Mga sis I need some feedback kasi my Baby is turning 1 this coming Sept and I'm thinking of celebrating it with Host like Jen Belen and medyo Bongga kasi syempre 1st Birthday and kahit di pa nya alam paglaki nya me ikukuwento ako sa kanya and me makikita syang picx nya nung 1st bday nya. But then hubby is thinking if simple nalang daw sa house nalang with Close friends and relatives. What do you think? I am more of di na kasi maibabalik yung 1st Birthday nya so I want to celebrate it talaga ng maganda. Please help. Thanks!
Sis, I think if there's unlimited budget, go and do as you please! Hehe. Seriously, kahit sinasabi nilang mahirap ang buhay ngayon, we opted to celebrate our son's 1st bday party in a slightly bongga way. Not too grandiose, kasi actually I sought for friends' help (especially for the unique invites and AVP) and resorted to buying prizes at Divisoria although I bought most of the items at the mall. I believe kaya mo naman mapaganda at gawing mukhang bongga ang party ng baby mo. Tama ka naman, it just comes ONCE in your baby's lifetime. Mas maganda kung gagawin mong memorable. I just want to share some tips lang:
- As much as possible, involve yourself not only in the planning but also in the dirty work. What I mean is, yung mga stuff na pwedeng ikaw ang gumawa, gawin mo. For instance, sa ticket invites, I searched the Net for a layout na pwedeng i-modify sa photoshop. I had my officemate assist me with the editing. Then I painstakingly cut all 50 of them, then made some little "cut marks" for a perforated effect at the bottom kasi parang admission ticket yung style ng invites. The visitors thought I had it made somewhere, na nagpa-print pa ako. But NO. I spent only for the paper.
- Try to barter. Example, yung sa balloons, I bought some sa Divisoria and had the people in Max's Resto (where my son's bday was held) make it to 2 balloon pillars. Nakatipid pa ako kasi the balloons costed around P200, hindi na nila ako siningil ng labor fee kasi I willingly gave them all the balloons eh marami-rami rin yon, konti lang naman nagamit sa pillars.
-Do everything ahead of time para maiwasan ang cramming. This way, mas marami kang magiging options. You will be surprised that you will have plenty of choices-- kailangan mo na lang magdecide which suits your needs. Just make sure yung less expensive but quality ones ang pipiliin mo.
In my case, pinaghandaan ko talaga yung 1st bday party ng baby ko, kasi nung binyag niya hindi ako nakapagplano. Mahal nga rin ang nagastos namin don, around P45K, wala pang program yun ha, food pa lang, at konting decor sa venue. Konti lang rin ang nagpunta sa reception. Basta i-finalize lang maigi ang guest list para ma-monitor mo ang head count. Malaki rin kasi effect non sa pagbabudget for a party. Ang dami ko nang sinabi. Hehe. Hope this helps, sis.