Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Reese's 1st Birthday Party

Reese’s birthday was exactly July 5, and happily 2008 being a leap year made it fall on a weekend. The party was set at 10 am that day and our immediate families, close relatives, friends, and Reese’s godparents celebrated with us. Most of the guests arrived before 11 am so we had the kids head off instantly to the play area while waiting for the rest.

The fun was started by Marvin, the in-house magician/host of Kidz Republic. He led the guests in greeting my daughter with a lively “Happy Birthday Reese!”, and then followed by kiddie games:

  • 1st game: “find her name everywhere”, they pasted small paper all over the place, and kids need to find one with Reese’s name on it to get their reward.

  • 2nd game: “spelling bee”, 2 teams composed of 2 adults and 4 kids, magician asks simple question then the 1st adult gives the letters of the answer to the kid and the kid will pass it along to the other team members, the 2nd adult will help them arrange the spelling correctly. They must finish first to be the winner of the game.
  • And 3rd game: “collect all the coins you can”, girls vs. boys, although the boys were outnumbered, they were able to collect more coins than the girls! Everything they collected was combined and the magician labeled some of it as “special coin”, threw everything in the air and kids who got special coins got the rewards. Of course, the rest of the coins became the consolation prize. Although there were few kids at the party, but I am pretty sure that they enjoyed, especially the coin game.

Meal time came and it went smoothly. The take out order from Kenny Rogers were delivered ahead of time and the kid’s meal were served promptly by the staff. Food was adequate and delicious; I even liked the kiddie meal better.

It was the first time I got impressed with kiddie magic show! The magician was wearing very colorful clown outfit (w/out make-up as preferred). He was a jolly host and a fluent speaker. Kids and kids at heart were amazed by the magic and enjoyed the entire show very much. I myself couldn't figure out how the illusion works and how those hands could keep all those things! It will be hard to explain this in details, but just take a peek at the pictures to get a better idea.

Kids sang the “Birthday Song” while Gani & I helped Reese blow her candle. We took pictures of family and guests, distributed the Kidz Republic & Dora loot bags, offered take out cakes and excess food for relatives and some friends, then, the party ended.

Right after the party, kids proceeded to the huge play area to take advantage of 2 hours playing time for free! Reese, Gani & I also went there to experience and enjoy the place.

All the preparations we did turned out to be good and fall even beyond our expectations. Although Reese at her age might not be much aware of everything that happened, but I believe she’ll be more than thankful when she got older and realized how her birthday was celebrated. Reese, your mom and dad loves you so much and we hope and pray for your good health and that you may grow as a good and God-fearing person…

More pictures here

Now, it’s time to rate the suppliers, with 10 being the highest. Most of them are far better than expected, except for 1. Feel free to read on below to find out.

VENUE: Kidz Republic, SM Mall of Asia – 8

Pros: The venue is bright, colorful and has a very good party ambiance. It doesn’t require any fancy decoration at all that makes me save some for other party needs. It has a nice kitchen, with hot and cold water accessible to guests. Also the restroom is fresh and clean and makes it easier for guests to use whenever needed. Their package is just fine, fair for the price; we prefer that aside from the very nice party venue, it includes 2 hours play time in the huge play area. I also noticed that they are not so strict with time, so it might not hurt to get some extension. :-)

Having the party at the morning was a breeze. It was an advantage that the 2 pm slot was stolen quickly as we’ve noticed that the play area gets crowded by that time.

Cons: Not so flexible during negotiation, especially on food corkage. So you have to be very particular and take note of what has been agreed on because some things could change during contract signing. But I have to give them credit for charging corkage only for 2 items on the day of the party itself instead of 5 items. Lastly, the balloons included in the package were not good, plain and simple, prints were even blurred.

FOOD: Kenny Rogers – 8

Pros: Roasted chicken is big and chunky; muffin can be changed from regular corn flavor to cookies and cream muffin which is so delicious; and apart from it, drinks is free!

Cons: I hope they have given us the chicken leg & rib part since they are much tastier than breast & wings combination. Although the chicken was not bad, but I still like the old flavor they had.

CAKE: Goldilocks' character cake – 10

We ordered very rocky road flavor and it tastes good. For me, the cake size, decoration and flavor are reasonable for its price. I even like the cake toppers Dora with Boots and Sniper all together. So if you don’t mind having a single layer cake for a 1st birthday, this one is a good choice. :-)

SOUVENIR: Made For U, SM Megamall – 4

The lead time for ref magnets was 1 week, and I ordered 11 days before the party. They required me to submit my own design to be printed on the magnet which was just okay. However, they were not flexible in editing the image size and making enhancements in case it wouldn’t come out nicely with the finished product. Considering that the image I gave was of good quality, I almost made a refund because the samples displayed in their store were far better than what I got! That was 3 days before the party which was not enough time to re-order somewhere else. They tried making adjustments, and I have to go back again and pick up the product just 1 day before the party, it was almost 5pm then. The finished product was a little bit better than the previous, however, only 40% is acceptable, and 60% for me is reject! The color even changed tremendously, making the purple background turned royal blue and as if my daughter's face highlighted by flashlight beam! The answer I got from them was that “Maybe you were not oriented, we really cannot do everything perfect for the magnets.” What an explanation?! Having no choice, I decided not to make big fuss over it. The souvenir was well received by our guests. But I promised to myself not to avail their services anymore. To Made For U management, the item may not be expensive, but you must be able to commit on the quality. You should live up with the expectation particularly with what you show on display. Here's the proof for you to spot the difference:

The 2 magnets at the bottom were the finished products and this shows how inconsistent they can be with their magnets.

PARTY MAGICIAN/HOST: Marvin of PJ's Party World – 10

Everything good! This magician is bubbly, full of fun, encouraging, colorful, speaks fluently and gives a different zest of what magician/hosts should be. He also did balloon twisting for the kids and they look cute! Here is their contact information: Marvin/Jacque (02) 455-8091 / 09714508802 / 09177540943. For more information on their services, you can visit their website here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Gani & Mike – 10

My husband and Mike (his friend) brought their DSLR cameras. The pictures they took are very good and fit for the kiddie party. Thank you so much to both for saving the moment into the photos they have taken! Those memories will surely last. And best of all it’s free!

That ends my long post. Thanks for reading. Till the next memorable event of our lives! :-)

3 comments:

  1. Came across your blog while looking for give-aways for my daughter's first birthday. That was a nice birthday party you had.

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  2. nice party! simple but fun! :) how much did you spend for the package at kidz republic?

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  3. how much does kidz republic charge ?

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