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Allie’s Kate Spade Party


Today, I am literally jumping with joy. Because I get to share with you this really special party we made: Now this is not usually me, jumping out and sharing with you this picture all of a sudden with not even an introductory paragraph, but I just couldn’t help it. It’s so cute and happy and beautiful! If anyone noticed on our social media and this blog, we have been posting more and more pictures of parties we’ve done at this particular venue. See, for example, Ellie’s...

Ava’s MasterChef Junior Party – A Truly Unique 9th Birthday


THE THREE TYPES OF BIRTHDAY PARTIES For the past few decades, moms threw parties the only way they knew how: a host will officiate some games (one of which is guess what? the “bring me” game!), then a magician will come in and do his thing, after which comes the cake blowing, the handing out of souvenirs and giveaways, and then bam! The party is done and everyone is happy. I like to call this the “standard” format for a party. It’s definitely fun, colorful, loud...

The Moment My Life Changed, For The Good


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


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


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...

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