I’m so excited to share with you the list of party suppliers that I had for the activities during Zeeka’s Little Miss Sunshine Birthday party. I will also be sharing my host and entertainer for the day.

The HOST AND ENTERTAINER – Jiggles the Baloon Lady

Mommy Ginger and Zeeka with Jiggles, the Baloon Lady

Mommy Ginger and Zeeka with Jiggles, the Baloon Lady

The Arboledas have always gotten Jiggles to be the entertainer and host for all of our children’s parties, from Kuya David’s first birthday party to Noah’s and now to Zeeka’s first birthday party. We have always trusted her, since we know that she can entertain both the children and the adults. She is also really very talented. I have been to a lot of children’s parties and no one can really beat her when it comes to creating balloon masterpieces.

What I like about her, is that she is also a good host. I wanted a host that wasn’t too “noisy” (if you know what I mean) since I had a lot of adult guests. But of course I also wanted someone who could get the children’s attention. Jiggles was just perfect!

If you want to get her, I advise you to contact her already as her schedule is quite full and reservation fees come in quickly! You can visit her page: https://www.facebook.com/JigglesTheBalloonLady to contact her. She will also bring her own sound system for an additional fee (so you don’t have to think about that).

BOW MAKING ACTIVITY – Dainty Ashley

Mai is the best. I met her online, way back when Zeeka was still a baby. She wanted to create a ZEEKA Bow. Her creation was simply adorable!

The Zeeka Bow

Dainty Ashley's Zeeka

Dainty Ashley’s Zeeka

Fast forward to October 2013, when I was planning Zeeka’s party, I learned that she was about to diversify into supplying a Hair Bow Making Activity for Children’s Party. We talked about it and were both excited to have that in Zeeka’s party. During Zeeka’s party, I saw the set up that she made and the materials that she prepared for the children and I was impressed.

Here are the details of the Hair Bow / Hair Clip Making Activity:
COST OF THE PACKAGE: Php 6,000

An on-site craft activity booth that allows your little guests to design their own hair accessory. They can freely choose the centerpiece and mix and match the pre-made layers of hair bows (boutique bow, spike bow, pinwheel bow) in different colors and prints. As a safety precaution, our staff will assist the kids in assembling and “hot gluing” the layers. This package is good for 50 pieces of hair bows and clips.
Inclusions:
– Themed handmade boutique hair bows made of premium grosgrain ribbon, all edges are heat-sealed
– 50 pieces of fully lined (plain grosgrain ribbon) single prong alligator clips each with imported Silicone No-Slip Grips that can hold even the finest hair
– Assorted themed centerpieces: personalized and themed bottle caps with epoxy domes, resins, acrylic buttons, wooden and plastic buttons, plastic charms, fabric flowers, appliqués, beads
– 5 pieces of Interchangeable Elastic Headbands sized newborn to toddler
– Product cards with themed sticker tags containing the party details
– 1 – 2 craft attendants for 3 hours service (assist in hot gluing/assembling the hair bow layers and centerpieces)
– Themed craft table setup
Add ons:
– Additional Php 100 for each hair accessory
– Additional Php 20 for each Interchangeable Elastic Headband
– Additional rates apply for uncustomary themes

Check out some of the pictures during Zeeka’s party which I got from Dainty Ashley’s facebook page (sorry, I don’t have the official photos yet):

Dainty Ashley really made it a point to have the bows match the party's theme!

Dainty Ashley really made it a point to have the bows match the party’s theme!

Great set up by Dainty Ashley to go with our Little Miss Sunshine Theme!

Great set up by Dainty Ashley to go with our Little Miss Sunshine Theme!

To dowload their pacakges, check out this PDF file:
DaintyAshley_Party_Package_2014-2

Also, thank you Tita Mai for these wonderful gifts for Zeeka!

Gifts from Dainty Ashley!

Gifts from Dainty Ashley!

For more information, please go to Dainty Ashley’s Facebook Page

COLORING TUMBLER AND PAINTING – Party Crafts by Ava

I love Jen! She’s so easy to talk to. I again, like Mai, met her online. I was looking for Mompreneurs that I could feature for the Momprenuer section of my blog and I found her business quite unique and very cute! I loved that fact that children get to create different art pieces during parties.

Again, during the months when I was still preparing, I talked to Jen and she agreed to be one of my party suppliers for Zeeka’s first birthday. We agreed on having a coloring tumbler and painting activity.

Here are the pictures that I got from Party Crafts by Ava’s Facebook Page:

Party Crafts by Ava 1

Party Crafts by Ava 2

Party Crafts by Ava 3

Party Crafts by Ava 4

Party Crafts by Ava 5

Cute tumblers by Party Crafts by Ava for Zeeka’s First Birthday Party

Party Crafts by Ava 6

Party Crafts by Ava 7

Time to paint these cute Little Miss Sunshine figures!

The kids really enjoyed the activities. My titas and mom enjoyed, too! I’m sad that I didn’t get the chance to get a tumbler as a souvenir though for Zeeka. haha! I totally forgot to ask Jen for one.

For more information on the activities provided by Party Crafts by Ava, feel free to contact them via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Avaspartycrafts

I am so happy with the service rendered by these party suppliers and I highly recommend them!

Stay tuned for the last of the 5 part series of First Birthday List of Party Suppliers review for Zeeka’s Little Miss Sunshine Party!

When I was a little girl, my mom gave me a lot of vitamins, even if I was an energetic kid. She believed and still believes in the importance of supplementing food with vitamins and minerals needed by the body. When I grew up, I got tired of taking vitamins. It was probably since I really don’t feel any difference. Now that I have my own daughter, I am more conscious of studying these things and researching on the vitamins to give my child. And now that I am more aware of the choices and options as a woman, I think I need all the vitamins that I can get to keep fit and to stay focused.

There are a lot of times when I feel so tired. My day usually begins early, since I have to breastfeed my baby. After that, I try to squeeze in an hour of running on the treadmill. The entire day though is spent in front of the computer, going to various meetings and breastfeeding or playing with my daughter. I used to get so tired, but now, I’m grateful that I discovered Sangobion.

As a Sangobion woman, I realized that I should learn to love myself more and give myself more “ME” time. We, moms, should have time set aside just for ourselves. Since the time I got pregnant, I noticed that I hardly had done anything that I wanted to do for myself — like going to the spa for a massage or having my nails done.

Also, being a mom and an entrepreneur at the same time, is not easy. I know those who are mompeneurs know exactly what I’m going through. I need to fulfill a lot of obligations and I need to take on a lot of roles and responsibilities. With all of these things in my mind, I forget to rest and relax. I am guilty of that (and my husband always reminds me of this). I actually am thankful that Sangobion gives me that extra energy to fight fatigue. Sangobion gives me that extra energy that I need to do the things that I want to do for myself.

Sangobion: Love Life!

Sangobion: Love Life!

So for the next few days, I will intentionally give more time for myself. In the next few days, I plan to rest in the evening and spend quality time with my family. I also plan to take lunch without looking at the computer. I plan to relax and breathe in the morning and not hurriedly go to the computer to check emails. I also plan to be more “present” — to enjoy every minute of my life and savor it and not to have thoughts wander to things that I have to do or accomplish. I want to just enjoy these next few days!

We have two more prenatal yoga sessions and workshops to run. The two remaining workshops will be on March 29 and April 9, 2014. The topic for March 29, 2014 will be Baby Milestones, while the topics for April 9, 2014 will be Preparing your Finances for the Baby. The yoga class and the workshop will be at 2:30PM at the Spaces at Babyland Shaw Boulevard.

 

Prenatal Yoga Class plus Workshop

Prenatal Yoga Class plus Workshop

The speaker for March 29 will be Dra. Milette Romero. Dra. Romero is a pediatrician. She graudated from Assumption College High School Batch’88 Salutatorian, BS Biology, Magna Cum Laude from UP Manila and Doctor of Medicine at UST. She trained in Pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics, East Avenue Medical Center, Diliman, Quezon City. She was awarded the Most Outstanding Resident of the North Integrated Residency Training Program (composed of 4 hospitals: East Avenue Medical Center, Quezon City Medical Center, World City Medical Center, Capitol Medical Center, and Jesus Delgado Medical Center) during my Senior Year of Residency Training. Also during her Senior Year of Training, she was the Assistant Chief Resident of the Department of Pediatrics, East Avenue Medical Center.

Presently, she holds clinic at the MediCard Ortigas Clinic, at Express Medical Center in Robinson’s Galleria, and at her clinic in Makati. By July 2014, she will open a clinic at Unit 1008, Medical Arts Tower, The Medical City, Ortigas. She enjoys children. She is a doting godparent to the children of her sister.

For April 9, 2014, I am excited to say that I will be the one sharing my experiences in this workshop. I will go through some shopping tips for mommy and some facts on how much you will actually need to save up for the baby’s birth. I will also share with you my experiences and costs in planning the baptism and the first birthday party of my daughter, etc. etc. etc. I really hope you sign up so that I can talk to you and we can talk about all of these things.

Since Manila Workshops and Babyland are feeling generous, they are giving out 5 FREE slots to 5 winners. The winners can attend both prenatal yoga classes and workshops on the specified dates for FREE. Please join our raffle by leaving your FULL NAME, email address, how many weeks pregnant are you and what do you want to learn from these workshops in the comments section below!

JOIN NOW and win these prenatal yoga classes and workshops! I will be drawing out the winners on Thursday! 🙂

For those who want to just sign up and pay to secure a slot, feel free to register using this form:

Let’s take a break first from the supplier list posts and let’s check out this friendly announcement from Mommy Ginger’s friends at Mothercare Philippines and Suyen Corporation (Bench). They have organized a Baby and Kids Fair entitled Cirque Du Bebe (I love this title!) for all of us to enjoy. This is great news… Shopping is always wonderful news!

Cirque Du Bebe

Cirque Du Bebe

The brands that will participate in the event are all mentioned in the poster. The fair will be from March 28-30 from 10 am to 8 pm. I’ll definitely check out the booths and let you know what I get to purchase . Here are the links to the brands so that you can already start (online) window shopping. I took the liberty to compile the links for you.

Cotton on Kids
Bench Tweeners
Havaianas, Bensimon & Bobble
Adidas
F&X KIDS
Mothercare
Goody & Aprica
Nivea Baby
Mustela
Avent
Pigeon
Richwell Toys (M&D, Baby Einstein, etc)
Safety First
Cycles & Cradle
Philips Lifestyle Products
Little Tikes
Leapfrog
Dr. Brown’s
Lassig
Stemcord
Cordlife
Halo Philippines & Cluebebe
Hurom & Raycop
Thermos & Pureit
Sofzsleep
Mommy Matters
Yoomi
Babymama
Kodomo
Okiedog
Stabilo
Mighty Mind
SEBAMED
Healthy Innovation
Banana Peel & Contigo
Baby Mum-mum
Oishi
Pure Basics & Dappy
Charlie Banana
MomBabyFabric
Messy Bessy
Seventh Generation
D-NEE
Walnut
Pediped
VMV Hypoallergenics
Baby Bench
MedelaMoms Inc.
Charlie’s Soap
Ogalala

I’m so excited because there are over 100 brands to choose from the 50 plus vendors 🙂

Have fun shopping and see you all on March 28! 🙂

 

We all know that the biggest expense for any celebration would normally be the food. Guests make their impression (whether it be good or bad) basing it normally on the food. I have always trusted one caterer for all of my family’s celebrations. It has always been Bistro 109 Catering Company.

For Zeeaka’s Baptism and First Birthday Party, they were the ones who catered. What I like about them is that they have attentive waiters (always filling up drinks). They are easy to talk to, especially if you have so many requirements. They fulfilled all of my requirements for the table setting like what flowers to us and what frames to use so that it would match the photo. They also were the ones who brought in the kiddie chairs and tables (not only for the main set up but for the supplier of my activities), the cake tale, the gift and registration table and even the table for my dessert/candy buffet brought in by another supplier. Also, they are one of the most reasonably priced catering companies. They have packages from Php 350 per person to around Php 650 per person.

Centerpiece design: Photo on the upper right

Centerpiece design: Photo on the upper right

To contact them, here are the details:
Bistro 109 Catering Company
Tel. Number:6428123
E-mail: bistro109catering@gmail.com
Bistro 109 Facebook Page

Another supplier whom I always get and whom I trust when it comes to cakes and pastries is Tazzy Cakes. The Arboledas have always from Tazzy for all our children’s parties and celebrations.

Here is what Cats from Tazzy Cakes made for Zeeka’s First Birthday:

Little Miss Sunshine Cake

Little Miss Sunshine Cake

Blow your cake, Zeeka!

Blow your cake, Zeeka!

For how Zeeka’s baptism cake looked like (also by Tazzy Cakes), please click on this link: CLICK HERE

Asid from the 2 Cs (Caterer and Cake) for my daughter’s birthday, another important C that I got was a Candy Buffet. This is the “in” thing now. All of the kiddie birthday parties that I have attended this month (which is around 4 already) have candy buffets as one of their party suppliers. The candy or dessert buffet a great way to add decoration and to show the theme of the party.

Little Miss Sunshine Candy Buffet

Little Miss Sunshine Candy Buffet

Another shot taken from my phone

Another shot taken from my phone

My supplier was Sweet Nest Candy Buffet. This was the first time that I got them as a supplier and to tell you honestly, it was really nice talking to Jaz. She was very accommodating. I really love what she did!

For those who want to check out their packages and rates, here it is:

Sweet Nest Candy Buffet - Candy Buffet Packages (as of March 2014)

Sweet Nest Candy Buffet – Candy Buffet Packages (as of March 2014)

Aside from these, they have so many treats and pastries and other services that they can offer so I suggest that you send them an email. Jaz, I know, will be happy to email them to you.

Here are their contact details:

Sweet Nest Candy Buffet
Candy Mobile: 0932-8445529, 0998-9945529 or 0925-52CANDY(22639)
Viber: 0932-8445529, 0998-9945529
Candy Line: 399-9501
Candy Mail: sweetnestcandybuffet@gmail.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SweetNestCandyBuffet
Instagram: Sweetnestcandybuffet
Twitter: SNCandybuffet

Okay, another thing that I am thankful for was the colorful Merengue (in line with my theme) from Mamachows. You’ll notice it on top of the table with Little Miss Sunshine in this picture.

Merengue

Colorful Merengue from Mamachows

Colorful Merengue from Mamachows

Raquel from Mamachows main business is that she provides lactation cookies to women who just gave birth. But aside from that, she and her husband Chef John also make delicious meals and pastries for all of us to enjoy. Thank you, Mamachows, for this wonderful gift for Zeeka!

For those who want to get in touch with them, you can visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MamaChows

Watch out for two more posts on my party suppliers for Zeeka’s first birthday!