How To Throw A Disneyland Party – The Party Magic Way

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I have a huge confession to make.

For the past year, while I’ve been proposing and designing unique birthday party ideas for my clients for Party Magic (the boutique event styling firm I own), there has always been ONE BIG IDEA that’s at the back of my mind, that took hold of my imagination and simply refused to let go.

This idea clamored for my attention, begging itself to be free. And while I proposed parts and portions of this big idea to some of my clients who were throwing Mickey Mouse or Disneyland themed parties, I kind of held back a little.

Yes, it’s true. I’ve been holding out on you.

But don’t get me wrong. I actually did propose this to my clients, but for various reasons it didn’t push through. I think the major ones had to do with the fact that the idea was entirely tedious to execute, involved a large amount of preparation time, and not to mention, large amounts of money (okay fine, money was probably the biggest reason!).


The ever delightful Minnie Mouse greets guests during Party Magic’s Flights of Fantasy Parade

(Special thanks to the amazing Krissy of Little People Photography for these wonderful pictures!)

And so I went ahead and did it myself, for two of the most important people in my life: my daughters, Sofia and Chloe! It just so happened their birthdays were coming up, and what better way to celebrate the 2 biggest reasons of my life by throwing the biggest idea (for now) of Party Magic?

The idea that I’m talking about can be condensed in 5 words, actually:


The rough idea is to recreate the famous HK Disneyland Flights of Fantasy Parade, right inside your child’s party! (you can watch the original parade here)


The fiery Belle of Beauty and the Beast fame as she enters Party Magic’s Flights of Fantasy Parade 

The first time I went to HK Disneyland and watched the parade, I was thunderstruck. I loved the melody and upbeat tune to the music, and all the spectacle.

You see, I’m an unabashed Disney baby. I grew up on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pocahontas (Beauty and the Beast is my all-time fav). And so, I wanted to let all the guests in the party feel the same feeling of pure happiness that I feel whenever I enter Disneyland.

Now instead of prattling on about the parade, why don’t I just go ahead and show it to you? (barararam, drum roll, please!)


(Special special thanks to the hard work and creativity of Artz of Lemon Three Films. You are a genius!) 

That’s all you needed to see, really. [Read more…]

Inside The NBA at Ramsey’s 1st!

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I am a huge, huge fan of totally unique parties.

As our past clients know, Party Magic (the event styling boutique I manage) is well known for its “no-two-parties-are-alike policy“. In other words, even though we do parties week-in and week-out, every party is special. This isn’t a policy as much as a natural inclination on my part. I just like the whole process of creation and doings for the first time, every time. And besides, things get boring after you repeat them for the nth time!

Once in a while though, a request comes up that literally knocks me out cold! The client, my friend Eleanore, wanted her son Ramsey’s birthday to be patterned after famous TV show Inside The NBA. (Eleanore’s firstborn, Eloise, threw a slumber-themed party at St. Francis right here). She is a true blue NBA fan, and so is her husband!

Here is a sneak peek of the party:


THE BIG IDEA: recreate the studio scene of Inside The NBA

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Now this was a true mind-blower. After sitting this down with my hubby, though, we managed to come up with a suitable plan of execution.

Here is how it all turned out:



Everything (and I mean, literally everything) was customized for this party. A bonus was that the stage set-up turned out very photogenic!


Instead of the typical block letters (which I honestly am beginning to get tired of), I opted for a stylized Ramsey lettering designed in the cast of the classic NBA logo. So cute right!

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Mikaela’s Primera Fiesta – A Modern Mexican Fiesta

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Today, I am literally bouncing with excitement, as I’m about to show you what I think is one of the best works Party Magic and I have done recently (if not THE BEST). The title of the party is similarly dramatically phrased as well: Primera Fiesta de Mikaela!

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This type of fiesta is not like any other, not only because of the decor, but also because this was the first time I had a client who is an honest-to-goodness public servant! Mayen, who apparently has some Spanish blood, decided it was quite apt to center her daughter’s 1st birthday celebration around this concept of Mexican fiesta.

Let me show you the stage:

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Isn’t this such a visual feast? Looking at it feels like being hit by a kaleidoscope of colors.

I love this SO MUCH simply because it is NOT the typical definition of a “fiesta party”. In fact, I don’t even think it’s inside anyone’s dictionary. And yet, when you see it, you get it. It’s Mexican. It’s a fiesta. And it’s for a girl. Or, as my husband loves to say, it’s “SOLID!” (pronounced as SOL-leed!).

And the details make you curious, makes you want to peer closer. Shall we?

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Baby donkey (in gold) at 12 o’clock! [Read more…]

Jaime – A Retro Mickey Garage Party (And Why I Will Always Love This Job)

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No matter how many times I’ve been asked to make a Mickey party, I am always bursting with excitement, simply because I always try to create something new, with a twist.

This time my client, Jennifer, had a special request. She wanted to create a party revolving around the concept of Mickey and Transportation, two of the most favorite things of her dear son, Jaime.

The alchemy of these two elements came out this way:



So cute, right!

I LOVE the detailed vintage oil cans off to the side of the service station:


The main idea behind this is to answer the question: if Mickey was a car fanatic, what would he do? Yes, you are probably right: he would probably own a car service station, just like this one!

And Goofy would probably be his partner, with his own station! [Read more…]

Ethan and Caden: A Robotic Rumble!

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After that doozy of a blog post, where I wrote about 22 Awesome Giveaway and Souvenir Ideas For Your Birthday Party (my original plan was to list down 34 ideas, but a few days of researching later I kind of got stuck at 22 and stayed there), I think it’s now time to change gears and do another special feature on a recent party we styled. 

I’m talking about Ethan and Caden’s joint birthday celebration!

The inspiration for the party took off from another of Sygryd Fuentes’ masterfully designed invitation:

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So cute, fun, and the colors! It was love at first sight.

Below is a first glance of the real thing:


Before I say anything else about the decor though, let me just say one thing: choosing the right photographer will vastly affect how you happy you will be with your party.

The reason for this involves a bit of common sense: after the event, you are only left with one thing, which is memories, and memories are best recorded with photographs.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen clients who were absolutely gushing over Party Magic‘s decor, only to be underwhelmed when the photos came out. In those cases, the pictures stored by the brain were a whole lot better than the ones captured by the photographer.

Which leads me to another point: you should seriously consider getting Den Llanos Dee as your photographer. She is the main culprit for these amazingly taken pictures, and boy do they really shine. It’s one of those cases where I can say that the photographs actually match the real thing (maybe even better)!

To prove my point, here are some of what I’d like to call the “money shots” of Den:

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22 Awesome Giveaway and Souvenir Ideas For Your Birthday Party (with Recommended Suppliers)

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Let’s face it. The main reason everyone goes to kiddie parties nowadays is for the birthday giveaway. It’s that most sought-after moment, when you line up for your chance to greet “Happy Birthday” to the celebrant and claim your pack of goodies. It’s so good, it almost feels like Christmas!

If you are a mommy scouring the internet for giveaways, gifts, or birthday souvenir ideas, this post is a great place to start:

1. Make cute and cuddly plush toys that match your theme, display them creatively for the kids to grab during the party!

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Cute plush fruits and veggies found at Sam’s Barnyard Party!

Recommended supplier:





2. Buy different types of cactus plants, and put them on decorative vases! These can be DIY, or can be sourced from an outside supplier. Perfect for Mexican, Fiesta, or Garden themes!

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Photo courtesy of: Mr. and Mrs. Green

Recommended suppliers:




Contact: (0917) 9595 464





Contact: (0915) 867 6736


3. Give out premium macarons baked to colors matching your theme, and packaged in chic giveaway boxes! This is great for themes such as Tea Party, London, and Pastel Pretty!


Photo courtesy of: Simply Paris

Recommended supplier:




Contact: Chef Nikki (0917) 857 9177


4. Place fresh fruits in mason jars, label them with ribbons and customized tags! Great for themes such as lemonade, garden, and anything involving fruits. Another good idea: use this for a baking/sweet shop theme, where you can place various ingredients and recipes inside the jar.


Dara’s Sunshine and Lemonade Party Giveaway. Photo courtesy of: Happy Folks Studio

Recommended supplier:

You can grab some Ball mason jars off at True Value hardware store.



5. Order candies in a jar, cover the caps with customized labels!


Customized Candy Giveaways at Eliya’s Ice Cream Party

Recommended supplier:




Contact:  (0920) 964 9076

(*take note though that candies from Made in Candy should be stored carefully at room temperature; the candies get too hard if stored in cold temperature, and will melt if stored in hot temperature!)

6. Give away 8×11″ muslin bags, customized to your child’s name and theme!


Photo courtesy of: Name on Print

Recommended supplier:




Contact: (0917) 817 0419

7. Give away cute, one-of-a-kind cuddly plush creatures! [Read more…]

The Best Birthday Cake Suppliers for 2015

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Given that this blog is all about children’s parties, I thought that it was about time to write a blog post about something essential to the party: the birthday cake, of course!

Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure (and the privilege) to have worked with a number of cake suppliers, bakers, and pastry chefs. And in my humble opinion, these are the best of the best:

1. Tazzy Cakes – this husband and wife dynamic duo is my go-to, when-everything-else-fails baker. What I love about Tazzy Cakes is their extreme attention to detail and the awesome designs that they come up with. What’s even more attractive for me is their reasonable pricing, which when compared to the level of service they offer is totally worth it.

Just take a look at their works below!



Morgan’s beautiful butterfly cake. More photos here

Tip: book them quickly, as their calendar tends to fill up pretty fast!

Tazzy Cakes




Phone: (0917) 801 1479

2. Sugarplum Pastries – a wizard of a baker, Sugarplum Pastries is best known for its dreamy, ruffled and ombre cakes. Pricing is reasonable. This is the perfect supplier if you have a baby girl and a dreamy birthday theme to match. Just take a look at Sugarplum’s work in Julia’s Twinkle Star and Alexa’s Enchanted Garden parties:

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Julia’s Starry Cake. More details and pictures here. [Read more…]

Eliya: An Ice Cream Bonanza!

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I know it’s been a while since my last blog post! Needless to say, things have been quite hectic for the past few weeks that I’ve barely had time to sit down on the computer and just write my thoughts. Nevertheless, I’m here now, and I’m making it up to you with this amazing party I just did. Check out this latest scoop (pun intended) from Party Magic: Eliya’s Ice Cream Bonanza!


I absolutely LOVE the stage setup. Not too muddled and crowded, but still showing tons of color and playfulness! The venue for the party was Wack Wack Banquet Hall.

I think the brick wall on the right side serves as a pleasant contrast to the patterned pink backdrop on the left side. The first thing you will notice though are those CUTE extra-large ice cream standees! They are just OOZING with chocolate!


Another detail I love are those hanging lighted cupcake liners, draped under the roof of the stage:


This is something very simple, easy to do and you can definitely DIY, yet the effect is spectacular! To do this, simply buy assorted cupcake liners, punch a small hole in each, and insert Christmas lights inside! Tada!

I have to say, though, the main attraction to the stage is the jaw-dropping cake made by the amazing Cat Delro of Tazzy Cakes. Take a look at that!



I mean, how could you beat that cup hanging-in-the-air illusion? I was personally waving my arms in the space around the falling chocolate to see if there wasn’t any string attached! Not too mention. Take a look at all the detailed fruits and cream in the cup!

Judging from the look on Eliya’s face in the picture below, Tazzy Cakes nailed it, once again!


And, a big THANK YOU to the great Happy Folks Studio for these amazing pictures. For inquiries, you can email them here, or check out their portfolio here. [Read more…]

Julia: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

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What I absolutely love about being an event stylist is the fact that I meet with clients at one of the happiest points in their lives: when they have their newborn baby. When you meet with people, there is an energy that you feel at the onset that you perceive through their actions, gestures, and body language. And what these convey to me is an overwhelming love for their child.

I should know, because I have the two prettiest, most lovable, most cherished angels in my life.

And so I feel like I owe it to these new parents to try my best and translate that LOVE they have for their child into something palpable, something beautiful:

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Did I do a good job? ;p

Let’s ask Julia herself:

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Look at that approving smile! (Did you notice that cute star headband on Julia? Kudos to Mommy Audrey for the super cute outfit!) [Read more…]

The 20 Under 20: 20 Venues That Will Cost You P20,000 (or less)

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Whenever I encounter new clients, I always ask them one question first:

Have you booked a venue yet?

The reason for this practical: since Party Magic will be decorating, we need to know what we will be decorating. Is it a ballroom? A clubhouse? Does it have a high ceiling? Is the shape of the venue circular or rectangular, or irregular? Now this is the reason why in my blog I have put special emphasis on venues. Because venues are so important, I have also made a list of what I think are the best venues for children’s parties.

But what if you have a tight budget? Say, your husband has given you a budget of P20,000 to work with for the venue rental fee? What then?

In this time of rising prices of basic commodities and goods, everyone is practically hard pressed in finding good venues at affordable rates. If you had asked me to come up with this list say 5 years ago, I would have easily given you 40 venues, or even more, without even breaking a sweat. How times have changed!

So here you go, I’m listing down below 20 possible venues you can consider that will cost you P20,000 in rental fees, or even less. Enjoy!


1. North East Greenhills Clubhouse, San Juan – P11,000


To get an idea of how the venue looks like, check out Tiffany’s Dainty Carnival Themed Party.

Contact person: Josie

Contact number: 02 726 1001

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Winter: A Mickey Cinematic Experience

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After so many months, I finally got to tackle (for the 2nd time) probably the most well-known character in the whole world: Mickey Mouse! Here’s a quick look:

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Don’t you just love this scene! I know I do. This is the type of image that I’d like to go back to again and again, simply because it’s such a visual feast. Mickey just loves showing off, and this is exactly what he’s doing now: unveiling the curtain to today’s show: Winter’s Birthday Party.

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If you’ve read my blog post about Bash and Ethan: A Vintage Mickey Affair, you would have seen Party Magic’s first jab at this awesome theme. The main idea is to veer away from the usual, cliche-ish (is that a word?) interpretation of a Mickey Mouse party, and put a “styling” spin into it. In order to do that, you will need to latch on to a certain concept for Mickey. For Bash and Ethan, it was “vintage” and the idea of the Town Square Theater. Combine that with Mickey and you arrive at this amazing party.

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Lexie Venice – A Grand Venetian Masquerade!

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Ever get tired of the usual birthday party themes? Running out of birthday party ideas? Well here’s a theme that you can try out: A Venetian Masquerade Ball! Now let us enter the golden gate and take a look at this spectacle!

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It turns out that there was a special reason for this theme, and it lies in the celebrant’s name: “Lexie Venice”!

Venice apparently made an indelible mark on my client, Lynn’s memory, and she loved the place so much that she decided to include it in her daughter’s name!

The venue was in Blue Leaf Filipinas, which I recommended as one of the Top 10 Kiddie Party Venues in Metro Manila, and with good reason: it has a high ceiling, well designed interiors, a great outdoor courtyard, and ample parking space. This is a favorite venue not only for children’s parties but for debuts and weddings as well.

Depending on the venue, sometimes the ceiling works can make or break your party. The tricky thing about ceiling works though is that it is typically the HARDEST part of the decor process, simply because there is absolutely NO WAY a stylist can do advanced work or preparations for it. The Party Magic team can just simply bring the materials required, come to the venue a few hours early, and start working. In the end though, it is the most beautiful part of the decor! See for yourself:

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