Birthday boy wearing his Baby Gap onesie from Ninang Rozel
After how many months of preparing for the big day (just like a wedding in my opinion!), we're finally done with the 1st Birthday Party! I couldn't have asked it to go any other way. All our closest friends were there as well as family. Well, not all family. I wish my sisters and family in the US were here to celebrate with us, but that's like reaching for the moon.
Anyway, the night before the 26th, the caterer came over and left the tables and chairs already so that they will just set up tomorrow. Turns out, they have 4 events the same day! Good thing we know the caterer. Thanks Ms. Heidi Ong! I recommend them really, the food was yummy. I particularly loved the pasta dish. As with any party you throw, the hosts barely get to eat the food. So yeah, I only got to eat so little of the caterer's food because I was all over the place, talking to friends and family.
We borrowed a tent from our 'baranggay' in case it rains or for those hot hours in the day. They were also set up the night before. My friend and our house help also put up the decorations inside the house as well as some of the lanterns outside. Turns out, putting up all the lanterns outside the night before wasn't such a good idea because I had to rush out of the house at 2 o' clock in the morning to pull down a few of them because it started raining. I was in my freakin' robe because I just had a massage! Lol. The balloons were also blown up and attached to sticks ready to be used the next day. The karaoke machine that we rented came early the next day. READ THE REST OF HIS 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY AFTER THE BREAK!
Inside the house, I set up the candy buffet + cupcake tower area. I bought a striped blue tarpaulin at Ace Hardware a few days back which served as the backdrop for the candy buffet. I wish I had gotten a wider one to cover both tables, but it was okay.
My candy buffet consisted of gumballs (royal blue, light blue, and green -- all from Party City), marshmallows, Skittles, chocolates (like M&Ms/Nips), wafer sticks (in chocolate and pandan flavors), lollipop gums, 100 mini mango-vanilla w/ fondant cupcakes from Frupcakes (Thanks, Clarissa!), and bubble water bottles which made so many guests happy because they were cold from the fridge. Love those bottles! I bought 4 jars/vases from Our Home at SM, the rest are Mom's vases/bowls that I borrowed.
The ice cream cart we rented out was from The Chosen One ice cream. We got 4 gallons on chocolate and cheese flavored ice cream. Amazingly it stayed frozen even with the heat outside. Can we make a house like the cart with dry ice?! I swear, it was frozen until the next morning (we were still eating them around 4AM!).
For Jacob's Birthday Cake, I had printed out a recipe for smash cakes. However, with the frosting recipe I got, it didn't turn out so good as it was not 'thick' enough to be used to coat the cake. So my Mom had to use her own recipe which turned out to be very sweet. So Jacob didn't get too eat too much of his cake. We didn't follow any design, just used Mom's big cupcake mold, and designed it with 'polka dots' like his balloons.
I can't believe it's over! The day was perfect! I wish we could have captured every minute of it so that he has something to watch when he is older. I loved watching videos and looking at pictures of my birthday parties when I was little. Well I have 6 more years of party planning for this little boy. :D
We love you Jacob! I hope you enjoyed your birthday. I know you won't remember this but I hope you had fun that day. :)