Saved by the Belles

Sometimes good conversation with good food is all you need for a pick me up. I’ve wrapped myself with housework and the boys’ daily activities lately that I didn’t realize how much I needed a night with my girls

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L-R Carina, Sharon and Me

Of course our evening still had to be kid – friendly so our main activity and/or excuse is a “playdate” for Sara and Adrian but with Sara (Sharon’s girl) and Adrian being of the same age they entertained themselves instantly while Aden was happy to watch them play or be entertained by Arnie while us girls gossiped and gobbled on Carina’s yummy Buko Pandan and home made Kutsinta (Filipino Delicacies).

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Cynthia, my dear dear friend put our group together. She can read people well and knows how to put people together. She’s so good that even now that she’s been living in Bahrain for about 5 years the group she put together is still intact. Granted we don’t see each other or talk to each other everyday but when we do get together its like no time has passed from the last time we saw each other. Our lives are so different that there’s always a diversity of topics and experiences to share.

Sharon was a schoolmate of mine in college, We are both Dentists that don’t do Dentistry anymore. Her with an office 9-5 job and me a full-time homemaker. But now we are classmates in this mommy journey. She likes to tell people she learns more from me but I think I learn a lot from her too. She has so many original ideas in her head that we could make a book out of it and I guarantee you it will be a good read. We have different styles with housekeeping and child rearing but our most common goal is to bring up our children with a strong faith in God and to be good people when they grow up.

Carina, has always been the “mommy” of the group. She’s the only one that’s still practicing Dentistry too! She seems to know and be good at anything! She can sew, she can bake, she can cook, very organized with the house, and trains her man well too😉(inside joke) but as I was beginning to think she can do anything we discovered her Achilles heel last night and that’s washing the dishes which is the one chore she hates the most. (NIce to know we all have our weak spots!)

Most importantly our evening wouldn’t be complete without the food and this is what we had…

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I ordered Pansit Palabok and Chicken from O’Porto which turned out to be good (the Palabok especially)

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Red Velvet cupcakes from Waitrose

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generous and caring Carina made sure we had Buko Pandan for each of us to take home

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Adrian waiting and excited for the playdate.

All in all our evening was just what the Dr. ordered and I thank my girlies for always being there.

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Aden’s Circus Party

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The “big day” has finally arrived. On the way to the party I was a nervous wreck (just ask Arnie). I wanted everything to turn out fine that I was worrying about people coming on time, the food, even how the kids would behave was on my list of worries. If it isn’t obvious by now, I don’t host too many parties. My cousin Janice did tell me not to stress and enjoy the party, I think she knows me too well. But I’m happy to report that once the party started all my worries were gone and I just enjoyed every moment.

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Our venue, Fat Burger has a second floor with a play area which they can close exclusively for parties (which I love). As I anticipated the kids were out-of-the-way in their little play area and the adults were all in the dining area catching up with old friends. My Adrian had such a wonderful time with his passé, kuya Vhiggo and ate Czin that I didn’t even see him during the party. But because I know he had back up, I know he was safe. Even the birthday boy was also playing the gracious party host going from one table to the next (leaving me alone for once). But after a while I think he got exhausted from all the interaction and mommy was his only refuge and reconnect the umbilical cord we did.

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Photo Credit: Edwin Mendoza

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Photo Credit: Edwin Mendoza

 

With our Circus Theme Party  “the table” was the star! That’s where ate Dinx comes in she played the role of an event stylist and I just let her do her magic. And magic is what she did to that table, for never in a million years will I be able to put up that table the same way she did – if that’s not a talent I don’t know what talent is!!! Watch out for my next post about her.

Photo Credit: Edwin Mendoza

Photo Credit: Edwin Mendoza

Another supplier who helped me meet the Circus Theme was FADGE CAKE who made the birthday cake. Mhin the owner/baker did such a good job. She promised me a “better” cake than the picture I sent her and she did not  disappoint! It was also a pleasant experience working with her she was very professional and that’s how I think every cake supplier should be. Funny story, her husband, I assume, was so used to the pick up thing that when we did our pick up he even told me to buckle up first before he gave me the cake in the car. It’s those little things that catch my attention and the things I remember the most. If you are in the search for a cake supplier for your next party why don’t you give FADGE CAKE a try, she’s very accommodating if you email her and will patiently answer any question you have and believe me I had LOTS of concerns). This is a link to FADGE CAKE FB page.

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Photo Credit: Edwin Mendoza

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Photo Credit: Edwin Mendoza

My giveaways were specially flown in from Manila which was bought in Divisoria. I’ve always love the appeal of the gum ball machine and I’ve always wanted one in my room ever since I was young. To be able to use it as a party souvenir for my son was absolutely a delight! At first we were thinking of putting a sub par chocolate inside but I figured why give away something I would not eat, so M&M’s and Skittles made its way inside.

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The cupcakes were made by my friend Carina. (Cupcakes by Carina-nice name for a future business venture wink wink) I got lots of praises for her cupcakes and even a couple of mommy friends telling me their picky eater kids loved the cupcake I think for picky eater kiddies to love your cupcakes is the highest form of flattery. I super appreciate Tita Carina’s generous support for this party, she even got Daddy Edwin to cover the party – which I think was out of his comfort zone since he’s a professional photographer and use to high fashion etc shoots not covering children’s parties. I just love this couple very much because although we don’t get to spend time with each other too often, I feel like my kids have a special place in their hearts. And to me friends who love my kids are the special kind.

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Last but certainly not the least, Party Boothcam came to our party to help us with the photo booth. I wanted them at the party so that the adults have something to bring home with them as souvenir. How many times do we get party souvenirs and think, “WTH am I going to do with this?” with the party booth they get pictures of their families that they get to keep, now isn’t that a nice party favor? This is owned and operated by sisters Dinky and Diane. I just love how their bubbly personalities radiate in what they do and show in their faces that people don’t get intimidated by the photo booth. I’ve been to parties where the photo booth people didn’t seem to like their jobs that they don’t even offer a simple smile and this just makes me turn off in the whole experience. But not with these sisters! They even have boxes filled with props for you to try on and they even help you put it on with such speed and accuracy just in time for the next “click“. If you are planning a party soon I HIGHLY recommend you give them a call, I’ve linked their FB page for easy access too.

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Photo Credit: Edwin Mendoza

In closing, This party was made out of love. Whether it be the love for my Aden, a love for event styling, a love for baking or a love to attend parties. All of this would not have been possible without any of it and I am truly grateful for all of you who helped me do this. I could not have done this alone. This is one party I will not forget for a long long time.