Here are more up close and personal photos during Motherhood’s 60th Masquerade Themed Surprise Birthday Party, plus comments on my suppliers.
Venue: UP Seniors’ Social Garden
Honestly, never in my wildest dreams did I think I’ll host a party here. I pass this almost everyday, and when “undressed”, it looks plain. Wala man lang flowers to make it a beautiful “garden”. But since the other options were so ridiculously expensive and my stylist/caterer assured me that UP Seniors’ Social Garden is a great “canvass”, I agreed. Indeed, it was prettified. The only caveat is that there is no airconditioning.
Event Styling & Catering: Berris Cuisine
I chose Berris Cuisine when I learned they also do event styling. Surprisingly, only a few caterers also do customized event styling. I chose not to get a separate event stylist because I feel that a caterer-cum-stylist would be cheaper. I mean, caterers already provide table centerpieces, right? Thus magiging redundant lang.
Venue set-up for a masquerade-themed 60th birthday party
I was satisfied with the overall setup, however, my major complaint about the company is that the point person is quite difficult to contact. I had to initially text and then forward my original message almost 10 times in span of 48 hours before a curt reply. Ditto when calling her—antagal mag-pick up! I also specifically requested to use an orange-y red and not a maroon-y red, but still I ended up with the latter. Good thing she’s friendly when you actually talk to her.
As for the food, IMHO, it was OK—something you expect from a regular caterer. But no dish served got any raves, unlike when we got Center Table Catering (for Raviv’s baptism/dedication) and Passion Cooks (Randy’s birthday party last year). But note that Center Table and Passion Cooks’ (especially!) rates were more expensive than Berris’.
Cake and cupcakes: Bakeville by Nek Manaig-Penalba
I always order themed fondant cakes from Rainbow Confections, but since I opted to order a traditional cake and matching cupcakes this time, I tried something new. The cake and cupcakes with “boiled icing” (‘yun pala tawag dun!) were from Bakeville.
I find the cake and cupcakes reasonably-priced. Aaaand, I loved the taste and texture of the cake. The icing was not too sweet but not bland. It’s really delicious and soft to the point that I kept the cake in our personal fridge in our bedroom (meaning, not for sharing) and allowed it to pile more and more calories in my body. But Randy—who rarely eats cakes—shared with me. Bonus: Nek, the cake artist and baker, is also very nice. Even though we were only communicating via Facebook, she would always reply promptly and very respectfully. I love suppliers like this!
Cheesums (Extra Dessert) by Patricia Hilao of Pattycakes
Don’t snub these seemingly-ordinary cupcakes! Yes, they don’t have fancy colors or decors, but once your taste buds meet them, you’re sure to love them! I’ve already ordered two dozens before from Patty of Pattycakes, and we finished the two dozens in one sitting! So I knew it’s gonna be a hit on Motherhood’s party. And tama nga, they were wiped out in no time!
Host: Irvin Domingo Jr.
Motherhood’s masquerade themed surprise birthday party was hosted by our good friend, Irvin Doming (who’s getting married today!!!)
If you went to Brain Train and had him as a teacher, then you won’t be surprised to know that he’s a great host. Irvin’s really good—he is fluent in English, he is smart, has a great sense of humor, and very spontaneous. He has hosted weddings before (and still does), and I am actually egging him to advertise his services. Now, I’m doing it for him! If you want him to host your parties, comment on this blog post and I’ll give you his contact details. You and your guests will love him, just as we and thousands of Brain Train students do!
Entertainment: Motherhood’s Friends
Now, our “entertainment” was pro bono—gifts of love by Motherhood’s friends. Two sets of Motherhood’s friends did not prepare a number for her…but performed impromptu in front!
The first performance definitely set the bar high, because it was “Romilyn and Friends”’s rendition of Cabaret. Perfect sa theme, dabah? And even though there was almost no preparation, it was a hit among the guests!
I insisted Tita Romilyn do a Cabaret number because I knew could pull it off well ever since I saw her singing—with actions and with feelings—New York, New York when she videoked at our house a few year back. And true enough, everyone loved her performance!
After a few speeches, Motherhood’s high school friends went next. They didn’t know they’ll be performing, but still they did!
The nice thing about their performance was that it was the same routine they did in a play they performed with Motherhood back in high school! What a nice gesture, no?
And then Brain Train’s very own Patty Hilao and sweetheart Albert Valencia hosted the “Pinoy Henyo” game where each set of guests had representatives who guessed words related to Motherhood!
And oh, before I forget, a lone performer also entertained…and perhaps annoyed the guests. It’s the antics of…
…Raviv who was mejo KSP that night. Buti na lang ang cute at ang dapper ng outfit n’ya! Don’t you think so?
Photo Coverage and Photobooth: Charles Caramihan Photography
Pictures I posted here are all by Charles. Charles is my eternal suki when it comes to photography. This was my second event with him, but more collabs with him are coming! Aside from that his services are reasonable, he’s very diligent when capturing precious moments. Moreover, he’s very professional even though we’re good friends: he’s always early on events, always replies quickly to text messages, mindful of client’s needs, and gives the soft copy of his photos as soon as he can. So four thumbs up ako dito, kasama thumbs ng paa ko!
When Charles asked me whether I wanted to put Motherhood’s photo on the prints, I declined. For me, it’s enough na that the event’s name, party date, party venue and an emblem are there. IMHO, it’s kinda selfish, annoying and tacky when the celebrant’s face is bigger than any of the guest’s photos. After all, the prints will be your guests’ property and they’re meant as a gift or souvenir for them for gracing the event you carefully planned.
And even though they’re not suppliers, I’d like to thank everyone who attended Motherhood’s party. Without you, all the yummy food in the world or the best decors or entertainments would be wasted if you were not there. Thank you so much for helping me make Motherhood feel loved and cherished. Dream n’ya raw ang isang surprise birthday party, and we made it come true!
PS: By the way, if you squirmed when you saw Motherhood’s shoes when she entered her party on the last post, pinalitan niya naman yun! She was just wearing it kasi nga she just alighted from the car thinking her companions were gatecrashing a party. Hehehe.
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