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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.