|Her smile!!! :)|
So back in December, I was able to get these clear plastic Christmas balls from Walmart at 0.99 cents each! I grabbed 6 and planned on turning them into her "Islands of Personality." At that time, I was just buying anything that looks "inside-outey" not knowing really how and what to use them for. It's a good thing that anything with polka dots in primary colors is not really hard to find. Thank you Dollar Tree! I got gumball tubes from Amazon hoping to fill them up with "memory orbs" aka gumballs but was too pricey so I ended up using them for the Islands of Personality instead. I used old Gerber jars for the stand filled with rice and taped with another Dollar Tree find, then placed inside metal tins C again found at Walmart.
|Her Islands of Personality! Goofball, Family, Kindness/Helpful, Talent/Homeschool and Friendship Islands!|
Then in the course of 3 months, I waited for Oriental Trading's monthly free shipping promo to buy these ceramic round banks. I couldn't buy them in one time so I had to wait a while (AKA payday!) to get all 36 pcs (We had about 30 kids on the list!). Then C found some polka dot plastic bags from Target's dollar bins which I initially planned on using as candy bags but worked well with the banks instead. We were completely satisfied and happy at how they looked like!
Of course I had to make candy bags especially now that printing is no more a problem for us. Having unlimited ink supply really does make me print like there's no tomorrow thanks to HP Instant Ink! So I made these labels as "Bing Bong's Tears". We had to have caramels so Wether's Soft Caramel candies to the rescue! The kids loved them! I didn't bother making elaborate decorations anymore since the venue was at the park. I had planned a photobooth, even bought a photobooth stand and the background. But it was soooo windy, we just couldn't set it up without it toppling down.
I got to channel my Iron Chef "skills" in the early morning of the party. I got up at 6 am and gave myself until 12 noon to finish everything! And. I. DID!!! Well, Mr. P helped in the cooking too. My late father who was a cook would have been so proud of me for pulling it off! We asked two of our friends to cook two dishes for us too so they helped a lot! For others, a Filipino birthday party may seem to be overwhelming, especially the food. But this is how we normally celebrate parties. With lotsa food! haha! We love to send take outs too!
|Filipino Food Staples!|
I didn't have anymore time to bake the cake so we just got a store bought cake. It's not a fancy as the custom made ones but the birthday girl loved it, the adults and kids ate it so it's we're good. It's all good. We're great!
The kids had fun playing in the playground (and sand). We had 2 party games. I bought prizes from Dollar Tree too. The kids got educational ones instead of toys, National Geographic books/trivia/puzzles, pencil cases, crafts and small science projects.
We thank God for providing for this party. We saved up (daddy worked harder haha!) because 7 is a milestone age. PLUS, we have so much to be thankful for for the first 7 years of C's amazing adventures. So many blessings first of which is her complete recovery from Kawasaki Disease. We look forward to more birthday celebrations to come, new adventures to conquer and new memories to make with everyone she loves and who loves her. (Though I don't think we'll be having another big party such as this one any time sooner. We'll do it again on her 10th birthday!)
|That in all things God may be glorified! Her greatest gifts! Grace, Faith, Hope and Love!|