Jax: A Robotic Space Station Party

Although the art of styling covers both styling for boys and girls, these two types of events could not be any more different. In my experience, styling for girls usually emphasize the general setting or ambiance of the party, whereas styling for boys focuses more on a specific element in the event.

In other words, styling for girls involves creating a beautiful setting based on something grounded in reality (think garden, tea party, baking, candy, ice cream), while styling for boys involves something that is literally out of this world (think monsters, superheroes, robots). This is of course just a general statement and therefore there will always be exceptions to this observation.

For this particular party, the specific elements were: Robots and Space. Jiselle, who also happened to be a good friend of mine, only had 1 specific requirement for her son Jax’s most special day: make the ceiling decor extraordinary.

And so the Party Magic team and I rolled up our sleeves and got right to it:

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To be different, instead of the usual lanterns, we decided to use gold and silver stars instead, with the center portion of the ceiling containing large 3-feet stars. Alternating teal and orange swags were hung in between the stars. The goal was to make the guests feel as if they are in space. I hope they did!

The concept of the stage was a robot factory, with the making of robots in progress. The central portion focuses on a sort of robot platform where all the assembly gets done, while the left and right portions of the stage contain elements that are related to a robot factory: grills, barrels, checklists, pipes, and gears.

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As a side spectacle, we placed a giant rocket ship off to the right side of the stage, ready at any time to blast off and carry our guests off to the heights of imagination!

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The photo booth is a favorite of mine. The concept was a sort of control room or bridge of a space station, with a control panel board and decorated with led strip lights to provide some hi-tech luminescence! See the signage on the top right? It reads: JRI, Jax Robotics Institute!

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Simply Paris created some wonderful creations again with the dessert table! Check them out below:

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I love this: the Mini Banoffee Shuttle! Ready to shuttle you off to sweet goodness!

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Also another of my favorite: the Mango Panna Cotta. One of the main reasons why Simply Paris’ desserts get cleared out early in every party is because its desserts have just the right level of sweetness, which is not too much.

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Do you see all those cute cupcake toppers? Just love all that detail. Considering how small these toppers are and how hard it was to cut them to shape, these are definitely a labor of love!

Congratulations to mommy Jiselle for organizing such a party and a very happy happy birthday to sweet Jax!

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‘Til the next party!

Michelle

Event Styling 101: Mermaids, Layering, and Creating Awesome Dessert Tables

Event styling has brought about no less than a revolution in the kiddie or children’s party industry. Whereas just a couple of years ago it was commonplace to see an explosion of balloons and styrofoam backdrops, matched with a whole gamut of famous, Disney-related characters, now we are equally privileged to enjoy a more sophisticated aesthetic, painted with various themes such as Nautical, Mermaid, Baking, Transportation, and the like. 

In my mind, styling has the following characteristics:

1. It is thematic and non-character based. Themes have long been part and parcel of children’s parties, and will always be so, as kids love to immerse themselves in a fairy tale make-believe world full of wonder. The difference between styling and the conventional party though, is that the themes are more about general concepts rather than a specific character (such as Mickey Mouse, Cars, etc.).

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Our mermaid-themed party. This was so much fun! More info on the party below.

2. A cohesive and limited color scheme. In majority of cases, stylists work with a preset palette of colors. This coordinated approach leads to the strong punch of visual splendor that you feel whenever you enter a perfectly styled event. 

A frequent misconception about event styling is that it is all about minimalism. In other words, some people might interpret this sort of minimalism as simple, or bare. While styling does sometimes exemplify minimalism and clean lines, it is not always so, as for certain themes and occasions it may be more advantageous to incorporate a bit more orderly chaos.

A perfect example of this point is a recent event Party Magic styled, which is a Mermaid theme for Andie’s 7th birthday. The concept of the stage itself, which aims to present an underwater scenery, is practically begging itself for a burst of imagination!

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What I mean by layering is the exercise of putting on levels upon levels of various props until you achieve that very deep, very full look. It is not simply putting on stacks upon stacks of any item that you can find and throwing them all in one place. The professional stylist should pay attention to various details, such as the size of each prop, placement within the whole scene, proper balancing and the like.

There should be a sense to all the madness, so to speak!

In the case of Andie’s party, the basic foundation of the background was a printed backdrop that was flat and had absolutely no texture. This was then layered upon with the treasure chests on the ground, which was then surrounded with various small and mid-sized items such as candlesticks, seahorses, buoys, birdcages, window panes, and anchors. The focal point is the slightly off-centered giant seashell.

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My favorite part of the scene though, is the top portion:

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This was where we hung jellyfishes, seaweeds, and nets to create that busy look. Layering gives you the illusion of depth, and by doing these things, the graphics on that flat printed backdrop was further amplified and even appeared to have some dimension!

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Another favorite of mine was how the Party Magic team placed the cake. Positioned the cake as part of the scenery, and even enclosed its area with some undersea greens, as if the cake was unfolding from a dream!

Besides the stage, another element that can really make your party extra special is the dessert table. The usual cupcakes and fondants are quite nice, but isn’t it more exciting to do gourmet styled desserts customized to your theme? Again, Simply Paris did an amazing job here. Just take a look at those Gradient Jello in Jars! This type of dessert could work well on a nautical or beach theme as well.  

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Instead of the usual macaron, Simply Paris concocted Macaron Shells, complete with pearls inside! The presentation of it is also noteworthy: the Macaron Shells were placed on top of crushed Graham crackers that were made to look like sand!

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Here is another ingenious twist on the classic cake pop: Octopus Cake Pops!

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And last but not least, the Pina Colada Cupcakes! It is amazing that such a simple tweaking on a classic item (such as putting cherries, pineapples, and mini umbrellas) can completely transform its look.

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A happy happy birthday to Andie! Hope you had as much fun in your party as we did in decorating it!

‘Til the next party,

Michelle

Laz: It’s A Small World (Boy Version)

The theme It’s A Small World is arguably THE theme that started the whole styling revolution. This is probably the most popular and well-remembered party that the pioneer Barbie Pardo styled.

Our client, Laurice, approached us and requested for an It’s A Small World theme, but this time with a unique twist: she wanted a male version of the theme to coincide with the celebration of her baby boy Laz’s 1st year. This party was made extra special as the client hired the famous Krissy from Little People Photography! She was generous enough to share her wonderfully snapped photos with me, which I will now share with you.

The client had a beautifully designed invitation, and this was what we used to jump start our brainstorming:

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The client and I both agreed to go for the following colors: teal, light blue, lavender, and regal gold. In short, something that is more masculine, but soft enough to maintain the sense of childhood whimsy present in the original It’s A Small World (did any of you take that famous ride in Hong Kong Disneyland?)

For the stage, we decided to go all-out and create the famous It’s A Small World facade, only this time on a much larger scale! (The tip of the largest tower there, touching the ceiling swags, is around 12 feet!)

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The area in front of the stage was covered with grass, and bordered by these cute lampposts, to create a special, semi-enclosed area where the kids can play, run around, do activities.

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For the ceiling treatment, we decided to enclose all areas surrounding the central cove lighting, putting swags on a downward angle to create a more intimate scene. Lanterns and hot air balloons were used for accent drop decors.

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The centerpiece was a beautiful floral arrangement topped by helium-filled balloons in gold ribbons and backed by a printed label showing a child of different nationality per table. This was a cute idea by Laurice! Instead of the usual table numbers, each of her tables had a designated country assigned to it! Can anybody guess what country this table is?

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Speaking of cute ideas! Each of the guests’ children had to come in uniform representing a different country in the world, with a prize going out for the best in costume! Aren’t these kids super adorable?

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One of the things I liked the most about Blue Leaf is the venue’s spacious outdoor lawn and entrance areas, which we took advantage of by placing a set-up:

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The cake, crafted by Sugarbox, was also an amazing creation, and a small world all by itself!  

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The giveaway was equally mouthwatering. Take a look at those beautiful stools! Which one would you take home if you had the chance?

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For the dessert table, we hung paper dolls of the children of various nationalities, topped by light blue, lavender, and gold pompoms. Aren’t those staircase cupcake holders so cute!

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As we went along during the preparations, I learned from Laurice about the story of Laz, and all the obstacles that Laurice and her husband experienced (when the couple were still trying to conceive, they even went to Jerusalem!). It was because of all of the difficulties that they’ve faced and overcome that Laurice and her husband wanted to make this celebration extra-special. And it was that! Nothing is sweeter than seeing your beloved grow to a year (and beyond).

‘Til the next party,

Michelle

 

Jeffrey: A Beatles Concert!

After doing a handful of children-centered themes, it’s sometimes refreshing to mix in some adult parties once in a while! The client (who also happened to be my friend), Jiselle, wanted to throw an awesome 60th birthday party for her dad, Jeffrey. The theme: Beatles! This was a real fun theme to play around with, so I immediately rolled up my sleeves and dove to the challenge.

There are a number of ways to do a Beatles theme; one is to focus on the band’s more serious, melancholic, and rebellious aspect (think about their songs Imagine, or Revolution), which is not at all bad actually. But since it was me doing it, we did it the Party Magic way: fun, colorful, quirky, cool, and psychedelic! Think of Come Together, or Penny Lane.

Let’s begin with the stage:

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Since the client hired a band to play Beatles tunes (the amazing Reo Brothers!), I decided for a production more focused on the concert aspect of the event and one that would complement the band performing in front of the stage. And so the British flag backdrop mixed with Beatles paraphernalia, offset by vertical rows of lights to the left and right.

The whole stage was inspired by a retro look into the performances of The Beatles themselves. Take a look at the concert signage below and the V-shaped stage set-up of an actual performance by the band:

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As an accent, we also placed a kiddie drum set (which would be a cute photo-op for the kids!).

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Heads up on that fake microphone in the above photo. Isn’t that cute! (obviously the Reo Brother had their own, real mikes to work with!)

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The Reo Brothers truly came prepared. Look at that guitar strap with The Beatles insignia!

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The table set-up was composed of a chevron patterned runner, with guitars, bottles, and drums on top. The whole point was to produce a mixed, hippie feel to capture the zeitgeist of the times but still produce a coherent overall look.

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The ceiling was a mixture of the hippie colors pale yellow, orange, mint green, and light blue. To keep up with the vibe, we placed vinyl records in between each swag.

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Let’s move on to my most favorite area in the party: the band room! We went for a vintage, eclectic approach to the design. Isn’t it so easy to imagine John Lennon or Paul McCartney lounging around, listening to records, fiddling with their guitars?

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The dessert spread was another masterpiece by Simply Paris. What a psychedelic visual! We decorated the area with over sized paper accordions, keeping with the color scheme. In the middle, we placed the album artwork of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. 

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Of course, let’s take a look at the lovely desserts themselves:

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This is my favorite: the Yellow Submarine Eclairs. Such creativity!

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The ultimate classic: the Macaron!

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 Hey Blue-berry Cheesecake (get it? :)

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Another cute twist of words: Penny Lane Pistachio Opera!

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Let’s close this post with an awesome overlooking shot of the dessert spread. Isn’t that mouthwatering!

‘Til the next party,

Michelle 

Julianne: An Ice Cream Special!

Ever since our baking-themed party, I’ve been itching to create another pastel, food-based themed party, simply because it combines both of my passions: styling and eating!

This party actually started off with the general idea of “candies” and “sweets”, with the client, Kathy, simply asking for a girly, pastel aesthetic. By the end of the meeting, we decided to focus on the more specific element of the ice cream.

Ice cream will always (and forevermore) occupy a special place in everyone’s hearts simply because eating it transports us back to our carefree childhood days. Think chocolate, vanilla, Magnolia, Selecta, Merry Moo, Carmen’s Best (yum)! Whenever my husband eats ice cream, for example, he doesn’t know it but he smiles!

Here is what we came up with for Kathy:

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Isn’t that so cute and girly? For the stage setup, we recreated a sort of “sweet shop” scene where we have an ice cream cart that carries the birthday cake and a sweets cupboard that holds actual candies!

The more traditional way to display a cake is that a caterer sets up a round table, puts some table covers, and places the cake on top. More recently, I find that one of the best ways to display a birthday cake is to incorporate it within the whole scene that you are creating. In this case, the best place to put the cake was on top of the ice cream cart, and boy did it look extra delish!

Let’s zoom in on the cupboard:

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I love the idea of putting actual treats; in this way, your stage setup looks good, and you (and your guests) can eat it too!

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Above is a snapshot of a graphic we used for the party. Too bad there weren’t any actual ice cream sandwiches at the party, those are my personal favorite!

A more interesting aspect to the party is how the Party Magic team and I dressed up the ceiling. Because the ceiling was a bit low (around 8-9 feet), placing swags would  not make sense as it would interfere with the lighting and make the place seem even smaller. And so instead of the usual pompoms or lanterns, the team and I came up with these ultra-cute ice cream lanterns! Take a look below:

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These are just actually small-sized pastel colored lanterns, with brown paper cones attached at the bottom. A simple yet ingenious twist to the usual ceiling treatment!

For the photo-op, we created a quaint little scenery filled with an ice cream truck, a divider, and a round table full of sweet delights!

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The centerpiece fell in step with the theme: ice creams and cupcakes!

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As with the baking party, I was quite ecstatic to be working with Nikki again from Simply Paris! And she truly did another amazing job at the desserts table:

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Let’s begin with my personal favorite: the Sundae Cupcake!!

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I think this was a wonderful twist to the usual cupcake. This particular creation was filled with Madagascar Vanilla Bean Cream, topped with Simply Paris’ signature chocolate sauce, cherry, and wafer stick! Suffice it to say that these were one of the first ones to run out of stock!

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My next favorite is the Meringue Nest. Look at those swirls! Perfectly in step with the theme. Simply Paris’ meringue are famous for its crunchy exterior but chewy insides! Let’s move on to more dessert goodness shall we?

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Ice cream cake pops. These I find to be very well designed and pleasing to the eye. Not only that, it is perfectly edible (and tastes good as well)!

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Ice cream cookies. Trust me when I say this. Those cookies are really really good! Not too sweet, with the just the right amount of icing. I know this because Nikki left an extra piece while baking and I tried it out for myself. Too bad it was just 1 piece, wouldn’t have hurt if there were more!

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And of course, the whole party wouldn’t be complete without Simply Paris‘ signature dish: the Macaron. This time it came in two tones, pastel pink and blue!

The pastries were a runaway success; I decided to drop by the party about an hour after it started and the dessert table was literally raided! People grabbed the desserts even before they started hitting the buffet table. Now that’s the best compliment you can tell a chef!

‘Til the next party!

Michelle

 

Ethan: The Ultimate Transformers Bash

Because of the nature of styling, every once in a while it is such a breath of fresh air to do a party that is just good, old-school fun. In this case, that old-school fun is none other than Transformers!

The challenge for this particular party was, how do you use the natural elements of styling (ie, the use of actual props instead of balloons) and translate it into something that is recognizably Transformers? Given that this is a theme that is traditionally executed via balloons and styrofoam backdrops, it was definitely going to take up a lot of brain power!

Here’s how we did it:

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The stage was bordered by a steel pattern, with Bumblebee doing an awesome action pose while standing on a circular lighted pedestal. My favorite here is the treatment on the block letters, which has a very masculine construction vibe to it.

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We stuck with the color scheme of red, blue (for Optimus Prime) and yellow (for Bumblebee) for the ceiling treatment, using swags and lanterns to transform the venue.

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The table centerpieces were decorated with hexagon-patterned runners with these very cool Transformers masks! Here’s one with Optimus Prime.

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Here’s another one with Bumblebee! The masks were extremely cool, as they came equipped with LED lighting near the eyes!

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A major highlight of the party was this amazingly intricate cake done by none other than The Bunny Baker! And guess what, all of the elements on the cake which includes the fearsome dinosaur, the Decepticons, and even Optimus Prime and Bumblebee battling it out on top of the crumbling building, were made from fondant cake! This was a real highlight in the party!

Of course, speaking of cake, the whole party wouldn’t be complete without the delectable creations of Simply Paris!

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Lastly, this party wouldn’t be complete without of course the actual Transformers dropping by the party and bringing down the house!

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These mascots are so lifelike, you can literally feel fear oozing out from you as you stare into those blood red eyes of Megatron!

Nikki and I couldn’t help but take a group shot with them though!

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A truly special part of the event was none other than the grand entrance of Ethan. With these Transformers standing in front and ready for welcome, Ethan struts down from the entrance and towards the stage, all decked out in a Bumblebee costume. Check out Ethan in yellow on the stage below!

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A big congratulations to Rommel, Saide, and Ethan for a truly fun filled birthday celebration!

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‘Til the next party,

Michelle

Dorothy Perkins: A 10th Anniversary Celebration

Every once in a while, corporate clients show up on our doorstep asking for help in their upcoming store launch or PR event. This project was extremely exciting to say the least, because it involves my all-time favorite brand, Dorothy Perkins!

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Dorothy Perkins held an ultra posh fashion show at the newly opened The Mega Fashion Hall (or SM Megamall Building D). The DP team required Simply Paris‘ baking wizardry and Party Magic‘s styling in order to recreate an English Tea inspired table setting. The client sent us the following peg to follow:

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So lovely isn’t it? To accompany this delectable styling, Nikki devised her own suggested menu for Dorothy Perkins:

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Below is our own interpretation of the perfect Dorothy Perkins table setting:

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This was such a joy to create, that it didn’t feel like work at all! Nikki and I were just doing what we love, which is creating beautiful things.

My favorite styling element hands down is this miniature tree with all those little birds perched on its branches. You can almost hear them chirping!

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One of the most important differences between birthday parties and corporate events is of course the purpose of the event. Whereas the whole point of a birthday party is to celebrate the growth and advancement of a child, a corporate event has the more practical aim of creating public relations and brand recognition. I believe that for a brand to flourish, it needs a “soul”, or a story to tell; it’s “brand story”, so to speak. For Dorothy Perkins, the story happens to be set in a quaint afternoon tea lounge in London, sitting down on a comfortable sofa, sipping tea and eating macarons, telling stories to your family or your closest friends. Try to imagine that while taking in this picture:

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Isn’t that so relaxing?

To push forward brand recognition, Nikki of Simply Paris created specialized toppers designed with the DP logo:

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My favorite dessert treat in the whole bunch though were the Panna Cotta jars. They looked so delicious, too bad I didn’t get the chance to try one of them as we ran out of supply quite quickly!

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Of course, let’s not forget the tarts, macarons, and eclairs!

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Congratulations to Dorothy Perkins and for 10 years of dressing up the English-chic lady!

‘Til the next party!

Michelle

Santi: A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Coming off from a balloon decoration background, I have always been a secret fan of colorful and lively children’s parties. This is, in fact, what a party for kids should be: all about fun!

My client specifically requested the theme Cinco de Mayo, the famous celebration in Mexico, and so I began doing some research and studying the theme, and came up with the following mock-up which I was all excited to execute:

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One of the most common questions that my clients ask me is, “will the actual stage look as good as the mock-up”? And I always tell them, “What you see is what you get”.

Here’s what I mean:

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This was for me, one of the best stage set-ups that Party Magic has executed, because it looks so “tight”, and well put together. It has enough character, elements, colors, depth, balance of design, and dimension. I especially love the paper medallions on top of the brick wall, the bright-red Mexican sombreros, and the pony pinata just waiting to be smashed and explode with candy goodness!

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For the ceiling, the Party Magic team and I decided to do something different for a change. We handcrafted various colored papel picados and hung them in lines leading from the back to the stage area in the front. The papel picado is a traditional Mexican handcrafted decor used for various fiestas and celebrations. The picado is usually made out of tissue, but for durability purposes we decided to use crepe paper instead. The whole ceiling decor provided a very festive and lively mood to the venue.

We also employed the papel picado in other elements of the decor, such as the photo-op area:

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For the photo-op area, we used a very special pattern for the papel picado. The perforated pattern inside the picado spelled the name “SANTI”. 

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Again, it’s the little details like this that count!

Here’s another personal favorite of mine: the sombrero-wearing donkey in the centerpiece!

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Isn’t that just CUTE? To keep to the theme and remain authentic, we decorated the tables with multicolored striped runners, Mexican maracas, miniature guitarras, and small blackboards displaying the table number, labeled as “Mesa”.

The dessert table was an absolute DELIGHT as well:

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And lastly, remaining in theme, the client ordered cactus as giveaways for her guests:

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I think this is a fabulous idea as it is unique, in theme, and helps teach kids how to be responsible by taking care of a plant or living being.

This is absolutely a fun fun fun party to style! Now, it’s time to say good-bye to Mr. Donkey for now. Can anybody say “Hee-haw”?

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‘Til the next party,

Michelle

  

Megumi: Baking Up a Sweet Party

Since I was young, I have always been interested in baking. My sister (Nikki) and I used to invade our mom’s kitchen to bake all sorts of pastries. Nikki’s creations were always greeted with, “Oohs” and “Aahs”, or “this is delicious, Nikki!”, while my own concoctions were accompanied with “maybe you should have left it longer in the oven, dear”.

And so imagine my delight when I finally got a chance to create a Baking-themed party (partnered with Nikki as well)! The client and I went through 2 meetings just to brainstorm for ideas, and she chose the baking theme above all of my other suggestions. This theme was also close to her heart, as she told me that as a child her family used to own and manage a coffee shop, and they would work with commercial bakers for the shop’s pastry offerings.

The trickiest part about this party is all the small, little details that make it extra special. Here’s a snapshot of the stage set-up to show you what I mean:

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See what I mean? There are so many small details that this long-view does not give the set-up justice. Let’s zoom in on and take a look at the little details that all the other guests of the party enjoyed so much:

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I just love how craft-sy and dainty the baking cup garland turned out (see the last photo on top); kudos to the Party Magic team for doing it! As with any other styling gig, handmade crafts will always play an important part in the design.

Dressing up the stage was a monumental task by itself. The team and I had to procure tons of various items such as, rolling pins, cups, pots, pans, tea sets, cutlery, mixers, jars, mannequins, table cloths, sugar, chocolate, cake stands, cook books, and more!

The ceiling decor was matched with all the on-ground props, where we stuck to a light and pastel color theme:

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The photo-op set-up, on the other hand, was designed with mixed accordion fans, which were specifically requested by the client:

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And speaking of photos, a big big THANK YOU goes to Justin of Delicious Food Photography for the wonderful and tastefully taken photos!

I couldn’t have pulled off this theme though without, of course, Simply Paris‘ (Nikki’s) amazing pastry creations. This is, after all, a baking party. Take a look at what she whipped up below:

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The donuts at the last photo right on top were provided by me, by the way. Don’t they look so sumptuous? They’re fake, by the way (still can’t bake even up to now! ;p).

Among all of the decor and wonderfully baked up pastries though, the REAL star of the show was the host of the party itself, Jen Belen. She came to the party in complete costume (see below)! The set-up combined with Jen in a baker’s outfit was so in-theme that all the guests thought that there was going to be a live baking demo on the stage!

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Jen cooked up a real STORM during the party, that I received a lot of feedback from guests on how funny, entertaining, and full of energy Jen was. This happens ALL THE TIME with the parties that Jen and I share, that I rarely get a compliment for my decor anymore. What a scene stealer! (LOL)

And last but not the least, let’s close this post with good vibes by taking a look at the adorable Megumi and her most loving parents:

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‘Til the next party!

Michelle

 

Bash and Ethan: A Vintage Mickey Affair

First of all, I’m sorry if I have not been updating my blog in the past few weeks; just came from a long trip abroad, but I am now back in design mode!

The first party (after the Holy Week vacation) that I would like to share and discuss with you is a very nice twist on an old classic: Vintage Mickey Mouse. My client, Marielle, initially visited the store and informed me that she would like to throw a Mickey Mouse party for her 1 year old as her older son just adores Disneyland and Mickey Mouse. She did however, added the caveat that she definitely did NOT want the whole celebration to be a typical Mickey Mouse party.

This was, at the very least, a most challenging task: how do you revise an age-old classic such as Mickey Mouse into a modern, relevant character that would fit into the whole “styling aesthetic”?

As with most cases, I approached this challenge from a design perspective. I thought about Disneyland and my own experiences traveling there with my daughter, and immediately hit upon the Town Square Theater. Below is my inspiration board -

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 Here’s the stage that the Party Magic team and I came up with:

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I just love the way the film negatives that border the left and right of the stage turned out – flowing, as if it were being unrolled by the legend himself, Walt Disney! Also love the circular arch in the shape of the face of Mickey, complete with his ears!

My most favorite part of the party, though, was the graphic design of the Mickey movie posters, which I had to recreate from scratch based on design that I found over the Internet:

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The entrance and photo-op was also noteworthy; below is my inspiration for the entrance and photo-op area:

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 Now, here’s our version of the entrance and photo-op:

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A most special area within the party venue itself, however, was the dessert spread. And boy, was it truly a feast, both literally and visually. Again, kudos to Chef Nikki of Simply Paris!

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Complete with vintage cameras, film reels, Mickey Mouse stuffed toys, the whole dessert area is a whole new story to be told.

My top pastries from Simply Paris:

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Caramel popcorn cupcakes. Sticky caramel sauce was injected inside the cupcake, topped with fluffy buttercream, and finally, covered with caramel popcorn. Just saying that sentence makes my mouth water!

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Mickey Mouse eclairs. White chocolate is my personal favorite. White chocolate in the shape of Mickey Mouse, though, is too irresistible!

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Popcorn shaped cookies. Just love how this was executed. It must have taken quite a bit of effort to shape the cookie into a popcorn, let alone color it like one! And placing it on a stick, inside a popcorn box was also a unique twist!

And lastly, here’s a very happy 1st birthday to our little boy, Ethan!

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‘Til the next party,

Michelle

Aethan: A Rock Star’s 7th Birthday

Now, this theme has got to be right up there in terms of being one of the most unique ones for any party: Rock and Roll. My client, Karen, insisted on this theme because her son Aethan is a music enthusiast and loves anything Rock!

After hearing this proposed theme for the first few minutes, my mind was instantly bogged down with a most important dilemma: how do I make a Rock theme, with all its implications of partying, drugs and wild abandonment, kid-friendly?

The first thing to tackle of course, was the color scheme. Normally, rock implies black, studs, skulls, leather, and more black. Black is really not that kid-friendly (nor happy!), so I went for a sky blue, orange, and violet theme instead.

Here is what the stage set-up looked like:

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Instead of studs, skulls, and leather, which are downright scary and a bit depressing, I decided to work with a jukebox, vinyl records, and graphic amplifiers (at the back right of the stage). So as to provide a more realistic (and styling) feel, the Party Magic team and I displayed album covers of Rock and Roll greats such as AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the more contemporary artists like Foo Fighters and Paramore.

We also placed actual musical instruments such as an electric guitar, amplifier, and keyboards! My all-time favorite though, is the block letters designed in equalizer pattern! Psychedelic!

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 Vinyl records were also decorated as part of the ceiling treatment.

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I also had fun dressing up the dessert table: containers and jars were wrapped with keyboard and vinyl record stickers. Check out those silver guitars in the background! Just love how intricately designed they are!

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For every kid that enters the party, he or she gets shades and their very own exclusive, backstage pass to Aethan’s Rockin’ Awesome 7th Birthday!

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And now the clincher – For the entrance set-up, I decided to go for a softer approach and focus more on wood and natural elements. Guitars were converted from electric to acoustic. I love that park bench! It fit perfectly as a place for guests to sit down and pose for the camera.

‘Til the next party!

Michelle

Liam’s Beep-Bop-Bot Robot Party!

With the proliferation of monsters-themed parties out there, I think it’s about time to introduce something new and exciting: ROBOTS! I mean, this is exactly what styling is all about, right? Always doing something new, something fresh to the eyes. This is what my client, Mercy, thought of as well. She wanted to match the colorfulness and energy of the Monsters theme, but introduce something new as well. You know what this means?

Robots are the NEW (and better) Monsters!

As I mentioned previously, what I love best about themes like Robots or Monsters is that your creativity is pushed to the limit, simply because there is no single template to follow. The exact colors, graphics, down to the exact look and feel of the robots themselves, are entirely up to the designer. And so in typical Michelle fashion, during the design process, I chose to go with “happy”, and even silly-looking robots!

Here’s my initial sketch-up plan for the client:

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Now, here’s final stage outcome at the party itself:

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My inspiration for this particular stage design is the interior of a spacecraft. Imagine that you were abducted by alien invaders, brought to the control room of their ship…and met this cute blue robot saying “Beep, Bop, Bot”? Thus, all the necessary details and elements such as: the overhead grills, the portholes (the circular windows), the rungs for going down into the control room, and, my personal favorite, the control panel of Mr. Blue Robot! Check it out below:

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Did you notice that humongous robot standing at the right side of the stage? That’s actually a really, really large pinata. I was originally planning a standard sized pinata, but my husband for some reason misread my instructions and thought that we will be constructing a life-sized robot! And so we were stuck with this GIGANTIC pinata that looked more like a Trojan Horse (except instead of containing people, it contained candies and goodies)! 

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Another one of my favorite details is the centerpiece. These consisted of these DIY Robot stuffed toys, sitting on a pail. You have the whole Party Magic team to thank for these wonderfully crafted stuffed toys; it took us almost 2 WEEKS of non-stop crafting, cutting, and sewing, just to get all the toys done! Here’s what the Party Magic staff sent to me when they were all done:

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With a personal message that read: “Robot na kahirap hirap na gawin” (which means, “Robots that were extremely hard to make”)!

The ceiling (as always) was absolutely difficult to pull off, but in the end, the whole team was rewarded by the effect it placed on the whole venue:

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I also loved how we executed the entrance set-up. It was complete with a hi-tech lighted arch, a signage, and a real-life control panel displaying all of Liam’s personal effects such as his favorite toys and clothes!

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And now, let’s close this post with one of my favorite areas in the party: the dessert table! I just LOVE how Chef Nikki of Simply Paris executed this one; look at all the details!

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Check out those rocket macaroons:

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My personal favorite: Chocolate boosters packed in syringes! Imagine kids INJECTING themselves with chocolate goodness!

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‘Til the next party!

Michelle