were so popular back then but I remember having a huge collection in my boarding house. So it was cool for Kiddie Kist to introduce potpourri to the younger generation. 🙂

We opened the box and the potpourri Christmas card pack, read the online instructions and got to work. Here’s Yui’s step-by-step guide to making a Potpourri Christmas Card (click on the gallery for detailed instructions.)

Yui picked the option to display the potpourri bundle in the front of the card instead of the tulle. Which makes sense because it is sort of difficult to “close” the card with the huge bundle inside. We just added another step to tape the tulle in the inside flap so that the potpourri bundle will not fall off.

Kiddie Kist Christmas Box: Cone Ornament

Yui loves making crafts as she’s been making projects in Homeroom Center ever since she was 1 year old. It helps boost her creativity and is a great way to spend her time at home. That’s why when Teacher Pia asked if I want to be a part of Kiddie Kist, I did not hesitate one bit! Kiddie Kist is a monthly subscription for parents who want to boost their child’s creativity and intelligence. They send out a box full of activities just right for the child’s age. When our Christmas Kiddie Kist box was delivered, Yui was so excited to see all these crafts. I don’t know about this kid but she gets excited with glue, tape and sequins. 🙂

The first activity from this box is the Christmas Cone Ornament. They send out the instructions in e-mail and post it on their website. After school, Yui got the box and took out the materials for the cone ornament.

 

The instructions are easy to follow. After reading it aloud to her, Yui got to work immediately. The only step I think that they should include is to fold the cone along the dotted lines first before you decorate the front side so that you won’t accidentally place decorations on the folds (which caused some of our decors to fall off when we folded the cone to close). Other than that, it was very easy to do.

 

Yui really liked how it turned out and hang it up on the christmas tree excitedly!

 

We can’t wait to make the rest of the items inside the box 🙂

Baby Shower: Dr. Seuss Theme

One of my close friends at work, who is a soon-to-be-dad, planned a baby shower for his wife. Since my friends and I love crafts and planning events, we volunteered to help with his preps. I got more excited when I learned that he is having a Dr. Seuss theme for the baby shower.  Yui loves her Dr. Seuss books so I know the characters but although my friend is not familiar with Dr. Seuss, it didn’t stop her creative juices at all.

We had so much fun planning for the decorations which were assigned to us. We searched the net for ideas for the table centerpieces, banners and other decors. Since we only have about 2 weeks to prepare and had to squeeze the planning and execution in between work, we opted for easy to make but fun, cute and functional decorations. I even get to share our collection of Dr. Seuss books to display at the event.

Dr. Seuss-inspired decors

Dr. Seuss-inspired decors

We created a simple welcome standee made from printed fun terms on red and blue board papers, a printed “Welcome” sign and some pompoms all placed in a small bucket (which is the flower girls’ bucket from my wedding 5 years ago :))

Welcome standee

Welcome standee

For our table centerpieces, we made a one-layered diaper cake, tied it with red and white ribbons with Dr. Seuss characters stickers on it (which we also just printed on sticker paper), placed red or blue japanese paper and for the finishing touches, a Dr. Seuss character as a topper. It was so much fun to make!

Table centerpieces

Table centerpieces

We also hanged red, blue and white pom poms from the ceiling to add some character vertically. We just searched the internet for instructions on how to make the pom poms and we think it turned out pretty good. 🙂

Red, blue and white pom poms

Red, blue and white pom poms

My friend made an “It’s a boy!” bunting which we are so proud of since she just made all background designs using MS Paint! Gudjab Rog! 🙂

Zac Boy!

Zac Boy!

One of our main efforts is the Sweets buffet which we filled with cupcakes and other candies and sweets that are Dr. Seuss-inspired.

Candy buffet instructions

Candy buffet instructions

Gummy bears

Gummy bears

Knick-knacks and Stik-O's

Knick-knacks and Stik-O’s

Flat in the Hat

Flat in the Hat

Who Cakes: cupcake tower

Who Cakes: cupcake tower

The main attraction is the “Zac’s Corner”, where we’ve set up a message corner where guests can write their notes for little Zac on cute Dr. Seuss cards then they can post it in the message board. There were also cute diaper cakes and a diaper bear motorcycle which were prepared by the couple’s friend.

Message board instructions

Message board instructions

Dr. Seuss books and pom poms

Dr. Seuss books and pom poms

Zac's corner

Zac’s corner

On the day of the baby shower, it was so great to learn that the guests all loved our decorations and the how the whole thing was set up. Even the parents-to-be were very happy with how it all came out. 🙂

Soon-to-be mom and dad

Soon-to-be mom and dad

Details of the decors

Details of the decors

Lotsa sweets!

Lotsa sweets!

We’re looking forward to more events planning and decorating gigs in the future! 🙂

Let’s Get Craftsy!

I started my interest in crafts when I was in high school. I would create scrapbooks for my friends using “scrap” (cut outs from magazines and pictures). It was an era when cute scrapbook materials are not yet available (or are waaaay expensive for my high schooler budget :)) I also ventured into beads. I would go to Quiapo and buy cute beads which I would make into accessories for me and friends. I even made a small business out of it when my friends would start ordering necklaces and bracelets. I remember our class president ordering rings and gave it to all of our classmates. So we sort of had a “class ring”

Until now, I still keep a scrapbook toolbox which I take out whenever the crafting itch comes. That’s why I was ecstatic when Yui started showing interest in the craft kits whenever I’m tinkering with something. One time I was doing a diaper cake for the christening of her cousin, Yui helped me roll the diapers. After a while though, she was quietly cutting construction papers with the pinking shears and then asked me to cut some ribbon for her to make it into a necklace. That’s when I knew that we are going to share this fascination with crafting. 🙂

Yui's "Punched" Necklace

Yui’s “Punched” Necklace

The last time that we went to Daddy bunny’s province, I brought along this cupcake decorating set toy that was a gift to her last Christmas. We spent our Saturday night decorating the pretend cupcakes and had a lot of fun pretending to eat them too!

Cupcake Decorating Set

Before: Cupcake Decorating Set

After: Yui-decorated cuppies

After: Yui-decorated cuppies

Last week we went to our friend’s dressmaker to measure Yui for her flower girl gown this May. There we saw some gowns that they are making and putting beads on. Yui said she wants to have beads too. Good thing grandma was at Quiapo that time and bought some for us. It was sort of nostalgic to be making bead accessories again. But this time instead of making bracelets for my friends, we’re making bracelets for my daughter’s friends.

Bonding session over beads

Bonding session over beads

Yui's own bead box organizer and her first bracelet collection

Yui’s own bead box organizer and her first bracelet collection

I’m really enjoying these craft activities with Yui and I’m looking forward to more bonding sessions over beads, scrapbook materials and other craft stuff with my baby. 🙂

Christmas Gifts 2012

In our continuous effort to go green during the holidays, this year we went brown. Brown bags, that is. Last year we used old magazine clippings to wrap presents and thought of something different for this year but still much more eco-friendly than the Christmas wrappers being sold.

Since we have lots of extra brown bags from our office Halloween trick or treat, I decided to use these to wrap this year’s presents. Out came my handy dandy scrapbook box, some loose construction paper and ribbons.

Personalized gift cards and ribbons

Personalized gift cards and ribbons

It was actually easier this year than the magazine clippings of last year since all we have to do is just put in the gifts inside the brown bags, fold and put in a ribbon together with the gift card and viola! A Christmas gift! 🙂

Brown bag gifts

Brown bag gifts

The only tricky part this year was wrapping big presents. I had bags and organizers ready for wrapping and didn’t know how to wrap them. With these, we re-used paper bags from old gifts or reusable bags. It was oh so easy to wrap them too! I would say, this year’s gift wrapping was simple, painless and fun!

Our little Santa with the presents

Our little Santa with the presents

I wonder how will we wrap the presents next year? Hmmm… I still have 363 days to think about it! 😉