Our intention has always been to give our children simple, yet thoughtfully prepared and lovingly executed birthday celebrations. This year, our family shared the happy occasion with Mayumi’s kindergarten classmates, teachers, and our co-parents.
I met Isabell Steinert for the first time a day before I gave birth. I was already in labor when she came to our home, some two hours away from where she stays in the Philippines, along with my midwives, Deborah and Lornie.
Several weeks back, Deborah showed me photos Isabell took of another home water birth. I thought then that it would be nice to have something like it for my baby’s birth too so I was thrilled when she confirmed she can make it. [Read more…]
Our little girl just turned two. Where did the time go?! I feel like I’ll never be able to keep up with how fast she is changing, learning, and growing. Childhood is fleeting so we wanted to make sure that we experience and document as many precious moments with her as possible.
We want to remember how she can be fun and playful…
…yet prim and proper at the same time. ^_^
But she will always be my baby girl.
We planned for just a small celebration this year, with only our closest family members in attendance.
It was a cozy family affair. The program for the afternoon was:
- Portraits photoshoot with the family.
- Photoshoot. Again. ;)
Theme: Pinwheels Backyard Party
Mayumi’s party was prepared with lots of love.
Her Itay and Granddaddy saw to it that the little kubo near our house is finished in time for the big day. The Inay, on the other hand, was in-charge of supplier coordination and event styling. ^_^
I made a lot of pinwheels in varying types and sizes from cardboards and wrapping paper. My Mom’s old teapots added a dash of ‘shabby chic-ness’ to the centerpieces.
I got these fabric letters from Paper Chic Studio then sewed them on baker’s twine.
I also bought paper lanterns from Celebrations Party Central then adorned the biggest one with pinwheels too.
This is the DIY portrait area. We used our katsa curtain as backdrop. The digital scale on the bamboo bench is ready for the official two-year mark weigh-in. Haha!
I’ve been saving and washing these assorted juice, olive oil, salsa, and peanut butter glass bottles. The floral paper straws are from Paper Chic Studio.
These super cute felt pinwheel clips and boutonnieres worn by the guests were gifts from Mayumi’s Ai Kia (the lady behind Handmade with Love by Kia!). They doubled as favors too.
This dress is actually a blouse for a five or six-year old. I bought it a few months ago. I just love the color!
Just like in her first birthday, the little lady wore golden shoes.
The yummy afternoon snack was catered by Mayumi’s Ninang Lara of Berris Cuisine. We had pansit malabon, penne pasta, veggie sticks, apple pie, and tropical pie.
The cupcake stands are DIY too. I simply placed ceramic plates on wide-based, upturned bowls.
A summer birthday isn’t complete without the cold, yummy sorbetes made by the neighborhood sorbetero.
We thank God everyday for moments like these! ^_^