Bree van de Kamp no more!
Barely finishing my sigh of relief when the Holiday Show at Raviv’s school was finished, Raviv’s teacher approached me and asked, “Ma’am, asan po ‘yung invitations sa birthday celebration ni Raviv sa Friday?”
It was already Wednesday, and I did not prepare any invite!!! I thought there was no need to because the “party” will be at school anyway. With saucer-round eyes I muttered, “Ha? Kelangan pa ba?!?” Teacher Helen said, “Yes of course Mommy.”
The world suddenly spun and the feeling that I was “the” mom of the hour (because of Raviv’s DIY owl costume) evaporated…I was back to Dewmaine, the nanay who was still inept. Nawala na talaga ang mga Martha Stewart at Bree van de Kamp illusions ko!
If you remember, I went full blast last year for Raviv’s jungle safari-themed 1st birthday party. Career kung career ‘yun, DIY pa since we held it in our province in Mindanao where there weren’t many party suppliers who understood my visions (and kakuriputan).
But this year Randy convinced me to keep it simple…promise daw next year for Raviv’s 3rd birthday papayagan na niya akong magpaka-Bree nang todo. Moreover, many of Raviv’s classmates wouldn’t have been available on December 26th. So we decided on a simple school party. Raviv’s school doesn’t allow over the top parties–they (administrators) want the party to be done within 30 minutes during the toddlers’ snack time. OK rin para hindi magpatalbugan ang parents ‘di ba?
I opted for the circus theme because there were still animals (and tapos na ang jungle safari theme)...eh alam n’yo naman ang obssession ni Raviv sa animals!
After the Holiday Show, I had my forty winks that barely made up for my sleepless nights. Soon after waking up I was in front of my laptop to rush Raviv’s invitation. A few hours later, I printed the invitations and spent another hour or two cutting. So nakahabol naman ang invites on Thursday morning. Raviv and Yaya Isay hand-carried the invitations.
Snip, bake, snip, bake!
The invites were just the tip of the iceberg. The following day, I spent almost the entire day baking cookies and cupcakes. While the cupcakes and cookies were in the oven, I was cutting circus-themed cupcake toppers and cupcake holders. I had to do these because I’m so bano when it comes to decorating with icing–I was counting on the toppers and holder for the decor.
And since Raviv’s classmates apparently liked the snickerdoodles (cookies) I brought during the Holiday Show, aba ginanahan ako na ‘yun na lang ang giveaway!!! Aside from snickerdoodles, I also made chocolate chip cookies.
When my parents arrived on Thursday and my mom saw me hagGard-ous Versoza na, Mom (a certified career woman) said, “Ano ba ‘yan! Para ka nang si Bree!” Hearing that, nabuhayan ako! My mom probably thought I’ll get discouraged but in reality those words were music to my ears!
The epic clown cake
Actually, iniisip ko pa kung ilalagay ko ‘yung picture ng clown cake ko. Malamang kung may stalker ako na current jowa ng ex ko, or ex ni Randy makahanap pa siya/sila ng laughingstock, hrmpft!
But what the heck, ipakita ko na nga ang trying hard clown cake na ginawa ko! Pero disclaimer muna: office girl-slash-entrepreneur-slash-fashionable teacher ako, and I had no formal lessons in cake decorating OK? Pwes, eto na ang clown cake ko! Kung matawa kayo, keri lang kasi clown naman eh, mwehehehe!
Buuuuut take note–masarap itong cake na ‘to ha! And unbiased opinion ko ‘to–pinag-agawan ‘yang cake na ‘yan ng mga SA namin!
Honestly, it was a feat for me to choose what food to bring aside from the cupcakes. Raviv’s teachers said finger foods would be best–spaghetti and fried chicken would be too hard to eat for the toddlers. I mean, we’re talking about 2- to 4-year-olds here who won’t be fed by their parents! So I decided on cheese sticks, cocktail hotdogs, fish fillet, and macaroni salad. I also prepared another set for Raviv’s vegetarian schoolmates–I removed the fish fillet and hotdogs and replaced them with lumpiang gulay. I also added some jellies because I realized that the food containers I bought were too huge! Mukhang aalog-alog ‘yung food. Yet I also knew that if I added more food, they will just be wasted.
True enough, there was too much food. Good thing because the teachers of Rainbow put the kids’ names on the container with leftovers because they gave the leftovers to the parents when they fetched their kids. 🙂
And oh yeah–aside from the food above and the cupcakes, I also brought popcorn!!! S’yempre circus-themed so must-have ‘yung popcorn! It was also highly recommended by the teachers–popcorn daw talaga ang patok sa kiddos!
Environment-friendly food containers
By the way, one of the things I purchased early were the food containers and the utensils. Bilang isang tunay na save-the-environment advocate si Randy, at bilang dati akong media officer ng Tanggol Kalikasan, no-no talaga ang styro. Kahit pa sabihing ngayon lang naman, no way José talaga. Kung lahat ng tao sa mundo ‘yan ang reason, wala rin ‘di ba?
So I was really glad when I saw these environment-friendly biodegradable food containers, and these wooden spoons and forks:
Here are some photos of the kids during Raviv’s birthday celebration:
Now here’s the birthday boy of course:
Here he is again blowing his funny birthday cake:
And here are the Happy Birthday banners that his classmates and the kids from the other class made for him:
And may I just thank the parents of Mio Martinez and Miriam Beebout for being so thoughtful? I wasn’t really expecting a present for Raviv given that I handed the invitation the day before and yet they still made it a point to hand Raviv a present each!
But even more special thanks are due Giada Augusta Legaspi and her parents! Giada was absent on Raviv’s birthday celebration yet on Christmas Day, we were very surprised when a gift from Giada was delivered by her parents!
Sobrang nakaka-touch talaga because Giada’s mommy and I aren’t (yet!) super friends! We just exchange quick hellos when we see each other. And then there were our supermarket encounters. Mas kinilig pa ako because honestly, Giada is one of my favorite female classmates of Raviv. Super fashionista kasi ng bata and full of spunk–parang female version ni Raviv!
Randy: Wow nakakatuwa naman!
Me: Oo nga eh, grabe kaka-touch ang parents ni Giada! Wala na nga sa party nag-deliver pa ng gift!
Randy: Pa’no kaya nila nalaman sa’an tayo nakatira?
Me: Eh madali namang hanapin ang place natin.
Randy, smiling: Baka inii-stalk ka rin tulad ng pangii-stalk mo sa kanila!
OK, I have a confession to make…ini-stalk ko talaga online si Giada! In my defense, fashion icon ko ‘yung bata OK? So I got her parents’ email addresses from the school website, and then I searched them on Facebook. Then the following day I was filling in Randy about Giada’s parents (her dad has a Ducati motorcycle!!! Drool kayo ‘no?)
Randy: I can’t believe you! Nagandahan ka lang sa mga damit nung bata nag-spend ka na ng 2 hours sa pagtingin sa Facebook ng parents n’ya!”
Hehe. So kung ni-stalk din ako ng mommy ni Giada, I’m flattered 🙂
Aside from Raviv’s classmate, special thanks also to Uno (Raviv’s UP Field barkada) and Jethro Osio (kid from the other class) for the belated birthday gifts.
To everyone who gave Raviv gifts, prayed for him, and wished him a happy birthday, THANK YOU SO MUCH from the bottom of our hearts!
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