Aki was sick. Then, I got sick. I am still coughing like a dog. Now, Franco is sick too. Oh, and our 3rd helper for the year, she left. The good news is that we are all getting better and we have a new help. Yey! We are now in Elbi for the 5-day long weekend. But the bestestestest news is that Aki’s 2nd birthday party was featured in Apartment Therapy! Wootie wootie!
Yey! This is the last of my Letter A birthday party series!
First of all, I would like to say super super super super super super super super super super super super super super super super super super super super Thank You!!! to Leslie for lending me her beautiful plates for our dessert table.
It would have been ideal if we only served sweets starting with letter A. That was the initial plan. After scanning my cookbooks and a trip to the grocery, I had to give up that sweet idea. There just aren’t a lot of desserts that start with letter A. I then decided to go with our motif, blue and orange. And this is how it turned out.
Here is our letter A cake. Aren’t cake buntings the cutest thing? That was the fastest DIY project ever. I came out of the bathroom feeling inspired. With a towel wrapped around my still wet body, I made the bunting in 5 minutes.
I really wanted to make the cake and cupcakes myself but I had to be practical so I ordered from Kalea’s Confection. It is our third time to order and we are definetely gonna order again. Actually, it was supposed to be an orange and blue velvet cake but the orange batter came out too dark. I did not mind that minor boo boo so much since the cake was yummy and the price and convenience were hard to beat.
Mini cupcakes in blue, orange and white butter cream.
We bought blue and orange treats from Duty Free. We got Reese’s, Time-out, Loacker’s, cookies and cream and caramel Kisses,and gummy orange slices.
Initially, I wanted fill a loot bag of cute items that start with letter A such as apple, arrow stickers, aprons etc. Bad me, I procrastinated for months and only went on full gear 3 weeks before the party. Because I did not have time to shop for letter A items and assemble loot bags, we decided to give out something very dear to Aki – fishies!! Because our motif is blue and orange, we got blue, blue violet, orange and orange red fighting fish.
Aki loved the giveaways and even protested when the guests started taking home their new pets.
I really wanted an intimate handmade party for Aki’s second birthday. I wanted to do make the menu, plan activities and most of all, do the decors. Hubb,l on the other hand, wanted big party. For democracy’s sake, I checked out the nearest Jollibee branch. Fastfood parties are easier to plan. Less hassle for the party mom because you can get everything in-house. However, having your party outside your house means you have to follow someone else’s rules. When they the Jollibee party personnel told me that they won’t let me hang handmade banderitas and pom poms,I realized that I do want to go thru the hassle and stress of planning a party from scratch.
Speaking fo scratch, the cost of the materials for the decors was 160 bucks plus another 100 for the pictures, but to me the outcome was priceless!
Orange and blue Ikea curtain. My aunt gave it me back in 2007. Back then, I thought the color and the print were so weird.
On the left side of the picture are long orange and blue zigzags that were hung above the food.
Orange and blue banderitas with pictures of newborn, one year old and two year old Aki, in the living room.
and a light blue shirt that I bullied asked Aki’s Tinang Binky to buy from SM. I asked Binx to get a shirt in size 3T so Aki won’t outgrow the shirt in a few months. When tried on the shirt on my boy, it was just right size. I went to SM Makati to have it exchanged for a bigger size.
In line with our Letter A theme, all the appetizing foods that we served start with the letter A.
Oh yes, I did research on the different varieties of rice. 🙂
Some items on the menu do not really start with the letter A but I found a way to include them.
Enter Aquaculture Tilapia served with Atchara. check out the Letter A slits.
Aki’s Fave Pasta which is the failed version of my meatballs and marinara pasta. In my defense, I wanted to make amatriciana or arrabiata sauce. My mom convinced me to stick with recipes that I already know by heart since I only had Cheryl to help me out in the kitchen.
Before I go into the details of our letter A party, let me share pictures of my Adorable, Adventurous, Awesome, Amazing, Active, Artistic, Astonishing, Animated, Advanced, Affectionate, Athletic, Asian birthday boy!
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When it comes to planning parties for Aki, I always get a little excited. Okay, that is an understatement. I get super excited! I started planning the first birthday during my first trimester. For the 2nd birthday party, I started conceptualizing right after Christmas 2010.
For my lay-out and printing needs, I can always count on my sister. After sending a lengthy email with the text and very detailed instructions on how I want the birthday stationery to look like and after demanding 2 revisions, my creative and not to mention patient and customer-service oriented sister came up with these lovely details that I just love love love!
A is for Aguinaldo! This signage was for the gift table.
A is for Arigato! We placed the souvenirs in Aki’s desk.