My first official party planning.

After a mad rush from my Sydney flight to try to get into a flight to Manila, I started my one week planning for my son’s 6th birthday. This meant the world to me because it was my first time to actually be there during my son’s birthday. Sigh. Just one of those 3rd-world parents dilemma.

I felt like Bridezilla all over again, picking on little things and becoming a monster at the last minutes. Oooops. Sorry. But it was all worth it even with a massive financial hemorrhage in a matter of ten days. Tsktsk. My son loved his party. His little guests had tons of fun. My relatives and friends came over. It was a success. It was more than a success that our Kuya Fin told me “Mommy, I want to have more than one birthday party in a year.” Wow. That’s going to hurt my pockets. Hahah!

As a school tradition, we hosted a “feeding” in his classroom where the birthday celebrator treats his classmates for a delightful snack.

January 11, 2013. A day before his birthday.

The loyal nannies of Yugster. Nanay Mimang, the lady on the left has been with our family for more than thirty years. If that's not enough for a proof of true loyalty, all of her kids are names after me and my siblings.

The loyal nannies of Yugster. Nanay Mimang, the lady on the left has been with our family for more than thirty years. If that’s not enough for a proof of true loyalty, all of her kids are names after me and my siblings.

Feeding time at Kuya Fin a. k. a. Kuya Fin’s classroom.

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Kuya’s classmates enjoying their little snack.

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Kuya’s bubbly bestfriend, Nico, who actually requested to have his photo taken. I asked Buyog, “Is Nico good in class, baby?” To which he replied, “He is not very good in Math but he is friendly.” Hahah. Kids can be ruthlessly truthful.

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THE PREPARATION

The birthday boy ribbon and the coloring book that I personalized and bound painstakingly.

The birthday boy ribbon and the coloring book that I personalized and bound painstakingly.

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The birthday boy opening his outfits for the day.

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My two baby boys

My two baby boys

My D-day coorinator/ the ultimate housewife of Dapitan.

My D-day coorinator/ the ultimate housewife of Dapitan.

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Bithday banners by Little Crafts.

Bithday banners by Little Crafts.

Mommy Dardar's little helper.

Mommy Dardar’s little helper.

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Must-haves at the kids' table.

Must-haves at the kids’ table.

A lot more things to do.

A lot more things to do.

Team Kuya Phoenix.

Team Kuya Phoenix.

Tita Bubblegum's project--the birthday board.

Tita Bubblegum’s project–the birthday board.

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God's birthday greeting to Kuya Phoenix.

God’s birthday greeting to Kuya Phoenix.

Tadaaah!

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THE SNACK BAR

Water bottles with name tags for the kids. I used colored paper, a black cartolina and chalk to make the personalized labels.

Water bottles with name tags for the kids. I used colored paper, a black cartolina and chalk to make the personalized labels.

I thought painted clay pots filled with candies and coins were more fun than the pinata.

I thought painted clay pots filled with candies and coins were more fun than the pinata.

THE CAKE

The super moist chocolate birthday cake which was not super moist or moist even. The Shadow Hedgehog did not even manage to stand and eventually melted apart into three pieces before the blowing of the candles. We had to stake it with toothpicks just to keep the legs together with its body.

The super moist chocolate birthday cake which was not super moist or moist even. The Shadow Hedgehog did not even manage to stand and eventually melted apart into three pieces before the blowing of the candles. We had to stake it with toothpicks just to keep the legs together with its body.

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THE SWEETS

Cupcakes, gourmet jellybeans, egg sandwiches, peanut butter sandwiches, M&Ms, Reese’s, cotton candies, etc.

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THE CUTEST VISITORS

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Maám Christine, the party host.

Maám Christine, the party host.

Our litte visitor from Norway, Kiva Viktoria.

Our litte visitor from Norway, Kiva Viktoria.

Haven't seen each other for, I think, five years.

Haven’t seen each other for, I think, five years.

Windy's husband and daughter came to party.

Windy’s husband and daughter came to party.

Our sweet Kuya Finn.

Our sweet Kuya Finn.

Xoxo from JD to you.

Xoxo from JD to you.

The cutest little teeth ever.

The cutest little teeth ever.

Scene at the kids'table.

Scene at the kids’table.

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START OF THE PROGRAM

Message from the parents. I am scared of the microphone so thank you Ric for saving me.

Message from the parents. I am scared of the microphone so thank you Ric for saving me.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OUR KUYA YUGZ.

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May you wish will come true, Anak.

May you wish will come true, Anak.

Our loving Kuya caring for his younger cousin.

Our loving Kuya caring for his younger cousin.

Fresh from the pool.

Fresh from the pool.

THE LECHON IS READY! AND THEY ARE READY FOR THE LECHON. 🙂

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THE PHILIPPINE VERSION OF PIÑATA—THE CLAY POT, FILLED WITH MANY GOODIES.

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THE DAY AFTER

We would like to thank all of our friends and families for coming over and celebrating the day with us. All the wonderful presents and warm presence are very much appreciated.

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