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Warren Turns 2!

Warren turned 2 last Wednesday. Hubby and I decided to just celebrate it at home with a few friends and family. Saving up for another trip to Disneyland with the little one so no big fancy birthday celebration. Plus, we thought that if we’re celebrating when he’s 2, it would be very impractical. Nonetheless, I had to decorate the place a little.

Since Warren is into Minions now with the latest movie and phone app, I decided to make that his party theme. I passed by Dom’s Party Shop along Tomas Morato and found 3 perfect minions to put around our house. Also had a photo wall printed from our shop. Bought a few balloons and put them around the place.

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The photo wall was such a huge hit with the kiddo. He kept on posing for the camera standing in front of the photo wall. Even dragged a chair to sit on and posed for the cameras again. Here are a few pictures of him.

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Of course no party will be complete without food! So, worked my magic and produced these food. Ordered Royal Mango Salad (Php495) and Chicken Pastel (Php990) from Conti’s. Ordered Fresh Lumpia and Fish Florentine from QCSC. Crab Sotanghon and Shrimps were courtesy of my dad. Also had Chicken Rice from Stevie’s.

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Lastly, had a Minion cake (Php900) and cupcakes (Php40 each) made. It was so last minute! Good thing my friend was able to get his sister to agree. It tastes as good as it looks! The non-minion cake was provided by my Guama and aunts.

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Happy Birthday Kiddo! Mom and Dad love you! 🙂

 
 

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The Week in Review

I can’t believe it! It’s already May! 4 months have gone in 2013. I’ve been hustling and bustling month after month which explains the lack of more frequent posts. I still haven’t written about our Japan trip and here comes our Mediterranean Cruise trip which I still have to blog about. Anyhow, it’s 935PM now and I’m still on the road on my way home. Thank God for my Smart Mobile Wifi stick. Thought I’d do a picture dump of what I’ve been doing since May 1.

1. Kindermusik Festival
I’ve enrolled Warren in Kindermusik to hopefully encourage him to start talking but more so that he gets to interact with other kids also. Its been great so far. Teacher Jeannie and company have been so hands-on with each kid. Last May 1, they did a big celebration for all their students. The event was held at The Glass Garden. We participated as a group for Prulife and also participated as an attendee with Warren.
Promoting Prulife at today's Kindermusik event #prulife #kindermusik #work #simplebundlesofjoy
Warren and daddy at Kindermusik Festival #milestone #warren #kindermusik
Spending quality time with Warren ... Priceless! Nice stay-cation #milestone #warren #simplelife

2. Baba’s Birthday
Last weekend, we attended Baba’s birthday party. It was the kiddo’s first time to eat Chicken Joy.
We're at Baba's birthday party! #party #birthday
The pretty baby girl in her fairy costume complete with green wings and tutu #birthday #party #warren
Checking out his merienda at Baba's party #warren #party #jollibee
Eating Jollibee fried chicken #jollibee #warren

3. Wildflour Cafe
Have tried taking out their pastries but haven’t really eaten at this Cafe. Found that their Podium branch just opened and we decided to give it a try. Loved their Bacon Torte (Pizza with pastry crust). Their Parmesan churros was interesting.
Bacon Torte (caramelized onions) #instaplace #instaplaceapp #instagood #photooftheday #instamood #picoftheday #instadaily #photo #instacool #instapic #picture #pic @instaplaceapp #place #earth #world  #philippines #mandaluyongcity #wildflourcafe #food #fo

4. The Shanghai Sharks
Yao Ming’s team was in Manila and played The Smart Gilas and The PBA All Star Team. We got to watch the PBA All Star game live. Since the Sharks had a courtesy lunch sponsored by the mayor of Quezon City at Quezon City Sports Club, the Kiddo got to meet the whole team in person and up close. Thought he kinda upstaged the players that morning.
Warren: He's still taller than us daddy! #shanghaisharks #warren #allforthekid
Warren with the Shanghai Sharks. Guess who's the star of the show? #shanghaisharks #warren #allforthekid
Nice way to end the day by watching the PBA All Stars vs Shanghai Sharks

5. TWG
Lunch today was at TWG. Tried their Roasted Apricot Cod and Creme Brulee Tea. Good 1.5 hours of ME time which has been lacking for some time now.
Dining alone has its perks. Roasted Apricot Cod ...
Me Time at #TWG #instaplace #instaplaceapp #instagood #photooftheday #instamood #picoftheday #instadaily #photo #instacool #instapic #picture #pic @instaplaceapp #place #earth #world  #philippines #makaticity  #day

How has your May been so far?

 

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Warren’s 1st Birthday Celebration Video

Gushing over this video created by Bem. This was really a surprise! We didn’t get a videographer for the event because of budget constraints and we thought we really didn’t need one as the photos were enough. So, this really made my day! Thanks Karen for this surprise! Thanks Bem for this lovely video. 🙂

Warren’s 1st Birthday from Armand Pontejos on Vimeo.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in My Simple Life

 

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Warren’s Circus Themed Party

Here are a few more posts of Warren’s AMAZING party! Sorry, I’m a proud mama! Proud that this project turned out better than expected. Proud that everything went as planned. No hitches. No hiccups.

Here’s an entrance signage (right picture) I had done by 4th Wall. Love Warren’s smile also in this picture with H. Makes all the planning worthwhile.
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Our stage had this header on top. Check out the photos below for our full set design courtesy of 4th Wall.
Warren 1st Bday Party

We had these as our centerpieces. Each table is depicted with a ‘table month’. I printed out month numbers with a photo of Warren on that month. Our table centerpieces were either the faux pop-corn (Yes, they’re fake with glue caramels on top!) or the ferry’s wheel. Each table also had a votive of mini-marshmallow or chocolates. Unfortunately, the guests didn’t seem to be into either so they just ended up being thrown away.
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For our program, I commissioned 3 acts (all courtesy of Balloon Republic).

Our host / magician / illusionist is Aldino. I didn’t get to watch his illusion but the smiles and the stares at the kid’s faces was worth it already. To entertain the guests while we were at the church, he did a few games which a lot of the kids participated in as well. Oh, check out the hanging acrobats on the ceiling!
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Check out the lighted dance floors which all the kids loved! Warren loved it too and was the first one to crawl around it before the other kids caught on. The floors I rented from 4th Wall, as well.
Warren 1st Bday Party

Warren 1st Bday Party

Warren 1st Bday Party

I also got an acrobat troupe! This I got to watch! They were amazing! Apparently, they were one of the finalists in Talentadong Pinoy.
Warren 1st Bday Party

Warren 1st Bday Party

We also got a balloon twister. Picture on the right. Warren is so into balloons so I could not not have this in his party. Kids and adults got to take home some of his creations. I especially love his fish on hook design.

I think what made this a really kid’s party is the fact that we really had lots of kids on the party. We probably had a little over 50 kids in attendance. Here is a picture of half of them.
Warren 1st Bday Party

More photos to follow.

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Balloon Republic
187B D. Tuazon St. Quezon City
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415 0671

4th Wall
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455 2811 or 929 5203

 

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Of Cupcakes and Cakes

In any birthday celebration, the cake usually takes center stage. The celebrant’s candle blowing is marked as one of the event’s highlights. Warren’s celebration was no exception. Since we had a circus or carnival party theme, I decided to have a simple powder blue cake accented by a circus elephant for Warren. This was done by my good friend Anna of Sweet Fusion Manila. She likewise did all the cupcakes and the lolliballs.
Warren 1st Bday Party

Warren 1st Bday Party

I bought the cupcake tower from RM Boxes and had the cupcake toppers and striped linings printed by Souvenirlab.

Do you have a cake inspiration? What’s your baby’s 1st birthday party theme? Share them with us! 🙂

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Sweet Fusion Manila
mypinkswasabi@gmail.com
Tel: 0947 865 8634

Souvenirlab
souvenirlabonline@gmail.com
Tel: (02) 404 9607

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in My Simple Life, Shop, Simple Eats

 

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Warren’s Circus themed Tickets

Thought I’d share a few inspirations for Warren’s circus themed party. We wanted to have something to entertain the guests while we have not yet arrived at the party. Warren’s water baptism was at 11AM and the time I put in the invitation for the party was at 11AM. Since we had a circus themed party, I had a few vintage games put in to entertain the kids – Dart the Balloon, Pachingko and Spin the wheel. They were given out corresponding fake money prizes that they can use to redeem for toys they like at the redemption booth.

We gave all the kids game tickets at the entrance. Here were a few inspirations for the ticket designs. These were taken from Pinterest boards of various individuals. This app is really saving me tons of time and helping me organize my ideas.

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This is our final ticket design and print. A kid gets a tape of tickets with 4 game tickets and a loot bag ticket. What do you think of our design?

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SouvenirLab Co. Ltd.
souvenirlabonline@gmail.com
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Warren is ONE!

Can you believe it? Warren turned one this week. We did a small celebration at home. Hubby was at home the whole day cooking for Warren’s dinner celebration. He cooked a mean Seafood Paella, Crispy pork belly with apple sauce, Spaghetti Carbonara and Birthday noodles. On the other hand, I supplied the celebration with Stevie’s Hainanese Chicken and Golden Leaf’s Steamed Fish in Taoso Sauce. My dad brought Roasted Turkey with bread stuffing, and Crab pancakes.

I decorated the place with a signage to align the Circus theme with Warren’s post celebration next week and some balloons.

We invited a few family and relatives to join us in celebrating Warren’s party at home. Happy Birthday Warren! Mom and Dad love you very much! 🙂

Love these pictures of Warren with Hubby and Me
Warren's 1st Birthday

Warren's 1st Birthday

With Tay Gua Ma
Warren's 1st Birthday

All bedecked in Red
Warren's 1st Birthday

The sumptuous spread
Warren's 1st Birthday

Guama, Di Ko Po, Dra. Ting
Warren's 1st Birthday

Hubby’s Kopo, Di ko po and Akim with Baba
Warren's 1st Birthday

ON THE TABLE

Hubby’s Paella
Warren's 1st Birthday

Stevie’s Hainanese Chicken
Warren's 1st Birthday

Golden Leaf’s Taoso Sauce
Warren's 1st Birthday

Hubby’s Crispy Pork Belly with Apple Sauce
Warren's 1st Birthday

Hubby’s Spaghetti Carbonara
Warren's 1st Birthday

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Family, My Simple Life

 

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