It's been a year since we celebrated Daniel's first birthday and now is just the perfect time to blog about it since its Christmas day! My son was born the day after Christmas and since I was literally spending my Christmas in labor in the hospital then, thought having a Christmas theme party for his first party is perfect. Firstly, he is too young to complain and ask for a superhero theme (goodness! I dread for that day haha), second I want parties with just a few colors - my eyes have color issue, I tend to get dizzy with uncoordinated colors so white, red and green are perfect for the theme.
Hats off yet again to my good friend Stan of Creative Designs by Stan for executing it just as how I envisioned it to be. "Stan please not too kiddish and every color coordinated. Minimalist and clean!" and obviously he did get all that spot on.
The CD monogram which I personally designed for Daniel's nursery was duplicated and used for his baptismal reception and this time, for his first birthday.
These wooden trees with CD balls were DIY-ed by Tat and I. It was initially used as invitations and the excess ones, we incorporated as centerpiece for the kiddie tables.
We had a jumping play area which I sourced out all the way from Batangas because it was the only one that was all white. I did not hire any magicians or clowns for the party since I wanted everything to be intimate and laid back, so for the activity area, I booked a bead and clay making workshop which the kids loved especially the girls!
The inflatable jumping area also served as a mini studio! So nice to take photos from the inside
Aww my cutee patootie baby boy!
The designs were also all Christmas themed!
I was lucky to find a food cart that complies and blends with the party's theme, and they came in ready, all in Christmas mood for the event! Rita's Ice Cream was requested by Daddy Tat and it was mommy approved since it really taste good and colors are - green, white and red too, perfect!
I requested live music from Daddy Tat since I know how much Daniel easily gets stressed during events (he got it from momma!). Music calms and soothes me and my baby and it was worth it, because my son really enjoyed being serenaded with Disney songs played on strings!
Love this moment, priceless! He was actually dancing and enjoying the music
Daniel's Tita Drizzle was kind enough to sing the song I wrote for him.
The highlight of the event was Madison's musical performance! Both kids and adults enjoyed their show. Look how they all came in christmas theme too!
The loot bags and the huge candy cane pillows were made by my Beyond White staff. I wanted to make sure the kids will enjoy their giveaways, so I had to personally hand pick the loot bag items two days prior the event, and pack everything together. It was nice to hear from the parents how their kids loved their loot bags!
The party was all planned in just two weeks time with no coordinator, though I got help from some of my Beyond White staff too. It was indeed stressful for me since December is a very busy month for the industry I'm in and had literally zero sleep during the event.
The night before the party, I was up editing Daniel's growing up video while waiting for my red dress and my son's outfit to arrive. I was literally crying at 4am, bawling my eyes out, stressed, tired and frustrated why our outfits hasn't arrived yet (we had to rush both our outfits since its December and I had to prioritize orders from my clients.
But after finishing the growing up video I made for him, I took a deep breathe, paused and my tears of frustration were replaced by tears of joy. It was stressful but it was for my baby boy - so turns out, it was all fulfilling.
Despite the busyness of December, it is now my most favorite month. On the 25th of December, I celebrate my Lord Jesus Christ, my savior, my father and my king. And the day after, just in his perfect time, Jesus gifted me my son - Christian Daniel.
Thank you Lord Jesus! You truly are wonderful!
Photos by Little Heartbeat Photography