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The Moment My Life Changed, For The Good

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About a month ago, we celebrated the death anniversary of my maternal grandmother. Whenever I think of my ama, my mind often flashes back to this specific scene: my ama, sturdily climbing up the grand staircase of Makati Shangri-la Hotel, off to see me get engaged to my now husband. By then, she was already at Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and had already undergone a number of surgeries (none were effective). For those unaware, pancreatic cancer is the Mike Tyson of all cancers: it’s hard to...

Ellie’s Gymtastic 7th

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A PERFECT PARTY FOR A PERFECT GIRL If you had a daughter turning 7, what theme would you choose for her? I always joke with my clients that for their child’s first birthday, the parents should choose their own favorite theme, because by the time he or she turns 7 years old, the child will already be doing the choosing for them! So what type of girl is Ellie like? First thing that pops to mind is that she is a gymnast: Ellie in the process of doing a gymnast’s split-leap. Special...

The Day I Became A Better Stylist

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I remember the night as clear as day. It was one of our first events, and my husband and I were doing a mock-up of how the dessert table would look like for that party (the theme was Cat in the Hat). After displaying all the dessert jars and containers, and having been satisfied with the output, I told my husband to pack things up. And then the unthinkable happened. The table was one of those foldable ones with the bendable legs. My husband, perhaps in his rush to set up the table, forgot to...

Lily’s French Carnival

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LAZ AND LILY: A TALE OF TWO MIRACLES A few years ago, I heard a story from a client that would stick to me up to this day: For some time, my client and her husband found it hard to conceive a child. So they went to the Holy Land itself, Israel, and lo and behold, a child was conceived! Thus was their firstborn, Laz, dubbed the “miracle baby”. A year later, Party Magic helped the couple, Raul and Laurice, celebrate the miracle of life during Laz’s first birthday. This was back...

Margaux’s Flintstones Birthday: A Truly Rocking Party!

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WELCOME TO BEDROCK (pop. 2,500, Stone Age) Following off in the same vein as my previous post, Aerin: Meet Riverdale’s New Sweetheart, here’s another novel idea for a theme, this time coming from one of the greatest TV cartoons of all time: The Flintstones! Meet the Flintstones. Can anybody say, “Yabba Dabba Doo!” Margaux Rocks One in this Truly Unique Party Part of the allure of designing children’s parties is the sheer breadth of the possible: one week I’m working on a pastel Gems party, and...

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