Anika’s Pink and Purple Butterfly Theme Birthday Party

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It’s been 7 years since I have received the very best gift in my life, my daughter Anika, who celebrated her 7th birthday last 7th of August 2016. Time flies really fast and it’s been really a pleasure to see my daughter grow into a lovely and smart kid. She taught me how to love unconditionally and make me experience how it feels to be a parent.

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Yes, the journey to parenthood is not always smooth-sailing but definitely worth it! In a world filled with uncertainties, it is my daughter who gives me direction, inspiration and the reason to live. Often, I would look at her baby photos and I can’t help but look back in the past and reminisce the moments when she was still a baby. Sometimes, I can’t help but regret being a workaholic back in the days and usually left her in the hands of her nanny and my mother. Now, I want to spend more time with her and always be with her.

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Every year, I always like to celebrate my daughter’s special day by throwing a simple party; this is my way to give thanks for the gift of life and for all the blessings we’ve received.

This year, I chose the pretty in pink and purple fairy princess party theme. We decorated the place with pink and purple butterflies, balloons and banners. Thank you to my brothers and my mom’s helpers who helped me in decorating the venue – The Monte Rosa Clubhouse.

I had the prizes placed in white baskets wrapped with pink gift wrapper and pink and purple tulle. Most of the prizes were school supplies like watercolors, pens, glue, headbands, coloring books, pen holders, pencil case, sharpener with eraser, correction tape and stickers.

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Instead of piñata, I had seven big balloons placed at the ceiling; they were filled with candies to be popped at the end of the party.

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I bought some white mugs and decorated them with ribbons, butterflies and balloons to serve as our centerpiece.

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To avoid wearing too many hats at the party which I usually do, I hired a reliable catering service provider to take care of the food. The foods were mostly delicious Filipino main dishes including Crab Omelet, Hototay Soup, Fresh Lumpia, Potato Salad, Fried Chicken, Pork Hamonado, Beef Frita, Roasted Pork, Pork Barbeque, Steamed Fish Fillet, Sweet And Sour Fish Fillet, Spaghetti with White and Red Sauce and Buko Pandan Salad.

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Our candy buffet (open for take home) consisted of birthday cake, cupcakes, cake pops, molded butterfly chocolates, marshmallows and blueberry cheesecakes.

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As usual, I had fun setting up the candy buffet especially making cake pops and practicing making molded chocolates and yeah I need more practice. Ha ha ha!

Kids enjoyed the parlor games and swimming that came after the party. It rained but the children still enjoyed night swimming in the pools.

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Adults, mostly, enjoyed the food. LOL!

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I’m happy that my daughter enjoyed her party!

Oh, before I forget, thanks a bunch to my brother and sister-in-law who made the butterfly theme cake and cupcakes.

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Anika’s party also served as a reunion of relatives and old friends and ended with loads of fun and smile.

To my little Anika, I wish you the best of health and happiness. I pray that you’ll grow into a good-hearted and god-fearing individual, full of love, kindness and hope. My love for you will be always and forever. I love you more than life!

Arcy’s 1st Incredible Hulk Birthday Party

Children’s parties are fun and enjoyable to set-up! Incredible Hulk theme is an awesome theme for a little boy’s birthday party.

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My sister wanted to throw a party for his little one Arcy. The theme was actually Incredible Hulk. I was assigned or rather volunteered to help set up the backdrop and the candy buffet for Arcy’s 1st birthday. At first, I was prejudice of the theme but as we made plans it turned out to be an enjoyable theme to have. We searched all of our inspirations online and fused different ideas to be able to come up with our own set up.

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As a huge fan of DIY stuffs, most of the things were done by us (me, my sister and brothers). We had a board made and polished it with a varnish to look like a nice dark wood. We framed Arcy’s photos from his first month to 12 months showing his milestone.

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In our candy buffet, we had mallow pops, lollipops, candies, chocolates, cupcakes and cake. My brother and his wife made the Incredible Hulk inspired cake and cupcakes. Instead of cake pops, I made some mallow pops because it’s a bit quick and easy to make.

For our banner, we downloaded and printed a free Incredible Hulk birthday banner. Isn’t it nice to find loads of free printables online? They just save me a lot of time from creating a birthday banner from scratch.

The Incredible Hulk toy collection of the celebrant’s dad made the set up awesome. The toys were huge carved stone that look like Incredible Hulk.

The party of my nephew was last June 27, 2016 and was held in Esca’s Garden Restaurant in our local area. The place is great particularly for parties and function plus the foods they serve are delicious yet reasonably priced. Among the food on the buffet table, I have to say that the Chicken Ala King was great!

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A magician was hired to facilitate the program and the games. Children and adults enjoyed the magic show, the games and the nice useful prizes.

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The party was a success and the mom and dad of Arcy were happy. Guests went home with full stomach, loads of prizes and smile in their faces.

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I’m glad I had the time today to blog my nephew’s birthday party. Hopefully, I’ll be blogging more kid’s parties soon.

My Valentine Wish

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Here’s a poem that I’d like to share. I wrote this poem way back February 13, 1997 in our classroom when I was 17 years old. I dedicated this poem for my crush during my high school days who became my partner in life and better half.  It’s been 17 years that this poem was made and all I can say is that true love knows no age and distance is not a hindrance. For me, every day is Valentine’s day. XoXo!

My Valentine Wish

When In Boracay

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines that has enormous amazing things to offer.  It’s a tourist-magnet owing to its white sand beach, crystal clear waters and countless exciting things to do.

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Boredom doesn’t exist in Boracay.  From swimming, snorkeling, nature tripping, biking, island hopping, food tripping, shopping to outdoor adventure sports you’ll never ran out of things to do chiefly adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding activities.  Enjoyment, relaxation, entertainment, nature and adventure are ever present in the island.

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Since then, the island has been a great venue for beach weddings and team building activities.  Not forgetting to mention that the locals are friendly and helpful. The place is ideal for family outings, honeymoons, team building, backpack traveling, weddings andther types of events.  You’ll never run out of choices when it comes to places to stay, dine and unwind.

We always visit this place since I was a kid especially during summer time.  My trip in Boracay was always been amazing! The place never ceases to amaze me.  It’s really fun in Boracay! It’s a one stop shop for all the things you want in a vacation.

There are lots of things you can do in Boracay that’s why it’s best to have a longer vacation in the island.

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When in Boracay, you can…..

• Swim in the beach
• Go island hopping
• Try parasailing
• Ride a banana boat or flyfish
• Build sand castles
• Explore and swim in the caves
• Go snorkeling
• Go cliff diving
• Go kayaking
• Go wind and kite surfing
• Go helmet diving or reef walking
• Learn kiteboarding
• Try the flyboard
• Ride the zorb
• Try the reverse bungy
• Get a nice tan
• Sleep in a hammock
• Watch the beautiful sunset
• Watch fire dancers dance
• Watch and listen to a local reggae band
• Ride an ATV
• Ride a bug
• Marvel at the stars
• Get a nice body massage
• Have a henna tattoo or permanent tattoo
• Have your hair braided by the locals
• Go barhopping
• Disco till you drop
• Drink tropical fruit shakes
• Buffet all you can
• Try different local and international cuisines
• Navigate the island using a motorbike
• Indulge in delicious seafood
• Try a zipline
• Visit a culture museum
• Visit different world class white sand beaches
• Go to the highest of point of the island which is Mount Luho
• Visit a butterfly garden
• Play golf
• Go mountain biking

There’s more besides the above-mentioned but I think those are a must! For any type of vacation, Boracay is exactly the place to be!

I can’t wait to visit this place again….

Construction Theme Candy Buffet

Having three nephews means several kids’ birthday parties to celebrate every year.  Just last November 21, 2015, we celebrated the 3rd birthday of my nephew Victor Euan.  The birthday boy likes construction vehicles and power tools so we decided to have a construction theme birthday party for him.

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We had a construction theme candy buffet for little Tor.  Several toy construction trucks, power tool toys, hard hats, tool box, sign boards and hollow blocks were used in the candy buffet set up which were just available at home.

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The cake and cupcakes were custom-made by my brother for his son (the birthday boy). Oh, what a cool construction inspired cake! I really like it a lot! And as for the candy buffet, we filled it with cupcakes, lollipops, donuts, jelly ace, pretzels, chocolates and assorted candies.  We’re happy that our visitors enjoyed the sweets on the candy buffet table as well as the food on the dining table.  Though, we only had a few parlor games for the kids yet they had fun and were happy to receive prices and giveaways.

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To my nephew Victor Euan, I wish you more birthdays to come. May you grow up to be a good boy and may our God bless you with good health and happy life.

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Well, this is the last candy buffet set up that I will do for 2015; looking forward for more birthdays to celebrate and candy buffets to set up this 2016.

Liam’s 1st Minion Themed Birthday Party

I love kids and I enjoy being surrounded by them, especially my only daughter and nephews. It’s always my joy to help assist in the celebration of my nephew’s birthday from party planning, making party invitations, table skirting to setting up candy buffet and even facilitating parlor games. Well, this is maybe because I wanted to be an event stylist and a kid’s party organizer someday. =)

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Last October 30, 2015, we celebrated my nephew’s 1st birthday with a minion theme.  His name is Liam. He’s such a sweet and cheerful baby boy and we love him a lot.

The minion theme cake and cupcakes was made by my younger brother and her wife. It was a nice and fun cake and cupcakes.

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We invited our neighbors, relatives and some friends.  The celebration was simple yet enjoyable – loads of foods, candy buffet and a few parlor games for the kids.

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Again, I had a candy buffet set up for the kids and kids at heart which includes cupcakes, lollipops, molded chocolates, chocolate fountain, marshmallows, cookies and some candies.

Of course, the Pinoy party is not complete without the Lechon or roast pig.

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And as for me, I badly need to practice my hosting skills because I think I suck at it. Ha ha ha!

Baby Liam enjoyed his first birthday from the looks of his sweet face.  The party ended and I think everyone had a despicable fun.

Doing all the chores for the party was no doubt tiring but it was all worth it for my cute little nephew.

May you have more birthdays to come little Liam! May the Lord our God shower you with good health, a happy life and I hope you’ll grow up to be a person with good character.  Love lots!

Cuddly Bear Theme Candy Buffet

Last October 17, 2015, we welcomed my nephew Arcy to the Christian world in St. Anne Parish Church. The baptism was followed by a dinner party at home for family, relatives, friends and for Arcy’s godparents.

Since I’m a fan of candy buffet or dessert bar, I have set up a cuddly bear theme candy buffet for my little cuddly and adorable nephew.candy buffetThe night before the celebration I did the table skirting which I really need practice on. I also made some cake pops which took me hours to finish yet very enjoyable to make.candy buffetFor the candy buffet, we had some strawberry filled donuts, cake pops, cupcakes, tootsie roll candies, marshmallows, white chocolate lollipops, blue berry flavored chocolate lollipops, bear-shaped and heart-shaped dark chocolates plus a chocolate fountain.PhotoGrid_1445027711532We also prepared and cooked foods for the guests.  I know how tiring it is to do everything ourselves but I think my mom, sister and brothers including yours truly make a great team when it comes to food preparation and throwing a simple house party. If there are things that we love they can include cooking, eating and sharing our blessings to others through food.

Everyone went home with something sweet to take home. The celebration was simple yet meaningful.