You better brace yourself for the party we are featuring today. Let’s just say I was floored when I first saw these photos taken by Happy Folk Studios. The celebrant Yuna is one special little bub. Her mom Maja of Passion Cooks catering made sure that this little girl would one day see how she celebrated her 1st birthday party and how much effort and work was put into it by the people who loved her so. Maja, the mastermind behind this brilliantly detailed party, worked together with some pretty rockin’ suppliers to make sure her ideas came to life. Yup! This party will be pretty hard to top and if you wanna know a detailed account of how the magic happened, Yuna’s mom shares her story at the end of the post.
P.S. – We love so many things about this affair, especially the decor. But come on! How cute is that film area showing The Little Rascals! Can’t stress it enough. This is brilliant!
From: Yuna’s Mommy:
Of all the parties I’ve handled, this one is closest to my heart. Not just because Yuna is my first born, but because the details of her party took me back to our humble beginnings. Kitchen and baking utensils, various plates in different forms and sizes, silverware… these were some of the things I saved up for before entering the catering industry. Thus, a kitchen party for Yuna’s 1st is just appropriate. This particular theme also reminds me of God’s faithfulness and how He can answer prayers in His perfect time.
Planning Yuna’s party was so much fun! I experienced a lot of answered prayers throughout the planning process alone! I didn’t need to go to malls to buy what has to be placed on the tables, as Passion Cooks’ Kitchen was only a stone’s throw away! I borrowed some kitchen utensils, which Yuna’s Lola gladly lent. As for the main backdrop, my sister, who is an interior designer, took care of redesigning our kitchen at home. Yep! We took down our kitchen to hit two birds with one stone: mom’s kitchen will finally be remodeled, and Yuna gets to use her old cabinets for her birthday backdrop! Yuna is such a blessed baby!
Jesus used a lot of wonderful people to complete the party. While Yuna was still in my tummy, her Ninang, Kathleen Dela Merced, exchanged ideas with me while I was confined for a month in the hospital before Yuna’s delivery. She organized and trimmed down my cluttered thoughts by sending beautiful inspirations where we can begin with. She was supposed to throw me a “bun in the oven” baby shower, but it never happened since Yuna wanted to come out early. We thought of reserving the oven shaped boxes we had made for Yuna’s future party invitation! A few months before Yuna’s party, Ycoy Sitchon of La Belle Fete Weddings, our former bride, offered to help coordinate Yuna’s party. What another wonderful blessing! The mood board she sent me blended well with the ideas and direction we had for the event. Ycoy took care of the party invites, braved Divisoria just to find themed prizes for the kids, and recommended Chef Regine Mariano who taught the kids to bake luscious chocolate chip cookies! Chef Regine is also the expert behind Yuna’s delicious and eye catching cake centerpieces, which are Cath Kidston inspired. She also baked Yuna’s pretty kitchen themed cookies which the guests absolutely loved!
Happy Folks and Little J Photography captured each moment and detail perfectly! Looking at their beautiful snaps instantly takes me back to Yuna’s party! What an honor to have worked with these two! In the same way, Lacto Photo didn’t want to miss any moment worth recording. Seeing them carry heavy video cameras to create a beautiful video which Yuna and I can watch with our loved ones, just makes my heart melt! To our carpenters who lovingly carved each wooden spoon and fork, electricians who carefully installed bulbs on each D.I.Y. strainer and grater chandeliers, painters who brought life through the colors they placed on each decor, thank you for making everything possible! We have so many people to thank for sharing their time, talent, and passion with us! God answered our prayers through the people he sent to help us! Yuna’s birthday is surely one for the books! More than remembering the beautiful outcome of our team work, we will never forget the love put into Yuna’s party! To the all the participating suppliers, thank you so much! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts–you guys are like family to us!
Photographer: Happy Folks Studio / Venue: The Mango Farm / Catering and Styling: Passion Cooks / Conceptualization: Passion Cooks and Spark + Twinkle / Details Photographer: Little J Photography / Video: We Celebrate and Lacto Photo / Tent: Tent World / Host: Astarte Abraham / LED Wall: Mr. Rowell Octavio / Baking Class Chef, Centerpieces, Cakes, Cookies, and Cupcakes: Regine’s Home-Baked Goodies / Dessert, Cake Pops, Cookie Pops, and Mini Cupcakes: Spark + Twinkle and Veronica Ngo / Main Birthday Cake: Sugar Plum Pastries / Stage Backdrop Design and Kitchen Utensil Light Fixtures: Sarah Martinez / Buffet Backdrops, Stage Backdrop Styling, and Dessert Buffet Set Up: Spark + Twinkle / Dresses of Maja and Yuna: Boy Kastner Santos / Apron Invitation: Ycoy Sitchon in collaboration with Adamant Eve / Table Runners: Adamant Eve / Ice Cream: Pinkerton / Donuts: JCo / Cookies: Kalookies / Macaron Centerpieces: Empire by Georgia Rocha / Kiddie Chairs: About a Chair / Coordination: La Belle Fete Weddings & Events