Growing up, my mom was always hands on when it came to planning our birthdays. She would plan the menu and execute elaborate feasts without even breaking a sweat. So much so, that when Nino and I decided to get married all those years ago, she was able to cook for 250 people in a matter of 2 days to celebrate my Despedida de Soltera. I don’t know how she did it. I think about it now and it makes me a little nervous. But, knowing that about my mom, can kind of give you an understanding of where I get my partying gene from. I prefer much smaller and intimate gatherings over the large, can’t catch my breath, type of events, because they are just easier for me to pull of with details, while still looking pretty. But that being said both kinds of celebrations are always centered around the kids and that’s what matters most to me, and of course the birthday celebrant.
Since I like to cook and I like to bake, I often will look for reasons just to bring people together. (Yes, in this case the apple does not fall far from the tree. My mom will even host a St. Patty’s day get together for her friends even though she is not one lick of Irish!) I enjoy putting together the details that encompass a party. No detail is too small, no sweet is too sweet, and no party is a party without a dessert buffet!
We can always find a reason to celebrate Gelli. Maybe we took so much for granted before she was born? You know, I think I just didn’t understand the importance of celebrating the little things before she came into our lives. I do know, however, of all the great many gifts that my daughter has given me, she has taught me to slow down a bit, value what’s important, and that God has a plan for all of us. (even if we don’t’ know it at the time.)
So when I was planning Gelli’s 2nd birthday celebration I knew that it would be much smaller than her 1st. First birthdays here in the Philippines are a huge celebration, just like 7th birthdays. 2nd birthdays not so much. I knew that I wanted it to be something she could relate to, (hence another book themed party) and I knew that I wanted to take charge of every little detail as best I could.
When it comes to Gelli-I’m not the only one that is hands on. In fact, she really is EVERYONE’S baby here in the house. Everyone enjoys doting on her, kissing and hugging on her and loving her. So it’s only natural that everyone also gets involved in making her day special. From Gia icing the cupcakes I baked, to Diego helping make some of the decorations, and Miguel assisting with the set up for the night before, all the kids helped out. Even Nino took care of the entertainment for the little ones by cutting and painting a GIANT Very Hungry Caterpillar game that was inspired by Pinterest. (I LOVE PINTEREST!)
What was so super special about her birthday this year? The generosity with which people wanted to help our family celebrate. From the details, to the documentation it was clear to me that the Lord was working some magic through Gelli and the lives that she touches. I have seen and met people because of Gelli that I wouldn’t have met if Gelli was a typical child. I have experienced love and acceptance that I did not know existed before…and it’s all because of her. And to think that one of my greatest fears when she was born was that some people wouldn’t accept her….
I have been waiting to share some of the details from Gelli’s party and I am super proud to share everything that was put into making her day super special. I will provide links and contact information for all the vendors who helped me pull off the details I had envisioned. A very special Thank YOU to everyone who helped out.
Aga doesn’t have a website but you can contact him through the following numbers for any and all floral arrangements you might need: 02-707-0412 * 0927-295-1270 * 0917-378-6062
Kathy from K snaps has a facebook page and a website.
Nyree from Embellished Designs has a facebook page and a website.
Joanna from Cuppy Puppy has a facebook page and you can follow her on IG @cuppypuppymommy.
Cai from Paper Chic Studio has a facebook page and you can follow her on IG @paperchicstudio
If you would like to order from Palms Country Club, you can order through their Deli. 02-771-7171
Other supplies were purchased from Celebrations Party Central in Festival Mall.
Mayo Rocha says
Beautiful party! and Beautiful blog 🙂 I love you Gellibean!
Thank you Mayo! You know Gellibean loves you right back!
very nice michelle!! i love that homemade dirt! creative party and everything from the heart 😀 happy birthday gellibean!!
Thanks Jenny! I really enjoy planning the kids parties. The dirt was really popular with kids and adults alike. Who doesn’t love chocolate pudding? (Psst-it’s really Gellibean’s favorite!)
Marilyn Narson says
Hi Michelle, Reading about Gelli her family and the joy in celebrating her 2nd birthday is just heartwarming. She is surrounded by loving hearts and arms — which is the best gift any child can receive. You have been truly blessed.
Thanks Aunt Marilyn 🙂 I count you and Uncle Paulie as one of our blessings as well. Your love and support, even from afar, is something that we count on through good times and bad. xoxox