Party and Games We Love (Boardgames, etc.)

Mommy Ginger would like to share with you party planning tips and beautiful pictures and suppliers of the parties of her friends and those that she interviewed! We are also a family that loves playing boardgames and online games! Come and join us!

First Birthday List of Party Suppliers: Caterer, Cake and Candy Buffet (Part 3)

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.

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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!

First Birthday List of Party Suppliers: Venue and Graphics (Part 1)

Here it is! I know a lot of you have been asking me to already come up with this party suppliers feature. I’m sorry I am delayed in posting this since I got sick after the weekend (but that’s another story). So as you might all know, the theme of Zeeka’s First Birthday Party is Little Miss Sunshine.

Why Little Miss Sunshine? (You may or may not ask… but i’ll still tell you anyway =P). It’s because Little Miss Sunshine looks like Zeeka. She’s so cute and always smiling! Okay, plus Zeeka brings a smile to everyone’s faces. Just yesterday, she made three tables (one table of mature women, one table with a quite couple and one table with the whole family there) her audience at Greeka Kouzina. She was dancing, waving and smiling! I can’t believe how sociable this little girl is. I wonder who she gets this from? 🙂

Anyway, planning for me started last October 2013. Yes, it started Months before. Just to show you how OC I am, here is a snapshot of the presentation that I made to show all the party suppliers.

The presentation that I made for suppliers

The presentation that I made for suppliers

I already had a vision of what I wanted the party to look like and to be like. Of course, I started with the invitations and graphics. I already wrote about this in a previous post.

http://mommyginger.com/2014/02/invite-backdrop-graphics-little-miss-sunshine-theme-party.html

Again, thank you to Lique Dimayuga of Artique for the invitation and stage backdrop graphics.

To contact Artique, here are the details:
http://artique.foliohd.com/
mangelicastro@gmail.com
0922.531.7048

But aside from that, Artique also provided the vector image that I used for all the other things needed for the party. This was the image that she provided.

Lil Miss Zeeka Vector Image

So, this vector image was what basically carried the mood and feel of the entire event. I also chose the color theme of hot pink, orange, yellow and bright blue (and a little bit of green, maybe) for everything that was to be placed in the party. Speaking of which, the day before the party, I was busily decorating the place with our household helpers. I just bought crepe paper and my sister bought little circular fan like decors that we hang in the venue. It was a good thing that the venue (Urdaneta Clubhouse) allowed us to set up a day before. We could set up only until 5PM though so we had to start at 2PM.

Urdaneta Village Clubhouse

Urdaneta Village Clubhouse

Venue: Urdaneta Village Clubhouse
Rental Fee (for residents): P15,000 + Php 5,000 (Security Bond)
Rental Fee (for non-residents): I think it’s plus Php 5-10K
Phone: +63(2)8176051-53

This is what we set up the day before…

Window Stickers that I had made

Window Stickers that I had made

DIY Decorations

DIY Decorations

The venue is quite huge and can accommodate around 200 people (banquet style). I had 180 guests so we had around 18 tables, with 10 seats each.

So by now, you might already have guessed that I’m bad with creating graphics. I don’t know how to work on Photoshop so I needed all the help I could get. Check out my next post for another party supplier.

Invite and Backdrop Graphics for Little Miss Sunshine Themed Party

Happy Monday everyone! I’ve been really busy this weekend. I think I need to catch some ZZZZZ’s. I think I already have colds (boo!). Even if I’m not feeling too good today, I need to prepare for my little baby’s first birthday party two weeks from now.

At least, I have already sent invites (well, most of it to those who are invited). The invite is a very crucial part of announcing the theme and the details of your child’s party. It has to embody everything that should be expected when people attend the party. I’m so happy that I got to work with Artique. Artique is a small business of Mompreneur Angelica “Lique” Dimayuga.

Zeeka's Little Miss Invitation

Zeeka’s Little Miss Invitation

I got to interview her and this is how it went:

Ginger: During your first interaction with the client, what do you ask for?
Lique: When a client asks me to design an invitation, I ask them first if they have a party theme. If they don’t, I ask what colors they’d want to incorporate or a mood/character (ex: classic/formal, modern, chic etc.). I also ask if they have any peg or image(s) that they want to draw inspiration from. From there we get to establish a direction for the invitation design they’d want to have.

Ginger: How do you come up with ideas for graphics when clients go to you? What inspires you and how do you keep creative juices flowing?
Lique: Not all ideas come to me immediately. I develop inspiration simply by searching for related images on the internet. This takes a little time, depending on when the ideas hit me, you know? Like this one time when a client asked me for a shabby chic baptismal invite. I searched for “shabby chic” then popped up images of doilies, Cath Kidston works, pastel colors, potted flowers just to name a few. I get my creative juices flowing from there.

Ginger: Any tips on what works and what doesn’t work (for each one… invitations, backdrop for the stage, other decorations, etc.)
Lique: I don’t really have a solid tip for you here because I myself still do trial and error when it comes to what works and doesn’t work when it comes to the elements of the design: Colors, images, typeface, layout etc. But I will say this — Keep it Clean and Simple! Sometimes you get a load of “pretty”, “amazing” things when you search for images on the internet, but you cannot incorporate ALL of them into one invite, or backdrop etc. That’s why I give my clients 2 options of design layout so they can compare. One just isn’t enough 🙂 And I do keep the layout Clean and Simple, something readable, not too “complicated” if you get what I mean.

Ginger: How do you choose the colors that work together?
Lique: Well, there’s really no process in choosing colors. Perhaps it’s a matter of how I developed myself into using colors that compliment each other. I’ve always loved art ever since I was little; I got it from my mother. For that reason, I took a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture in College. I guess from there I was “trained” to look at colors and see what works together and what doesn’t. I do love using contrasting colors to make a certain element pop out, like Teal and Orange, Blue and Yellow, Pink and Green. I also LOVE Design Seeds: http://design-seeds.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/designseeds. They draw inspiration of Color combinations from surroundings 🙂

Ginger: What are the services that you can offer someone planning for a party?
Lique: I can do the graphics for anything related to the paryt. I can create invites, backdrops, etc.

Thank you, Lique! Just to share with everyone, here is the graphics for the customized styro backdrop that I will have made for Zeeka’s First Birthday Party.

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To contact Artique, here are the details:
http://artique.foliohd.com/
mangelicastro@gmail.com
0922.531.7048

Hope you enjoyed my post today and I hope it helped you in planning for your children’s birthdays. Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below 🙂

February Blog Theme is Planning… Mostly Zeeka’s First Birthday Plans!

Are you curious to know if I already started planning for my daughter’s first birthday party? If you’re not, I will tell you anyway (haha!). Well, for those who know that I am very OC when it comes to planning, I’m sure you have already figured out that I have already started.

It’s been a while since I have planned a party like this for myself. Well, you’d probably think “Oh, she’s an events planner so she probably holds a lot of workshops AND parties for herself and her family…” WRONG! It’s so sad, since most of the planning that I do is for other people…. huhuhu! I think the last time I got to plan for myself was for my wedding. But of course, for my little sweetheart’s first birthday, I could and would not let this occasion pass. I want to be hands-on on this one. So last October 2014 (I think!), I started planning already for Zeeka’s birthday. Of course, it wasn’t ‘panic-mode’ planning, but more of relaxed canvassing of different suppliers.

Call me crazy, but an important part to having a great party is really the planning stage. With planning, you set the direction for everything that will happen during the party. You need to show the suppliers that you know what you want. You need to see that you have enough budget for everything that’s necessary.

For Zeeka’s party, my theme will be….

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

I think it’s the perfect them for Zeeka, since she has this bright and sunny disposition always. She makes her DADA and me smile all the time. 🙂 Plus, the character reminds me of Zeeka… hehe!

Little Miss Zeeka!

Little Miss Zeeka!

This is actually the title slide of a presentation composed of 17 slides. I love Power Point and I use it for everything — even Zeeka’s first birthday party. This presentation is made out of little notes that I made for my possible and chosen suppliers. It has pictures of pegs and samples of how I would want things to look like. It sets the tone, mood and feel of the entire event.

The notes in the slides are detailed. I will show the slides to you as I go through each supplier one by one this month, since February’s posts are dedicated to planning for Zeeka’s party (I’m sure i’ll be preoccupied with that so I thought about writing a about it).

As for the budget, looking at the actual costs, it turns out that the total budget that I have when divided by the number guests (approximation) turns out to be around Php 1200 – Php 1500 per person (but that’s just me). If you want a breakdown of the costs on a per ‘type of expense’ basis, do leave a comment in this post and i’ll email it to you. The costs that I will email you is based on what I have for Zeeka. Your costs can actually increase or decrease based on certain priorities that you have (for example, if you really really want a videographer, then you can add that to the budget that I made or if styro backdrops are not necessary for you, then you can adjust that in the budget that I made).

Again, throughout February, I will be featuring party suppliers which I have worked with for Zeeka’s first birthday party. If you are offering a unique product that I might be interested in getting since it works with Zeeka’s theme, do let me know.

For those who want to share their own parties and if you want to be featured in my blog, feel free to check out the guidelines on this page: http://mommyginger.com/party-planning.

Enjoy planning!

Zeeka’s First Halloween Party: DIY Decorations from Memory Crafters

Once you have your first born, all occasions are exciting and everyone really prepares for it — the baby’s first Christmas, first Easter and first Halloween. And as expected, in or household, we are preparing for two Halloween celebrations. We had the first one last Sunday. This Halloween Party was with the babies of our Birthing Class under Miss Rome Kanapi.

It was actually a reunion, but we decided to make it a Halloween Party to make it more fun! 🙂 All of us are first time moms and dads so this was an event that we were really looking forward to. We had it in my lola’s house and being the host and after launching our (my sister and I) party planning business, we decided to decorate the place and DIY the decorations. Don’t get us wrong! Memory Crafters (our business) is into event coordination for kid’s parties/baptisms, so we outsource most of the stuff to suppliers, but we can DIY ‘some’ stuff here and there.

I’m so excited to share the pictures with you. Here is how we decorated the place.

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We hope you like it. We at Memory Crafters can decorate for house parties and we really have affordable and flexible packages.Feel free to contact us!

Have you already thought of an outfit for your baby? My friends yesterday came up with really great costumes that may inspire you! Sharing them with you!

Baby Sam as Russel

Baby Sam as Russel

Baby Patty as  a Sushi

Baby Patty as a Sushi

Baby Zeeka as a Dragon

Baby Zeeka as a Dragon

Baby Andre as Superman

Baby Andre as Superman

Baby Rafi as a Bunny

Baby Rafi as a Bunny

The De Leon family featuring Temple Run

The De Leon family featuring Temple Run

My Zeeka was a bit uncomfortable with her dragon outfit so we changed back into her Cinderella attire. 🙂 Sharing with you some more pictures of our get together.

My Baby Cinderella, Zeeka and moi!

My Baby Cinderella, Zeeka and moi!

The Ladies in our Batch

The Ladies in our Batch

The Men in our Batch

The Men in our Batch

Baby Boys!

Baby Boys!

How about you? Do you already have an outfit for your baby? What was your favorite among all of the costumes? When are you celebrating your Halloween party? Are your kids going Trick or Treating? Do share your thoughts with me! 🙂