I guess by now you’ve figured out the theme for Z’s 1st birthday party. Initially, I was against a character-themed party because I wanted to be that mom who thought out of the box and created her own theme. I was thinking of something generic like “Colors and Shapes” or “Everything Zoren” but it would be really costly and will take too much effort on our part, to get the theme across. Maybe when he’s older and be more appreciative of what Mommy could come up with!
Since Z’s birth date fell on a week day, his party was scheduled on the weekend after it. But as tradition puts it, the first birthday should be celebrated on the day itself. So I thought of having a Gymboree party since we have baby friends here in the condo. Lo and behold, Gymboree in Shangri La Mall was undergoing renovation and wouldn’t be able to accommodate us. Then, we thought of renting out a function room and just have a small party. But, that was the idea of the big party already, so what’s the point, right?
Then, while having dinner, my husband said that it’s best to hold it in an orphanage, where there will be a lot of children Z can play with. It will also be a way of giving back and paying it forward for a blessed year with Z!
I asked on Twitter what orphanages are around the area and most answered White Cross Orphanage. So, we chose that. Ma’am Wilma, the person in-charge of Social Services was very easy to coordinate with. Everything was done through the phone and we just visited a week before to do an ocular.
We chose to have a McCelebrations, based on Michelle’s review (and the other fastfood chain “discouraged” us from getting them, because they said that the kids from White Cross are “used” to them already!). The nearest McDonald’s branch to White Cross is the new one in Greenhills Town Center (Granada branch). Planning the party with them was easy-breezy! Since the party was in the afternoon, Ma’am Wilma requested for the food to be the kids’ dinner. We chose McChicken with rice, Burger McDo and a tetra-pack juice. We just bought ice cream before going there as dessert. The birthday cake was a rush order from My Balloon Room. It was just a simple chocolate cake with the yummiest icing, topped with styro shapes and a big number 1! Thank you to Ninang Chum for delivering it!
For an additional fee, McDonald’s will take care of the party hats, place mats, balloons, games, prizes, loot bags and a mascot appearance! Just for an added treat, we also prepared loot bags with candies, birthday shades, activity booklets and a finger flashlight. The McDonald’s crew did an awesome job handling the party with all those kids present! Though not everyone was cooperating, which was to be expected in a children’s party, it was still a fun event! I would also like to thank my friends, Leslie and Lulu, for giving the kids slippers. White Cross accepts all kinds of donations; you may visit them at 276 Santolan Road, San Juan City. I’m sure the babies and kids there will appreciate it.
Zoren, being the ham that he is, was playful and sociable with the kids. He was playing with them, running after the girls and was laughing at the boys’ rough-plays. And his smiles during the event affirmed that we made a great decision in celebrating the day of his birth there. We’re planning to do this yearly, to instill social-awareness and selflessness in Z (and our future babies!)
You are a blessing to us, Zoren baby. And what better way to celebrate your first year, by being a blessing to others as well! Happy 1st birthday, little love!