Hi everyone, finally here’s my special post for Cyler’s first birthday party! Six months ago, we started planning for our little boy’s first birthday party. I have seen so many birthday parties but I’d never try to plan any. It was my first time to organize a birthday party(yes it is!) and this was a big challenge for me and my husband, Cj. As much as possible we want the party to be simple but of course special for it’s our son’s first birthday and we want the guests to have fun and enjoy too.
The first thing we had to think about it was the THEME, of course. Everything starts in the theme. We had a couple of criteria for the theme: (1) should be Cyler’s TOP favorite (2) must be unique (3) it should be silly and at the same time fun (4) simple but rock. And the perfect theme that goes to our mind was… CHARLIE and the NUMBERS! Charlie and the Numbers is a program from BabyTV , a television channel for infants, toddlers, and their parents which cover all early learning skill and developmental milestones for toddlers. We are fans of Charlie and the numbers and I have mentioned in my previous blog post that Cyler go loco when he watches this cartoon. Cyler was literally hypnotize once he started watching this cartoon, with his eyes wide open without blinking. So, I guess we meet all the criteria and this is the perfect theme for our little boy’s first birthday party! And so, it has been decided that we’re gonna having a Magical Numbers Birthday party for Cyler!
On the other hand, thing about the theme is that it is not common in the Philippines. It’s not even familiar to anyone here, only two(including us) out of ten Filipinos are familiar with the theme. Charlie and the numbers is available at Destiny and Sky cable only, but you can also visit BabyTv site and download the iPhone App of this. Anyhoo, back to my topic, I browse various websites and forums but I couldn’t find that theme. Geez! The only thing that we saw about Charlie and the Numbers theme was a birthday cake(oh at least..meron). Whew! So, here comes the biggest challenge still we went for it. Armed with our bright ideas and creative juices, my OC-ness and OA-ness began. I got so many party ideas from various websites like Hostess with the Mostess, Oh happy Day and Smart Parenting magazine. I want the theme to be consistent in everything from the little to big details. And of course, it should be budget wise as well. And the most important thing to me, it has to be memorable, fun, and happy not only to us but to every guests who will attend the party. Fast forward to June 2012, we had a Magical Numbers Birthday party for Cyler.
I didn’t require the guests to wear any costume at all because I want all the kids especially the babies to feel comfy on their attire. I’d make sure that all our guests will go home with a happy face and full tummy. I didn’t worry about Cyler anymore because he is used to crowded environment. The birthday celebrant was taking a nap when the party started but his Lolo forced him to get up and so he started to felt uneasy and a bit clingy when he woke up. Although he didn’t cry, actually he rarely cry and when he do it’s for the strangest reason. The very talkative and cheerful Cyler was missing at that time, but it was totally understandable.
Moving forward, good thing after a few minutes he was in a good condition again and he allowed everyone to carry him over and over, that’s why I kept on finding him the entire time. We didn’t had the chance to take more pictures because I was insanely busy entertaining our guests and Cyler was always missing in action. The guests kept on coming from time to time. Cyler was busy minding his own business and just thumb-sucking the entire time, you will noticed that in most of his photos. Thumb sucking makes him feel so comfy, that’s why we allow him to do it. Cyler was so curious by the different people who carry him and the different surroundings, so he had his signature “Curious Frown” look the whole time.
Less than 100 guest confirmed but on the day of the event almost 150++ guests showed up! BOOM! Box office diba?! But it’s totally fine, the more the merrier! And it feels so overwhelming cause all our relatives and friends were all there and became part of that very special day. Again, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to say ‘thank you’ to all the people who came and became part of the most awaited day of our son. We appreciate all your time and effort.
Overall, the party went well and was great. I am very happy with the good feedback’s that I received from our guests. The party host did a great job too, they are indeed hilarious! All our guest went home with gas pain due to over…. laughing. Yikes! The party host was able to kept the party alive which I liked the most. Four thumbs up for that, including my foot thumb! Teehee! They really did job well done. 🙂
Our vendors did a great job as well because they we’re able to meet all my expectations, actually it’s beyond my expectations. The suppliers doesn’t have any idea about the theme but they gave so much time and effort researching for it. Hats off to all our suppliers! You really made this Magical Numbers Birthday party impossible and a wonderful thing to do! Btw, if you want to ask anything about the party details, supplier names, contacts and other stuff, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I possible.
Special thanks to our dear friend, Lhei and his hubby Hansel for the awesome tarpulin, my CIL, Ate Gigi for the sweet treats in the candy buffet, my, CIL Jus for all the design layout, my sister, Isang and CIL, Sharmaine for helping us doing all the DIYs, to my BIL, Kuya Francis for helping me conceptualizing the whole party and of course to my husband, Cj for his undying support for I won’t be able to do this without his help . Again, many thanks to all our family and friends for being part of this special day of our son, Cyler. We really appreciate it, thank you so much! 🙂
Btw, here’s the run through of our suppliers. I’ll make a reviews about them on my next post, so watch out for that!
Venue: Shakey’s Quezon Avenue
Cake and Cuppies : Sweet Creations by Mums
Balloon Decor : JD Party Shop
Loot Bags: Pixie Pen
Party Host: Leny’s Party Needs & General Merchandise
Photo Coverage: Jam Masalonga
DIYs and other Details: Divisoria, National Book Store
Sweets: S&R, SM Supermarket