The Mommy Bloggers Philippines Mad Hatter Party 2016

It was our second time to join the Mommy Bloggers Philippines’ (MBP) annual trick or treating event. For this year, The Mind Museum, the Philippines’ first interactive science museum, graciously hosted the venue for our blogging community. My family and I have been to the Mind Museum three times already but we have yet to fully explore its scientific wonders. By the way, the Museum has seasonal special exhibits, the most recent one was Dino Play (which ended last September 30 and we had tons of fun in that exhibit!) and it has an upcoming Science Circus which opens on October 28.

Going back to our MBP party… I actually liked this year’s celebration better than last year in terms of proximity and type of venue. This year was more private as we had the Special Exhibit Hall all to ourselves and our loved ones. Mommy bloggers had more time to fellowship with one another and our kids were able to play with each other. We still had to chase our little ones around but I was fine with it because the area was closed and there was a guard on standby so I didn’t worry that my son would go farther away from me. I just got a bit confused as there were too many boys who chose to be Spiderman that day – the costume that my son chose over the little engineer outfit that I planned for him to wear.

My Sweetheart in his no-fuss Spiderman outfit (R. Vercide Photography)
My Sweetheart in his no-fuss Spiderman outfit (R. Vercide Photography)

Lani of Tweenselmom.com hosted a simple program for us. She made the kids wearing costumes go up the stage in batches so us moms could check out and vote the ones with the most creative outfits. We do have the Mad Hatter / Alice in Wonderland theme this year but Lani, Joy of Joybites.com and Louisa of ArtofBeingAMom.com, the power ladies behind MBP, have given the attendees a heads up that our kids could come as they want to be. A great decision, in my opinion, as most kids, especially the younger ones like mine, are not too fond of wearing elaborate costumes. Case in point: My son who chose to slip on his ultra comfy Spiderman long sleeved shirt rather than put on a helmet, wear a more dapper shirt.

My son and I had fun in this party. I like that it was more laidback, good for me since I am still recovering from lower back pain. I appreciated the sponsors who generously sent goodies for all the mommies and our kids as well as the suppliers who participated that day. To know more about them, please read the MBP Press Release below and check out their websites and social media pages. Their products and services are seriously worth being part of your next event :) Some of the photos were taken by our sweet and friendly photographer, R. Vercide Photography.

PRESS RELEASE

Mommy Bloggers Philippines Mad Hatter Party was made possible by generous sponsors and a team of mommies who love this blogging community.

Thank you to The Mind Museum who not only provided us with a venue but also made sure we had a great time by providing all day passes and tickets to their soon to come Science Circus exhibit.

Our generous sponsors, Mekeni Picnic Hotdog, R Verdice Photography, Okasyon Filipinas, Peekabooth, Nido 3+, Selecta Milk, Selecta Moo, Sunkist Juice, Aqua Best, Stuffink, LemonSquare Whattatops, Tupperware, Sweet Art, Glass of Sweets: Desserts and Treats, Recipe Co, Work of Love Sweet Treats, Jack n Jill Calbee Chips, Richprime: Hot Wheels, Monster High, Thomas and Friends, for their support, giving us giveaways, prizes, and raffle items.

The Mind Museum
Website: https://www.themindmuseum.org/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/themindmuseum/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/themindmuseum/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/themindmuseum

Mekeni Picnic Hotdog
Photo by: R. Vercide Photography

Mekeni Picnic Hotdog
Website: http://www.mekeni.com/our-brands/picnic-products/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Mekeni-Picnic-Hotdog-1557893084527540/?fref=ts

Tupperware
Tupperware
Website: http://www.tupperwarebrands.ph/products/tupperware?sort=name_asc&page=1&layout=gridLarge&showNames=false&variantId=63&config=%2Fen%2Fproducts_search_filter_init_tupperware

Baby Care Plus Starter Pack

Baby Care Plus and Kids Plus
Website: http://www.tupperwarebrands.ph/products/baby-care-plus-und-kids-plus?sort=name_asc&page=0&layout=gridLarge&showNames=false&variantId=63&config=%2Fen%2Fproducts_search_filter_init_kinds
FB: https://www.facebook.com/tupperwarebrandsph/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/TupperwareBrandsph/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TupperBrandsph

Lemon Square Whatta Tops Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Lemon Square
Website: http://www.lemonsquare.com.ph/?s=whattaops
FB: https://www.facebook.com/LemonSquareCupcakes/

Sunkist Premium Orange and Selecta Milk
Photo by R. Vercide Photography

Selecta
FB (Selecta Milk): https://www.facebook.com/SelectaMilk/
FB (Sunkist Juice) https://www.facebook.com/SunkistJuicePH/

Aquabest
Website: http://www.aquabest.com.ph/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/aquabestpurewater/

Nestle Nido 3+
Photo by R. Vercide Photography

 

Nido 3+ (1.2kg milk, Baon pals lunch boxes, Backpack Hoodies)
Website: https://www.lakingamazing.ph/products
FB: https://www.facebook.com/nido3.nidofortigrowPH/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nidofortigrowph

Jack 'n Jill Calbee
Photo by R. Vercide Photography

Jack n Jill Calbee
Website: http://www.jacknjillcalbee.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/JacknJillCalbee.PH/

Richprime
Website: http://www.richprime.net/brands
FB (Monster High): https://www.facebook.com/Monster.High.PH.Official/
FB (Hotwheels): https://www.facebook.com/makeitepicph/?fref=ts

R Verdice Photography
FB: https://www.facebook.com/onevercide/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Photo by R. Vercide Photography
Photo by R. Vercide Photography

Okasyon Filipinas (Balloon décor)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/okasyonfilipinas/?hc_ref=SEARCH

Peekabooth (Photobooth)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/peekaboothservices/

Stuffink (MBP keychains)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/mareelaiza

Photo by R. Vercide Photography
Photo by R. Vercide Photography

Sweet Art (Personalized Candy Bars)
For reference to product: https://www.facebook.com/sweetart01/videos/1101976053243742/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/sweetart01/

Photo by R. Vercide Photography
Photo by R. Vercide Photography

Glass of Sweets Desserts and Treats (dessert table)
For reference to product: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.536708119860730.1073741830.491797014351841&type=3
FB: https://www.facebook.com/glassofsweets/

Photo by R. Vercide Photography
Photo by R. Vercide Photography

Recipe Co (themed cake and cupcakes by stage)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Recipe-Co-1520078788275118/

I sooo love their strawberry flavored cupcakes!  (Photo by R. Vercide Photography)
I sooo love their strawberry flavored cupcakes! (Photo by R. Vercide Photography)

Work of Love (demented cupcakes in dome containers)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/workoflove1/?ref=br_rs&qsefr=1

MBP Winter Wonderland Christmas Party

I was so excited to have been part of the Mommy Bloggers Philippines (MBP) Christmas Party last December 5 which was aptly themed as Winter Wonderland. It was an intimate party for 30 members of our growing community. It was not done by selection but by whoever reserves and pays a slot first. As Lanie Lluch, Founder and Head of MBP, have revealed that this party is some sort of a test run of how future gatherings for the community members will be organized and handled in the future. I think I have digressed a bit. Let me tell you more about this wonderful party!

Spaces by Babyland in Mandaluyong City was very generous to have sponsored the venue for our Christmas party. This two-storey building, conveniently located along Shaw Blvd, has the first floor as the store that features top brands for babies and the top floor serves as a function room that is perfect for intimate gatherings like ours plus it  also has a cozy play area for kids. The moment I stepped inside the room, I have really felt the winter party vibe. The place was beautifully decorated with blue and white pompoms, blue confetti garlands and chic centerpieces for our tables.  I came in 15 minutes earlier and saw mommies preparing for the final details of the party. I was able to recognize Lally  and asked her where I can change and freshen up. A few minutes later, more mommies came in and the room was filled with dazzling ladies in blue and white. While waiting for the party to start, we flocked to the photobooth courtesy of Yeah Shoot to pose for souvenir pictures. The team at Yeah Shoot were very friendly and accommodating of our requests. I love that they made a fun but classy layout matte prints of our photos.

The Organizers of the MBP Party
The Organizers of the MBP Party (photo courtesy of Joy Gurtiza)

The program soon started and Lani welcomed and thanked all the moms who came to attend the party on a busy and cloudy Friday. She gave us an update of the status of Mommy Bloggers Philippines and the future plans for the group. She also introduced Louisa Mercado, who will be handling the events and activities of MBP and Joy Gurtiza who will be assigned for the workshops. Louisa then gave an overview of what events the group can expect come 2015. After that, a getting-to-know-you getting was facilitated to get all the mommies acquainted with each other. I enjoyed this game which was made speed-dating style because I was able to talk to different mommies even for a few seconds. Soon after, the buffet was opened for everyone to feast in.

For this party, three generous caterers provided sumptuous dishes for the mommy bloggers. We were blessed to have Shekinah, The Posh Caterer and Kubiertos.

The Posh Caterer at MBP Party

Love Desserts provided a table full of delectable sweets and they even gave us boxes of these treats for us to take home.

Love Desserts at MBP Party

The much-awaited part of the party soon followed after every had their fill. Everyone was so excited for the grand raffle prize which was a Sharp 32″ LED TV. Pauline Flores was the happy winner of this much-coveted prize. Jinke, on the other hand, won an Acer tablet.

Abenson GC Winners at MBP Party
Pauline won the Sharp TV and Jinke got the Acer Tablet (photo courtesy of Joy Gurtiza)

Everyone was able to take home something from the raffle. Too bad that when it was my turn, there’s nothing left from the prizes :( The following sponsors have made the raffle possible:

  • GCs for an Acer tablet and a Sharp 32″ LED TV  from Abenson
  • Cupcake holder from Lazada
  • Renuzit air freshners
  • Limited edition plates from Glorietta
  • The Cream Factory products

The party would never be complete without having a group photo.

Group Photo at MBP Party
Group Photo courtesy of Joy Gurtiza

At the end of the party, we all lined up for the giveaways from the generous brands:

  • Teleserv for the nifty water bottles
  • Fly Ace Corp for the Christmas package
  • Trolli gummies and candies
  • Zomato GCs for restaurants like Buffet 101 and YakiMix
  • Nature Essentials Witch Hazel Toner and a powdered product sample
  • Triumph body shaper (which I may have lost in the venue after swapping sizes with another mommy :( )
  • Nail-a-Holics tote bag and Haven Spa Manicure GC

Giveaways from the MBP Party

Overall, the Mommy Bloggers Winter Wonderland Christmas Party was a fun-filled and successful event. I had a grand time talking to other bloggers whom I have previously interacted to online. It was nice to meet all of them in person. I’m excited to take part in more MBP events in 2015!

I hope that everyone had a blessed Christmas :) I pray that the coming year will be filled with more blessings and opportunities for all of us.