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!

THE 20 UNDER 20

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

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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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12 Ways To Make Your Lego Party Awesome

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About a week ago, the Party Magic team and I did this cool Lego Party. It was in good timing too, as the first Lego Certified Store in the Philippines just opened last May 12!

The Lego Universe is absolutely MASSIVE. And because of its popularity, chances are, if you have a boy, you will definitely come across the challenge of throwing a Lego-themed party for him. This can be downright intimidating as Lego is a huge concept and you can easily be at a loss on how and where to start, such as sourcing Lego party supplies, Lego party favors, and even your Lego party invitations.

This blog post is about giving you ideas and awakening those creative juices within you (yes, they do exist!). So check out the ideas you can see below!

1. Make a stage set-up showing off huge lego blocks with a human-sized lego character (such as Emmet)

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Matthew’s Lego Party, styled by Party Magic

This can be a downright impressive (or intimidating) scene, so let’s break the stage down into parts:

Block Letters. These can be made of wood, or paper mache, with wood being the more expensive option. Cut out circular shaped cartons or styrofoam, glue them evenly on the letters, then paint. Make sure you use primary color paints and work with red, yellow, blue and green. You can order block letters from Party Magic.

Gigantic Lego Block Arch. If your husband is good with carpentry, this will be a breeze as this just involves constructing pillars with an arch joining them together. However, I’m sure not all of us have husbands for carpenters, so other options can be: creating large Lego block shapes and stacking them together. These involves getting carton boxes, adding circular shapes on top, and painting them, similar to the process described above for the block letters.

Lego Patterned Printed Backdrop. This is fairly simple, and the most important thing is to have a high resolution Lego block graphic to send to a printer. You can check out some available ones on the internet here and here. [Read more…]

How to Throw A Birthday Party for P30,000 (or less)

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Every mom’s dream is throw her son or daughter the PERFECT birthday party. Who wouldn’t? As with everything else though, reality steps in all too quickly, and we are confronted with something as unavoidable as death and taxes:

BUDGET

To give you an idea, if you are a middle to upper-middle class parent, and would like to throw your child a decent party, the going all-in rate right now is anywhere between P100,000 to P300,000. Before you pull out your pitchforks, let me tell you that this is a perfectly reasonable estimate, as this already includes things such as: invitations, food, venue rental, styling/decor, photography, food carts, host and entertainment, prizes, giveaways. Every little thing adds up to a big amount.

But what if I told you that it is perfectly reasonable to celebrate your child’s party by just spending P30,000, all-in? That’s just 10% of P300,000, or at a 90% discount to the going rate. Moreover, this P30,000 already includes:

Food

Venue Rental

Decor (minimal)

Giveaways (minimal)

Sounds good, right? If you’ve read my article on 3 Quick Ways To Reduce Your Birthday Party Costs By 70% (or more), the secret lies in there. More specifically, I’m talking about getting a venue that offers free rental in exchange for you availing of their catering package.

But what if the venue looks too cheap, and the food is bad tasting? Usually its only these types of venues that offer these sweet deals right?

Wrong. And here’s an example of the food you can enjoy at the restaurant I will reveal below:

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That restaurant is Cafe Shibuya, along UP Town Centre (near Ateneo, Miriam, UP along Katipunan Ave.). Although this restaurant is popular for their delectable honey toast (see picture below), a little known secret is that for a minimal fee, they can close off their restaurant to host your party. [Read more…]

3 Quick Ways To Reduce Your Birthday Party Costs By 70% (or more)

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There are basically 3 main factors that comprise 70-80% of your total budget for planning a party. If you are a mommy on a budget and you are finding it such a hard time to reduce costs, zeroing in on these 3 things will help you reduce your expenses drastically!

1. PARTY VENUE. This is probably the 1st thing you need to finalize when you are planning. Depending on your choice of venue, rental rates can range from P10,000 all the way up to P80,000!

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Scarlett Kramer’s Barbie Princess Party at Active Fun BGC. Styled by Party Magic!

Below are a few venues I can think of that offer very reasonable rates (meaning, below P10,000 to P20,000 range):

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Top 10 Kiddie Party Venues in Metro Manila

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Whenever we have a meeting with our clients at Party Magic, the very first question we ask is: where is your venue or events place?

This is the first question because of practical reasons: the venue or events place for your upcoming kiddie party will have an effect on such matters as the theme, the logistics, the suppliers (some venues only allow a certain set of suppliers), the caterer, and ultimately, the costing or fee for styling the event.

Make no mistake: if you are a mommy on the first stages of planning for your child’s upcoming party, venue is and should always be the first thing on your checklist. If you are planning to have the party in Metro Manila, here are the best venues you can choose from:

(as a side note: I did not include clubhouses and hotel function rooms, as I consider these venues under a separate category)

1. The Blue Leaf (Mckinley Hill)

The classic events place. This is probably the most popular venue choice for most celebrants who are looking to create a strong impact to their guests.

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What I like: The Blue Leaf interiors are well polished, modern, and versatile. Landscaping and grassy areas on the outside for great photo-ops and a more relaxed, natural feel even though you are at the heart of the metro. Quality of service (of maintenance crew, valet service, security guards) is excellent and almost unmatched with any other venues (except for the hotels of course). Rental rates may seem high, but once you’ve gone around the metro and done a survey of other competing venues, The Blue Leaf’s rate when considering its list of offerings becomes a value deal. [Read more…]

Elle’s Happiest Place on Earth

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When my client walked into the store for the first time, I knew that this party was going to be special.

The client was none other than Robina Ko, the owner and marketing extraordinaire of the famed Status Hair Salon. Now at 6 branches, the salon is fronted by the luscious goddess Karylle Tatlonghair-Yuzon (and the business is open for franchising as well!).

Now you might be wondering at the title of this blog post: why the “happiest place on Earth?” What place could that be? Here’s a word:

DISNEY

The name itself is literally PACKED with imagery and emotion. When I hear that word, I am suddenly transported back to the time when I first watched The Lion King. It was a premiere night (back when movie premieres were still the in thing), and it was a full house. Suddenly, the scene lights up in the form of a rising sun in the African desert, and you hear the loud blaring of the opening chant to The Circle of Life. It was majestic, uplifting, and most of all, magical.

And here’s the thing, too. I was secretly envious of Robina, because I was also planning a Disney-themed birthday party for my daughter Coco. She beat me right to it!

Here’s how everything turned out:

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We placed a signage at the front door, with 2 columns of posts and an arch in the middle saying “Disneyland, The Happiest Place On Earth”. The Party Magic team and I wanted to create a strong first impression to all the guests. [Read more…]

The 7 Best New Birthday Party Themes for 2015

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Time flies very fast. While this is true for most people, I find that this is all the more true for the event styling industry. Consider this: in less than 2 years since my company, Party Magic, started styling birthday parties, we have done in excess of a hundred parties. What I’ve realized is that event styling is a very dynamic industry; people’s tastes evolve. So a person choosing a theme for a party in 2014 may not necessarily choose that same theme in 2015.

And so if, for example, you were to hire me as your stylist this year, I would suggest you consider the following themes. These are not entirely new themes, but more of a new twist to an existing conceptA sort of upgraded version!

7 NEW BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS FOR 2015

1. Rock / Pop Star

This theme can be a perfect match for your older child’s birthday party (such as a 7th birthday party), and can be a totally great way to capture your guests’ attention! Take a look at what we created recently under this theme, for Cadence’s 7th birthday:

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Morgan’s Butterfly Paradise

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In my handful of years in the event styling industry, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a wide range of individuals. This is another fascinating aspect of the business that I enjoy, which I think of as kind of a “bonus gift”. I love getting to know all different kinds of people.

My husband loves to joke that meeting clients in event styling is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get. Well, in the case of Morgan’s Butterfly-themed Party, I was treated to chocolate truffles, in the person of my client, Liza!

This is her, and her princess, Morgan:

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The butterfly theme is not her choice. In fact, she repeatedly told me that if she were given a choice, she would have went for Hello Kitty. Butterflies are not the favorite of Morgan, either. Rather, the theme was chosen by Liza for the benefit of a very special person in her life: her mom, the grandmother of Morgan, who absolutely adores butterflies. [Read more…]

Cadence’s Rockin’ Concert!

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I know it’s been a while since my last post (see Jaykob’s Native American Party). Things have been quite a whirlwind in the past few weeks, when the pre-school of my daughter, ICBB, asked for some help in styling their Moving Up Day (their version of graduation day). While it was a bit last-minute and entailed loads of details (not to mention last minute preparations!), the Party Magic team pulled out all the stops and made things happen. Great job as always! I will be posting some very cute photos soon!

I just got off from a party set-up and feeling very inspired to post some photos! I’m talking about Cadence’s Rock Star Party, and it is the most awesome party we’ve made yet. It was held at the Greenhills West Clubhouse, which I think is one of the nicest venues to style.

Take a look at the overall aesthetic to see what I mean:

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Jaykob Phoenix: A Native American Pow-Wow!

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One of my more recent parties involves a theme that is more rarely used, but nonetheless, if executed well, brings about a very strong impact to all guests. I’m talking about the theme: Native American Pow-Wow!

Jersh, our client, approached us with this novel idea for her son Jaykob Phoenix’s birthday celebration. This quickly became one of my most memorable parties to date, simply because the theme is so unique, and it was one of the hardest parties I’ve ever done!

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The difficulty in creating a theme like this lies in the fact that you would have to handcraft and manually create a number of elements by yourself. I figured that if we were going to make an impact for this party, it might as well be on the ceiling treatment: [Read more…]