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Hello Kitty vs Ninja Turtles Party Mash Up

Planning a party for 2 celebrants can be challenging.  If those celebrants happen to be a boy and a girl with specific but totally different fave characters, it could pose a serious party problem for Mommy.

Little girl wants Hello Kitty.  Little boy wants Ninja Turtles.  Mom wants just one party.

How to pull it off? Here are some suggestions:

1.  Use one distinct feature of each theme to create the party palette.  It could be a color, a pattern, a symbol, etc.  It’s best if that feature is easy to execute and replicate. For this party, we chose bright pink dots for Hello Kitty, and the color green to represent the Ninja Turtles. These features were applied to different elements, especially the more visible ones–like the tables and the buffet backdrop.  We used plain green table cloth topped with pink polka dot runners on all the tables. Alternating strips of green fabric and pink polka dots covered the wall behind the buffet table. There were also paper lanterns in green and pink polka dots hanging in the ceiling.

2.  Mirror each theme in the same decor elements.  Paper lanterns were decorated as heads of Hello Kitty as well as the four Ninja Turtles.  The same treatment was done with the paper cups and loot bags.  This was a fun DIY party project that was simply done using ribbons, art paper and googly eyes.

3.  In contrast to the second suggestion above, have some elements that are executed just for one theme.  This way, there’s a little something different for each of the celebrant.  For this party, Hello Kitty centerpieces for the girls’ tables were create using pompoms, a definitely more feminine touch.  The Ninja Turtles centerpieces on the other hand were done with balloons.

Hello Kitty - Ninja Turltes Mash Up

Do you have other suggestions on how to do a smashing party theme mash up? We’d love to hear from you.

– Cheers!

Christine

Celebrating Month-a-Bdays

In the months leading to the birth of my first son, I scoured the net for ideas on how to celebrate his monthly birthdays, or “month-a-bdays” as I call them.  I wanted to prepare ahead so as not to get caught off-guard in the frenzy of taking care of a newborn.  After all, I’m of the thinking that all milestones big and small MUST be celebrated.

There were many cute ideas I found on the net, especially on friend’s FB posts.  One friend made her own numbered bibs and photographed her baby on the same chair each month. It was fun to see how quickly the baby was growing each month. Another friend did iron-transfers on onesies (saw an adorable necktie design that would a perfect for this); while another had her older kids do number art signs.  Most posted pictures of cakes with candles and raised fingers to the number of months being celebrated.

For my firstborn, I decided on using a backdrop of mini balloons arranged as numbers (each month a different color) with my baby holding a foam number (one his bath toys), plus a cake with the corresponding candles (and ofcourse, raised fingers).  It was a monthly activity I prepared for with much excitement, until about the 6th month when I started to get a little lazy.   But I still managed to do 11 months of this—the OC in me needed to have a complete set of pics.

Happy 1-2-3 Months to me

Happy 1-2-3 Months to me

When planning for my second son’s month-a-bdays, I wanted to do something simpler but just as playful.  So I’ve been using giant foil number balloons.  They’re easy to blow up and can be set up just about anywhere.  The bonus? We can see his growth in height vis-à-vis the balloon.  Soon he’ll be bigger than the balloon! (Ofcourse, cake and candles are still in the picture.)

How do you celebrate your baby’s month-a-bday?

Cheers!

-Christine

Large Foil Numbers

Happy 4-5-6 Months to me!

 

DIY Summer At Home

Summer escapes were so easy when I was single.  A quick conversation with my friends about which beach to hit this time (or again), a flurry of phone calls, group messages, and online bookings, and we’d be set.  Throw a few bikinis and sarongs in a bag, hit the road or hop on a plane, and spend the next few days in the sun with my music and a good book, and have an occasional splurge meal and mojito.

As a mom, it’s a completely different story.  A beach trip with an energetic toddler in tow is a full-on production; my pack-up-and-go days have packed up and gone.  Travel schedules need to consider nap times and meal times.  Most of what we bring on the trip is for our daughter, Addie; where once my beach bag had only some money, an iPod, and tanning oil, it’s now filled with tiny extra clothes, swim diapers, beach toys, milk, and snacks.  My husband and I travel without a nanny, so yes, we pretty much carry everything, including our bouncing baby girl, when she’s tired or just wants a ride or a better view.

While we absolutely love these mini family vacations, we decided to avoid the crowds and the craziness and just stayed home this Holy Week.  Our afternoons are usually spent doing craftsy things with Addie like playing with Play-Doh or finger-painting, but the summer heat called for the big guns – the inflatable kiddie pool!

DIY Summer 1

Addie is such a water baby (takes after both her parents) that she enjoys “swimming” in inches of water in our bathtub.  So the kiddie pool is practically a water park for her, especially with this simple “level-up” trick: lots of colored plastic balls, and a water blaster or two.

DIY Summer 2

 

 

 

DIY Summer 3

 

 

 

 

The great thing about kids is that they can have fun with pretty much anything, and they don’t limit themselves to what “belongs”.  I came out one afternoon to find that Addie had done her own leveling-up – she had found her way into our stockroom and claimed some monster and animal inflatable balls to add to her own personal Splash Island.

DIY Summer 4Even my husband and I love getting in the kiddie pool with her – lying down in the cool water is a great way to beat the summer heat.  We don’t get to relax for very long though, because Addie loves splashing us with whatever she has handy – her toy watering can, her water blaster, or even the hose we use to fill the pool!

 

 

 

 

At some point, we have to get our wrinkling little girl out of the water, but even that doesn’t stop her from keeping her DIY summer party going.  Another quick trip into our treasure trove of inflatables (she has decided that our stockroom doubles as her toy closet), and she comes surfing out with a blow-up flip-flop and a big, sunny smile.

DIY Summer 5 This summer, you don’t have to break the bank or your back to hit the beach.  It’s easy to bring the beach to you with some DIY party favors and a lot of imagination.

– Sharon (and Addie)

DIY Summer 6

Easter Egg Hunting In & Out of the Metro

Most Filipinos celebrate the Holy Week with various religious activities–Bisita Iglesia, Salubong, Processions.  But since there are a few work-free days within this week, many of us use this time to bond and travel with the family.

If you have young kids in tow, this means missing out on all the Easter Egg Hunts and other fun activities throughout the Metro. Click here for a list of things to do in the Metro. http://www.spot.ph/newsfeatures/50815/easter-feasts-and-events-in-manila-this-holy-week-uploading

Going out of town?  Here’s a good tip:  check ahead with your hotel what Easter activities they have in store for kids.  Or scour the net for kid-friendly events in your destination.

Better yet, why not create your own Easter Egg Hunt wherever you are? It’s so easy to do! Just pack a couple of pails, a few plastic eggs and lots of colorful candies and you can have an instant Easter Egg Hunt for your kiddos!

Hide the eggs behind pillows, under the bed, in between sofa cushions or even in plain view on top of a table just to start the ball rolling.  Whether you’re in a hotel room in Hong Kong, a cabin in Baguio or a hut in sunny Boracay, you can make your DIY Easter so much fun for your kids.

Egg shaped pails and bright colored plastic eggs

Want to make it extra special?  Add a toy that your little one’s been eyeing or a keepsake from where you are.  And put on bunny masks!  Your vacation pictures will be all the better for it.

Click here to have your Easter DIY party delivered to you instantly. http://festivity.com.ph/p/egg-shaped-pails-set-of-5/

Happy Easter!

– Cecille

Yes, DIY party planning can be simple

Anyone who knows me well, knows I looove to throw parties.

When I was single, I loved throwing themed birthday parties for myself. When I started working, any officemate will attest to the fact I’m the first to volunteer to plan a promotion or despedida party.

As my circle of friends started getting married and having babies, I started to throw bridal and baby showers, the latter being a particular favorite. I must have hosted more than a dozen baby showers for friends.

It’s not that I’m addicted to partying (hahaha!) or spending (I’m a true blue cost-conscious Cebuano). It’s simply because I enjoy gathering friends together and creating different settings to celebrate our lives’ special moments. In fact, I almost always do things myself (except cook). That to me, is where the most fun lies.

Fast forward to today and why I find myself writing this blog, in this site.

I’m a newbie mom. I have an adorable (yes, I am biased!) 18-month old son and I’m currently 5 months pregnant with my second. As soon as I found out my first baby’s gender, I had already started planning his baptism. After his baptism, I start planning his first birthday. I felt then that I needed to plan ahead because I wanted to do things myself and was afraid I’d have to source unique items from abroad or make things. And between breastfeeding, playtime, doctor’s visits, wife duties and work–who has the time to plan and execute a party, right?

Iago 1st Bday

Yes, the easy way out is to just hire someone to do everything, but I guess that’s just not my style. As much as I can, I like to DIY. It allows me (and anybody!) to put my own little spin to my special occasions.

I will save the details and learnings from planning those parties for another entry. For now, I just wanted to share that I realize, that DIYing is simple when:
– you have easy access to materials and party supplies
– you find ideas to jumpstart your own creativity

And that’s why, my friends and I decided to start Festivity. To give you easy access to both basic and unique party supplies (many of our stuff are sourced from the US and the UK!). And to give you ideas on how to put things together to put your own unique spin to your parties! The best part? You can do all this while sitting at home or during office breaks. With just a a few clicks, you can plan your party, sit back and wait for the fun stuff to arrive at your doorstep.

And on a selfish note, it will now be so much easier now for me to plan parties for my boys, showers for my friends, birthdays for friends…

Cheers!
– Christine