Ending the year right

Hello 2015! 2014 was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. I had so much difficulties with my pregnancy and at work. But it was also the year I received a beautiful gift wrapped in a 5 lb. package. So in all, the year was quite good to me.

And we chose to end the year right by offering our baby girl to a lifetime of service to our Lord.

Another soldier joins His flock.

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It was a simple, happy celebration of love and faith. We are grateful to our family and friends who spent Maxine’s special day with us.

Happy also with our suppliers.

I super love the baptistry of the Shrine of Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Baptism fee was a little more expensive than in other churches, and they strict about letting only the immediate family and godparents inside the baptistry. But it made the rites more meaningful and solemn unlike in mass baptisms.

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The reception venue was a repeat of my dad’s 70th birthday celebration last year. Alba’s spanish restaurant was not our first choice but we could not find another that fits our liking, and more importantly, our budget. Still, one couldn’t go wrong with Alba’s. Food was great (and overflowing), set up was nice that we didn’t need to dress up the place and service was excellent. I like dealing with them all the time, very hassle-free.

The invitation, as mentioned in a previous post was designed by someone on Etsy.com. Then we had them printed and given to the godparents and some of our relatives. Majority of our guests were invited via Facebook.

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Souvenirs were cakes in jars ordered from Bake my Day by Mariane, an online baker found on Instagram. Finding suppliers nowadays is easy as a pie given the advent of small entrepreneurs who makes use of social media to sell their wares. No more going to actual business areas, everything done in a click. Of course, one has to be very careful about dealing with scammers and those who want to make easy money by duping innocent people. Thank God, so far, I haven’t fallen prey to any of them. Anyway, back to the giveaways, these cakes, in chocolate and red velvet, were really yummy. I wanted to keep some of the jars as keepsake, however, after washing them, the prints faded so to the trash they went.

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Photobooth services were taken cared of by Ninong Mico, who by the way, had an out of the country trip planned so he couldn’t make it to Maxine’s baptism. But I only had to deal with The Faceplays Photobooth when I had to provide them the concept, approve the layout then send Maxine’s photo. The turnout was perfect!

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Tarpaulin design was done by Mischa’s Ninong Troy.

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Outfits bought from a major mall chain.

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Thank you again for being part of our second princess’ special moment.

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