I have been so delinquent with my blog posts, I know! And we have a backlog of such great photos to share from our parties during the last quarter of 2011. :)
First up, let me share pictures from our “Construction 1st Birthday Party” for baby Marcus.
The party was done in one of my favorite venues — the Valle Verde 4 Clubhouse. Mommy Maan had a very distinct idea of how she wanted her son’s birthday to look and feel like, and we were very happy to have done her vision some justice. Fun road signs marked the entrance of the venue, as well as the significant activity and play areas inside.
Here’s how the inside looked like!
Chairs in a natural wood finish were used, and assorted toys and construction elements like traffic cones and construction hats became part of the centerpieces.
Marcus’ Dessert Table and Mini Gallery.
Time for some details… the cupcakes, cookies, and birthday cake were all done by Angela Colet of Swell Sweets. Personalized bubble water bottles were also added to the dessert table — such cute containers for refreshing H2O!
TIP: Looking for toppers or other decorative elements for your cake? Take a trip to your toy store and see what small things you can put on your sweets! That’s what we did for Marcus’ birthday cake! That’s a toy bulldozer on top :)
Marcus’ Mini Gallery.
WARNING: Expect Excessive Cuteness!
Awesome cookies in construction tool shapes by French Kiss (www.frenchkisspastries.com). Look for Belle to place your orders through 0915-7010626 :)
Kids got to bring home toolboxes with fun toys courtesy of the Mom!
A simple way we dressed up the chairs — we used ordinary CAUTION tape from the local hardware to spruce up the seats :)
Here’s a celebration that was one week in the making. But my-oh-my how pretty it turned out with all the little hand-made pinwheels we had as our main decor :) Special thanks to Krissy Rodriguez of Little People Photography for recommending me to Mommy Hennie, and for sharing with me her snapshots from that bright afternoon.
The Japanese Room at Circles already had an orange and green motif for its interiors, so during my initial meeting with the Mom, I suggested to her that we play with these colors too for the decor. No need to re-invent the wheel when coming up with a theme or color story for your parties. A lot of times, it’s wiser to work with the aesthetics of your space so that the look of your party is coherent with the structure. :)
So from the Oranges and the Greens of the venue, below is the invite we designed for Baby Garrett’s baptism.
Two long tables were lined up with happy floral arrangements in our key colors. The pinwheels added a whimsical and dreamy feeling to the centerpieces!
For this party, we hand-made a little over 100 pinwheels in complementing paper prints. If you’re crafting pinwheels too, and are wondering where to get good paper, just head on down to the gift wrapping section of any bookstore for a wide array and selection of wrapping paper. We just used gift wrappers for this project, and the key to really making this work is to pick out combinations that will highlight your color story well :)
Guests were encouraged to write special messages for Baby Garrett on his baptism day.
Garrett’s accent table which doubled as a display area for his most precious things! Never underestimate the magic behind seemingly mundane objects. A pinwheel is such a simple craft project, and yet, when done in multiplicity, can beautify any space instantly.
Garrett’s baby items with anecdotes from the Mom :)
Feeling up to the challenge of creating your own Pinwheel Party? :) Follow the instructions below to create your own version of these fun, little objects!
When did first birthdays get too cute for words??? The credit for this fantastic theme goes to mom, Mia Cenzon, who had a complete mood board all prepared when we started to discuss Arie’s party! :)
Chinoiserie is actually a French word which describes a decorative style based on Chinese-inspired elements. And I was quite excited to translate the mom’s initial ideas into a fun and modern party set-up fit for the cute little birthday girl.
Again, special thanks to Karen Ilagan for allowing me to use her wonderful photos from that afternoon.
The piece de resistance of our setup — a metal tree filled with bright pink paper lanterns which we positioned at the center of the room. The kids’ tables were placed directly under this structure to give them the impression of sitting underneath a larger-than-life cherry blossom tree. Plus, the stark fuchsia colors proved to be very attractive even for the toddlers!
Ghost chairs supplied by my good friend, Florence Chan (of Olive Tree Philippines), gave the setup a very modern twist and kept it from feeling too “old-worldly”. These chairs definitely added a real flair to the party :) Versatile enough for any theme or occasion, these ghost chairs are available for rent through her. E-mail her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
Centerpieces were composed of flowers in gilded birdcages and sakura branches in golden pots, complete with perched green birds which were 100% handmade by the Alice’s Wonderland team. I take pride in the fact that there’s almost always something handmade in each of our parties :) DIY elements give our setups a very quaint edge to them, which I’m happy a lot of people appreciate and enjoy.
Arie’s Special Table — a buffet of sweets for the absolute sweetest guests! Plus Chinese take-out boxes with treats for the kids (courtesy of Arie’s grandmother).
Angela Colet of Swell Sweets wows us with another cake masterpiece. I heard Arie’s dad even had to drive out of town to purchase the porcelain celadon birds that topped off Gel’s creation. Mommy Mia shared that the gas and toll fees were even more expensive than the birds themselves. Now, that’s what you call commitment to your little girl’s first birthday! :)
Even supermarket wafer sticks looked awesome on the dessert table together with cookie lollipops made by Gel Colet of Swell Sweets.
More detail shots of our dessert table, plus mini cupcakes also by Gel Colet.
A sakura tree greeted the guests at the entrance, plus photos and special anecdotes from Arie’s first 12 months were displayed on the dessert table as well. These “precious moments” were endearing reads for the guests during the party.
Mommy Mia got a Chinese calligrapher for the party as an added activity for the guests. We printed Arie’s birthday logo on the parchment papers and displayed rows of them ala clothesline style :)
Each kid got a paper lantern as they arrived which they were free to decorate and stylize. All strung up, this little corner showcased these little masterpieces by the children.
So, are you feeling the whole Chinoiserie movement? :)
During my research for this party, I stumbled uponwww.chinoiseriechic.blogspot.com — lovely ideas on how to incorporate a bit of this fancy, Asian vibe into your home and your life. I also have this book called Domino: The Book of Decorating that features the most adorable Chinoiserie cover artwork. I was actually drawn to the book because of the cover, and was happy to find that it was such a great read too! It’s one of my favorite design books to date and has helped me with my own little home makeover projects. You too can grab the most inspired ideas from its pages!
Catch you next time as I share with you more works by Alice’s Wonderland! :)
I’m finally getting around to working on my post backlogs, and I AM SO EXCITED to share with you the photos from the Butterfly Garden Baptism we did for Metro Weddings Editor-In-Chief Michelle Katigbak-Alejandro! It makes my work so much easier when clients have a distinct vision in mind — and Michelle was very specific with what she wanted to achieve for her little girl’s baptism reception :)
With hues of pinks, purples, and pewter, here’s how we made the Continental Room of the Palms Country Club in Alabang a true Butterfly Garden. Special thanks to Karen Ilagan for sharing with me the pictures she took from the function.
I hope you guys are ready for some seriously gorgeous photos!!!
We made a letter “I’” out of silk flowers which served as the focal point of the entryway. Plus detail shots of the other decorative elements we placed around it.
These wishcards were the lovely idea of the Mom! The messages of the guests were so sweet and touching. I’m sure Isabella would love to read these when she gets to be a bit older.
Isabella’s gift table and some additional photos we displayed of her! The photos were perfect for our theme, and so reminded me of nostalgic Thumbelina sketches from my childhood fairytale books. So so CUTE!
I’m especially proud of our centerpieces! Aren’t they beautiful? Michelle had gotten boxes of butterflies in assorted colors from the States, and we tried to place them in as many areas as possible.
You can make centerpieces like this too — all you need is a large round plate, some floral foam, a mason jar, some iodized salt (or flour) for the “sand effect” inside the jar, and regular wire from your hardware store. :)
Our DESSERT TABLE — cake and cupcakes by Angela Colet of Swell Sweets.
Cookie lollipops and cake pops by Joanna Romero of Cuppy Puppy Bakehouse. We also displayed personalized M&Ms from the Mom which they ordered from the States printed with Bella’s name. Go to www.mymms.com for more info on personalized M&Ms.
Giveways for the guests — the Mom individually packed sweets into the cutest crocheted baby booties :) Truly a labor of love by Michelle. Plus cookies and pashminas for the godparents.
The pretty colors of the flowers and decorative elements brightened that gloomy and really, really RAINY Sunday!
The “happy chaos” that happened before the final setup… :)
The baby bootie giveaway display plus Lily, hard at work on the centerpieces. The tricky part was in making spiral patterns with the wire!
All ready to go! We had 1 hour for actual placement of the decor since the Continental Room was serving a buffet lunch. Whew! An hour is a blink of an eye for a setup, and we finished the space just as the first family guests arrived! Nice one, team! :)
Sabrina and Samantha celebrated their 2nd Birthday in Shabby-Chic style, which the mom wanted to achieve by bringing a dose of the outdoor gardens in. We transformed a penthouse residence into a land of floral prints, inspired by Rachel Ashwell’s world of “perfect imperfections.”
Mixed floral patterns for the linens, and brown garden parasols decorated with white lanterns flanked Sab & Sam’s dessert table. White glass lanterns with flowers inside were the centerpieces for the tables.
Photos of the twins (taken by Karen Ilagan) were displayed on the tables together with fun facts about them.
Another “wow” cake by Olive Chan of All Caked Up. I love the little bird perched on its middle layer! Too cute!
Cupcake giveaways for the adults.
More giveaways for the adults! We had tote bags custom made with Shabby-Chic fabric as their straps. Also below, yummy BIZU Macaron de Paris in candy-colored hues.
Kids brought home little stools which we also had custom made :) I personally love the dragonfly design.
We made the most out of the existing furniture of this penthouse venue and decided to make our own Shabby-Chic lounge area! This was a hit among the adults during the party :) See the rocking horse too? Also custom made for the twins.
Happy Birthday Sab & Sam!!!
Are you a fan of the Shabby-Chic look? Check out Rachel Ashwell’s books for inspirations on this design style :)
We’ve done a red version, and now here’s a PINK one! There’s no denying how popular Hello Kitty is among kids and parents. Here are some snapshots of our setup that will hopefully tickle you pink and ignite dreams of frilly fantasies.
Kiddie umbrellas were used as part of the centerpieces, with cute polka dot and floral prints in our linens.
Our dessert table in the background for Baby Luise on her first birthday.
SWEETS FOR THE SWEET! Cupcakes by Olive Chan of All Caked Up, and Cookie Lollipops by Joanna Romero of Cuppy Puppy Bakehouse.
Let them eat cake too! I can hear everyone say “KAWAII!” :) Cake by Olive Chan.
Here are some fun facts about Hello Kitty that I read on the internet:
a. Her original name was supposed to be “White Kitty” (from one of the cats that Alice kept in the book Through the Looking Glass).
b. Hello Kitty is not single. Her boyfriend’s name is “Dear Daniel”. :)
c. She has 2 pets: a little cat named “Charmmy Kitty” (yes, with a double “m”) and a hamster named “Sugar”. Charmmy Kitty was given to her by her grandfather, George White, while Sugar came from Dear Daniel.
d. Hello Kitty is a girl of substance too! She’s not just all about being cute and pretty. Since 1983, she has held the position as the U.S. Children’s Ambassador for UNICEF. :)
While there are clients who gravitate to colorful and unorthodox themes for their kids’ baptisms, there are those who stick with the classics. Blues and browns were the colors of choice of my client for this project — timeless with a dash of earthiness, but overall elegant, much like the mom and their home.
I was excited to decorate this dessert table with handmade paper fans! It’s always fun trying out new techniques for each of my clients. These paper fans are all hand-made by my team and were crafted from paperstock in different textures and prints.
Sebi’s Treats Bar (short for Sebastian). Cakes and mini-cakes for the godparents by Angela Colet of Swell Sweets, and cookie lollis by Joanna Romero of Cuppy Puppy Bakehouse.
How did we personalize the Treats Bar? We asked the mom to provide us with some baby facts that she wanted to share with her guests. See how adorable they looked when laid out with precious baby photos of Sebi. This is a very easy way to engage your guests into what makes your baby special — a display that’s guaranteed to warm and tug at anyone’s heart strings. You can actually do this too for anniversaries or birthdays!
Paper pompom centerpieces made to look like clusters of hydrangeas.
Our ceiling treatment of “dangling earrings” — paper lanterns hung together vertically! A practical way to address high ceilings, and lend a warm and cozy feeling to any big venue.
Welcome to our “factory”! MY HOME :) Here’s a photo of Lou Anne making the pompoms.
Pompoms and paper lanterns being assembled on-site. Lily stringing together our lanterns, and me working on the paper fan background for the dessert table.
A photo of the paper fans: a work in progress! I so loved the complementing prints and textures of the paper :)
Hi guys! Sorry for the backlog in our entries, I’ll do my best to update the blog on our recent projects. First up are photos from our “Pink & Orange Flamingo” Baptism :)
While the rainy season has arrived, and Manila has sadly bid adieu to the wonders of summer, this color combo gives us back some happy, sunshine bliss. I have to credit the mom for her fun choice on this theme for their firstborn’s baptism. Since the family of the mom owns Metrobar (a popular comedy club in Q.C.), she wanted to hold the function there. Our challenge was to brighten up this venue with a splash of color for their lunch affair!
This is the second time I’ve done a classic yellow and black bumblebee-themed baby shower (the first one was for a very good friend of mine to celebrate the coming of my godson, Sully), and this vibrant color combination never disappoints! It says happiness, bubbliness, and flighty fun, and always captures well in photographs.
Detail shots of our dessert table and some of our bee accent elements.
Cookie lollipops printed on edible photographic paper. Cool, huh? :) You can print ANYTHING on them and I’m just so excited at the possibilities of this baking technique. Thanks to Joanna of Cuppy Puppy Bakehouse for doing such a great job on them.
A beehive cake by Olive Chan of All Caked Up.
Complementing prints for the game prizes!
Our table setting — with velvet patterned linens and mustard-colored plates that popped and refreshed the space instantly. The mom-to-be’s Tita provided the floral centerpieces as a gift :)
Yummy sweets to greet baby Travis who’s buzzzing his way into the world soon!
I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.”
Glamomama Amanda Griffin-Jacob contacted me to do an “airplane-themed” 1st birthday party for her Baby Kieran at the beginning of this year. During our earlier meetings, she proudly shared with me how aviation has long been a part of her family’s history. Her dad founded a small English fleet in the 1970s that specialized in flying for other airlines around the world who needed additional aircrafts, while her mother was the Chief Purser of that airline. She wanted the significance and magic of the world of aviation to be carried on as her son turned one.
I’ve always thought that home parties were the best because the space is so much more personal and warmer than any commercial venue. And I was happy to find out that she was planning to have their celebration in their residence!
With passengers all buckled-up in smiles and ready for an afternoon filled with aviation delights, come and see what we did as KIERAN AIR took to the skies :)
Our sweets and giveaway table…the kids got personalized bag tags as their souvenirs.
For centerpieces, we revived our knowledge of paper plane folding :) Simple and nostalgic, and something that can even be done with your kids and family members as a bonding project at home!
Baby Kieran and his adorable curls! Incidentally, he also had his first haircut that afternoon which brought the mom to tears… :)
Kids got in-flight care bags as they entered the house.
How we dressed up their garden — 3ft. tall cutout letters spelling the baby’s name.
It rained heavily that afternoon, causing a great deal of stress for the mom. Good thing we came prepared with tenting contingency! Just remember that when you have any portion of your party outdoors, it’s always always better to be safe than sorry. A tent doesn’t cost a lot and could probably spell the difference between a successful party and a disastrous one. So when in doubt, JUST SET IT UP :)
Designs of the kids’ bag tags and the Kieran Air logo :)
Just wanted to share a snippet from one of my favorite books by Robert Fulghum :)
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN
All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.
These are the things I learned:
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.
Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
It’s the third installment of our Baby Bird series, and this time we’re giving you a burst of color in its treatment! :)
I personally love colors and prints, and I think nothing beats the drama that it creates in any space. So when a client comes to me with visions of rainbow hues and patterns, my heart starts beating a little faster! For this particular event which was a Baby Shower, the proud parents wanted to use TEALS and YELLOWS as its main color story. Teal is a tricky color to work with because it sits right between the boundary of the blues and the greens, and you’ll find that not many fabrics, papers, or ribbons are readily available in this color tone out there in the market. Eggs also played a significant role in the couple’s story because, apparently, the mom-to-be offered eggs to Sta. Clara in the hopes of having a baby boy as their first born. Call it faith or coincidence, but their wish actually came true :)
To celebrate the “hatching” of Baby Ethan, here are some photos and visuals from that party.
The invite we designed for them…
Our sweets and giveaway table with our trademark name cutout. The table had cupcakes, candy eggs and cookie lollipops for the guests.
We added the patterned linens as a last minute surprise for the clients. These are actually curtain panels I found in a department store with a graphic print that reminded me so much of Jonathan Adler. It’s was very mod-like and really lent a whole modern and fun look to the set up! Thank God my ever-reliable sewer accepted a rush job to cut out the top portion where the curtain panels originally had its silver rings. A nice table linen can really make or break a table setting, don’t you think? :)
Here are our candy eggs again!
The couple was revealing the baby’s gender that night, and wanted their family and friends to make a guess before going up to the roof deck venue. Their prizes for those who guessed correctly? Cookie lollis in the shape of eggs with a letter “E” for Ethan :)
This time, our cupcake design was teal-colored eggs set on top of brown coconut flakes that looked like nests. Bravo to Angela Colet of Swell Sweets for always being willing to explore new design pegs with me :) She’s so fun and easy to work with.
Mommy checking the set up before the party.
That’s me taking setup pics, plus Be-an and Lou-Anne goofing around!
If you like prints and patterns just like me, you may want to check out Jonathan Adler’s design books :) Quirky and cheeky tips on how to make any space tickle your senses! Because it’s a lot of fun to NOT take yourself seriously all the time.
In Part 1 you saw a Baby Bird theme done in a muted color palette. Now, for Part 2, I’d like to share with you how the theme was tweaked and executed in an organic way. Some similar elements — but overall, a totally different impact in the setup!
HOW TO DO A BABY BIRD THEME (THE ORGANIC STYLE)
The client’s home had a big garden and outdoor cabana that we wanted to highlight and use as the central space. They had existing star lamps in different sizes as decorations which I thought looked very classy. I could already imagine them lending a dreamy feeling to their evening affair…. :)
To add interest to their garden, we had big cutouts of their kids’ initials and baby bird images displayed. The guests had a fun time making this a photo-op area during the party!
Birdcages were used as centerpieces again, but this time we added white floral arrangements in baskets, and accented them with hay, feathers, and dried grain stalks.
Our message area for the kids for special notes from their family members. Their caterer, KAI, had these large ostrich eggs that were perfect additions to the arrangements.
TIP: For any outdoor elements, always consider the wind factor. It is a must that you provide counter-weights to any tall structures that could possibly fall down because of a strong breeze. There’s nothing worse than an arrangement falling over or hitting someone on the head. YIKES!
Our “TWEETEST TREATS” Dessert Table.
Our birds on a nest cupcakes were a huge hit. Too cute to eat — guests actually felt a little bad about biting into them :)
Part 3 of our Baby Bird series is coming up! If you like color and are a fan of Jonathan Adler-esque patterns, then I think the third installment’s for you :)
BABY BIRDS are a frequent theme for the party inquiries I get (most of them for baptisms). Something about these delicate feathery creatures and their nests strikes a chord with new moms, and I’ve tried to offer a different treatment each time.
So far, I’ve done three. So, I’d like to split them up into three entries as well.
Here’s PART 1 :)
HOW TO DO A BABY BIRD BAPTISM IN MUTED TONES
One of my very first clients came to me with specific pegs for a baby bird baptism. Even if her baby was a girl, the mom wanted to stay away from the usual frilly elements and colors that normally celebrate all things girly. Her color palette? Soft blues and whites. Choosing a muted tone can actually give a very ethereal and serene feeling to your space, and is a fresh alternative to color palettes that are loud and proud :)
The glow of candles is just toooo pretty for words! :) Just remember that for candles to have their maximum effect, you have to dim the lights around you to let their glow work their magic.
Bird cages in different shapes served as the centerpieces. Simple and minimal — creates drama even without flowers. The mom actually gave these bird cages to the godparents as tokens after the party.
Notice the baby’s photos printed on translucent paper too, for a very personalized touch on the table decor.
The giveaway table with candy eggs that the mom had made. We also had a wreath fabricated entirely out of white feathers to accent this area.
Paper pompoms were hung above the tables too, like pieces of clouds just within reach.
Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 of our Baby Bird Series! :)
Majolica Majorca Launch (Production Design: June 1, 2011)
Here’s a recent project done in collaboration with my SAGA Events family. Originally slated for last April, the MAJOLICA MAJORCA cosmetic launch (which is a Japanese brand) was moved to July out of due respect for the recent calamity that took place in their homeland.
Fast forward to two months after, and Opus at Resorts World was the venue for this event….and just like any evening hotspot, things tend to look a little different in the morning, especially at 7:00am! But an already beautiful place like Opus is hard to mess up, really. The murals in their private dining areas are to die for, and these are details that can only be fully appreciated in the daytime. Food here is excellent too, so if you haven’t had a chance to drop by, you must soon. :)
Anyway, we were tasked to do two beauty rooms: A FALL IN GIRL ROOM (aka the Red Room), filled with fantastical elements ala Little Red Riding Hood in a hard-to-explain dreamworld, and THE QUEEN OF DECORATION ROOM (aka the Pink Room), where opulence and gilded trinkets were key.
Special thanks to Mark Ang for the photos.
THE RED ROOM:
Assorted red objects, candles, and other oddities. My personal fave is the horse’s head. LED candles are more ideal to use for a set up like this, by the way. These many candles read as fire hazards, so safety is a must!
Tina Daniac’s genius dress — made with hundreds of individually folded gold foil papers sprayed with red paint. WOW. And wow to your manangs, Tins, who attached them to the bust form, piece per piece!
THE PINK ROOM:
Gold and pink frou-frouness galore…
Some setups are “actual-genic” (meaning they only look good in real life). THIS VIGNETTE IS NOT ONE OF THEM. See how beautiful it captures in photos??? :)
More shots of the Pink Room.
There were handheld masks given out so guests could try the makeup on paper if they didn’t want to do it on their face. I don’t know if the girls really wanted to try makeup on these, or if the “hotness” of the male models who were distributing them had something to do with their excitement… hahaha.
A photo with the SAGA team (from L-R): AVP Producer Homer Espiritu, Event Manager Macy Mouse Cruz, Direk Elmer Lapena, ME, Event Head Dennis Torrepalma, Music Genius and Spinner Aphaul Roduta, and Production Coordinator Pawie Reyes.
Majolica Majorca products are available in SM Beauty Counters. Girls will adore the packaging they come in!
I personally love their mascara and white jeweling pencil, which is perfect when you want your eyes to open and brighten up. Just a tiny line on your lower lids and no one will ever know you only had 2 hours of sleep :)
Award winning event designer, PRESTON BAILEY, was recently flown here to Manila by master wedding planner, Rita Neri, in celebration of her 18th year in the industry. If you google his name, you will just be amazed at all the setups that he and his team have created overtime. AS IN IBANG LEVEL. His clients are people like Oprah, Ivanka Trump, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Joan Rivers, just to name a few.
HE.IS.BRILLIANT. I cannot all-caps it too much.
When I found out that he was having a talk and book signing, I jumped at the chance and immediately made my seat reservation. I mean, when will I ever get the opportunity to hear a great artist like him talk, right?
Monday afternoon at Manila Pen. I was kinda bummed to find out we couldn’t take photos during the talk. It was short and sweet, and my favorite thing that he said was: “WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF TOUCHING PEOPLE IN A PROFOUND WAY. WE CREATE MAGIC.” Couldn’t agree more :)
Here I am, enjoying my 3-minutes with him during the book-signing! What a very warm and charming person.
The book I got and his message inside… Planning to get his other books too, especially the purple one entitled: CELEBRATIONS.
FAN MOMENT: Photo-op! :) I believe in the 6-degrees of Separation Theory — I feel closer to Oprah already!!!
I like reading his blog too, because he’s very good at discussing not just the visual and creative aspects of his work, but also its business side. He has great tips to share about this.
Here are some of my most favorite reads from his blog:
> “Making mistakes is one of the surest ways to become an expert.” — I took solace in this when my flowers didn’t arrive in time for a baptism I decorated for a couple of weeks ago.
> “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” — one of his fave quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
> And on the business side, he shares the reasons why he didn’t charge properly before when he was newer in the industry:
a) INSECURITY. Because I did not know what I was doing, I did not think I was worth it.
b) INTEGRITY (or maybe stupidity). I just wanted to do a great job, even if it meant giving it away.
c) IGNORANCE. I had no understanding about proper pricing.
YES, I CAN RELATE TO ALL THREE. SO NOW, I KNOW BETTER :)
I took a chance and tweeted him a message after his talk and found my heart doing a gzillion cartwheels when he retweeted my message! *sigh*
Thank you Mr. Bailey for validating that this work is worth it, after all :)
The classic red and blue Hello Kitty was the theme for baby girl Olivia’s 1st birthday. Her mom picked that theme since she said Olivia looked like Hello Kitty whenever she would smile, and I had to agree with her after meeting the sweet angel!
The old-school illustrations of this popular Sanrio character were refreshing to see again, especially nowadays when Hello Kitty seems to have shed the reds and the blues, and donned everything pink in its myriad shades.
Come and see how Hello Kitty brought Olivia and her guests to a “happy picnic land” for a fun birthday afternoon :)
Red and white checkered table linens really “picni-fied” the space. The white foldable garden chairs added so much appeal too.
See the kiddie stools below which were the party giveaways for the kids featuring Hello Kitty and her cute boyfriend :) I love the bow-tie detail! So adorable.
We also gave out picnic baskets to the kiddies with bottled water, milk, cookies, and a red apple.
Red paper pompom centerpieces with daisies in a basket! Plus, care for some fresh milk and cookies? YUM! Mommy provided these afternoon treats.
Here’s our dessert table :)
I don’t really use much balloons when I decorate, but I can’t deny how appealing they are to kids :) They are happiness on sticks (or strings)!
A Romantic Pink and Green Baptism (September 11, 2010)
Highlights from another one of my earlier baptisms for a client who happened to be my neighbor. One of the sweetest and most kalog moms ever!
Bright pinks, greens, and lush brocade linens set the tone — plus, you’ll meet my vintage feathered friend (who I lovingly call “SANDY”) in one of her earliest party appearances!
The baby’s name was Rafa, and here’s her giveaway table with a giant “R” made of bright pink rosettes.
Giveaway Idea: Why not have tiny bundles of flowers ready for your guests to bring home? :)
Green brocade linens definitely warmed-up the space and gave almost a regal feeling to the venue. Cupcakes and delish macarons were set on the tables as welcome treats for the guests. Kids had coloring pages and materials ready for them to keep them entertained too!
Here’s Sandy guarding the gift table with her pink rosette neckpiece :) Jade cacti in white ceramic mugs were the godparents’ tokens from Baby Rafa.
Having known Rajo for quite some time now from the many events that we’ve done together when I used to work for SAGA EVENTS, I was so flattered when he asked me to create a dessert table for him for his big 40th birthday. It’s extra challenging when you’re designing for a person who’s so immersed in art and beauty, even more so when it’s someone like Rajo who has the most impeccable taste.
His guideline was simple: THINK PINK!
And what a great color pink is, isn’t it? It says joy, vibrancy, and life much like Rajo himself as a person :)
Rajo’s Dessert Table (I used kiddie mannequins to display Rajo’s cutout letters).
Phalaeonopsis Cupcakes (or white orchid) — which happens to be Rajo’s favorite bloom! Thanks to Angela Colet of Swell Sweets for, as usual, making edible works of art.
Big spools of thread were added to the design too!
Me setting up the table (in pink also!)
My assistant, Lou Ann, on her fourth official project with me :)
Wonderful pink balloons filled the ceiling of Opus, courtesy of Trish Panlilio. Plus a photo of me and Direk Robby Carmona chatting during setup. Direk Robby is my “daddy” in the industry and my mentor :)
Some of Rajo’s travel photos projected on the walls.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU RAJ!!!
MAY YOU CONTINUE TO MAKE THE WORLD ALL THE MORE BEAUTIFUL WITH YOUR CREATIONS, YOUR GENUINE SPIRIT, AND WARM DISPOSITION IN LIFE!
I love working with my “chimps”, stylist Charmaine Palermo as a production designer for her shoots :) It never seems like we’re working whenever we’re together.
The clothes from the brand FOR ME for their seasonal campaign dubbed as “The Charmed Life” were ultra-girly and feminine, and they needed a set design that enhanced that look and feel — sort of like a “summery English rose”, if there was ever such a thing.
That’s me with my team — up at 4:00am to set up for the morning layout.
Photographer Doc Marlon’s team doing their setup. Alternative music in full blast to get the energy level up!
Here’s a “before and after” shot taken by Lou Ann, my assistant and lifesaver!
AND, HERE ARE THE FINAL PHOTOS…
When I wake up tomorrow, I want to be just as thin as the models and be able to wear size 24 jeans too! Haha.
Shoot & PR Releases by: MONSTERS CENTAUR PRODUCTION
Surprisingly, baptism celebrations take up 70% of my event styling accounts. And my very first one was for stylish mom, Amina Aranaz-Alunan’s baby boy. She wanted a whole “vintage” feel to the setup, with muted shades of blue and beige to achieve a soft but not overly frilly look.
In my design process, I find it very helpful to create a mood board of the setup. It is usually a series of images of certain elements that I think will achieve the aesthetic that the client is going for. Think of it as “visual post-its" that will keep you on track when putting together a design scheme.
Sometimes when I go on my sourcing trips, I find a million and one things that I’d like to include in the setup, and I have to constantly restrain myself from going over the top, and to try to stick to my allocated budgets. My mood board always helps me edit and focus on, what I call, the “mandatories" of each setup.
For Amina’s baby baptism, this was the moodboard:
Final outcome? Check out the photos below :)
Vintage Baby images as hanging ornaments.
The giveaway table.
Ceramic baby booties with chocolates as the giveaways.
I once attempted to sew 40 baby bootie souvenirs by hand.
My friends didn’t see or hear from me for a week. And by the 10th piece, number 40 seemed like an eternity away. This project is happily filed under the “Napakamot Nalang Ako Sa Ulo” Folder, and something which will probably be ONLY attempted again for my own babies.
But I did learn lessons from that project, and I’d like to share them with you:
1. The charm of a handmade object is undeniable — and I always say it beats anything store bought ANYTIME.
2. Handmade objects are definitely worth the higher price tag than retail or mass-produced items. And you shouldn’t feel guilty about putting a higher value to them. If you’re the one purchasing the item, just think to yourself: “If you could do this on your own, then you wouldn’t be buying it in the first place.” Right? :)
3. You can GOOGLE everything. I found bootie patterns online. I learned how to do a proper blanket stitch from Youtube.
SO, HERE ARE MY BABIES.
40 people out there have a tiny piece of me, and I find that sort of amazing.
P.S. If your dog is chewing on it now, please get it back from him. ;)
Sex and the City Themed Baby Shower & Bridal Shower (March 20, 2010)
I’m backtracking my posts chronologically since my business officially started last year, so please bear with me :) I’m pretty OC about updating my business Facebook account, and I know it will take time for me to completely transfer photos from there to here.
Anyway, before I made this passion of mine into a business, I never really did get paid to decorate for my friend’s parties (and back then, I would only be given budgets like P5,000, so I had to really be creative with what could be done with the money!). I will always credit my friend Florence for telling me to go at it full time. And I remember, it was over dinner for our other friend, Ther’s, bugland-themed baby shower that she said: “Bambs, I think you should really make this into a business!”
So, there it all began. Enter Client #1 for a baby shower-slash-bridal shower.
The theme? SEX AND THE CITY.
Here are some snapshots from that party.
Zebra print linens, mini hats, tall vases with fuchsia pink flowers, and photos of the mom/bride-to-be and her fiance!
Floral arrangements by Michi Calica.
Fuchsia pink & black overload! Martini glass and feathers? Oh, yes!
Beautiful (and not to mention yummy) cupcakes from Florence’s younger sister Olive Chan of All Caked Up.
NOTHING REALLY BEATS THE FIRST TIME.
I’m actually doing the 1st birthday party of this client’s little boy, Tyler this coming May 29!
Isn’t that nice? :) Will post pictures from that party too.
It’s Easter Sunday, and in celebration of all things fresh and renewed, here I am trying to decipher the magical world of Tumblr (thanks to the convincing power of my bestie Charmaine Palermo).
So, what to expect from my posts?
I’m excited to share photos and updates on the party decorating jobs that I do, and even share some ideas and tips with you guys! :) My business is just a little over a year old, and I have such high hopes for Alice’s Wonderland. I’m overwhelmed at the number of people who have expressed their joy and appreciation of my work, and it truly is such a pleasure to be part of life occasions that people celebrate.
Through the years i have been blessed with the opportunity to work with some of the most creative and stylish individuals in the fashion industry. Photographers, Stylists. Art Directors, Set designers, Producers. So when the marketing team of Eastwood Mall got in touch with me to be part of their…