Finally more than two months after, I’m now blogging about mi amocito’s super fun and super DIY birthday party at Gymboree Sta. Rosa! This time around, the theme was dinosaurs! Raviv’s interest in dinosaurs was recycled. Perfect, because Gymboree already has a customized dinosaur-themed play & learn birthday party celebration.
Since I knew that I’d be fulfilling one of my passions—event styling—through Gymboree, I decided to make Raviv’s party super DIY. As in no catering, no chairs supplier, everything will be done by me and “my team”. That way, we could already practice our artistic prowess (naks!) in case someone who books a Gymboree party in Sta. Rosa also opts to get an upgrade and have a customized and special decors.
So without further ado, here are the details:
Raviv’s birthday party was held at the room adjacent to the Gymboree playfloor. The room was really bare and had a low ceiling.
DIY Dinosaur Party Set-up
Tables and chairs
Since I had no catering, I had to make use of Brain Train’s existing monobloc tables and chairs on top of Gymboree’s colorful kiddie tables and chairs. Since the monobloc look so plain, I bought some cloth as and had a seamstress create table cloth and table runners out of them. I would have wanted to cover the chairs as well, but since we were running out of time, I just put a rosette with dinosaur foam shapes on each chair.
DIY dinosaur party chair
It was matrabaho, yes, but it definitely made the place look hundreds of times better.
The Ceiling drops
I used latex and mylar polka-dot balloons to further prettify the place. But the highlight among the ceiling drops were the diosaur pompoms that Yaya Beth and I painstakingly made.
DIY dinosaur birthday party pompoms
I would like to say that it’s actually easy to do that, but we actually had several tries before we perfected it. Once we were able to discover how to properly do it, medyo dumali na rin.
DIY dinosaur birthday party invitation
If you’ve been following my blog since Raviv’s first birthday party, then you’d know how maarte I am when it comes to invitations. I’m almost allergic to generic, impersonal invitations. #sorrybutnotsorry Thus, career kung career ang invitation ni Raviv. I designed the dinosaur cut-out (I just looked for an image of dinasaur online and took it from there). Then I bought cardboard and cut out the “cracked egg” shapes. But the most madugo part is the green mosaic you see—that’s real egg shells that I’ve painted, dried, pound, and stuck to the invitation. Yes, I rounded up our neighbors and asked for their egg shells for 50 handmade invitations. Sulit din naman because people gushed how cute Raviv’s invitation was!