Jollibee is loved by people of all ages. That’s why one of my friends who is now based in New Zealand decided to come home and celebrate her 40th birthday at the famous fastfood chain. And why not? Everybody still had fun. I got to play games again, and most importantly, I saw and met with old friends. How cool is that.
Some of Mischa’s classmates are hitting the 8th year mark. Whoa! Slow down time! I can’t believe Mischa is nearing hers too. I was looking at her interacting with her classmates during Kirsten’s party, and I am beginning to notice that they play differently now – less physical, more emotionally interactive, more deliberate but discerning in their actions. They’re definitely growing up. Sigh.
Anyway, happy birthday Kirsten! I hope you and Mischa continue to be friends way beyond your primary years. You and your mom as such nice people.
We went to a joint celebration of one of Mischa’s BFFs in grade school, Ashley, who turned 7, and the baptism of her baby brother Ashton. They are out of our circle of regular parent-friends at school, but we went anyway. Ashley’s mom, Tina, had struck up a sort of phone-messenger friendship with me since last summer, and which continued even when she was in the United States for the birth of Ashton. She wanted as much information as to how Ashley is doing in school, and one way of course was to rely on Mischa’s stories since they are together most of the time. Anyway, happy to expand our circle though. Great way to know the girls and boys around Mischa, and how she interacts with them and vice versa.
If you know me, you would know that I totally dig themed-parties, especially those for kids. I love it when someone throws a well-thought of gig, with well-planned out details. Not to say I don’t appreciate common parties, I do. But I’m just saying it is nice if you have the pleasure of the guests in mind.
So I totally flipped with this Star Wars-themed birthday party of Haniel, one of Mischa’s former pre-school classmate and still a school mate at her present school. Love the details, from the magnificent cake to the stage and table decorations. Another plus is the wonderful food of Vikings, there’s just so much that I didn’t get to eat everything. The venue itself was a little warm, but that’s it. We had fun!
Mischa was also one of the 7 balloons.
Note: Not all photos are ours. Thank you to our supplies and friends who took great, great shots when we weren’t able to do them ourselves!
The decorations during Mischa’s Descendants-themed party was quite a feast to the eye, if I say so myself. I was so happy with the outcome after I had to source out suppliers, many of which are hearing about the theme for the first time.
Party collaterals c/o Rea Magno of Ink Creations. She was also the one who did Maxine’s during her 1st birthday, and as always, there is not hassle at all when dealing with her. This year, she did the invitation design, souvenir tags, loot bags and the notepads given to the kids.
This is from her site:
For the stage decorations, balloons and candy buffet, we hired a party stylist called PartyRific, which I found on Facebook. They made our party come to life! But I just gotta say that dealing with them was not that smooth. I wouldn’t say that it was problematic or anything life threatening, but it was not without skipped heartbeats. My main beef was that it takes soooo long for them to reply even after you made a sizeable deposit. And for us whose precious funds are hard to come by, I wanted to be sure that every peso and centavo counts. I just wished they were a bit more reassuring by replying in a timely manner (read: not seenzoning you for 2-3 days) would go a long way in the customer service department. But again, all’s well that ends well since they did a fabulous job in the decorations department, but I would think twice if I would book them again.
Cake and cupcakes
The cake was really amazing. We ordered from Angelyn’s, and everyone just fell in love with the creation. The taste could use a lot of improvement though but all in all, it was a hit! Same with the cupcakes, which were the giveaways. I wasn’t able to come anywhere near them but was glad to see the photos. Dealing with Angie was also a breeze. We met one afternoon, and I was happy that she had a lot of ideas. She even thought that the peg I brought her was too simple, and it was a good thing I listened to her!
I totally had fun with the them even if it was too complicated and unusual. If only parties weren’t pricey, I would love to plan and give regular ones for my kiddos. lol.
We held Mischa’s party five days after her real birthday since the latter falls on a Monday. She was excited as hell ever since she knew we were planning the celebration for her 7th birthday. I had quite a hard, but awfully satisfying time for this particular party because of the theme that Mischa wanted – Disney Descendants. It is a fairly new Disney original movie that she has taken a liking to. And from the offset, she emphasized that she didn’t want a “normal” theme or ordinary theme. The spookier, the better, she tells me. And so after a few brainstorming sessions, we ended up with this theme. Since this is not as mainstream as Frozen, Barbie, Sofia the First, etc. etc., finding suppliers – from the invitation to the Mal costume, to the cake, to the decorations – proved to be challenging. Anyhow, seeing the results before, during and after the party, I had no regrets (maybe except for the paying the bills part. lol). Seeing her, her classmates and all our guests happy and enjoying themselves made it all worth it. You know I would do anything for my previous daughters.
Some photos are here:
Mama didn’t want any fuss for her 70th birthday. But of course, we couldn’t let the event pass by just like that. It’s not everyday that people reach that kind of milestone. And it’s also a celebration of our gratitude that she is with us, and healthy at that, so we have so much to be thankful for.
Well, she actually changed her mind about not wanting a fuss because we saw how happy she was when she saw our closest relatives and her friends from work whom she hasn’t seen in a long time. So good times for her (and for us!).
On her actual natal day, since it was a weekday, I decided to stay home and let her have a simple treat. I did forego my birthday leave for her since I thought it was better to let her rest from taking care of my own kids.
And for her “grand” celebration:
Happy 70th Ma! Words cannot describe how much we love you and we thank God everyday for giving you to us.