Louiji’s First Birthday Party

We had a laidback celebration of Louiji’s first birthday. I have managed to convince my husband to have a small house party instead of having a big celebration at a famous fastfood chain. We had a long debate about this matter but my husband eventually agreed to my plan. :) I have wanted a house party for Louiji’s first birthday for a number of reasons. Most of them are for his own good. My primary concern is that I want him to be well rested before and after the party.

Since the day of his birthday, January 14, falls on a Tuesday, we had the party on a Saturday of that week so family and friends can come and join us. But we did have a celebration on January 14. My husband took a day off from work so we would be complete as a family to mark this momentous milestone in the life of our firstborn. We had a cake smash in the morning, gave him our gift then we drove to Sta Rosa to have a special family lunch, have a leisure walk and visit the nearby shops. We could tell that our little man enjoyed his special day because he smiled and laughed a lot during that day :)

Now, back to the birthday party. We have indicated in our e-invites that the party will start at 3PM. This is for Louiji and his baby and toddler cousins to have had their nap before the party and so they wouldn’t be cranky and just have fun at the party.

Louiji's Party Invite

For Louiji’s birthday cake, I asked my childhood friend Mau of Mau’s Cupcake Cafe to create a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed cake because we had Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally as our party theme. That’s because it is Louiji’s most favorite app on our iPad :) I looked for an inspiration on Pinterest and sent it to Mau. I also requested that she make the cake and the cupcakes not too sweet so Louiji wouldn’t get so accustomed to it and quit on breastmilk. Mau suggested to make vanilla because it is not too sweet. My husband and I were so happy when we got the cake and cupcakes! She even used red and white polka dot cupcake liners to follow our theme. Check out the photo below. The Mickey Mouse gang figures were from Louiji’s toys. If you’d like to have awesome and yummy cakes and cupcakes, get in touch with Mau via her Facebook or Instagram accounts.

Louiji's Cake and Cupcake Tower with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse figures

For the food, I cooked carbonara and macaroni salad with almonds. My Mom and Dad cooked lumpiang shanghai and lumpiang gulay, respectively. These are their specialties. Our Tita Ninang Alice gave us her most requested menudo. The rest of the food: a bilao of spaghetti, a bunch of pork barbeque, and roasted chickens were all store-bought. We also had tubs of ice cream.

Buffet Table and DIY Projects
Our buffet table with some of my DIY projects

The colored fringe backdrop, piñata, Happy Birthday banner, 4D letters for Louiji’s name, chronological photo display and the favor bags are my DIY projects. They were handmade with love with the help of my husband, sister-in-law and my niece. These projects were inspired by the pins from Pinterest and craft projects that I have seen from countless mommy and party blogs that I have read. Kudos to them for sharing the how-tos of their lovely projects! I hope to do the same for each and every craft that I do.

My husband also made a wonderful slideshow of our family photos. He is really good at doing it. Our dream to have a family photoshoot finally happened with the help of his Kuya, who really captured our good angles and candid moments. Photography is just a hobby of his and yet he is already good at it.

The other party effects such as the balloons, red tin pail, cupcake tower and red and white polka dot table napkins were all purchased from Celebrations Party Central at Festival Mall in Alabang. The treats inside the favor bags were bought from the grocery. We have also included Mickey Mouse Clubhouse mini memo pads and puzzles from Celebrations.

We have decided to dress in red as a family. Some of Louiji’s cousins donned costumes. Kuya Dionne came as Donald Duck and Ate Taji became his partner as Daisy Duck. Baby Zeia was in a Minnie Mouse dress while Kuya Dave wore a Mickey Mouse shirt. Too bad we didn’t have a picture with all of them together.

Family Picture
Louiji was looking at his Kuya Dionne who was trying to make him smile

 

Cousins in Costumes
Ate as Daisy Duck, Baby Z as Minnie Mouse and  Kuya as Donald Duck

I’m glad that Louiji didn’t cry when we sang him Happy Birthday. He didn’t get startled or anything. I guess it’s because days before, we’ve been practicing the birthday song and candle blowing. But, I was the one who blew the candle for him. Even if he already knew how to do it, he couldn’t because the cake was at the top of the cupcake tower.

Louiji eventually got used to seeing several people in our house that day. Though he can’t join his older cousins running around yet, he looked happy just watching them.He ate a lot that day. Before the party, he got to taste his vanilla cupcake minus the icing. He also ate the carbonara with me during lunch time. While waiting for the guests, he ate his favorite Bibibons. During the party, he ate spaghetti. When he was full, he fell asleep on his Dad’s shoulder. He felt comfortable in that position that he was asleep for a couple of hours. He woke up before our guests bid goodbye. We did the piñata before everyone went home. I helped Louiji pull the string that I tied at the bottom to bring the treats out. It didn’t budge so I had to remove the tape at the bottom. The kids went crazy when the candies came falling! Louiji just watched them. Amused and amazed, probably. After that, we had a group picture. We gave out loot bags to the kids, cupcakes and take out food to the adults before they went home.

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Before I slept that night, I felt tired but glad that we had Louiji’s first birthday party right in our home. It was more fun, intimate, personal and less stressful. The thing that I’m most grateful for? Having a blessed first year with our baby boy, the most important reason for our celebration.

 

Louiji Turns One

Louiji's 1st Birthday Cake Smash
Louiji’s 1st Birthday Cake Smash

Up to now, I still can’t believe that the baby who is sitting on my lap right now is a year old already. How time flies! I am really blessed to have been chosen by God to bring one of His most wonderful and precious creations into life. Louiji, here’s a love letter that I lovingly dedicate to you. Talk about love overload!

Dearest baby Louiji,

I could have written this letter on the exact day of your birthday, January 14, but I was busy making preparations for your biggest milestone. I wanted to make sure that that day will be really special for you and for our whole family. I also think that the greatest gift that I can give you on your birthday is to be present and to savor every moment of that day with you. We had a very intimate celebration that day because it was just you, Mommy and Daddy. I hope you had fun during our late lunch at Contis Nuvali eating your bowl of arroz caldo. Well, for me, it looked like you did. We were so amused when you kept on looking at the waitress and following her around with your gaze! It was the first time that you did that. There are people who are really charming to kids and she is one of them.

I hope that you will also remember when your cousin Zeia, Tita Julian, Tito Homer, Granny and Lolo came in early in the morning to personally greet you. They were just in time because you just woke up. Tita Julian even made a birthday greeting photo of you and Zeia on Facebook. Kuya Dionne made a greeting card for you on paper with drawings of Mickey Mouse. Anak, these are all priceless birthday presents that I pray that you will value and cherish as you grow up.

At this day too, you’ve had your first birthday cake smash. I just got the idea on Pinterest and I thought that we can also do the same for you. It’s a fun experience that I want you to have on your first birthday. We have set up a corner of our living room for that. I finished your birthday banner which will serve as your backdrop and decorated the small but yummy cake that Daddy bought the night before with washi tape, paper straws and your Mickey Mouse and Pluto plastic figures. We sang you the birthday song as I place the cake in front of you. I was relieved that you did not attempt to touch the lighted candle. I blew it for you when the song ended because you don’t know how to do it yet. After that, instead of smashing the cake, you just poked on its sides and played with it a little without messing on your bib or tray. I smiled as I watched you do it. I thought that you didn’t whack the cake because you don’t want to ruin the toppers that Mommy made for you that morning. I love you (more) for that, baby! You’re showing signs of appreciating Mommy’s craft! 

Looking back at the past 11 months, I can’t help but be amazed and grateful of how God has blessed and saw us through the entire period of your infancy. Daddy and I are first time parents and though we read a lot and asked for parenting tips from older parents, we still had hits and misses. God made sure that you, one of His most beautiful creations, is always safe, protected and lack nothing. Through all those months, you have never been seriously sick. Mommy still has breast milk to give you up until now. Your appetite for solid food is something that we are really proud of. You’re not a picky eater. Your growth and development milestones continue to surprise us. You’re beginning to be more and more mobile and so I want to make an extra effort to keep the whole house spic and span (Help me, God!) so it will be safer for you to roam around.

To close this love letter, I’d like to say a prayer for you. I pray that the Lord will always bless you and keep you. The Lord makes His face shine upon you. May you grow up to be a God-fearing person, a man of good character, integrity, godly wisdom. I pray that you always be healthy and happy. I pray for all the good things in your life.

I love you forever my dear baby Louiji!!!!

Hugs and kisses,

Mommy