Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AskMeMom: #KyleNash1stBirthdayParty

Good morning!
Today, April 16th is Kyle's official birthday party!  My son is OFFICIALLY ONE YEAR OLD!  I have said this before but I'll say this again...time flew by really fast!  It seems like yesterday when I went to my OB and she told me I'm on active labor --- 4cm to be exact and instead of panicking?  I put up a brave face (for Mr. AMW's sake) and told him: "Let's eat!!!"  We had lovely Dimsum dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant located at Banawe (anyone who comments and guessed the right restaurant will win a prize from me!  This is serious!  LOL) 

I can go on and on with my labor story but I'll spare you the details!  But yes, everything is crystal clear for me and I can't believe it has been a year!  A year of no sleep, no movie nights, no nail art...etc... am I complaining?  Nope!  I'll say this a million times... KYLE is worth it!

And to show the world how happy we are to have Kyle in our lives, the day of his 1st birthday celebration finally arrived!  I spoke to a lot of moms who told me preparing for their kid's 1st birthday party is as stressful as preparing for a wedding!  Thankfully, my wedding preparation was more fun than stressful so it was the same for #KyleTurns1 party!

Before I share my suppliers and photos of the party, please bear in mind that Mr. AMW and I set a budget and we stick to it!  Though I was too busy preparing for our move, US trip and the regular work that I'm doing...in depth research wasn't done but THANKFULLY, GOD is good, all the suppliers I picked are very professional and I am extremely happy with the outcome of the party! :)

Mommy and Baby AMW after the party, all tired but happy!
 
Shall we start?
(Please note that contact details of suppliers are listed but rates aren't included as there could be guests who attended the party reading this! :P  If you want to know more details about pricing, email me or message me on ASK ME portion of this blog!  I promise I'll respond!)
 

Invites: Megaluck Prints (email: megaluckprints@gmail.com)
So easy to deal with, all they need from me is a photo of my baby, samples of the invitation that I want and they did all the creative part!  I am very happy with the quality of the invites!


Venue: Acropolis Clubhouse
We originally wanted Greenmeadows but as usual, we booked less than 3 months before the big day, we didn't get any space at GreenMeadows so we ended up at Acropolis Clubhouse.  Thankfully, we know someone who lives there so we get to have this place rented and the area can fit up to 250 guests! 

I've attended several kiddie parties at Acropolis Clubhouse and I'm very happy with the place, the air conditioning system (very important for husband who showers on his own sweat! lol)  The admin staffs were easy to deal with and so far, we didn't encounter any problems on the day as they have a representative from the office who stays throughout the party just in case you need anything.


Balloons/Decorations: Mr. Balloonatix
Facebook: Mr. Balloonatix Party Needs
Email: mrballoonatix@gmail.com
Mobile #: 0920-6660652

The thing about decors, they could make or break a party.  But they could also break the bank!  I did research on Balloons/Decorations supplier because the rate could go up to "crazy level".  I want to spend for decors but not too much!  I mean for us, we rather spend more on food than decors! :)  We are food crazed like that! :P

Thankfully, I found Mr. Balloonatix through various mommy blogs!  Mr. Balloonatix offers various Balloon packages ranging from Php6,000-10,000. 

1 pc Balloon Arch 
1 Party Is Here Signage with Character of choice (rental)
 

 Thankfully, the characters were done tastefully! 

And Pocoyo looks exactly like Pocoyo!  YAY!
 
1 Set Character Standee with Backdrop (rental)
1 Pair Balloon Pillars



10 pcs Balloon Cenerpiece with Mylar
I wished we ordered more of these, guests loved this!

1 set Ceiling Decors (100 pcs balloons)


Caterer: Verleo
I've tried their food so many times from various parties and I've always been impressed with the quality of their food.  It was an easy decision to pick them.  You get different price range for different food choices, you just pick based on your budget and you don't even have to worry about table set up and table cloth colors as they have variety to choose from!

On that day, I am very impressed with the service of their head waiter and servers  They were very helpful even on areas beyond their responsibilities.


Host and Food Carts: Party Boosters
Contact Person: Jacque Tan
Email: partyboosters.inquiry@gmail.com

Party Boosters is an event coordinator, if you want a stress free birthday party, you can have all the suppliers booked by Jacque.  I've decided to book the Host/Magician/Game Master and Food carts thru Jacque because I'd rather talk to 1 person for food carts rather than individually.  Thankfully, Jacque was very professional and organized!  She sent me a list of all the "needed" suppliers and all I need to do was to pick and pray the suppliers are available!

Food Carts

Flavored Fries

Mini Corndogs

Ice Cream Cart (Sorbetero)

 Glitter Artist
Everyone was impressed by him, he did wonderful job painting body and faces and the best part?  He was quick! :)

Now let's talk about our host Chayno.  Aside from food and decors, the host is VERY important in ANY parties so I did in depth research before booking Chayno!  Thankfully, I made the right decision!  Aside from his presentable appearance, he speaks good English and he was very engaging with both kids and adults alike!  

Chayno also comes with his own sound system which is a big help as I don't have to worry about booking for another supplier for sounds!  


Photobooth: IFotoU
email: ifotou.photobooth@yahoo.com

I booked IFotoU via deal site.  Their staffs were professional and the pictures came out good, the only con part that I can think of is that their camera shutter (or probably their computer) is a bit slow so you have to really wait for each shot!  In a case were you are taking photos with babies, they turn restless so you get crying shots or like ours --- a blank stare!  *lol*




Cakes: Tazzy Cakes
email: j@tazzycakes.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TazzyCakes?ref=br_tf
One of the most challenging supplier to look for!  It was challenging for me I left Mr. AMW do the choosing at the latter part of our supplier hunting!  Why?  Well, I've researched various Pocoyo cakes and I have to admit, even those made from other countries --- I wasn't impressed!  Pocoyo is such a simple cute character but translated into cake....he may look weird!  So we were very particular in checking cake suppliers making sure he/she gets each characters right!

The good thing about Tazzy Cakes is that we didn't even have to worry about downpayment, we paid full on the day when the cake was delivered.  My husband gave instructions to Cat from Tazzy Cakes and we leave the rest to LUCK :)

And boy were we lucky to have such lovely cake graced our event!


 

Kyle looked either shocked or too distracted seeing his favorite characters come to life!

Party Favors: Party Souvenirs
email: partysouvenirs@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/partysouvenirs1?fref=ts

It took a bit of time for them to answer my query but I understand (they're probably bombarded with mails everyday for orders!)  All I need to do is to pay 50% downpayment, send them photos and they will send you back artwork for approval!  The quality of the bag is really good and most of the kids (and parents) are happy as their kids can definitely use this as lunch bag! 

Husband and I decided to put some of our favorite snacks inside so I'm thanking my dear friend Berlyne for supplying us ziplock plastics! :)



Official Photographer: Peas & Pods Photography
Contact: Ken Chua
09999998536
peasandpodsphotography@gmail.com
 
 He came early, extremely professional, and we got all the soft copies on time!  He was able to get all the needed "shots" so I'm very happy with his service!


Game Prizes: Mr. & Mrs. AMW Went to Divisoria :)
The most overwhelming part of the planning.  I mean, just how many prizes do you need to buy?  What we did is to count how many kids who are attending the party and multiply it by 2..that's at least how many prizes you need to make sure each kid gets something!


Buying for game prizes doesn't have to be too complicated.  Rule of the thumb?  Think 3/4 of it as "useful and educational" and 1/4 for mere fun and games!  We made sure to buy half for boys and half for girls just to be fair!  So far, the prizes were enough to make kids excited!  I think we even ended up having prize leftovers were kids get to grab their own toys at the end of the party! 



Hmmm did I missed anything?  Let me know if you have any other queries or if you have any other suggestions for moms who are planning for their angel's 1st birthday party!  Looking back, Mr. AMW and I actually had fun!  I can't wait to share these photos to Kyle when he grew older and tell him: "Son, pay up!"  #JustJoking  Seriously, I want him to know how happy we are to have him in our lives!

WE LOVE YOU KYLE!
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


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46 comments :


  1. King Chef ba yan? That's my favorite dimsum place!
    Anyhoo, the party was so much fun! Happy birthday, Kyle baby!

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    1. King Chef! Super sarap! That's one of my favorite resto but I didn't eat there before I gave birth! hahahaha

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  2. Happy Birthday, Baby AMW! Great Party! Verleo is my family's default caterer too.

    Is King Chef your favorite dimsum place? :)

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  3. causeway?! nice party! miguel loves pocoyo too!

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    1. heheheh not causeway! :) pero sarap !may 50% off siya at night! :D ehehhe

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  4. happy birthday baby kyle!! oh my! the birthday was SO grand!! it looked so much better than my wedding reception!

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    1. NO WAY Xin! You exaggerating sis! i'm sure your wedding reception was a blast! I miss you!!!!

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  5. Wow what a great party. Your son is so lucky to have you as her mom :) Belated happy birthday to him. God bless xx

    Lou of,steal-thestyle.blogspot.com ♥♥

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    1. aww thanks for the sweet message! I hope my son reads this when he grows older! hehehe :D

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  6. Causeway Seafood restaurant? How time flies...
    Niks, Kyle's party looks so fun.
    Our turn soon. Wish we can slow down time... they grow up so fast.
    Happy birthday Cutie Kyle!!

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    1. I agree, we were looking at his old photos na super liit pa! hay kakamiss
      Congrats on your successful party too! :D And no, not causeway :D

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  7. happy birthday kyle.. King Chef???

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  8. Happy Birthday Kyle!!! King Chef kaya???

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  9. Bea aka Ghetto B :pApril 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Happy Birthday Kyle!! Clap clap clap for a super cute party!! Sincerity ba??? :) hihihihi!!

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    1. awww thanks sis for coming at super early pa! Can't wait to catch up pa! na missed kita!! NO hindi Sincerity :P

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  10. Happy birthday Kyle! What a fun party he had!

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  11. Happy biryhday Kyle Nash. You are so cute. Play time with #babyMartinez soon..

    Xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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    1. I missed Babymartinez na!!! :) Can't wait to see you both again!

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  12. Wow, happy birthday Kyle!
    I so love your decorations!
    besos,
    M
    http://theflowerduet.blogspot.com/

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  13. Happy Birthday to your cute kid! :-) to answer your question, is it Le Ching?
    -Jean (jincy.santos@yahoo.com)

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    1. no not leching :) Thanks for the greeting

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    1. daya! ikaw na ang nanalo! hahahahah

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  15. Hi Sis,

    Wonderful party!! happy birthday kay baby!!!

    Please share ung rates ng cake and balloon decor and si Chayno pahingi na din contact details niya ;)

    Thank you!

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    1. sorry for the super late reply ngaon k lang nakita! Kindly email me I'll send you through PM the rates :) thanks

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  16. Hi Sis,
    Ask klng yung Pocoyo backdrop sa birthday ni baby kyle ni-rent nyo ba kay Mr Balloonatix?


    Thank you!

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    1. yes rent lang yon..as long as they have the characters or Theme :D

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  17. hi sis, im planning a party for my eldest son's bday at the same time my youngest son's baptism, is it okay to send to me the rates and packages of your suppliers coz it will be a great help. thanks in advance.. :) my email ad is villaflor.sheena@yahoo.com :)

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  18. Hi ms nikki! Im planning for my little princess' 1st bday party. I hope you can send me the rates, packages and contact numbers of your suppliers. It would be of great help. My email add is myralavapiez@yahoo.com.ph. Thanks in advance.

    myra

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    1. Hi I'm not sure if I answered this, I am so sorry if I didn't as I was soo busy! Kindly email me na lang your specific queries and I'll answer right away! I seldom answer comments ON Time kasi eh :D ntiu1027 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  19. Im planning for a party and i would love to have it here will it be alright if i ask for the rates? :) srhernandez@ymail.com

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    1. Answered over email. Sorry the way I emailed you, I mistakenly thought you were my friend Sabs Hernandez :D

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  20. hi! i loved everything in Kyle's....can i have the rates and suppliers u got?.....and how much you spent for all of there? i super like it! thanks in advance! enialahs@yahoo.com

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  21. hi! i loved everything in here/.////may i klnow please....the rates and suppliers u had. it l a great help on my baby;s first bday this october. enialahs@yahoo.com

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  22. hi! i loved everything in Kyle's....can i have the rates and suppliers u got?.....and how much you spent for all of there? i super like it! thanks in advance! enialahs@yahoo.com

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    1. hi Alain,
      Kindly email me specific inquiries. Thanks ntiu1027 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  23. Hi, would it be possible to list the prizes you gave out as I am very stuck for prize ideas and I am from the uk.

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  24. Hi! I'm planning to have my son's first birthday party at the Acropolis clubhouse as well. Just wondering if 10am-1pm is enough time for the party? Not sure kasi how long children's parties last... thanks!

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  25. hi sis. im planning for my daughters 7th birthday. please send me the rates if it's okay . nice party btw . :) thank you nicacapuli@gmail.com

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  26. hi sis ! im planning my daughter's birthday soon. please pm me the rates. nice birthday party btw. thankyou! nicacapuli@gmail.com

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