Asher’s birthday is coming up and I couldn’t help but unearth the files from his first party to get me into the party planning mood. Though his parties thereon after were just small intimate ones, I thought it would be nice to share with you some ideas on how we hosted a golf themed party.
SAVE THE DATE
As soon as our venue, event stylist and a date was set – we immediately had SAVE THE DATE emails sent out to our guests. That way our family and friends can block off the date, inform us about their availability and we would have a ball park of how many people would be attending the party.
Once we had an estimate of how many guest would be coming to the party, our event stylist Bambi plotted out the floor plan. TIP: It’s important to have an estimate of the number of kids, adults and nannys that are coming so you can arrange the proper seating and allocate appropriate areas.
The perks about having an event stylist that “gets you” is: All I had to do was think of a theme and insert some of the details. Party planning was a breeze with Bambi because her ideas/suggestions were pretty much on point with everything that I wanted.
For the invite, I wanted something different and special especially since it was Asher’s first birthday. We sent out golf themed cupcakes along with the printed invitation. Cute right?
The party was all about Asher, so we went full on by having ablown up version of Asher to greet all of his guests at the entrance. Oh and all of the kids had their names written on pin name tags.
All the staff were in Asher collared shirts to go with our golf theme. For non-golfers: There’s a very strict dress code when it comes to golf attire -especially in Manila Golf! Golfers, members and guests are NOT allowed to wear non-collared shirts or shorts that are above 3 inches from the knee whether it’s on the golf course, veranda or anywhere in the club. Believe me, I should know since I’ve been asked to leave the course and buy a pair of shorts in the pro-shop -AND- have been denied from eating in the veranda because of my round neck shirt. haha!
Details, details, details. From astro-turf grass to golf balls, personalized water bottles and to serving my favorite Manila Golf’s Pulot drink. It’s all in the details!
It’s not a children’s party without a dessert buffet. A little bit of everything and ALOT of sweets!
Kids are fascinated with things that spin and are thrown up into the air. So we hired jugglers!
And we had a balloon show too.
annnnd THE GREAT: Lou Hilario! I had Lou Hilario for my daughter Danielle’s 1st birthday too (she’s 13). After 13 years, Lou’s still got it. Plus more!!! I highly recommend him not only for kids but for the adults as well! AhhhhhhMAZING!
To recap: We had jugglers, balloon specialist, Lou Hilario and a bubble show. All the shows were fantastic and entertaining. But in hindsight, I think I went a little overboard with the shows and it took too much time that we lost momentum. I suggest hiring one performer before the main act and just have parlour games. Or cut down the show times in half. Except Lou Hilario’s show of course!
Everything in theme.. ESPECIALLY the cake!
We gave away the golf themed stools which the kids used during the party. I was also able to get cute little golf/baseball hats at a bargain from Ralph Lauren kids (not in the photo) for the boys and RL hairbands for the girls. Too cute.
Even if Asher doesn’t remember his first birthday party, I have all the photos for him to see, appreciate and enjoy. Personally, I think that a child’s first birthday is a MAJOR milestone not only for our children but for us parents as well. For me I had reached my goal of being able to exclusively breastfeed Asher until his first birthday, bring him to his baby classes before he enters play school and finally get a good night’s rest . Now that calls for a major celebration as well. Don’t you think? Ü
Till my next post..
- Cat Arambulo-Antonio