Another better-late-than-never(?) post

February 23, 2011 at 1:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s been 6 months since Jared turned 1 yr old, and I suddenly remember that I haven’t posted anything here in my blog about his birthday party! The only thing I posted for his 1st bday was my letter for him.

I decided to write and post about his bday party (from the preparation to the party itself), as stated in the title, better late than never…lol! Medyo long read na kwento kasi more on sa preps (na stressful)…

Around Feb last year, I already started to plan for his bday which was 6months away then. By “plan”, I meant “plan on my mind”, as in ideas pa lang wala pang action na ginagawa…hehe.. Nasa isip ko lang nun, as much as possible ayoko sa Jollibee. I have nothing against Jollibee, in fact I love Jollibee! Feeling ko lang masyadong common for a 1st bday (sa 2nd bday ok lang sa akin dun in case magparty kami ulit), maarte lang ako hehe. And ayoko din naman ng unique or bonggang party kasi magastos masyado! Ok lang sa akin sa restaurant or other fastfood na hindi kasing-common ni Jollibee. Around that time, medyo naka-set na isip ko sa Shakey’s kasi alam ko hindi sila nagkakalayo ng price ng Jollibee party package. Theme: Mickey Mouse, kasi favorite sya ni Jared that time. Tapos gusto ko may photobooth. Hanggang dun pa lang ang “party planning” ko kasi feeling ko naman matagal pa.

Around May or June na ata ako nagsearch about the venue and other suppliers. We checked the Quezon Ave branch ng Shakey’s, newest and biggest branch daw. Nung nag-inquire kami ni hubby, there goes my problem…di na sila nag-aallow ng ibang theme kasi may tie-up sila sa Cartoon Network, Ben10 lang (or Powerpuff Girls na syempre di pwede for Jared’s party) ang theme nila…eh di naman kilala ni Jared si Ben10! Few weeks ago lang daw naghigpit about the theme, and alam ko nga based sa research ko sa n@w eh ok lang dati kahit anong theme. Tapos pati ibang suppliers like additional balloon decors, photobooth, eh kelangan yung partner nilang suppliers…eh ayoko (lol!). Ayun, cross-out na Shakey’s, medyo panic mode na ko. Naginquire na kami ng ibang venues: Max’s, Dad’s, KFC, McDo, and Jollibee!! To make the long story a little bit shorter, around July bumagsak din kami sa Jollibee!! hahaha! Nagreserve na kami sa West Ave, before umalis si hubby nung July.

The party was set on Jared’s exact bday, Aug.23, Monday yun pero holiday….dapat! Late July or early August napabalitang posibleng bawiin ni PNoy yung holiday ng Aug23…so panic mode (part 2) ako! Super stressed, 2-3wks before the party I had to change plans! I know malabo ko ng maimove ng weekend (Aug.28 or 29) yung party kasi knowing Jollibee eh fully booked na yun. Aug30 yung next target ko kaso natakot ako baka bawiin din. So I had 2 backup plan dates (Aug.30, or 29), pero kelangan ibang venue na. Sobrang thankful ako ke Agie (officemate and fellow nawie) na kasabayan ko nagpa-party preps (for Oct pa sya), nirecommend nya yung venue na natuklasan nya and yung caterer na nirecommend din sa n@w. Reasonable naman yung rates so nagpencil book na ako for both dates haha! Nagpencil book na din ako ng host, na di ko na dapat problema sa Jollibee. Mas preferred ko yung Aug30 kesa 29 kaya plan C lang yung 29 kasi di na available yung host (Jiggles the Balloon Lady) sa 29, at mas mahirap na maghanap ng host nun kasi weekend puro fully booked. Good thing yung photographer na nibook ko eh available din either Aug30 or 29. Nung inannounce ng hindi nga holiday yung Aug23, kinancel ko na din reservation ko sa Jollibee, narefund ko pa naman yung pera so ok lang 🙂

August 30 came….after all the stress I experienced during the preparation (as in ako lang kasi nakaalis na si hubby that time), I was super glad because Jared, and the guests enjoyed the party 🙂 Patok si Balloon Lady sa kids and adults..and nagenjoy din ang kids sa dami ng game prizes and lootbag items (na pinamili ko sa Divi and Toy Kingdom). Happy din ako kasi nasunod yung theme na gusto namin for Jared.. Plus the photobooth was given as a gift by a good friend (and Jared’s ninang). Napataas yung gastos kesa sa original budget na ni-set ko/namin, pero ok lang, it was worth it…esp nung nakita ko after 2wks kung gaano ka-happy si Jared sa pictures 🙂 Sobrang nakakatuwa na kahit wala syang tulog that time kasi timing sa afternoon nap nya yung party, eh hindi sya sinumpong nun…nung pauwi nga lang tulog agad sya sa kotse hehe!

These are just some of my favorite pics from Warren Camitan:

MORE PICS HERE 🙂

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