Wes' First Birthday Celebration

It was a perfect sunny day when we all woke up to a celebratory mood last Septemeber 18, WES...

It was a perfect sunny day when we all woke up to a celebratory mood last Septemeber 18, WES' 1st birthday! To start off the day right, we had breakfast at Jollibee where he ate a lot, and made cute faces to the neighboring tables.  He ate macaroni soup with rice.  I had to cut his meal short because he wouldn't stop.  We heard mass right after and had a private special blessing with the priest.
Captured Wes' different expressions while having breakfast
We went home and surprisingly, I only had an hour and a half to prepare for his party.  But I was confident that I've prepared everything well so no need for the rush.  I would like to share this blog post to all the moms out there who are also preparing for their child's birthday celebration.

First of, venue hunting.  My consideration in looking for a venue are the following: availability on desired date and time, accessibility to invitees, parking space, large party area, play area, package cost and package inclusions.  I went to other establishments within the area of E.Rodriguez and Tomas Morato but it was McDonald's who met all my requirements.  My husband and I previously considered renting a venue and hiring a caterer, but for practicality reasons, we opted to choose a place that offers an almost complete birthday package.  McDonald's offered 2 birthday themes at that time: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Toy Story.  We chose the latter.

The invitation and birthday banner were designed by my husband.  The invites were printed on a photo paper care of Digiprint.
Wes' Birthday Invite, Movie Ticket Type

Wes' Birthday Banner size: 4 x 6ft
Although McDonald's package included loot bags, I wanted to add some more fun in the goodies that the kids would take home.  If I was still a kid coming from a birthday party, I would jump for joy if 1) I enjoyed the party's games and food and 2) I took home a pretty neat loot bag.  2 weeks before the party, I already purchased from Divilandia (aka Divisoria) some Toy Story stuff.  I bought the following: Toy Story themed non-woven fabric loot bag, tattoo sheet, tumbler and colored pen.  Inserted from McDonald's were: Toy Story pouch, notepad and sticker.
Assembled loot bag with own-designed Thank you tags
A party would not be complete with out a birthday cake and balloons.  A month before the party, I already did my research and bumped into a cake and balloon supplier which offers real value for money.  Ms. Joan of SID's Party Favors, was very easy to work with.  She replied to every inquiry and directions I made.  The cake was three-tiered which included an 8" round chocolate cake and three dozens of chocolate cupcakes, of course designed according to the theme.  I ordered dome packaging for the cupcakes and used them as giveaways for the adult guests. To add some more life to the party, I also ordered balloon burst, cake arc and pillars from her.  Ordering two items from the same supplier saves you the hassle of calling different people it's also practical, in case they ask for a delivery charge.  Here are her masterpieces:

3-tiered Cake Tower (8" round cake with 3 dozens of cupcakes)
Cake Arc and a pair of 4ft Balloon Pillars
Giant Balloon with 20 pcs small balloons inside with numbers and confetti 

Lastly, the Toy Story themed party wouldn't be complete without the celebrator himself, Deangelo Wes Liam, dressed as Woody, the main character from the movie.  I ordered his costume online through Book Closet (you can find them through sulit.com.ph) and luckily I had a smooth on line transaction.  The first family (that's us of course) also dressed as Cowboys and Cowgirls.  I originally wanted to dress up as Barbie in the film, but my husband didn't want to be Ken (who wore really short shorts, a scarf and an buttoned down polo shirt).

Wes as Woody =)
Woody's (aka WES) Westernized family.  Yi-hah!
Everything that day was perfect.  My Wes was happy, as if he really knew it was his birthday.  My husband, I and the kids enjoyed every minute of the celebration.  Our family and friends came, McDonald's Tomas Morato did an excellent job in hosting, in food serving and in time management.  It truly was a joyous day for all of us! :) 

Preparing for your child's birthday party is an exciting activity.  Don't stress too much as there are a lot of available tools and suppliers that may help you come up with a great party.  Add a lot of Love, Excitement and Happiness to the process and you're on your way to a PERFECT celebration!  No matter how small or grand your party is, what's important is you have something to celebrate for!  Don't forget to thank God first for the blessing of life! Happy Party Planning! =)

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  1. Hi, sis! An SP mom here. How much were the cupcake tower and balloon packages that you got from Sid's Party Favors? How's the taste of the cake and cupcakes? We're from Cavite lang kasi and malapit lang Las Pinas. It would save me from paying a lot on transportation fees of suppliers. Thanks. -Mommy Pearl

  2. Hi Mommy Pearl, the package I got was Php 1,700 which already included 8" chocolate cake and 36 cupcakes. I just added P15 for each cupcake for the dome packaging because I gave it away to guests as souvenir for adults. Flavor is chocolate and the cake tastes good. SID's Party Favors is on FB and sulit.com where they update their prices regularly. =) Let me know how I could help you more. Thank you for leaving a comment. Good luck in organizing your party! :)

  3. Thanks, sis. I liked their page in Facebook. I plan to have a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse-themed party for my daughter. Will inquire about their packages and give Ms. Joan a picture of the cake design I want. -Mommy Pearl

  4. Happy to be of help! Hope you have a successful party! :) Take care Mommy Pearl! :) hope you follow me on Twitter or subscribe to this blog. Thanks again! :)

  5. nice...how much total cost ?food,cakes etc..thanks

  6. Hi Bey,
    Here's the cost breakdown:
    15,250 - Food at McDonald's
    3,000 - Party Fee
    1,700 - Cake/Cupcake Tower
    2300 - Balloon Decors
    1000 - Add'l Loot bags/prizes
    300 - Tarp

    Thank you! Good Luck on your party! :)


    1. Thank u Mommy Louise..My daughter Viannca will celebrate her 1st bday on aug 13..

    2. I'm glad to be of help! :) Hope you could subscribe to my blog or follow me on Twitter @mompracticality and LIKE my Facebook Page at http://facebook.com/mommypracticality. Thank you so much! :)

  7. Apologies for the late reply! How was the party? I'm sure it was a success! :) Thank you for visiting my site! :)

  8. Great party! Your son and I share the same birthday! :D

  9. thanks for posting! it really helped. My son will celebrate 1st birthday on sept14 and i preferred a toy story theme. :)

  10. Thanks @891b1b9ca9945f61dc22fec594ebc82c:disqus Good luck on your son's birthday party! Happy motherhood! :)

  11. Hi mommy! Just want to ask what software po ginamit ni hubby niyo for wes's invitation and tarp. I badly need to make my son's invitation kasi and i wanted something like a movie ticket. Batman theme naman 'coz of jollibee. Thanks in advance -Dennise

  12. Hi Mommy Louise, I also want that Movie ticket inspired invitation, how were you able to do that?

  13. tracy owen turnerApril 9, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Thank you woderful Mommy it really helps me alot especially now that my budget is really tight. hahaha thank you so much!




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