1st Birthday Ni Hao Kai Lan Party

I initially blogged about why I chose Ni Hao Kai Lan for Baby Bear‘s 1st birthday party and attached the mood board that I used for her party preps in this post. Here are some pictures from the party that reflected the mood and feel of the event. It was definitely a happy 1st for my Baby Bear. Looking forward to many more birthdays and celebrations. C’est La Vie! 🙂

ni hao kai lan invite
ni hao kai lan invite
ni hao kai lan invite back -- labor of love by yours truly :)
ni hao kai lan invite back — labor of love by yours truly 🙂
ni hao kai lan happy birthday banner
ni hao kai lan happy birthday banner
ni hao kai lan party set-up
ni hao kai lan party set-up – comfy bean bags for the kids to sit on 🙂
ni hao kai lan table set-up
ni hao kai lan adult table
ni hao kai lan kiddie table
ni hao kai lan kiddie table
ni hao kai lan hair salon
ni hao kai lan hair salon
ni hao kai lan sweet station
ni hao kai lan sweet station
ni hao kai lan lanterns
ni hao kai lan lanterns
super yummy! :)
super yummy! 🙂
delish strawberry panna cotta by K. by Cunanan
delish strawberry panna cotta by K. by Cunanan
ni hao kai lan cupcake tower
ni hao kai lan cupcake tower made by a fairy godmother 🙂
ni hao kai lan water bottles with dragon bling
ni hao kai lan water bottles with dragon bling
ni hao kai lan cookies
ni hao kai lan cookies
ni hao kai lan loot bags
what’s a party without a loot bag? 😉
ending the party with a confetti burst bang! - 'til the next celebration :)
ending the party with a confetti burst bang! – ’til the next celebration 🙂

*All fab photos posted above were taken by our creative photographer – Ging Lorenzo

 

Counting Candles, Counting Memories

I’ve been busy prepping for Baby Bears’ 1st birthday party. As I’ve mentioned on my previous blog post here, 1st birthday parties in Manila have become so lavish and festive. I don’t know when it started to become like this but I think it’s born from a new breed of parenting. The new generation parents are now more hands-on with regards to their kids and turning 1 for them has become a very much celebrated milestone. Also, I think for our generation, we tend to be more OC about things. Guilty, guilty, guilty! 🙂 I want to share some details about prepping for the party but in a separate blog post maybe. For now, I really AM busy with the party stuff but I just wanted to quickly drop by my blog and share with you the newest toy I got for Baby Bear.

Leap Frog Counting Candles

I bought the Leap Frog Counting Candles upon the recommendation of my mommy friends. They swear that their kids were able to blow out the candle on their 1st birthday party because of this toy. Yeah, I know, I am so OC that I even thought about wanting Baby Bear to blow out the candle on her cake — hey, makes for a good picture y’know! 🙂

Admittedly, I was at first hesitant to buy it but as with all my purchases, I did a lot of research first and was encouraged to find out that the toy had a lot of features that could teach kids a lot of things. Living in a condo with little storage space ensures that all things bought has to have educational value or lots of use! 😉 This toy introduces counting and there are songs to make numbers fun. It also encourages pretend play, teaches the birthday song, and pressing the buttons encourages development of motor skills and other what nots. Teaching them to blow out the candles was just the icing on top of the cake! Pun intended! 🙂

The true test of the value of the toy is always the actual usage. I am happy to report that Baby Bear was happily pressing away at the cake. She kept holding the lights, amazed at the “glow” caused by the flickering movements. It was also funny the way she was imitating our blowing until she finally got the concept. After 30 minutes of blowing, she was finally able to blow one out! Good job baby girl! 🙂 The toy looks durable – let’s hope so!  As a plus, it comes with volume adjustment — another OC habit of mine — my need to be able to control the volume of the toys!  😛

We have but 3 weeks left to practice on the toy… 3 weeks left until the main event… 3 weeks to making sure our party is picture-perfect!

But more importantly, we have 3 weeks left before my baby turns 1… 3 weeks to yet another milestone… yet another celebration… and yet another happy memory among all happy memories! 🙂

MIA StartUp Babies

So, I’ve been MIA from blogging this week because of a couple of problems:

1.) Baby Bear got colds and a mild cough — probably from teething? or from a potential dust allergy because we just got a brand new car seat that probably wasn’t cleaned well 😦 This was a bit of a stressful incident for me because it was the first time she was sick so I didn’t now how to handle things. I had to call and ask my mommy friends for advice. A special shout out to My Yummy Mummy for being my lifeline.

2.) I didn’t have a helper around the house so it was just me and the nanny.

3.) I had so many pending stuff from my business/es. I was drowning with paper work backlog.

4.) The so-few free time that I had, I spent reading stuff online about car seats and how to get the baby from liking the car seat. It is simply so hard to just let the baby cry-it-out. My ancestors would be so disappointed in me… I need to channel my inner Tiger Mom 🙂

5.) I was also busy planning Baby Bears’ 1st birthday party. In Manila, a birthday party here is like… planning a wedding? an engagement? It’s like a product launch! When did kiddie parties stopped being so simple, anyway? 🙂 This totally deserves another blog post.

6.) Lastly, we are going on a trip after Baby Bears’ 1st birthday. A plane trip, mind you! So, I am being a panicky and OC mom and coming up with lists of what to bring, what to do, and busy reading up on how to keep the baby QUIET in the plane!!!

I want to apologize in advance though as I will probably not blog much again this week because my nanny will be taking a 4 day vacation leave to attend the graduations of her two daughters. (Hooray and congrats to them!) 🙂 4 days may not seem like a lot… but to me, it is… only because I have a lot of things on my plate… the nanny VL timing just wasn’t right.

On a brighter note, who am I to complain about getting to spend all this time with my baby girl. 🙂 My Baby Bear is almost a year old… at least I get the chance to make a few more “before 1” memories with her. Time flies… Must.Not.Blink!!! 🙂