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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

jacob's Pirate Party Printables

Here's the blog on the printables I used for Jacob's Backyardigans Pirate Party .

I always rely with MS Publisher when in comes to design editing and the likes. As per previous posts and topics, I'm not good with Photoshop or any editing tools. 

For the invitation, I decided to make a 2-page invitation in landscape format (Jacob's 1st Birthday Party is in Portrait format). The 1st page is for the Main details of the party and the 2nd is for the map to the venue. 

For the 1st page: I do not put Jacob's picture, instead all the characters of the Backyardigans in Pirate theme (all from google). And synced it with the theme of Pirate. 
Font style: Pieces of Eight
Invitation Size and Format: 5r and Landscape Format
Editing Program: MS Publisher
Here's the final invitation sent to friends and posted in facebook:

Backyardigans Pirate Invitation
Map of the venue
For the 2nd page (map of the venue): I really tried to work it well, but I have a limited space so more of the arrow and direction from a certain point. I incorporated again the designs from the 1st page, and added a candid shot of Jacob wearing a pirate hat.


Pirate Name Tag
Treasure box tag (candy station)

Thank You tag for the giveaways and prizes

Prize tags

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jacob Cedric's Pirate Costume

         I really wanted Jacob to wear a costume on his 2nd Birthday Party (he was just wearing polo shirt and jeans on his 2st Birthday). Good thing, world wide web has lots of photos which I could copy (hehe :-) ). 
We prepared 2 costumes  - One is Backyardigans costume (Pablo) which was shipped to from USA by my cousin, Ate San, as a gift (together with other pirates things and balloons [pirate balloons was used here]). But, Jacob don't want to wear it! (We will just have a separate pictorial for this)

 The costume looks like this (courtesy of Google)
Backyardigans costume
Isn't it cute?

And the 2nd costume was a Pirate Costume. I copied a design from the internet and asked our ever reliable dressmaker to make one for Jacob. She just instructed my mom to buy the fabrics from the local market. 
From this look (courtesy of google)

 To these looks:

Pirate Costume

Jacob in Costume
What can you say, huh? I'm sooo in love with the costume. 
For the white shirt, I just bought  polo shirt from Guess Kids. And for the shoes, it's a gift from Jojo's cousin from USA (when my MIL visited them last summer) - a Limited Edition Lebron James Nike Shoes.
For the skull accessories, we can't find an exact embellishment here in Manila, good thing, SM Toy Kingdom now sell Halloween items - I bought a Skull Hanging Lantern (for only P150.00) and used that as an alternative. 


Jacob Cedric's Backyardigans Pirate Party (Part IV)

Part I: click here
Part II:click here
Part III: click here

Here's the continuation of uber detailed/long post on Jacob's Party


      This time, I'm looking for an affordable yet trusted and has a talent when it comes to party coverage. Fortunately, SP Forum recommends JV All Events Services. (I'm a SP Mom, by the way). I'm glad they accepted our event eventhough they have to travel for 3-4 hours from Manila. And they are way cheaper than everyone else (knowing it's an out of town event). 
      I contacted them thru Facebook and Ceejhei (Sir Jun's daughter from SP Forum), deposited and just reminded them a day before the party. 
      On the date of the party, they arrived early (same as with Kiko's Balloons crews)! And, before, during and after the party, I'm impressed! I never saw them resting - they keep of shooting and taking photos of Jacob, my family and the guests! Same with Sir Rudy, who's in charge of the videography!
       And I'm more impressed, a week after the party - I already received the raw video and photos (in CD) of the party!
       Here are some of the pictures from the party: Be Impressed

Can't wait for the Edited photos, Video teasers and print outs!

JV All Events - Facebook
Contact Numbers: 09168483342 or 9846842
Contact Person: Sir Jun Villanueva


      Last year I also prepared a Candy/Dessert Station (click here) for Jacob's 1st Birthday Party - and surely it was a HIT! So I decided to come up with a candy station again, but the challenge for me now was to recreate an even better and a Pirate Themed Candy Station.
Wit a limited time I had for this (I have lots of commitments for the past months prior to the party), I'm still happy I pulled this off! I could see in every guests' faces how they enjoyed the candy station (especially, it's a new thing for a provincial party like what we had). 

Since it's a Backyardigans Pirate Party, I decided to have a loot treasure box as the candy loot for the guests. I prepared 100 pieces of it, and just put a sticker label (photo below). These are all from Handicrafts,atbp

For the candy jars, I'm not really a fan of glass containers (even last year) since most of the guests were kids, and that won't really fit our theme. Also, Jacob is a boy so I need a not so girly containers for Candy Station. 
So, I decided to make a step-stool. It's a ladder-like decor. I bought all the materials from National Bookstore (free advertisement, huh). The materials were: 
  • a thick Styroboard
  • glue sticks and glue gun
  • Styro paint (in black color) 
  • Illustration boards
  • Poster paints (white and red color)
Cut,shape and stick! That's the key to my DIY Project!

I just patterned the box dimension from Bubba Gump Glass I bought from a recent trip to HK. And reproduce it in 11 pieces (JACOB CEDRIC). I made using MS Publisher letter cutouts of Jacob's complete name (approximately 4-5 inches height). I painted it with white, black and red colors. Lined the inside with a plastic (I worry about the candies that may melt and the paint might stick to them)
And here ye - the finish product!

Candy Buffet
I bought the candies and the gummies from Divisoria. I bought around 11 - 12 assorted candies and gummies. For the gummies, 1/2 kg. of each (from bears to worms to teeths, etc).

The candy scoops (less than P50 for 5 pieces in different sizes and colors) and clear plastic thongs (less than P50 each) were from SM Department Store (Home section). And I also used the scoop from Jacob's Sand pail :)

Also, these were added for more colors to the candy station.

 I also ordered, 2 bilao of Pichi-Pichi from a co-staff in GCMDH after I tasted how yummy the delicacy  was!

More to my surprise, my friend and co-staff, Jacob's Ninang Bel called me up. She gave around 4 boxes of Macaroons! We also had this last year from Trois' Restaurant and Pastry Shop

Ate Czel - Jojo's cousin gave also some candies - Thank you! I also added half of the cupcakes since I ordered 100 pieces of these. I made that cupcake tower, too!

To fit into the theme, I printed out a small standee of each characters of the Backyardigans. 

Guests enjoying the candy station!

Cheers! More posts to come!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Jacob Cedric's 2nd Backyardigans Pirate Party (Part III)

Part I - click here
Part II - click here

Here's the 3rd part of Jacob's 2nd Birthday Party

Party Host/Magician: CHRIS O

         For this matter, i got Chris O from Kiko's Balloons. At first, to save money, I want to hire someone from the province, but good thing, I saw his performance (from another party), so I asked Ms. Kristine to give me a good performer for the party. She recommended Chris O. 
         He arrived just before 3 o'clock PM at the venue. We discussed regarding things I wanted, the flow of the program, etc. Also, gave him instruction on giveaways and prizes. He's good in connecting with our guests, though, at some part, they just stared at him. But, I don't mind. Everybody enjoyed him! 
         He prepared games for the kids and adults, performed magic and tricks, balloon twisting and ventriloquism, too! Though, i'm busy with some things during the program, I could see them enjoying especially the Ventri Act. 
Adult Games
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jacob Cedric's 2nd Backyardigans Party (Part II)

 Here's the 2nd part of Jacob's Pirate Party

       I tried looking for another supplier for Jacob’s party but they quoted me way too high. Maybe because it will be our first party together, so, I decided to contact again Kiko’s Balloons and Services. They’re the ones who made Jacob’s 1st Birthday so fab! But this time, I decided to allot less budget on this. I availed same party package as from last year’s Sesame Street party. The only difference is I opted for tarpaulin than styro backdrops. Reasons why I chose this:
      □ Quite expensive for a 2nd Birthday Party though I really wanted it 
    □ I remembered the crews (during planning stage), since they'll all coming from Manila, they will be leaving the venue just after the party wrapped up! I felt guilty, so Tarpaulin was the best thing.

   I just instructed Ms. Kristine through e-mail I wanted a ceiling long balloon drop-like d├ęcor since the venue has high-ceiling. Color combination would only be: red-white-black, since it’s a Pirate Party. And they executed it soo well!

Ceiling decor

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jacob Cedric's 2nd Backyardigans Pirate Party (Part I)

       Yay! At last, Jacob’s party was over – and it was a Blast! I’m so excited to share all the ideas, details and photos from his 2nd Backyardigans Pirate Party! Here are the details, enjoy! 
      Theme: Backyardigans Pirate Party My Jacob is soo into Backyardigans – thanks too Amos (nephew of our friend, Arnel) who gave the DVDs as a gift on his 1st birthday. I, personally thought of having its one episode as his theme for the 2nd party. I was torn between “Heart of the Jungle and “Pirate says Arrr” episodes – but with the venue we rented , Pirate theme fits! 
(Note: 2nd party – it wasn’t a plan to have a 2nd birthday party as big as this [as I promised my husband last year :-)], but my mother requested to have a party (though not this grand) in Laguna since the 1st party was is Manila (Ortigas – click here for 1st Sesame Street Party). 
        Party Planning in Laguna (or Province, in general) or throwing a not so ordinary, unique party in the province is quite difficult to pull off! The suppliers are very limited, or if opt to bring them from Manila, the rate is waaay higher! I’m so glad I had close group of contacts (suppliers), and for second time in a row, they made Jacob’s party truly memorable and special for everyone.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I would like update you on Jacob's last party,but photos are on its way.
I'll post soon!
But I will assure you, we had a blast with Jacob's 2nd Backyardigans Pirate Party!