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Friday, May 28, 2010

Party DIYs

I already blogged part of this in my previous article, but i wanna share to you the details of DIYs i made for Jacob's Events..

Baptismal:
This was last 12 December 2009. I'm really a hands-on-OC-party planner-mom! Here are some i did for his baptismal rites and party..

Giveaways for Godparents:
There are 2 souvenirs/giveaways for those who attended Jacob's Baptism. One is for the guests who were invited to witness and celebrate with us.. The idea of having this party favor is really from me.. I wanted a wooden rattle and searched everyone's haven, The Divisoria..
And for the Godparents, i prepared a basket full of goodies (chocolates and mallows) with a bear, some even had balloons, others don't (I don't know what happened with others) Bought from Divisoria, and arranged by me.
Guestbook:
I prepared this and designed it using scrapblog. I printed it on a photo paper and put it in a blank scrapbook (c/o Echo Madamba)
Bad thing about this and lesson learned: I asked my mom to have it place where guests could see this and have it signed. Unfortunately, everyone missed it! Gifts where laid on top it at the entrance table and poof! No one signed it!! Arrggh... The effort of making and designing this makes me feel bad. What i did, i asked Jojo to bring it to his office and have the Godparents and guests sign it at least. Also, that's what i did with my friends. For the upcoming Jacob's party, i don't bother myself making one..
Invites:
Designed and printed by Me and Jojo
Theme: Blue and Green
2-page invites
Cake design: I gave the cake baker the design i wanted for Jacob's cake.

For Jacob's Upcoming Birthday Party, here are the DIYs i already made and just need to be printed before the event.
(Note: This were taken by my phone, the file format was unable to be recognized )

Theme: Sesame Street Party
Invites
Map of the venue

Thank you tags

Table centerpieces - these are 2 or the centerpieces for the tables on Jacob's party. Not yet finished. Take a peek!


Lots of other DIYs to make. I hope it gives you idea on making your little one a perfect party - yes! it's perfect.. with mommy's touch..
I tried this application at Facebook, the answers are so cool!!

You've been living for 23 years, 11 months, and 20 days.
You were born on a Sunday.
Your date of conception was probably 15th September 1985.
You've seen 6 leap years.
Your Zodiac Sign is Gemini.

Your Chinese Zodiac Sign is Tiger.
Your Ruling Planet is Mercury.
Your Birthstone is Pearl.
Your Birth Flower is Rose.
Your Birth Tree is Hornbeam Tree.
Your Birth Number is 2.
Time till your next Birthday 10 days 4 hours 26 mins.
Your Lucky Color is Yellow or White.
Your Lucky Day is Wednesday.
Your Lucky Number is Five.

Review: Expo Mom 3, A date with my Hubby

        For a couple of weeks, since i saw the ads on Expo Mom 3, i make "kulit" with Jojo that we should go and check out the Expo. It's my first time to attend their event, and when i made a deal with Jojo (Jacob will be left at home with my parents), i searched for the booths and exhibitors who will be present on the said event.



May 23, 2010
-past 5am:  left Laguna and travel back to Mla
Good thing t'was Sunday, and no traffic along SLEX

-past 9am: arrived at Taguig
                 travel our way to Rockwell Tent

10am: expo opens 

Stuffs i bought for Jacob (it's all about him!)
a. Shooshoos - i am really in love with this shoes, someone recommended in to me thru forum and saw their site (distributor in Phils). When i learned that they will be one of the exhibitors, i know i'll buy a pair of shoe (at least) for my baby.
- The seller is nice as she was when i emailed her
- Gave a 5% discount since they have promo for May
- Gave me the cutest shoe/sandal type for Jacob. It's perfect
Price:P800 
Rating: 9+++
When Jacob saw it and put it on his feet, he walked with it! I love it.. The only thing i didn't much like about this, the garter (strap) is so tight, had hard time putting it on his feet.


This item wasn't on my things to buy.. But when i saw this cute plushie, a perfect toy/pillow/blanket for travel.. I know i won't leave the tent without having one..  

Price: P2000
Other designs i like were out of stocks so with the recommendation of the seller, i chose Tama the Turtle!
When we got home and showed it to Jacob, he likes it too! What's so cute about this, when me and mom said "turtle" she repeated it twice! Even heard by dad! Too bad Jojo wasn't around. It may be a "tsamba" for Jacob but hearing him mimic words i say, makes me feel so proud of him! And he's just 8 month old baby..
 Rating: 9++ - because i find it very useful especially for travel!

Expo Mom 3: Review i have many expectations from the expo,i'm expecting more exhibitors (maybe in the next event- at ATC) as compare with the other expos I've been. But the good catch is, lots of freebies!! And maybe Jacob is really our lucky charm-- We just won from the raffle! They contacted us and told that we won a jacket and car shade, haven't claimed it though.. Twas really unexpected!
Rating: 8+++ for good stuff I bought from the Expo and for the raffle draws and freebies from exhibitors and sponsors. 

Congrats to the organizers!!

Letter of the Month: Smart Parenting May 2010

    Just early this month, my letter was published as Letter of the Month by Smart Parenting Magazine May 2010 issue! T'was really unexpected!
Story behind the Story:

            I'm an avid reader of Smart Parenting Magazine and Website since i get pregnant and became a mom just last year.. Many advices and stories are featured which are helpful specially for first time moms like me.. I even joined their SP forum/parent chat.. it's nice when you share stories with other moms, experiences, ideas, opinions on topic regarding motherhood,family and other things..
           Just this January, i asked my husband to buy me a copy of their latest issue, Ms. Daphne Osena-Paez with the kids on the cover. I was so inspired by her story that i decided to write to the EIC of SP Mag and took my chance in getting/winning the Sesame Street DVDs!
           After 2 months (March), I'm really excited to see if my letter was published.. but to my disappointment, it wasn't.. Good thing though, i haven't told anyone about this haha.. Or they will just laugh at me.. Then come April.. then I told myself, Maybe my letter will not be published.. and it'll be the last time I will write to any Mags hoping for prizes up for grabs or at least my letter be publish..
           Then, 1st week of May, hubby brought home a copy of SP Mag.. i wasn't really excited about it.. If i could remember clearly, i am browsing my FB account and left the mag on the side of the bed. After "googling", i lay down and get the SP mag.. and to my surprise, i saw my letter! even publish as the letter of the month!! Yey!! Though i didn't get the Sesame Street DVDs (which was the reason why i wrote to the EIC), i'll be getting Loreal Products! Wasn't that the perfect gift for me on Mother's Day?! Haha..
           Bad thing about this.. I think i wont be able to get the prize.. reason: Duty!! Waaahhh.. Well at least my letter's been published!

    
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Familia Zaragosa 2nd Gen: Tagaytay Getaway

          It's been months since we, the Familia Zaragosa had some fun time to together -- beers, cigarettes and laughters altogether.. I'm missin the times when we all gather and spend Sundays together-- may it be at the mall, house or parks..
         I chanced upon our photos from the last Beer Getaway/Gimik/Tambay we had, and thought of sharing this to the world. I'm just so proud that from 7 original members (Ate San, Ate Awi, Ada Marie, Claue, AC, Jojo and Me), another has been added! Jeffrey- The first gimik he had with us! Welcome kiddo!
 

              This Tagaytay getaway was the perfect "The Repeat" Alak-Yosi-Chika of Laiya BF Homes Gimik years ago.

Moments to Remember: 
Date: 27 December 2009
Place: Knuckles Bar (formerly Cafe Lupe) Tagaytay City
          Starbucks Tagaytay Branch
 Time: 8pm-4am
Pick up-Destination-Drop off: Taguig-Gatchalian-BF Resort-Dasma-Tagaytay and vice versa

1) Catch up chikas!
- the last time we had this - i'm still single haha
- AC was still studying
- Sis Dada's Revelation (note: secrets)
- Ate San is still single
- Ate Awie as Dra. Holmes (haha)
- Mushi is late!
- Jojo is the official tagahatid-sundo and with former employer
- Jepoy is still a kid!!

2) Beers, Yosi and More!
         On our way to the bar, Jepoy, being the youngest in the group commented "Hindi ko akalain nagyoyosi pla kayo!" And everyone laughed.. This is the biggest secret of the group - We're not allowed to smoke!
Moment caught on Cam: Lagot ka Ate San!! haha

The Drinks
 
and the tipsy Jepoy! Ayaw papigil sa alak! haha..
3) Mushi's Crying Moment
Lagot ka AC!! Well, t'was the first we saw Claue really cried - as in alot!! We're all clueless why, tsk tsk tsk AC! Ate Awie brought it up pa kc eh hehe.. But after the night ends, everything was settle- Whew!!
Lesson learned: don't let Ate Awie talk when she's drinking too much... Calling Dra. Holmes! Haha

4) Starbucks Tambay
It's a routine for us to do, that after some beers and yosi, Starbucks is the next! Good thing for us Jojo gave us GCs to spend! Muahh.. 
- The season where Starbucks give Planners for 2010! Nagaawayan pa kanino mapupunta ung stickers and planner! haha
- Jepoy made permission (to Ate san) if he could have a henna tattoo! Hello Galera?Boracay?! haha... he's still a kid -- yaan nio na! haha
- Not stop kwento - same topic - same people - more infos haha
- More yosi

It's a Getaway worth keeping.. I just missed them.. Ulitin natin next year,when Ate San's here in PI...
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Updated! Jacob 1st Birthday party Preparation

Whew! after the last blog i posted for the upcoming Sesame Street Party of Jacob, my plan turned 360degrees!! Most of the important details of the party has been changed! Good thing for me, as early as 2010 started, i'm already planning and setting my mind straight..
Here's what I've learned from planning half a year ahead of time:

a. Lots of time to prepare
1. finances - this subject worry me much from the start, though i know we have enough, alloted budget for this, but for me to give Jacob a perfect and grand 1st b-day party - it's one of a heck bunch of moolahs!!
Adv: Good thing about this was, i have ample time to search for the best and affordable supplies, suppliers that would fit into my pocket.
Disadv: Too many inputs, opinions shared by other moms on the forum added another page inmy party checklist! = more moolahs to spend!!

2. theme - though from the start Sesame Street was the only theme on my mind,  but with the release of 2010 movies, my gosh-- i thought i gonna cancel all my reservations and considering other themes..   
adv: as early as my theme was set, i searched where to buy supplies, favors that wil fit my theme. Scout for suppliers who could provide me with this..
disadv: Too many twist crossed my mind while "googling" ex. Sesame Street Party Live! etc. waaahhh!

Anyways, here's the updated preparation for my son's party

a. Date: originally twas set on his actual natal day, but for some reason that the venue couldn't accomodate us, and the convenience of the date it was moved a day after:
Final: 12 Sept 2010
b. Venue and Caterer: at the 1st blog, i cited that we'll celebrate it at Shanghai garden Resort in Betterliving, but due to some consideration in the weather (Sept) and a possible distraction to the kids attention (by the pool), we changed the plan and decided to have it at Prestige Tower Roofdeck in Ortigas

Review and Details:
Ms. Salou of Prestige Tower, is so nice that everything i asked from her for the party, she gave in... I just hope no one will book from 10am-2pm on Sept 12...
Details: made DP (with contract on hand)
The good thing abour Prestige is I saved around 8k-10k of money since we reached 15k of reserved order for the party, the venue is free-of-charge.
Menu
Steamed Rice
Chicken
Lemon Chicken
Pork
Pork Ragout
Pasta
Creamy Bacon Spaghetti
Vegetable
Mongolian vegetable
Dessert
Buco Lychees
Drinks (1) Round of Iced tea

c. Party details:
Date: 12 Sept 2010
Time: program starts at 4pm
Where: Prestige Tower Roofdeck

d. Decorator: Kiko's Balloons Services (www.kikosballoons.multiply.com)Review and Details: Ms. Kristine, the one who promptly reply and answer my queries is so nice.. I reserve and will avail their Package 4 of balloon decorations:
PARTY PACKAGE: 
  • Balloon décor package 4
Inclusive of:
            Full styro setup
-         stage backdrop
-         character standys
-         personalized welcome sign for the entrance
Two balloon columns (upgraded with big foil character head)
Ten (10) pcs balloon table centerpiece with theme mylar balloons
Floating balloons (250 pcs) – balloon drops
Balloon burst
Balloon clusters for stage floor
Mini cake table arch
Cloth swags for ceiling (in color motif)
DP made and contract on hand! I'm excited to see this on Jakey's Party!!

e. Entertainment: Lambert Flores Bubble Show (www.lambertflores.multiply.com)
I saw this on multiple and so amazed with his show, we booked him.. but for some reasons, we encountered problems
a- he didn't informed us, that his 2nd team will be the one performing
b- a nega review from forum
We already made DP and i got worried.. So Jojo settled this thing up and made contract with them...
Package 2:
PACKAGE  2
SPECIAL   FAMILY BUBBLE SHOW and PARTY MOTIF SHOW

A.) FAMILY BUBBLE SHOW ,
B.)  MAGIC SHOW with Live animal
C.) BALOON TWISTING SHOW
D.) HOSTING OF THE SHOW ETC!!!

1.) BUBBLESHOW - See above FAMILY BUBBLE SHOW LIST
2.) DAVID BLAINE STREET MAGIC
3.) BALOON TWISTING show before the start of the party
50 kids will be given a balloon twist
4.) 2 PARTY MOTIFS -– Winnie the pooh, Mickey mouse or any motif that you want to have for your party!
5.) HOST-We will emcee the entire party in English or Taglish
6.) PARLOR GAMES (EDUCATIONAL) - Games for the kids & Adults 
7.) PARLOR GAME PROPS- We will provide for the props for the games.
8.) COLORING CONTEST - before the party starts
9.) ACTION SONGS - We will teach the kids Educational Action songs 
10.) NAMETAGS-We will distribute Nametags before the party starts. 
11.) STORYTELLING for the kids to LEARN valuable lessons
12.) CD MUSIC- We will provide CD Music for the party
13) NAMETAGS (We only use standard white nametags)
14.) TABLE MAGIC at the start of the party
15.) 1 ASSISTANT

f. Cake and Cupcakes - Sugarbox by Ms. Emily-Uy (www.ilovesugarbox.com)

A.     50pcs cupcakes Set Up
Inclusive of: Cake stand Rental
Cake for blowing 2 layer ( 10x3 and 6x3)
Top layer
Packaging ( Box – additional 2.00 each, Dome cover – no extra cost)
Price: 6,500 
I really wanted Ms. Emily to make Jacob's cake, eventhough i still search for other cake makers, i still choose and made DP with her. Just waiting for the cake layout for approval.. Weehh..

g. Photography and Photostudio/Photobooth - Sophia Photography (sophiaphotography.multiply.com)

I had constant exchange of SMS wkith Win of Sophia's and made DP of only 1k.. i saw one of his photostudio setup and loved it-- and i just wanted it be part of my son's party.. I'm still waiting for the contract and details for the party setup.. I really need to see this and have copy of it..  haist..


h. Videography - Mediamonsters Productions (www.mediamonsters.multiply.com)
At first, i'm really considering and about to make DP with Thorproductions, but i find them quite expensive, and one time, i saw mediamonsters site and after some queries they already sent me proposal! I'm really impressed. (i'm a type of person who wanted everything be in black and white eh).. With their offer, i pencil booked my date and will DP next month.

i. Giveaways and prizes For the kids - kiddie stools



For the adults: tissue holder SS design
 


Prizes: Major Prizes: Plush toys and candy machines orderd from adollhouse.multiply.com




Minor Prizes: Pen holder SS customized design as per order by me





 

School supplies/stationery set (SS theme)
Hand towels and face towels c/o SM


j. Dessert Station - My Chocolate haven (www.mychocolateheaven.multiply.com)
I pencil booked my event with Ms. Emmalyn and will DP next month. I will avail their platinum
package and 100 gourmet donuts
 
Platinum Package
Php 5,500
         4 hours service (inclusive of setup)
         Your choice of 4kl chocolate fondue on two 2-layer chocolate fountain
         Your choice of 10 dippings
o         4 regular non-fruit,
o         2 special non-fruit,
o         3 regular fruit, and
o         1 special fruit
         Free colored sprinkles and honey coated crispies
         Good for 150-180 pax
         **Add P1000 and exchange two 2-layer chocolate fountain for one 3-layer fountain.


k. Candy Buffet - DIY Ate San from US is so generous that she will send package for jacob's party including candies and chocolates for the buffet.. i hope i could pull this thing off!! On hands are candy scoopers, some candy containers and canisters and a notebook full of ideas! haha...

l. Table centerpieces - DIY
I really wanted a personalized table centerpiece and decoration for the party.. As early as april, i'm scouting for the centerpiece design that will fit SS. And i'm just so proud of myself!! I almost done with 2 table centerpieces.. take a peek!!

 
Not yet done with that, but i'm just so proud of it!! 10 tables more!!! m. Party headgears -haileighshaven Though i have partyhats on hand, i really wanted a unique party headgear for the kids and adults (for early birds!) will just order 50pcs (both adult and kids).. i saw this site at multiply and contacted, though they weren't as prompt as other suppliers in replying with queries, i'm still gonna avail their service. At first, i'll be the one who will make this gear but i'm so overload withwork and other DIYs for the party, i decided to hire them.. Here's the sample i asked from them. and subject for approval for other character designs i asked.. waiting for the samples!


n. Invitations and thank you tags,nametags etc - DIY
I have lots of ideas for this, but after sometime i settle with this designa and about to print for production weeehhh!!
Invites will be placed inside a handmade envelope with feather (from Bigbird haha) and the thank you tags will be tied up and stick to the giveaways/prizes/favors
i just took picture using my iphone, unrecognizable file format for attach haha)




I hope you enjoy my blog as much as i do, and as excited as me!! Hey, it's Jakey's 1st bday!! Haha..