Like all the past birthdays, Anika’s birthday started with her blowing a cake with just the three of us during breakfast. Naging tradition na namin ito.
If it were up to me, I didn’t want to have a birthday party anymore for Anika. Matanda na siya eh. She turned 8 years old last April 9. Plus the fact I was super tamad to plan. I wanted an out of town vacation na lang sana. But it wasn’t I who was having a birthday so we asked Anika to choose.
Party ba or vacation trip?
Matagal. Anika took time to think about it. It was nice because I saw and heard her weighing the pros and cons. Galing.
In the end, she chose to have a party. It’s summer naman daw anyway and we can go to the beach anytime. Eh yung party daw, once a year lang.
Wais. Very good.
I didn’t have anything new to wear on the day of the party. Hanap ako ng hanap, wala akong makita. I was mentally banging my head kasi bakit ba hindi ako bumili. I was close to being really frustrated when I saw this dress in my closet in the other room.
Pak na pak.
I bought that dress mga 2 years ago. It was on sale at Celine. The fit was not that nice on me that time because medyo nag-hu-hug yung dress sa body. Kitang kita talaga lahat ng bilbil. I bought it anyway because I told myself, papayat din ako. True enough, after two years, it fits me perfectly!
Kaya wag kayong maniniwala dun sa sinasabi nila na wag bumili if hindi mo naman susuotin. This is a proof that you can buy things wishing it will fit you one day. It was a perfect emergency dress! Hahahahaha!
Anyway, Anika wanted a Jojo Siwa party so we looked for an outfit that Jojo Siwa will wear. The day before the party lang kami naghanap so medyo nastress ako ng slight. Imagine my excitement when I found a shiny shimmering skirt at H&M kids on sale! Php 500 lang! I also found a matching shirt that says GIRL POWER in Cotton On Kids. The rest of her outfit, sa closet na niya galing: the denim vest, pink Chuck Taylor sneakers and her big bow.
For her cookies giveaway, I asked Maggie of The Little Whisk to make ribbons. Have you seen the video of it in my IG feed? Kumikinang yung ribbons! I love it!
Wowa also brought her pang malakasang chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies for the guests. I forgot to take photos of them. I’m so sorry. Hindi ko naeendorse. But the guest loved her cookies. Mabenta.
Eto na, Anika’s cake.
I take our family celebrations as opportunities when I can discover fantastic cake makers. I discovered Cake Lane during Ellie and Gabo’s birthday last March. Tin got her to make their cakes. Nagandahan ako so I inquired.
Lane (the owner) did not disappoint. She’s very easy to talk to. The transaction was very smooth. I was pleasantly surprise kasi ang ganda ng cake. Ang ganda niya talaga. She got my peg to the dot. I felt so relieved. I get anxious kasi whenever I’m trying a new cake maker. Hindi mo sure eh. Unlike when you order from your suki (in my case, Tazzy Cakes), kampante ka kasi subok na. I love that she personally delivered the cake. Magandang first time customer service yun. I will definitely order from her again. I have to mention that her cakes are a lot affordable compared to the other cake makers that I’ve tried. Above average din ang quality so it was very, very sulit.
Anika asked me to put make up on her. She wanted to look like Jojo Siwa because she likes that singer so much. Idol na idol niya. When you go to CSA and see a little girl with a big bow, anak ko yun teh. Jojo Siwa of CSA yan.
I asked Fonz if he can be the official photographer for that day. All these photos are from him.
For your special celebrations, I highly suggest you to hire a photographer. One less iniisip na yun to have photos of the event. It will let you enjoy the party without worrying to take photos. Ang gaganda pa ng kakalabasan ng mga pictures. You can collate them and have them put in a book album.
Wag na kayo maghire ng mahal na photographer if your budget is tight. Kuha na lang kayo ng pa-free lance free lance lang. If you have a friend or a relative that’s into photography, the better. Libre pa. Hahaha! But if you don’t have, give Fonz a call. Message niyo ako for his phone number.
Here are some of the photos that day.
Isabel wore also an adorable big pink bow to match the theme. She’s the cutest baby ever!
Bing was a lifesaver! The night before Anika’s party, I realized walang balloons or kahit anong decor sa event place. I forgot! I didn’t want naman na super bare lang yung party and walang ka-decor decor. Hindi siya children’s party kung ganun. I called Bing to ask her if she knows anybody who can do the balloon decors for the next day and prayed. Buti na lang meron siya. Bing is the owner of Party Godmother Manila. You can contact her if you need anything for your parties. She has excellent party suppliers and she coordinates parties as well.
We asked Anika’s cousin, Gabriel to lead the opening prayer. Ang sweet ng magpinsan na yan.
After the party, the emcee asked Anika what was her birthday wish.
ANIKA: I wished for a baby brother. I’ve been wishing for that every year!
Then the emcee asked us what we thought about her wish.
ALVIN: Kung gusto mo ng baby brother, dun ka sa room mo matulog!
Syet. So embarrassing! Lelz.
There you go! Simple lang her party. The prizes were just from that wholesale toy store in Market! Market! The important thing is that we were able to celebrate it the way she wanted. Minsan lang naman kasi maging bata ang mga yan. We want them to grow old with a lot of happy childhood memories.
Happy birthday again, sweetheart! Nanay and Tatay love you soooo much!