Z Blasts Off to 4!

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“I’m so happy, Mommy!”

These were the words Z said when we came home after his celebration in school. I tried holding back the tears because my parents will say how OA I am again, haha. But these words of appreciation truly meant a lot. It’s the only reward I’ll ever need.

So, what made Z happy?! His solar-system themed birthday celebration, conceptualized by yours truly! It’s kinda nerdy but when you have a little boy who knows the names of the planets, how many moons each planet has and why there are dwarf planets, you’d want to cherish the nerdiness.  To set off the theme, I DIY-ed rocket ships out of tissue paper rolls. They are just 10 in the class so doing this was easy-peasy.

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Printed the templates on colored paper, cut and assemble. Done! I just glued a small paper with the details. When asked what these were, Z said: a sphere, a cylinder and two triangles. Uhmm… Okay.

The pièce de résistance for me was the cake. Marie of The Sucrerie was very accommodating, replies within the day and makes damn good pastries. Just take a look at this masterpiece:

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Unbelievable, right?! I was hesitant to have a cake like this made because I don’t want to use styrofoam balls for the planets. And then Marie suggested to use rice krispies! Galing, diba?! And it tastes super chocolate-y too, just how the birthday boy likes it. I also ordered cupcakes as a giveaway to the kids and school staff. That icing is heavenly!

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I originally planned on DIY-ing the printables needed for the party, like the cupcake toppers shown above. But I don’t really have the creativity for it. As serendipitous as it may sound, I saw The Candy Shop Prints on my Instagram feed and went to their site to check out personalized Christmas wrappers, and my answer was right there! A Build-Your-Own-Party printable option in two themes were available and it’s just my luck that one adapted to our solar system party! I ordered the buntings, gift tags and cupcake toppers. There are also other printables offered like invitations and welcome banner but I like it that you don’t have to order the whole set, unlike in some of the Etsy shops I saw.

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That’s the bunting from The Candy Shop Prints. Looks cool, noh?! And it looks so good with our DIY rocket ship photobooth! My brother-in-law made that in just 2 days! Galing! I originally wanted a simpler one – just a box with a painting of a rocket ship. This was beyond expectation and Z and his classmates enjoyed looking (and tearing) at it! The bags below the rocket ship were our giveaways from La Pomme. I first encountered Apol and her plushies at the Pop-Up Kids in Co/op a few months back. Z enjoyed doing the plush craft and I thought it would be a fun activity to give to his classmates. True enough, some were decorating their rocket ships while waiting for their fetchers. For my future parties, I’ll book La Pomme’s craft table to keep guests entertained!

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I’m thankful that Z’s school is lenient enough to allow us to bring in a magician/balloonist/storyteller. This was Bry’s idea because my plan was to be the one to read a story to the kids! And I’m glad I listened to him because everyone in the room was amazed at Bravo David! He made balloon creations in popular characters, some were bigger than him, he even made a balloon rocket ship for Z! Bravo David also showed that he’s in tune with his audience when he stopped popping balloons because a little girl was crying. He even gave all of the kids balloon creations! I truly recommend him for any party! It was the first time for me to see Z enjoy a show, and even volunteered. He kinda had a tantrum when it was over.

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Z as an alien!
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Look at that ostrich!

To book Bravo David, you may email Party Starters at partystartersmail@gmail.com

After the balloon/magic show, the kids feasted on bento boxes prepared by Nanay Des.

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I think it would’ve been more successful if the bento box was of a popular character. And I expected a play on food rather than a print out on edible paper. Nonetheless, the food was very delicious! The noodles were cooked perfectly and the creamy beefy sauce made me crave for more. I also liked the nuggets! And the planet cookies were a hit with the birthday boy so it’s all good! The baked spaghetti we shared with the teachers was gone in less than 30 minutes! I think I’ll order another tray just for our family soon!

Thank you to all our suppliers for coming through! And for always replying to me even if I send messages at ungodly hours! All of you have made my little boy’s birthday SPACE-TACULAR!!!

To my big little Z,

Thank you for making our lives funnier with your quips and antics! You are such a sweet kuya to Y and I hope you’ll grow up being protective of her. Continue being curious about the world around you. I will always try my best to guide you. We’ll be in awe of the world together. I love you so much my Z!

From Pluto and back to Earth again,

Mommy <3

#2ZorenAndBeyond: The Cakestry

As I previously mentioned, Z’s 2nd birthday celebration was decided on a whim and I had barely 2 weeks to prepare for it. To make my life easier, I got suppliers whom I personally know or are recommended by my friends. The Cakestry is owned by my friend, Sim Tecson, who is super passionate with her baking! Together with her sister, Celine, they created a super cool Buzz Lightyear themed candy buffet for the event!

Their standard package includes: assorted candies good for 50, 8″ round cake, 2 dozen cupcakes, decor and plastic bag for take home candies. The cake was the focal point of the event as Z was really mesmerized by it! The fondant was just the right amount of sweetness and the chocolate cake was moist and soft but not crumbly. The cupcakes were wiped out too, the guests gushing about how yummy it is!

The Cakestry team also threw in a life-sized Buzz Lightyear display as a gift for Z! And up to now, we have a Space Ranger guarding our abode from the evil Emperor Zurg!

 To get The Cakestry for your next event or for your Christmas give-aways, you may call them at 0923-5999498. Their cake display and other goodies are on Facebook.

#2ZorenAndBeyond – Social Savvy

I learned about Social Savvy during our SoMoms lunch at Boon Tong Kee. Moya, along with his sister Rosanna, are the creative minds behind this up-and-coming must have at every event. For Z’s celebration, I got the Printster!

Say "Hello!" to the Printster!

So, what is the Printster?! This set-up puts to good use our affinity with Instagram. During the event, guests are encouraged to take pictures and upload it on their Instagram. Using a common hashtag, in this case it was #2ZorenAndBeyond, the pictures are then shown on a live iPad feed. After a few minutes, your picture will be printed, and your guests will have an instant souvenir, one which is memorable and practical.

I really like this kind of set-up since there will be no lines and waiting unlike in a regular photobooth. Sure, there are no costumes and gimmicks, but you can be creative with poses and filters. Rosanna also sent me the digital copies of the pictures printed, giving me the guests’ insights during the event. We all know that the party hosts do not get to see everything that happens in a table, so with this common hashtag I was able to see what was going on, even after the party! Being a relatively new gadget, we needed to thoroughly explain how the Printster works to the guests who we’re not tech-savvy, even though there are instructions on the table. Also, there will be guests who has no Instagram. For this dilemma, you can hire a Printster Photographer who would gladly take pictures of all your guests, then their pictures will then be printed. I should have gotten this add-on so that all of the guests took home a souvenir picture. Nonetheless, for 4 hours we had a total of 102 prints! Not bad for a party of 70 guests. By the way, your Instagram account must be on public so that the hashtag can be accessed.

The Printster will print out your Instagram picture on a template agreed upon.

I must say that Rosanna is very efficient and easy to work with! All our transactions were through e-mail and I didn’t have any problems. Given the time we had to prepare, I’m really impressed with what they delivered! I highly suggest having the Printster at your next event!

Social Savvy contact details:

Website: www.socialsavvycreative.com

Facebook: socialsavvyph

Instagram: @socialsavvyph