Sunday, August 21, 2011

Kaya Jamaica will PARTY like a ROCKSTAR!

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Planning for a party was never a stressful event for me.  Now that I'm almost done preparing for my daughter's party, the feeling was the exact opposite.  One hurdle was the distance, my suppliers were mostly in the Philippines so it meant that I should double my efforts to relay what I wanted accurately.  It all started with the theme. I chose the "Rockstar" theme simply because of Kaya's love for music.  Music has always been a matter of energy to her.  Whenever we sleep together, she would always request to view Youtube videos of Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, 311, Katchafire, etc to put her to sleep.  Once when we were in a mall here in Dubai, everyone was busy shopping and she was busy playing with her DS, suddenly she called my attention when she heard a familiar song inside the store. She said "Mommy! It's Bob Marley again!"  When Michael Jackson passed away, I had to break the sad news to her, I was so surprised at her reaction.  "He's not dead mommy, I'm just watching him dance on TV now." she said while viewing her favorite DVD.  When her Titas (my friends here in Dubai) converse with her, she'd always tell them enthusiastic stories about how she loved watching Glee and would sing to them sometimes.  For the past few days she was so hooked with Apo Hiking Society's music.  She was busy rehearsing and actually memorized the lyrics of Panalangin and Di ko Malimutan.  And boy, she can sing! 

With those symptoms at hand, she undeniably deserves a Rockstar Party.  With the help of my adorable friends, my brother and my mom, little by little we were able to accomplish almost everything in this checklist.  It was an exasperating time working with a budget, a timetable and still considering the best possible outcome for her party.  It was a lot of hard work, but as they say, I'm sure it's going to be all worth it.

For some of you who are planning for a party, maybe my list can help. Check this out.

1. The Venue - Fun Ranch Alabang
    I chose this venue because it's close to home and Kaya's school.  Most of her friends and classmates resides in the Alabang area so it would be very convenient for the kids.  My dilemma here are MY friends residing outside Muntinlupa.  I know it would be very difficult for them to travel and endure the SLEX traffic, but I'm sure the Tita's and Tito's wouldn't mind, right guys? LOL!  My brother JM, showed me photos of the venue and how their favorable party packages and I was satisfied.  They would make my planning life a bit easier because they would take care of almost everything I need. The venue, food, decorations, entertainment - they have it.  Now all I need to worry about are my add-ons.  Here are some pictures of the venue from their Facebook page.

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2. The Cake - Marta's cakes
    Because of good reviews I read online, I chose Marta's Cakes to design the sweetest highlight of Kaya's party, her cake! Below is an inspiration of the arrangement.

The final concept we agreed on: The cupcake toppers will be in 2d - 2-3” in size.  John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Axl Rose, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, an electric guitar, a drum set and a musical note will serve as the cupcake toppers.  Cupcakes in regular swirl design in white, pink and black colors only.  Her base cake on top of the cupcake tower is 6x4 round chocolate cake with butter cream icing.  On top of it a a Girl Rockstar in cookie shaped picture, 7 inches in height.  The colors are black, pink and white base only.  I know it sounds very technical but I'm pretty sure they completely understood the design I was aiming for.  I  am so excited to see this rockin' cake!

Visit Martas' Cakes website for more information.

3. Candy Bar
     A party wouldn't be complete without loads of sweets!  We carefully chose what candies and chocolates would be given away so as to make sure it's tied up with the theme.  I wouldn't want to be a spoiler so I will just post the wrappers and labels to drape the bonbons.  All these were designed by my extremely hot and foxy friend, Rachell Ann Bonanza.  

4. Rockstar Make-over
    This party wouldn't be complete without a makeover.  I wanted to make sure everyone got their best rocktar look on.  So I came up with this Junky Styling Rockstar surgery booth.  I trust airbursh painting will justify the rockstar look so I included that on my add on list.  I will also give out VIP passes and shirts to complete the package.  An instant "grunge" photo shoot awaits each kid after the makeover with my super talented best bud, Bong Malong and his friends.   

  Airbrush hair painting
Airbrush face painting
Table Label
VIP Pass
Shirt design

5. Hip Prints - Orange Segment
     Orange Segment was referred by my gorgeous friend, Tine de Leon.  Her friend, Alex Pamintuan owns the place.  His wife Roma, was kind enough to exchange emails with me to finalize everything.  As compared to other shops, they have the most affordable rates and the fastest printing service.  My invitations, shirts, tarp and bottle labels will all be printed by  them.  Invitation, tarpaulin and VIP passes were all designed by my artistic graphic designer friend, Ate Chel Malong.

Bottle Label
Shirt Design

Orange segment: 2/F 55 Maginhawa cor. Mahusay, UP Village, Diliman, Q.C.

6. ETC
    Games, activities and the prizes will definitely spell out FUN.  I guarantee it'll be something that all kids will enjoy and all adults would completely dig.  I will not dive into the details for I wouldn't want to spoil the excitement for the party crashers.   

 Swag Bags
Daddy Em and Grandpa's costume
Advance gift from Grandpa

I'd like to thank a few of my generous friends here in Dubai who helped made all these possible.  I love you so much, I just wish you guys can party with us.  A few more days before her birthday, and I think I got it all covered (I sure do hope so).  I am so excited to see everything in action but most of all I can't wait to spend time with Kaya, have fun and Rock and Roll!

"If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!" 
                                                                                                      -Kurt Cobain


mackyton said...

Sounds like an enjoyable party!! My son will turn 4 years old in the next month and this theme would be perfect for his birthday party. I would love to book one of the local kid’s party Venues in NYC for this party and hope everything will go as per the planning!

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