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Y’s 3rd Birthday

For someone *just* turning 3, Y was very focused on how the celebration should be! She had a say on every little detail and considers it to be her “happiest day ever!” and still talks about it until now.

She was very adamant that the party be held in her school so she will be able to celebrate it with her classmates. It was a good idea as they were only 20 kids in the school so allotting budget for snacks and giveaways weren’t that painful to the wallet and it was easy to DIY the invitations.

With her teachers at Discovery Barn Preschool.
For the kids: spaghetti, BBQ and puto from Bacolod Chicken Inasal.
For the adults: Garlic Rice, Chicken and Turon also from Bacolod Chicken Inasal.

So, for our My Little Pony-themed party, Y wanted to have ponies. And ponies she got! We had Make Believe Storytellers act out an interactive story starring Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Spike. Both kids and adults were laughing and moving to the story. It was a hit and my little birthday girl enjoyed every minute of it! I highly recommend their services as they really give what you want and would adjust to your needs.

Of course, a birthday celebration isn’t complete without sweets! For the second consecutive time, Bea of Bellefleur by Beatrix made Y’s colorful birthday cake! I had Y looking at pegs on Pinterest and she chose the design but said to only have one chocolate cake. So, that’s what she got and she was over the moon happy as we had cake-blowing in the school and at home. We also received cute, whimsical cupcakes baked by The Cake Project Manila. It had boiled icing which gave of the nostalgic feeling of a birthday party during the 90’s. Thank you Tita Marla for the cupcakes!

Speaking of sweets, we filled a Rainbow Dash pinata with lots of it! Thanks to Facebook, we discovered Kackie’s Pinata and she accommodated our order even with just a week’s notice.

And what’s a celebration without awesome pictures to remember it by?! Thank you Ripples of Life Photo and Video for indulging our family for a mini-portrait session after the celebration. I absolutely love how they turned out. Can’t wait to have them printed.

To my strong-willed baby girl, you bring a lot of color to our life. We love you soooo much, Y!

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My Lola’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Lovely set-up by The Red Chef and Events.
Lovely set-up by The Red Chef and Events.

My Lola took care of me while I was growing up. So, it’s imperative that I take charge in planning for her 80th birthday celebration. Here’s the suppliers my titas and I got who made our little celebration worth remembering!

  1. The Red Chef and Events

Great food and excellent service without the expensive price tag – these criteria make Red Chef our now go-to caterer for future events. They gave in to my every whim, as if Aphat is my genie and he’ll make all my wishes come true. My Lola wants tempura, we’ll have tempura! I need extra tables, extra tables were provided. I want flowers and then there were flowers! The waiters even arranged the centerpieces into a bouquet and gave it to my Lola as we were leaving. They surely exceeded my family’s expectation! My mom, who is my biggest critic, was all praises for the food.

Simple yet elegant.
  1. Gen Maramba of Sugar Momma Desserts

Because she indulged my birthday wish for a rainbow cake, we got Tita Gen again to make my Lola’s garden-themed cake. My cousin got a picture from the internet to copy and it was put to life magnificently! And the strawberry buttercream was really good!!! For orders and quotations, send your queries to: SoMoDesserts[at]gmail[dot]com. She’s also on Instagram: @SoMoDesserts.



It's all in the details!
It’s all in the details!


  1. Jeterra’s Fine Foods

Since meeting Rina at a blogger’s event, I became a fan of her baked goodies. Actually, her cake pops and sugar cookies made Z a pastry-loving boy! For my Lola’s birthday, Rina provided mini-cupcakes (her red velvet is always the first to be devoured!), uber-moist brownies and sugar cookies which also served as souvenirs. Rina can provide styro stands according to the event’s theme but for this event the caterer provided the platters to save on space.




Not too sweet sugar cookies doubled as souvenirs!
Not too sweet sugar cookies doubled as souvenirs!
  1. T12 Events

My family is addicted to photobooths so I got my friend Terence’s T12 Events Photobooth for the event. For their photobooth, they use a green screen so there’s no need to have a tarpaulin background printed, and that is good for the environment. The consecutive shots are spaced lengthily that the people has time to get props or change places. The print-outs are clear and the colors are crisp.

The grandchildren!
The grandchildren!


  1. My Balloon Room

To complete the party vibe, there’s got to be balloons! Because the event was held in a clubhouse, it was really bare and there was a hollow concave on the ceiling which was perfect for drop-balloons! I got My Balloon Room since they’ve decorated the exact venue already, so they’re familiar with the clubhouse’s rules.

It's raining balloons!
It’s raining balloons!
I love the effect!
I love the effect!

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Thank you also to my friend Kat for sponsoring our venue!!!

Wishing more years of koreanovela-watching, crispy pata-eating and mahjong playing for our dear Lola Grandma!

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#2ZorenAndBeyond: Party Crafts By Ava

Nope, it is not run by Ava, but by her mom Jenn. I found out about Party Crafts By Ava through Mommy Fleur’s IG posts regarding her Mommy Fleur Day. Since then, I followed her on IG and when I was panicking for Z’s party, I immediately remembered her services!

Jenn is helped by her SIL and Brother during the event.

I wanted the kids to be busy so that the adults will have time to eat a lot and chat the afternoon away. And it was a great success! My nephew who is always running around, became very busy in this booth! For every event, Jenn requires 2 activities to be booked. In this case, I wanted ceramic magnet painting and picture frame decorating. I liked how Jenn went the extra mile and made Toy Story themed magnets for the painting. Z recognized them even without color!

Z enjoying the booth with is Lola Sarah!

And as a gift to Z, we were given crowns and tiaras to decorate as well! Since, we didn’t have party hats, this was a good alternative. Thank you so much Jenn, for this freebie and for being easy to work with. All our transactions were by email and texts but it all went smoothly. For a different kind of “busy activity” during parties and events, Party Crafts by Ava should be there!

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