Uri’s second birthday party was held yesterday and it was a blast! I was so thrilled to have some of the guests thank me saying their kids really had a great time. Almost as rewarding as seeing your child enjoy in his own birthday celebration.
It took me a month to plan Uri’s birthday party, but it took us several weeks to decide on the party venue. We were initially scouting for a venue in Fort Bonifacio to make it accessible for some of our guests coming from Alabang, Laguna and Cavite. But we want a venue with enough space where the kids can play, is accessible and within our budget. We didn’t seem to find any in the Fort area that fit our requirements, or in any establishment located near C-5.
Close to a month to Uri’s birthday, we limited our venue hunt to places near where we live. Luckily, we remembered Pan de Amerikana, the rustic bakery-cafe where we sometimes buy great tasting giant pan de sal. We eat here once in a while and we know it’s a kid-friendly place. It has a giant chessboard with giant chess pieces that kids love to play with. It has a nice and relaxing ambience where adults can enjoy good conversation. Best of all, the food is good and very affordable.
The giant chessboard inspired the black & white theme for Uri’s party. Notes and sketches on a chalkboard served as the party invitation. The party loot bag consisted of a chalkboard, pieces of dustless chalk, a pencil and some activity sheets for kids to be busy while waiting for other guests to arrive. I thought they were cute and didn’t cost me more than 20 pesos per loot bag.
Since the venue is already pretty, I didn’t bother to put up anymore decor except for Uri’s birthday banner, which I made myself using black & white recycled paper. I had wanted to display some of Uri’s photos, even had them printed, but didn’t get the chance to arrange them in the venue on the day of the party. Turo & I even blew up balloons the night before supposedly for decorating the party stage but were just handed out after the party for kids to play with. The boys also had fever on the week of the party, which gave me less time to execute my crazy decorating ideas.
Still, the party was a hands-down success. Turo & I will have some more celebrating for pulling off another great party. Happy birthday to our little boy Uri and thanks to everyone who came to greet him!
See more photos from the party here.