This dress is one example why I love Cole Vintage clothes.
It’s so effortless.
I’m trying to shop in their online store now kaso halos everything is sold out. Ganun siya ka-benta.
Anyway, Anika’s seventh birthday is coming up. Yes, we’re still pushing with Legoland. I already bought the plane tickets. I will be booking the Legoland Hotel tonight. Anika’s very, very excited.
But you know, when I was in the US, I was doubting our decision not give Anika a grand party for her 7th birthday. She’s our only daughter. She’s also the only granddaughter and pamangkin in my side of the family. May budget naman and I have been planning for this party ever since she was born. Baka kako mag-sisi ako.
Oo guys. Naka-plan na ako pati debut and wedding ni Anika. Hahaha!
My agitation worsened when I saw the party invitation of Gabo and Ellie’s combined birthday party this weekend. I am scared Anika will change her mind when she sees the grand party. Baka humingi ng ganun klaseng party! Hindi na pwede! Kulang na my time to prepare!
Also, the lolas are commenting that Anika should have a party kahit maliit lang because milestone yung seven years.
I talked to Anika one night.
ME: Sweetheart, no more birthday party ka na talaga ha kasi we’re going to Legoland. You might change your mind kasi when you see Gabo and Ellie’s party.
ANIKA: Why can’t I have both a nice party and Legoland, Nanay?
ME: Kasi too much na anak. Madaming bata nga diyan hindi kumakain eh tapos ikaw sobra sobra naman. At saka, kulang na tayo sa budget kasi expensive sumakay ng airplane.
ANIKA: It’s okay, Nanay. Legoland is fine for me.
As in she’s really okay with it. No tantrums, whatsoever.
That was when I decided, sige na nga, let’s give a small party for Anika.
So, I planned a surprise birthday party for her at Shakey’s.
Bakit Shakey’s? Fully booked na all the McDo and Jollibee branches that we inquired at.
We got the basic pacakge. Not bad naman the price compared to Max’s Restaurant na parang pang wedding na ang packages. I told Alvin we’ll minimize the guests na lang. Sa awa ng Diyos, 100 na ang estimated guests to date. Hahahaha! I told Alvin not to worry because it is always expected that 20% of the invited guests do not come. Tapos 20% pa of those who RSVP’ed might not come as well.
So we’re alright.
I have yet to talk to Shakey’s pero I told the guests to come earlier than the party time so that everyone would be at the restaurant when we arrive.
Anika will love this surprise party! She’s totally not expecting it!
My next dilemma was the theme.
Anika was supposed to have a princess rockstar concert theme back when we were planning for her grand party. Yun na lang sana again but I remembered, rockstar na ang theme niya last year! Isip isip na naman ako ng theme. I vibered Pineda. Sabi ko hindi na rockstar so baka hindi na kami tumuloy sa Hard Rock for the pictorial. I told her I have no idea anong theme. And then Maggie of The Little Whisk told me kung gusto ko ba daw Hatchimals! Good idea, right?! Pero ayaw ko nga magHatchimal costume sa birthday pictorial. For sure, Alvin will kill me if I insist that he wears the Hatchimal costume too.
Nagkalinaw last night when I was surfing the net with Anika. We chanced upon a Shopkins cake. She wants that daw for her birthday. Yahoooo! Shopkins it is! I just have to look for sino ang gagawa. And then, rockstar na lang pa din yung photoshoot because hilig naman talaga ni Anika ang magconcert eh. It’s a nice remembrance for her pa din.
So restaurant, check!
Maggie will make cookies, check!
Giveaways? Shakey’s has but I’m thinking of adding pa to it so if you have ideas, please help me!
For the game prizes, Shakey’s has too but tingi lang so I have to go to Divisoria to buy more.
Do I have to decorate the function room of Shakey’s? Ang gastos din pala ano? Nakakaloka!
I’ve set a budget and hopefully I can stick to it. Sa cake lang naman ako mega maselan eh. Even if hindi bongga the party, makakaasa kayo na kabog ang cake, forshore.
I can’t wait for Anika’s birthday. The most important thing for me is that maging special this day for her. I want this birthday to be her most memorable one to date =)