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!