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Monday, January 13, 2014

To partey or not to partey- the 25,000 php budget extra challenge birthday party planning

Had a chat with a coworker today who has a lot of similarities with me- in terms of her current life status. Her son is also about to celebrate his first birthday this year and she mentioned her budget for their son's birthday- 40,000(since it will include baptism expenses also)

I was taken aback because up until this point, I was hoping that our budget for Reese's birthday would be 20,000 php tops. However, reality bites and after our enlightening conversation, I did some math and came up with these figures
Hubby and I could come up with this money but I at this point, I'm not sure that spending 25,000 for a birthday party that our son wouldn't remember excites me as much as it did last week. All the more that I am not so keen on it because of our Bacolod trip a month later, which would cost around 15,000 as well. So even though I have posted a number of entries about a safari jungle themed birthday, I am still on the edge and contemplating  whether we should push through with this party or just buy a jumbo palanggana for our boy who loves swimming. Kung pwede lang mag-alaga ng manok na kakatayin sa birthday nya, ginawa ko na. ahahahaha...

So I pray for enlightenment, and that further discussions with hubby would go well and that I'd find ways to further compress and minimize this budget. Chop-chop!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Safari themed candy buffet

Reese will have a swimming party for his first birthday and it would be more sensible to have an under the sea theme.However, I didn't want to over do the whole "blue vibe"- blue water, blue decor..might as well ask guests to come in blue. ahehehe.. Hence, I decided to go for a safari theme because of the wealth of decor possibilities.

Another thing that got me "hooked" were safari themed candy buffet decors! Candy buffets are prone to look very girly, probably because of the color of the candies and since most buffets are done by ladies and so I was thankful for a theme that would make our darling's candy spread all macho. :D

Case in point: The spread's mostly blue but it looks very dainty, doesn't it?

Here are some ideas that I found online which I plan to combine for Reese's candy buffet:

Notice that safari themed parties are big on orange and green....

and animal prints! loads and loads of animal prints!

Of course, the candy buffet won't be complete without cutie patootie containers

How creative...ah coco-nut nut!
Just thinking about all the things I have to do makes me anxious and very excited at the same time..Does anyone want to volunteer as my assistant in getting the decors ready? ahahahaa..

Chop-chop as I search for more scoops! :D

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pools for Rent in SJDM/Lagro/Fairview/Nova Area

*Updated on Feb 04 2014
Our baby Reese is a water baby. We hope we have the energy to take a video of him every morning before bath time. You should see how he gets all worked up knowing that bath time is about to follow- he wont stop jumping, he doesnt cry even if water gets in his eyes and he has "crazy eyes" even after we've dressed him up. Adding the fact that he wont remember it if we spend on a fastfood party, we decided to have a swimming party.
I so loooooove this photo because Reese looks like he's catching fish! :)

A private pool in Pansol would have been a more practical choice but we had to factor in the fact that particular guests did not have private cars and we would hate for them to miss the party because of that. So I summoned my googling powers yet again to look for pools that are somewhat within our area. Here's a rundown of the ones we checked, in decreasing order of preference:

1. "Lagro Swimming Pool"
If you clicked the link, then you would know that it's name, is, in fact, Lagro Swimming Pool. It just felt weird that the owner did not have(or fought off?) the urge to name the place something significant or unique. Anyway, this place is a stone's throw away from us.

Ocular Notes: The place was okay it looked like it can accomodate about 60-80 people, based on my initial assesment of the place. They said day swimming rate is 7500, good for 7am-5pm

2. Casa Milan Clubhouse
I have a friend whose family hosted his sister's debut here and his feedback wasnt so good but this is still very close to our house so I would like to keep it at the top my list.
credits to the owner

Ocular Notes: We decided not to include this in our choices anymore because of the inconvenience to guests. Since it is situated inside a private subdivision, guests without cars cannot visit the place easily

3. Aquaboy Resort
This is in Zabarte, which is about 15 minutes away from our house. The name doesnt do very well with me since it sounds very super hero-ish, but setting that aside, the place looks amazing.

Ocular Notes:

4. Casa Aurelia
Please do not ask me how I came to know about this resort because I just jumble the search words and somehow, I saw this. ahehehe! This place is about 20 minutes away from our house and it sounds promising because 1) It looks very similar to pansol private resorts and 2) some cousins have been here before, but I have yet to ask them how it was.

Ocular Notes:

5. A few private resorts in Fairview
These are about 20-30 minutes away from our house and they are all posted in sulit, so I have yet to check the name and other details

6. Kamarin Events Venue
Zabarte Road, boundary of Caloocan and Quezon City
Came across this place while looking for the resort where my sister will join her classmates. They also have an event hall, which according to the staff can accommodate 60-80 but in my opinion, can only comfortably fit 40-60,depending on the setup.

Ocular Notes: The pool was bigger than the others we've checked but I think there would be less space for guests. Price given was 5,800 for day rate good for 8am-5pm

Sorry that the some ocular notes are still blank.. We would do the oculars again real soon so I'd update them again in the future. Chop chop!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Writing Itch and our son's first birthday coming up!

I have a load of unfinished posts and as they say in the vernacular, tambak na! Honestly, I have pending write ups about a ton of things- from resto reviews to wedding related posts but with everything else going on, I just dont have the energy to properly finish a write up. And so my writing itch has been growing everyday so today, I decided I MUST PUBLISH SOMETHING

Luickily, I finally have a few things I can actually finish writing about. I finally got my Starbucks planner yesterday(which caused sleepness nights due to caffeine overdose and ruined budgets) and so I got very excited at the prospect of finally getting started with the planning of Reese's first birthday party!

I dont want to say much since I'm planning to blog about our selection process of every supplier and the flow of the actual event, but here are some pictures to give you an idea

So I guess you can say that I just got a booster of stage mother hormones, if you know what I mean.. Hihihih

Expect more entries to come about this birthday party planning. Ciao!

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