The decision to throw Raviv a full-blown birthday party for his 5th was a no-brainer. First, the 5th birthday party is the last birthday party a child could celebrate at Gymboree, and we still fully remember how much he and his guests loved his 4th birthday party at Gymboree. Second, he now has sure guests even if his birthday falls on the 26th of December. Third, his abuelito, abuelita and cousins are coming over for the Holidays. And fourth, he requested for it. Anyway, he didn’t have full-blown parties on his 2nd and 3rd birthdays.
It seemed everything was all set, until I learned that:
- The caterer I want to get (Jen-Dre’s Catering—it was our food caterer during our Grand Opening) is not available on Dec. 26. I also called Center Table (it was our food caterer during Raviv’s baby dedication aka binyag and I love the food!!!) I and asked whether we could pick-up “paluto” from them. They don’t accept daw, because it’s a busy season.
- Teacher Roxanne and Teacher Clarice—the Gymboree Sta. Rosa teachers who handle Play & Learn classes and host birthday parties—will both be out of town on Dec. 26.
That means: I will have to DIY everything (food and decor), and I have to learn how to host a Gymboree birthday party.
Ako na. Ako na si Superwoman.
And true enough, I was Superwoman on Raviv’s party.
Thank you so much Lindsay Abcede See for buying me this Superwoman costume!
I told you, Superwoman. Literally and figuratively. Anyway, let me share with you the photos of Raviv’s birthday.
It’s a Gymboree Party…hosted by the Superwoman/Supernanay
Instead of listening to Christmas songs on Christmas Day, I was actually listening to a loop of Gymboree songs and practicing the actions. Yes guys. You know how musically-uninclined I am, right? Exactly. Add to that the fact that I have never ever hosted a Gymboree party before. Kahit nga Play class man lang, never pa eh! So I had to practice; I didn’t want to just wing it. I was determined to make it very fun for my son. Kaya nga nag-costume pa ako. Ika nga ni Lindsay, “Ganun talaga para sa anak!” Add to that the fact that my balahura friends were attending!!! My gosh!!! Actually, I didn’t want to invite them at first because I knew they’d make fun of me (Chrysanthemum Collado, I’m referring to you).
So yeah, on top of the other preparations and entertaining the guests, I was also the main host. Based on these pictures, mukhang hindi naman ako nagkalat. 😀
This is it! I formally began!
Here I was, making all the children feel like real superheroes!
What I am most proud about Gymboree birthday parties is that all guests—the children and their parents—are always happy and are never bored while keeping everything wholesome. Look at those smiles! The superhero-themed activities that made the children believe they were superheroes saving the city were all patok!
After the junior superheroes saved the day, Teacher Joanna invited them to the Arts & Crafts room to design their own superhero capes. It was my time to rest and drink water. Hehe.
Raviv and his guests all had a blast decorating their capes (which they took home as souvenirs)! They proudly wore their capes back to the Gymboree playfloor for the bubbles and parachute time!
And to add more fun, we invited a special guest.
Everybody, chant with me: We want, we want GYMBO! GYMBO!
After the fun party, the guests headed to the reception hall that’s just adjacent to the Gymboree playfloor. Wanna see how it looks like? Here!
Venue & Event Styling
Just like Raviv’s Dinosaur-Themed Gymboree Party last year, the event styling is DIYed by yours truly and the talented Gymboree Sta. Rosa teachers again.
Teachers Joanna and Clarice finished this before they had their Christmas vacation. Ito ang dinatnan ko when I arrived at the venue on December 26 at 9 a.m. Yes, 9 a.m. na because the cake and sugar cookies I ordered in Los Banos were delayed! Gaaaaahhh eh andami pang gagawin!!! As soon as we arrived, I became a drill sergeant ordering people around, telling them to, “Double time!!!!” But mind you, I wasn’t just ordering people around. Barefoot and hungry, I was also working my tushy off.
And then we transformed the room into an eclectic cacophony of anything and everything related to superheroes:
The R-A-V-I-V letter designs were lovingly made by Teacher Joanna. Teacher Clarice helped Teacher Joanna make my Superhero City “stage backdrop” vision come true. Same goes with the Superhero-themed paintings on the windows.
Yep, these were all DIYed. Labor of love. I bought lots of mylar balloons because they’re always a hit with the children. The action figures and toys are all Raviv’s, so I didn’t have to buy them. The vintage comics, on the other hand, were from our library. They were given to us by Randy’s mom, and we’re saving it for when Raviv would actually read them.
It was a “Waaaaaaah!!!”day. Every single minute was precious to me to make sure I don’t disappoint my amorcito, whether in event styling or hosting. I spent any “free time” either checking the other details or remembering the lyrics of the songs and their corresponding actions. Ganern. It was so crazy—made even crazier because in the middle of the day I learned I already got my period thus my headaches. And partida, I hadn’t even eaten a morsel until after the party! It’s a miracle I survived it all. Although on our way back home, my “adrenaline” waned. My headache went fullblast and on the road, I threw up. Ugh. The last time it happened to me was when Randy and I were on the road after our wedding. Well, that was definitely more stressful, but my hunger strike plus my Day 1 Period spiked my stress level so there. Hehe.
Pero sulit naman, especially when I see this picture…
…then I become Superwoman. 😉
PS: Thank you so much Luther Abcede for the wonderful photos!
You too, Kuya CJ! Thank you!
(Up next is Part 2, featuring the food, the outfit-eys and the giveaways. :))