Madame EKS (aka Motherhood)’s 60th Surprise Birthday Party Part 3: Photo Story

Continued from Madame EKS (aka Motherhood)’s 60th Surprise Birthday Party Part 2: The Great Revelation

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

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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.

cfc (12)Table centerpiece for a masquerade-themed 60th birthday party

Venue set-up for a masquerade-themed 60th birthday party

cfc (311)Celebrant’s chair/stage  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.

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Dessert table for a masquerade-themed 60th birthday party


cfc (168)Chocolate liquers given by my sister-in-law Ruth were added to the dessert table

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.

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Cake for a masquerade-themed birthday party

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

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Madame EKS (aka Motherhood)’s 60th Surprise Birthday Party Part 2: The Great Revelation

On the day of the party, Tita Len was also at our house because I also “invited her to my launching because of Sharon Cuneta”.  Everything seemed to go well, until I got a phone call just before noon.  It was Tita Romilyn.  She was with one of the guests, Tita Ayet, who came all the way from Pangasinan just to grace Motherhood’s birthday.

Ang mahihiwagang bangus at rosas

But Tita Ayet’s thoughtfulness did not end there:  she also brought with her 7 bangus fish!  Since they had no ref or anything, Tita Romilyn asked me to get them.  Patay na, because I was also preparing for my afternoon class!  So I asked Tita Len to get the bangus for me.  Tita Len also bought roses from the market because, “Gagawin ko raw bouquet para ibigay kay Sharon.”  Hahaha!

Hours before the partey

I was not able to primp early because I had classes from 1-3pm. Alangan namang nakatodo make-up at 4-inch stilettos ako sa klase ko dabah? My students might just belt out a mocking “King & Queen of Hearts” upon my entrance.  That is, if they are familiar with the song.  So I was only able to start doing my hair (Parusa!  I’m so clueless when it comes to hairstyling!) and make-up at around 3:30 pm.  I was able to leave at 4:30 pm, na medyo disater pa rin ang hairdo ko.

The Plan

Since Randy’s class was to end at 5:30, the plan was that he would drive Motherhood and Tita Len to “Gymboree Sta. Rosa”.  Our good friend Regina Martinez also played a big role:  she was to do Tita Len and Motherhood’s make-ups, and help delay their leaving in case it’s necessary.  I couldn’t leave the task to Randy because Randy has no acting skills whatsoever.

At the event venue

When we (Dodong, Raviv, Raviv’s Yaya Beth and Dad) arrived at the event venue (UP Seniors’ Social Garden), Motherhood’s immediate relatives from Tiaong and Tita Romilyn and Tita Ayet with hubby were already there.  The place has also already been set-up, and my photographer friend with his photobooth were already there as well.

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However, Tita Romilyn and her co-dancers were still busy practicing their surprise number: they were gonna sing (lipsync) and dance Liza Minelli’s “Cabaret”.

Liza Minelli’s Cabaret

cfc (67)Tita Romilyn and her “Cabaret” back-up performers, Patty-uh and Albert

The UPLB senior who does not know the places in Los Banos

O di ba bonggels?  But at 6 p.m., several other guests haven’t arrived yetincluding the host, LOL! So I was busy communicating with Reg and Randy and Tita Len how to delay their arrival.  Ang giraffe guys!!!  Reg said that Motherhood was already having tantrums—those who know Motherhood know that she is the consummate on-time-dapat-lagi person!  She was stressed because I told her that the party will start at 6 p.m., eh bibiyahe pa to Sta. Rosa.  So pa’no na?  Well, I ain’t the mistress of surprise parties for nothing.  A great idea hit me: Fatherhood’s older sister, Auntie Cely, was in town visiting her grandchild studying in UPLB.  Motherhood and I invited her to the “Sharon Cuneta” affair (but I told Auntie Cely the truth days before the event).  So I told Randy to tell Motherhood that Aunty Cely was on her way to our home to ride with them to Sta. Rosa.  And voilà, that shut Motherhood up from hurrying to leave.  However, Reg called me to inform me that Motherhood was calling Auntie Cely!!!!  Patay na patay na!!!

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cfc (199)60th Masquerade Theme Surprise Birthday Party preparation
Caught on cam: Stressed because 1) I was panicking; and 2) I was using a bar phone at ang sakit na ng daliri ko!

I called Aunty Cely right away and her phone was busy.  Shet na malagket!  When I finally got ahold of Auntie Cely, I heaved a sigh of relief when she told me she didn’t answer Motherhood’s call.  Then I told her that I used her in my plan.  Later on I learned that this conversation happened:

Motherhood:  O Ate Cely asan na kayo?

Auntie:  Ay hindi ko alam.

Motherhood: Pakausap ako kay Nina (my niece who’s a senior at UPLB) siya tatanungin ko.

At nag-panic daw si Nina!

Motherhood:  Nina malayo pa ba kayo?

Nina:  Dito po sa may paliko….

Motherhood:  Anong paliko?  Diba galing ka lang sa FO e dire-direcho lang naman papunta dito?  Asan na ba talaga kayo?

Nina: Lola Emma…hindi ko po alam asan na kami.

Motherhood, thinking (not out loud):  Ano ba naman itong si Nina, 4 years nang nakatira sa UPLB hindi pa alam ang mga lugar?!?  UP student hindi nag-iisip!


And finally when almost all of the guests have arrived (plus the host), and Tita Romilyn aka Liza Minelli  and her gang have already practiced their special number, I called Randy and gave them the go signal to leave.  The plan was that Reg will be dropped off to the Seniors’ Social Garden where she is to attend a wedding (but while waiting, Mom was thinking again:  Ano ba naman ito si Reg napakalapit lang ng Social Garden magpapahatid pa eh late na nga kami kay Sharon!)

The plan

The host announced that Motherhood was coming.  So we dimmed the lights and all were asked to stand up and put on their masks…

Preparing for Madame EKS’ arrival.  Everyone’s wearing masks for the masquerade party

and Fatherhood was to escort Motherhood into the hall.

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cfc (209)Dodong putting on the mask of the escort for the 60th Masquerade Theme Surprise Birthday Party

The arrival

Then we saw our car driven by Randy with Reg, Tita Len and Motherhood.  Reg alighted from the car, and asked Motherhood to get off as well.  Of course did not want to, kasi bakit naman daw siya mskiki-attend sa weding reception na hindi siya invited.  But then Randy also got off and said, “Uy Mom si Irvin!  Baba tayo Mom, tingnan natin!”  Still she did not get off, at nas-stress na siyaThen even Tita Len got off the car and expressed her interest to attend the wedding reception.  She was already alone in the car so she exasperatedly got off.  And then she saw Dad daw, who pulled her to the party.  Now she was getting confused and angry: Bakit andito ang mga tao eh dapat asa Sta. Rosa?!?  At bakit kami makiki-attend sa party na hindi kami invited?!?

Let’s take a look at the development of Motherhood’s expression, caught by the lens of my friend Charles Caramihan’s camera:

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Madame EKS (aka Motherhood)’s 60th Surprise Birthday Party Part 1: Party Planning

Ako na, ako na talaga!  For the second straight year, I pulled off another surprise milestone birthday party successfully.  Last year it was Randy’s, this year it’s Motherhood’s.


Tita Len’s suggestion

Some time in July, when my Tita Len (Motherhood’s younger sister) visited us she asked me what my plans are for Motherhood’s birthday.  I told her I had no plans, because we will be in Hong Kong at that time.  She said we should throw a simple surprise birthday party for Motherhood’s because she will turn 60 na!  I was surprised because I didn’t expect that Mom would get her dual citizenship this year (You know—Filipino citizen and senior citizen.  Hehehe)  So of course, I agreed.  Except for one thing:  I did not like the word “simple”.  Allergic ako sa simple.  Motherhood deserves a somewhat bongga birthday party.  And knowing her, that’s what she would want.  Hindi naman bonggang-bongga that would cost hundreds of thousands.  But that party should have a program, nice décor, catered food, and guests should look handsome and beautiful.  Yung hindi naman backyard party lang at a-attend kung sino lang ang mahablot, if you know what I mean.

My initial cohorts

I will let you in on a secret:  to successfully throw a surprise party, don’t involve too many people early.  So after my talk with Tita Len, I contacted only two other people who love Motherhood so much: Kuya Mark Nas and Tita Romilyn Haresco.  Kuya Mark is one of Motherhood’s “intellectual” friends—ka-Genetics circle niya and Motherhood is like Kuya Mark’s second mother.  Tita Romilyn on the other hand is Motherhood’s batchmate and longtime college roommate at UP.

We had conversations on Facebook where we discussed the best date, time, motif, theme, etc.  I swore them to secrecy and made it known I’ll hate them forever and ever if they spill.

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the makings of a surprise birthday party

So after some brainstorming, we decided on the following:

Date: October 4, Saturday (we will have returned from Hong Kong by that time)

Time: 6 pm (pero alam namin na 6:30 ang dating ng mga tao)

Motiff: Red and black (red is Motherhood’s favorite color and black para old Hollywood ang dating)

Theme: Masquerade (para ma-reinforce ang air of mystery kuno)

The problem lang talaga was how to make sure Motherhood attends her own party.  In case you didn’t know, Motherhood and Fatherhood still live in Mindanao (although Motherhood is always attending meetings in Manila and Los Banos so parang taga-Luzon na rin siya. Also, since she’s originally from Tiaong, Quezon and got her BS, MS and PhD from UPLB plus she has lots of projects/collaborations with CHED, PCARRD, IRRI, UPLB, we’re sure hindi lalangawin ang Luzon birthday party celebration niya!).  Baka kami ang ma-surprise kasi no-show ang celebrant!  Kung anu-ano na ang iniisip kong reasons!

I:  Tita Len, ano kaya kung sabihin mong nakabuntis si Ochie (my cousin who’s still in college) tapos magpapakasal na sa Oct. 4?

Tita Len:  Ay juskopo ineng, magwawala iyon at baka atakehin pa!  Hindi n’ya na mae-enjoy ang mga benefits ng pagiging senior!

And after a long time brainstorming it just hit me:  I’ll tell her that I will open my Gymboree Sta. Rosa on Oct. 4.  And she had to be there because it’s so bongga that Sharon Cuneta will do the ribbon cutting.  I told her just that and she said she’ll make sure she and Dad will attend.  Aminin man ni Mom o hindi, alam ko anong naging magic words dun: Sharon Cuneta.  Hukhukhukhuk!

Motherhood used to watch this every Sunday!  May hanash pa si Motherhood dati na galit na raw siya kay Piolo kasi pinaiiyak si KC!

We all heaved a sigh of relief, and then I started booking a caterer (remember when my iPad got lost?  It’s because of this party! So Mom ibili mo ako ng bagong iPad!), a venue, photographer and photo booth, etc.  I also created a Facebook Secret Group where we posted details of the party and invited people.  Of course, each member was also sworn into secrecy.


I’m just so happy because it was apparent that so many people love Motherhoodisang request ko lang na could you do this or that, game agad.  And when I thank them profusely, they’d say it was their pleasure because Motherhood is like this or that to them, and that was the least they could do.  Take note, these are busy professionals and some have to juggle family and work pa, but they go the extra mile for Mom.  I remember when I booked her party venue, the person in charge volunteered to give me a big discount because she knows Motherhood.  Take note, I didn’t ask for the discount—she just volunteered it!

Anyway, before the party, we were all laughing our hearts out because Madame EKS (that’s Motherhood is called at her workplace—EKS=Emma K. Sales) can’t contain her Sharon Cuneta excitement!  Tita Rom posted this on our Facebook group two days before THE DAY:

Emma: Romilyn, sa Sat ay opening ng school ni Dew sa Sta Rosa.  Si Sharon Cuneta ang guest. Me: Wow, a-attend kayo?
Emma: Oo, dapat daw andun kaming 2 ni Edwin [Dad] at dahil bff kita, invited ka.
Me: Anong oras at anong suot?
Emma: 6pm Sat at syempre, maarte ang anak ko, formal daw.
Me: Sige, try ko.  Text kita sa Sat pm

Ang hirap magpanggap!

And then the day before THE DAY:

sharon cuneta excitement

So what happened the following day?!?  Abangan!

Superheroes at a Shakey’s Birthday Party!


Casual dining restaurant showcase the biggest league of superheroes for unforgettable birthdays!

As a mom of a toddler boy, I know how much little boys love super heroes.  So much, to the point that I have to namedrop them when I have to ask Raviv to do something.  Little boys are just in so much awe of superheroes!  Like two weeks ago when we attended a dog show, we “rewarded” Raviv’s patience during the dog show with a stop over at this place where stone figures are being sold.  Of course, he spent much of his time just touching and staring at the superhero statues.

I could only imagine how exciting it is for Raviv to gather his playmates for a superhero-themed afternoon playtime!  And the thrill Raviv would if I can actually bring that theme into play for his birthday party!  The caveat is that throwing these “lavish” parties may take so much time and effort.  Kung dati keri ko pa, ngayon hindi na because of my workload!

But I heard some great news:  Raviv’s favorite pizza restaurant chain Shakey’s is making this possible for those who want to throw an unforgettable party for their kids!


Bringing in the “superpowers” of DC’s Justice League, Shakey’s is now offering the Justice League Unlimited party package, inclusive of signature dishes, activities, and even props that will further enliven the gathering. Mind you, they even encourage guests to dress up for the party!

JLU Image

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Raviv’s Amazing(ly Simple) DIY Spider-Man Themed 3rd Birthday Celebration at School

Hi there friendly neighborhood critters, este, creatures!  I want to share with you how we celebrated Raviv’s birthday at school last Thursday.  All in all I think prep was just two days.  Talaga!  Like I said, last week was super busy:

  • Monday – Raviv’s field trip + Brain Train Christmas Party
  • Tuesdayhabol ng work sa office + review ng Rejoinder ng kaso namin; then in the afternoon ginawa ‘yung invitation ni Raviv.  I was so lucky because our student assistant Jonathan Austria (who happens to be a amateur great layout artist) dropped by, so hinugot ko siya to create my concept of Raviv’s Spider-man-themed invitation.  It’s simple yet many complimented it.  Here it is:

…which I put in a brown paper and sealed with a Spider-man sticker.

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  • Wednesday – went to DOJ to file our Rejoinder sa case namin, and then when I got home at about 4 p.m. that’s when I started preparing for Raviv’s birthday celebration, which was on the following day at 9:40 a.m.!
    Grabe no?!?  Bad trip talaga ‘yung kasong ‘yunNakakaubos ng time.  I want to rant about it more but I want to stay positive.  After all, we are talking about my son’s birthday celebration.  Plus, I’ve already surrendered this case to the Big Guy up who knows everything.
    Anyway, here are some photos of Raviv’s simple Spider-man themed birthday celebration at school:


spiderman party lootbag diy

Why the balloon?  Nako, nagkamali ng balloon na inilagay ‘yung saleslady!  I ordered 30 Spider-man mylar balloons like these:
spider-man mylar baloons

and four of these small balloons.  Binaligtad!  I discovered late that she put only four of the Spider-man-shaped mylar balloons and 30 of the round ones.  Hay naku!!!

By the way, these are the contents of the lootbag:

contents of spiderman themed party lootbagContents: Spiderman balloon, jigsaw puzzle, M&M’s milk chocolates, homemade chocolate chip cookies + snickerdoodles, bath gel, fruit pudding gelatin and tiny fruit-flavored juice


Nako, the cakes were rushed!  Since my sched was so hectic I totally forgot the cakes!  As in I told the cakemakers only a few days before!  Buti na lang they were so nice to singit my request!

The mini-cupcakes were from Bites, whose owner is my blogger friend Maggie Agustin.


And this amazing Spider-man cake was from another friend, Iris de Ramos of Rainbow Confections:


What I love about Bites and Rainbow Confections is that aside from the cakes looking pretty, they are yummy too!  These days kasi there are lots of cakemakers who just focus on the aesthetics, kebs na kung lasang papel ang cake.  But not Bites and Rainbow Confections.

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Party Pooper Parents

Two Sundays ago, Raviv attended a bonggels birthday party without Randy and without me.  It was the first birthday and christening celebration of the baby girl of an acquaintance (whom I hope to be a lot closer to in the future), Lindsay Abcede-Sese.

Lindsay invited me months before the party.  We were never really close but there were instances when we talked years ago about dogs (she and Randy belonged to the same canine club), and she was always super nice!  Walang kaere-ere!  Thus I told her Raviv will definitely come even if we can’t (it was scheduled on a Sunday…and you all know how crazy our weekends are!)

Since our Sundays have been pretty flexible lately, Randy and I thought we could attend the par-tey with Raviv.  The Friday before the party, I learned that the guests are requested to wear a superhero costume because the theme was superheroes.  I got more excited for my Ravivo!

On Saturday—a day before the party—we learned that Randy and I both had six-hour classes the following day!  Bummer!  That means we can’t accompany Raviv.  But we really want Raviv to go because the theme was his thing!  Good thing that one of my best friends and one of Raviv’s ninangs, Chrysanthemum Collado, was also attending the party.  So I asked her to take care of Raviv and Yaya Isay on the party.

raviv and ninang chrys

When Raviv learned he was attending a party and will be dressed as Spiderman, he was beyond excited.  In fact, right after he took a bath he was drumming on the Spidey costume—motioning that it was time for his transformation!

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Randy’s Surprise Basketball-Themed Birthday Bash Part 3: Photo Story

Continued from  Randy’s Surprise Basketball-Themed Birthday Bash Part 2: Finally!!!

As promised, here are more photos during Randy’s special day.  This time, I’ll let the photos tell the story behind Randy’s Lebron James/Miami Heat basketball-themed party.

Basketball-Theme Party Set-up

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Randy’s age above ;)

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The Food


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miami heat lebron james cake for basketball theme party Lebron James birthday cake by Rainbow Confections

cupcake with basketball toppers for basketball theme party

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Randy’s Surprise Basketball-Themed Birthday Bash Part 2: Finally!!!

Continued from Randy’s Surprise Basketball-Themed Birthday Bash Part 1: Pre-Party Story

Randy called the salesman he was talking to at Sony Center and came clean.  He revealed that our receipt mysteriously got lost.  I, on the other hand, called the DTI asking for advice.  The salesman said that what we could do was to present a notarized Affidavit of Loss.  I heaved a sigh of relief because that meant we would still go out!  We immediately went to the nearest law office to get an Affidavit of Loss.  Whew!!!  I was starting to relax.

Falling into place

Right after we procured a notarized Affidavit of Loss, we proceeded to Bellevue in Alabang for Randy’s often-postponed birthday buffet lunch.

buffet lunch at Bellevue Manila

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dessert at bellevue manila buffet

buffet at bellevue manila Lunch buffet at the Bellevue Manila

The food was terrific, but I was too nervous to really enjoy it.  After our lunch at the Bellevue, we proceeded to Makati to go to the Sony Center at Glorietta.  Randy showed the scratches of the “brand new” laptop Irvin bought for him, and thoroughly inspected the upgrade replacement laptop.

Afterwards we window shopped a bit (to stall him) and then we drove home.  I was doing breathing exercises on our way home, because I was just oh so nervous!!!  I was also texting and updating my cohorts of our whereabouts every now and then so they know what to expect.  Just when we were near Los Banos, boom!  Kamote, umulan na naman nang malakasGrrrrrrr!!!  Anyhoo, the plan was that I’d pretend I will attend a Bible study at a restaurant near our place and I’d have to be dropped off.  This way:

  1. The view from where the party is will be obscured; otherwise, Randy would use his usual route and he would see the party set-up; and
  2. Randy will open the gate himself (usapan ay walang magbubukas ng gate no matter how much honking he does); if I were with him he’d ask me to open the gate and we won’t see his reaction as he the sight unfolds.

Does the kamalasan ever end?!?

And ayun na nga.  As we were very entering our subdivision, syet na malagkit!  I saw my brother seeking shelter at a nearby establishment.  He was out and had no umbrella and no vehicle, and since the rain was so heavy he decided to wait.  Of course Randy stopped and offered him a ride.  I love my brother but I wanted to tiris him at that moment.  I was silently cursing him!

When it was time for me to alight from the car, I told my brother to go down with me.  This puzzled Randy, but I was adamant that my brother TJ get down too!  At ang TJ, nagreklamo rin bakit ko s’ya pinababa at mababasa daw ang sapatos n’yaGrrrr!

Let the party begin!

After alighting, we hurried to get home because as soon as Randy’s car honks, the festivities will begin.  True enough, still a few meters from our place we heard the sound of The Eye of the Tiger (Why the music?  Eh sayan ang napagkasunduan namin eh, bakit ba!), the party hosts, the guests’ chanting of Randy! Randy! Randy!

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Party host Deo Cajano and company welcoming the astonished birthday celebrant

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It still is too weak a word to describe Randy!

CFC (83)  Knowing Randy, I’m sure he was thinking:  Ano nanamang kalokohan ni Dewmaine ito?!?

Good thing our photographer was able to capture Randy’s priceless expressions!

And even of my and my brother’s arrival:

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When TJ and I arrived, Randy’s cake was brought out.  Blowing of candle na agad!

CFC (105)To my cohorts:  Hindi n’yo man lang tinanggal sa box?!?

Of course, kelangan umeksena ni Baby Raviv!

Then the program began.  That time, I knew Randy was cringing inside.

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He’s really not one to revel in the spotlight.  But I knew that as the night goes deeper, the objective if this party will be met:  he’d feel loved and special.

Here are more pictures:

King Lebron James basketball party theme
Mwahahaha!  Look at that face!  S’yempre may crown kasi siya si

Lebron James Basketnall theme party setup

.King LebRandy James!!!  This was what I was doing while I was waiting for my turn to teach in QC the before Randy’s party.

As the program unfolded, I could see Randy warming up to his party.  He started feeling more comfortable and started to appreciate the sweat, tears and blood (exag, I know!  Hihihi) that were poured for this special day.

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Raviv’s 2nd Birthday: Simple DIY Circus-Themed Party at School

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!

Simple party

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?

Circus-themed party

I opted for the circus theme because there were still animals (and tapos na ang jungle safari theme) 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.

Raviv's DIY circus-theme invitation

Raviv’s DIY circus-theme invitation

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Raviv’s Roarin’ Jungle Safari First Birthday Party Part 3

Continued from Raviv’s Roarin’ Jungle Safari First Birthday Party Part 2


Cakes, with an “S”

What’s a birthday without a cake?  At first, I thought he’s not gonna have a nice birthday cake (the one on top of the cupcake stand, because I wanted to DIY his cupcakes), so imagine my glee when he had two jungle-themed cakes:  I ordered the fondant cake while the fondant-looking one was given as a gift. I wanted Raviv to have a really nice birthday cake, and at first I was worried that I won’t be able to get a fondant cake artist in our place.  Good thing my sister-in-law Ruth told about KC Cakes from (not-so) nearby Kidapawan City.    Aside from the 9-inch cake on top of the five layer cupcake stand, I also ordered matching cupcakes.

Raviv’s Jungle Safari-Themed Top Cake and Cupcakes

As you can see, the design really looks good!  And I really wanted a lion because Raviv’s costume is a lion.  Plus, Raviv is the King of the Republic of Raviv, remember (in the AVP I created, the background music is “I Just CAn’t Wait to be King” from the Lion King) ?  So lion is perfect.   We were really pleased with the design.  Downside is, nakakahinayang kainin!  Parang crime kainin!  Until now, the animal toppers are still in our ref. Raviv’s other cake is a gift from my Mama Cristy.  Mama Cristy is almost like my tita, and one of the most generous and thoughtful people I know (along with her daughter, my kababata Bubbles).  The cake she gave isn’t fondant—pero look at it!  The cake artist is really, really good!  Sugar icing lang ito:

Can you believe this isn’t fondant? This jungle safari themed cake is Raviv’s cake #2, given by a very thoughtful Mama Cristy.  Love you Mama Cris!

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