Monday, April 30, 2012

Video: Jacob Marthy's 1st Vintage Circus Birthday Party

Jacob Marthy's 1st Vintage Circus Birthday Party - party details here
by Thor Productions

Video: Jacob Cedric's 1st Sesame Street Birthday Party

Enjoy his 1st birthday party!
Video coverage by MediaMonster Productions

Video: Jacob Cedric's 2nd Backyardigans Pirate Birthday Party

Here's Jacob's 2nd Birthday Video by JV All Events Photography !
Enjoy watching!

How to Series: Candy Dessert Station from Scratch

I have lots of queries thru my private Fb account how did I made Jacob's Candy Station for his last 2 birthdays.
The trays and candy boxes - I'll share the details where and what are the materials you could use.
Hope this be great help to you in party planning!

I'm not into glasses and clear containers now - maybe because, my kid is a boy and won't fit the party theme. And, I'm scared of breakage and what might happen during the party! So plastics are ok for me.

For the Sesame Street "Mr. Hooper's Candy Station"
(note: Mr. Hooper owns the store in Sesame Street)

Colorful trays:
     These trays were from a local thrift store ( I think I bought these in Laguna). You may also find thse in department stores in the metro. I just availed of the colors that fit the theme(orange, yellow and green).
     For the bases, I used plastic cups and and gluestick. Just make sure it was place at the center of plates for balance.
    For aesthetic purpose only, I put extra Elmo stuff on top of the tray and letter cutout that spells JACOB. Used gluestick,too.

Candy Station

Sunday, April 29, 2012

How to Series: Invites using MS Publisher

I'm not really a techie person, but I love to work around to things I have with me. 
And MS Publisher is the best program for me -- why? I make all my invoices, cards and even layouts here. So, I'll share with you some tips  using MS Publisher and what are the final products I came up using this program. 

Hope you enjoy it!

First, you need to have the program on your lappy (of course!) Hehe.. 
Second, you should have an idea how your project would look like. 
    With Jacob's 1st Birthday Invites - Originally, it was planned as a Sesame Street Live! Birthday party, but due to limited resources (for the party planner - my bad, I advised her late too that I specifically wanted this) I still made this part of his party a Sesame Street Live Theme 
(note: Sesame Street Live is a concert) . 
Since concert use poster, I made a poster-type invites for Jacob's 1st. 

Sesame Street Invitation

A Fancy Nancy Birthday Party

I always dream of having a "girly-girly" party. Hopefully, with my 2nd baby it will come true.. :) 
I have only 2 options for the party theme: 
    One, is Alice in a Wonderland Whimsical Party (details and ideas will be posted soon), and, 
    Two, is a Fancy Nancy Party!

I'm not really about Fancy Nancy, but when a client of mine asked me to do some details for her upcoming party, I got sooo interested and hook with this theme, and would like to share some small details of the party that happened.
Hope you like it!

The table centerpiece:
     It's a huge table centerpiece for  a party, ryt? But, all of her parties are unique so why not?
We made a fancy nancy centerpiece without the dress.. and they ask their own dressmaker to make Nancy's own tutu dress (photo below is just the idea how it look like). Clever isn't it?

from this look: 
naked Fancy Nancy
to this look: (sample peg only)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

65th Birthday Party

 This is a repost from my original blog - addicted2jakey

Indeed! T'was a successful one! Kudos to my Sister-in-Law and friends for pulling this party off - Up to the last minute, my MIL didn't have any idea what was going on!
I'm a few days delayed in posting details on this party.. But, still it's worth sharing to the world.
Theme: Sunflower "Burst of Sunshine" 65th Birthday Party
For: my Mom-in-Law
By: Siblings Jojo (my husband) and Hannah (sister-in-law) together with the efforts if their friends, families and relatives.
Where: David's Tea House, The Wharf @ Lakefront Sucat 
When: 09 April 2011- 5-9pm

It's quite a long story..
From previous blog, I already posted that we (specifically, Me) Jojo and Me are in-charge with the party giveaways and table centerpiece since it's a business of ours.
Table Centerpiece
I'm really having hard time choosing for the appropriate centerpiece for this party. I even planned doing a DIY of paper flowers - but,since I was kinda busy with my work and our business - I do not have that much time (as I had with Jacob's Party) to do such things. So, instead, I just asked my husband to drive me to Bay, Laguna for some plant tripping. And this only happened, hours away from the party!
I just prepared the basket for the centerpiece. At first, I was looking for flower-bearing plants but ended up with Cacti-looking plant. They just covered the black plastic with white paper for a more nice-looking table centerpiece.
(Photos courtesy of Hannah)

Table centerpiece

A Shabby-Chic Birthday Party

This is a repost from Alice's Wonderland Blog by Ms. Bambi Hernandez. 

Thanks for the feature! Fun Ideas below.. Enjoy!

A Shabby-Chic Twin Birthday Party (July 30, 2011)

Twins are double the fun and double the joy! 
Sabrina and Samantha celebrated their 2nd Birthday in Shabby-Chic style, which the mom wanted to achieve by bringing a dose of the outdoor gardens in.  We transformed a penthouse residence into a land of floral prints, inspired by Rachel Ashwell’s world of “perfect imperfections.”
Mixed floral patterns for the linens, and brown garden parasols decorated with white lanterns flanked Sab & Sam’s dessert table.  White glass lanterns with flowers inside were the centerpieces for the tables.
Photos of the twins (taken by Karen Ilagan) were displayed on the tables together with fun facts about them.  

Vintage Hello Kitty Birthday Party

 This is a repost from Alice's Wonderland Blog of Ms. Bambi Hernandez. Thank you for the feature!

 Enjoy reading! Fun Ideas below..

Hello Kitty Picnic 1st Birthday (October 9, 2010)

The classic red and blue Hello Kitty was the theme for baby girl Olivia’s 1st birthday.  Her mom picked that theme since she said Olivia looked like Hello Kitty whenever she would smile, and I had to agree with her after meeting the sweet angel!
The old-school illustrations of this popular Sanrio character were refreshing to see again, especially nowadays when Hello Kitty seems to have shed the reds and the blues, and donned everything pink in its myriad shades.
Come and see how Hello Kitty brought Olivia and her guests to a “happy picnic land” for a fun birthday afternoon :)
Red and white checkered table linens really “picni-fied” the space.  The white foldable garden chairs added so much appeal too.
See the kiddie stools below which were the party giveaways for the kids featuring Hello Kitty and her cute boyfriend :) I love the bow-tie detail! So adorable.
We also gave out picnic baskets to the kiddies with bottled water, milk, cookies, and a red apple.

Smurfs in Candyland Birthday Party

This was 2nd birthday of Jacob Marthy (Ms Mae's son - remember, Vintage Circus Party?)
I only have time now to post some details I knew from this party (with Ms Mae's permissions, of course).

Enjoy reading!

Jacob Marthy turns 2! Time flies sooo fast.. Last thing I remembered was his mom (Ms Mae) preparing for Jacob marthy's 1st birthday in Manila, and now in Kuwait!
Having less more time preparing and conceptualizing the party - we end up and agreed on "Smurfs in Candyland party" (She was torn between the two - so I suggested why not combine both themes :) clever uh? :)

Anyways, I knew less of the details - but I'll to give you details, ideas we had while preparing for the party.. And mind you, preparing for a party abroad -- it's really nth time harder than having it here in Manila.

Backdrops and Standees:
Gloomballoons Party Ideas by Ivy Larisma
mobile: 09178095495

     She is an SP Mom too! I heard some good feedbacks and she quote way cheaper for decors, so I made an attempt to suggest her to Ms Mae.
I don't know much of the details they had for this event - but here are some photos :)

Welcome Signage w/ the celebrant

Update: Vintage Circus Birthday Party

This is a looong overdue post on the update on Jacob Marthy's 1st Vintage Circus Party by our client, Ms. Mae. 

These are some of the official photos - be amazed and awed!

Party decorator: Ms. Claudine Sycip of Do Me a Favor 
Giveways and Prizes: Handicrafts,atbp
        mobile: 09175899488
Foodcarts: Seattle's Best Coffee and Big Chill
Entertainment: The Golden Show

Photos below! Enjoy!!

Circus Invitation
Entrance Decor

A Vintage Circus Birthday Party

 This is a repost from my original blog - addicted2jakey

 This is a party of one of my client.

Jacob Marthy is the 1st born of a client, Ms. Mae, a client of mine I met thru Fb. We just communicate during the whole ordering process via YM and e-mail exchanges.

Since she is now based abroad, she just asked us to deliver the giveaways directly to the venue (this is just a request I cannot say No :) 
At the Makati Shangri-la, we get pass through the Service Door (back area) where all the cooking,etc happens inside the hotel. A Set-up Crew ID was given to us. I wish I took pictures of everything, but I'm quite pre-occupied with the whole delivery thing.
When I saw the Quezon Ballroom (setup time, around 12:30/1:00 pm), I told myself, it is really a special and grand birthday for Jacob :) and at the same time wondrin' who is her decorator/PP :)  (I've met her during the party -- read below)

We dropped off (me and Jojo) the items and texted Ms. Mae that will come back around 5:00 pm.
 She ordered alot from us - from kiddie chairs down to the penholders (Imagine our AUV filled with her orders)
We came back at around 5:00 and instead of Service Area we parked at the Basement of the Hotel :) 
I met Ms. Mae, and she introduced me to her friend, Ms. Claudine (she decorated the venue!)

Too bad, I didn't have any photo of Jacob.. 
Anyways, Happy Birthday Jacob Marthy!! 

Unofficial Photos (from my iPhone):

Entrance Decor:
Circus Entrance

Ceiling decors:
So festive Looking! I really loved this!!

Ceiling decors
See the decors and balloons!
Stage Backdrop:
Circus backdrop
Table Centerpiece:
Super love this! Huge Hot Air Balloons!

Host in Action and Costume: I don't know who she is.. Can't comment much on this.

Party Host in Costume
Dessert Station: So fab!

Carousel decor
ferris wheel decor
The Circus Cake: A Huge Cake for Jacob

circus cake
Giveways and Prizes: from Handicrafts,atbp

Birthday Giveaways
Added notes to this.. It was really a Grand and Fab Circus Party! 
Food Carts: 
Seattle Best (too bad, it's already sold out when we came)
Big Chill (had 1 cup of mango Shake)

Side entertainment: Photobooth

Will update more when I get to see the official photos. Would like to thank Ms. Mae to for getting our service and be part of his son's 1st Birthday party. 

A Backyardigans Pirate Birthday Party

     This is a repost from my original blog - addicted2jakey

*NOTE: Be prepared for a very looong post :) 

  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.

A Sesame Street Birthday Party

This is a repost from my original blog (addicted2jakey).

Many people were asking me for the complete details of Jacob's last year Sesame Street Party. This was posted by me in Have fun reading! And for comments, you have leave it here.. Cheers!

It's been a while since we had Jacob's Party. But the memory and experience was something I could treasure for a lifetime. And I'm so proud of it so I decided to share it with you!

Date: 12 Sept 2010
Venue: Prestige Tower Roofdeck, Ortigas Pasig City
Time: program starts at 4pm
Theme: Sesame Street Party

Reason why I chose Sesame Street as the theme for the party: Since Jacob can't choose his own theme for the party, I did! I'm not a big fan of sesame st but the songs and music from the TV series was the first thing that came into my mind when i started to plan Jacob's party. Also, it's a very colorful theme! Perfect way to start Jacob's colorful life with us..

The planning stage started as early his 3rd month bday (right after his christening).

Venue: Prestige Tower Roofdeck
Ratings: 4/5
Ms. Salou was very accommodating in terms of quick replies and assurance of everything I need for the party. Booked as early as April. The only flaw I encountered (but not a major one) was the venue has low ceiling, i just informed the planner of this so she/they could adjust with the decor I wanted for the party.
No corkages for food we brought in. We occupy the whole area for the party since it was quite a big one.
Peso Power: free when you availed their catering service (P15000 and up)
Included in the contract:

Function Room 2 can accommodate up to 120 people with a rate of P1,500/hour. Function Room 3 can accommodate up to 50 people with a rate of P1000/hour. - Jacob's Party was over 200 but still they accommodate it.


o tables and chairs - covered
o mantle and tablecloths - i chose Gold,Emeral Green, Blue and Maroon
o flower arrangement for the buffet table
o centerpieces for each table - we have our own table centerpiece
o stage
o overhead screen
o podium
o sound system (amplifier, speakers, microphone)

To avail free use of our function room for 4 hours, the client must have at least P15,000 worth of food catering booking. In excess of 4 hours, standard rates will apply.
(copied from their website)
Contact: Ms. Salou

Food: Chow Unlimited
The food was prepared by Chow Unlimited. Initially, we only reserved for 100 guests but end up adding more 3 days before the party. Because of this, we occupied the entire party area (roofdeck).

Food Menu: Menu
Steamed Rice
Chicken -Lemon Chicken
Pork- Pork Ragout
Pasta-Creamy Bacon Spaghetti
Vegetable- Mongolian vegetable
Dessert- Buco Lychees
Drinks- (1) one round of iced tea

Price: P260/per x 150 = P39000.00

Additional foods where brought in and prepared by my Mom and my MIL. Good thing! because expected number of guests exceeded our list! about 50-60! and that's huge number for non-RSVP guests Smile
Foods: all recommended (for samples, you could contact me)
Menudo by my dad (his specialty)

Embutido by my Mom (hers)
Spaghetti (by MIL, excess from Kid's Meal)

Pancit Malabon (from Taguig)
Leche Flan
1000pcs of Macaroons ( I ordered from a friend)

Lanzones from Laguna
Gryn Wasabi- Makati Branch - ordered morning of the party. 2 big bilao of mixed sushi. Affordable and everybody took a piece of it.

For the kid's meal, we decided not to avail Chow's Menu since I read feedbacks with the Spaghetti, I just paid extra P700 for the tables and chairs for the kids. To personalized it, I put a sticker on each styropacks with "Jacob's 1st Birthday" Party Pack.

Foods: prepared by MIL
Fried Chicken
Sunkist Tetra Juice Pack

Price: free (c/o them) except for the Tetrapacks. Originally I was looking and wanted an exclusive sesame st party even for the drinks. I saw Apple and Eve's Sesame Street Tetrapack Juices,but no to avail here in the Phils ( I checked everywhere), so I opted for Sunkist Tetrapack Juice.

Ratings: 4/5
Everybody enjoyed the foods! for the kids, the packs were served, for the adults, buffet style.

Decors: Kiko's Balloons and Services
I so loved them! they make Jacob's party such a memorable one to all the attendees! We availed the package 4: P15000.00
Inclusive of:
Full styro setup
- stage backdrop
- character standys
- personalized welcome sign for the entrance
Two balloon columns (upgraded with big foil character head)
Sesame Street Backdrop
Ten (10) pcs balloon table centerpiece with theme mylar balloons
Floating balloons (250 pcs) – balloon drops
Balloon burst - 50 pcs
Balloon clusters for stage floor
Mini cake table arch
Cloth swags for ceiling (in color motif)- red, yellow, green,blue,orange
Party Decoration

Balloon Burst
Balloon Burst in Action
I just added additional P300 for the sculpted/shaped elmo and bigbird (in replacement with the balloon pillar) on the entrance door.
Sesame Street Balloon Pillar
Entrance Decor
availed a party coordinator just to lessen the hassle on registration P1000.00

Peso Power: 4/5
It's the most affordable yet still expensive for decors -( Smile) but i super loved it! I didn't regret we shelled out such moolahs for this party.
I just informed Ms. Kristine regarding the low ceiling, emailed them the photos of the venue (prior meeting). And I just wanted Ballloon drops for ceiling decors, no more no less.
End result - uber nice party!
My cousin from US, Ate San, sent us a package with these uber cute decors.. it's a generic 1st birthday decor, but really makes every inch of it (decor) unique and special..
Swirl Hanging Decor

Entertainment: Lambert Flores Bubbleshow

It's the 2nd supplier we booked after the venue. Saw his ad on multiply and inquired. We availed his P8000 package but on the eve of the party, we contacted them.. It was him who will perform and moreover, he will perform the P12000 package! I super like!
Everybody enjoyed the party because of them. Lively hosting (by his wife), and everyone participated. They asked me to prepare 60 major and 40 minor prizes. But, I ended up more since Ihave balloon burst - i prepared 50 pcs for this. But during the party, other giveaways were given as prizes also! i don't know why.. i just didn't have any control with this - but it's ok. the good thing was i had lots of giveaways prepared for Jacob's party.
4-5 crews were present and they're very organized when it comes to the program and party itself.
Dads in action
Bubble Cake
Guests enjoyed too the Bubbleshow!The best..
Big Bubble

Peso Power: P8000
ratings: 4/5

Giveaways: Handicrafts,atbp
Since, it's our business i prepared giveaways separately for adults and kids.
40pcs for the kids of kiddie stool
Kiddie Stools

50 pcs for the mini kiddie stool for adults but ended up as additional prizes again!

35 pen holder (slot type ) intended for the suppliers as a courtesy gift but ended up as additional prize for the games and activities

tissue holder - giveaways for the guests

ratings: 5/5! everyone loved it! and wants to take home each item! waahh.. i'm biased but really, Jacob's party helped boost our sales via online. it's a unique yet affordable giveaways for a party.
Peso Power: free (since it's ours)

Additional cost was from the thank you tags i made for each item.

Invitation: I personally made this invites for Jacob's party. Since at first i was planning to have a Sesame Street Live! Party but due to restriction with the venue and design/backdrop from the decorator/supplier, we ended up with sesame st party just utilizing all the color themes. For the invites, i made a poster type and designed it this way. so proud! printed it with a laser printer, printed it on a thick 150gsm paper. for the envelopes, i bought colored papers and put a yellow feather at the back of the envelope. it's a way of saying" Big Bird wants you to be part of Jacob's big day!" Smile
Sesame Street Invitation

i just added an additional sheet for the direction to the venue - made by me exp for the party! so proud!
Prestige Tower Map

ratings: 5/5 My DIY!
peso power: im not so sure with the amount but i saved a lot since i DIY it.
Contact: Grace
mobile: +639228716183

Prizes: I bought the prizes and items at Toys R Us, Divisoria Mall and 168 but i made it personal for the party. I put my own touch with a twist to make it more fun!
Sesame Street Stuff Toys

additional prizes were given to:
early bird, youngest guest,oldest,raffle winner.

ratings: 5/5!

Cakes and Cupcakes: Sugarbox by Ms. Emily Uy
I just emailed her what i wanted - all characters and colors should be present in the design. it's up to her. result: super love the cake!! i haven't tasted it nor took a piece of it at home!
cupcake tower:
blowing cake:
Sesame Street Cupcakes
Sesame Street Cake

Peso Power: 4/5 P6500
Ratings: 4/5

Photo coverage and photostudio: Sophia Photography
Spent 13k for this. Worth the money! everybody had fun with the photostudio. and i love the shots! captured every moment!
2 photographers covered the event and around 5 crews for the photostudio!


photostudio: click here

ratings: 4/5

Party Hats: i specifically asked a headress maker for this design and its crowd's favorite!
 at the registration:

cookie monster:
Cookie Monster
Oscar the grouch

Peso Power: 3/5
Expensive for a head gear but really i love it!
ratings: 4/5

Table Centerpieces: DIY by me. Concept was, sesame st everywhere! so i googled for the things about the theme - and picked up the location where he story revolve. blog about the centerpiece: click here
Table Centerpiece

SInce we had lots of tables for the guests, good thing, my Ate San sent this uber cute table centerpieces from US.

ratings: 5/5

Candy Station: I DIY this too! Since I left Prestige Tower Roofdeck to prepare for the party, I just asked Ms. Kristine (Kiko's Balloons) and Ms. Salou (Prestige Tower) to setup the Candy Station which was supposedly my project. But since I cannot do it anymore on time, I r