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A Madeline-inspired French Birthday Party!

Kap’s tennis buds Bob & Marie’s new bundle of joy has finally been delivered by the stork after many years of expectations & longing! To celebrate their daughter’s 1st birthday, the power couple went all out & held a Madeline french-themed party at the Mindanao Ballroom of The Sofitel Hotel, Manila a couple of weeks ago. Everything was, of course, Le French! ;)

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Sa totoo lang, mas pinagkagulahan naming oldies itong mga floral hairbands kesa ng mga bata. Wa sila care. I was wearing mine the whole time I was watching the magic show & munching on my matching pink mallows! :P

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See??? ;)) This photo belongs to Joyce.

 

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Bea is SUCH a cute baby & looks a lot like her pops. Daddy’s girl ito, sigurado! ;)

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I was glad we got there early so I was able to inspect every nook & take photos. I love the pastel & dainty decor. Good job, mommy! \m/

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Even the little chairs were so dainty & classy. None of those stackable plastic type.

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Bea even has her own patisserie! *insert googly eyes here

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To my shame, I pounced on the patisserie with glee! <3 Nasobrahan yata.

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Too bad I was too old for a loot bag! :P I’m sure all the kids were delighted with what’s inside. Mommy Marie really did right by Bea! <3

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To be fair, I wasn’t the only one enjoying the party! Nagpa-photo op talaga si Kap. He fancied seeing the man on stilts. Gusto pa nyang mag-lembo rock at dumaan sa ilalim. Sabi ko please lang, huwag na. @_@

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I don’t think we will be invited again to a kiddie party anytime soon. We were #1 & #2 in the line for face painting hahaha! #whatisbuenamano

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Say hello to Mr. & Mrs. Minion! Loveteam forever! ;P

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To my relief, a couple more old farts joined in on the fun. Oldies vs. Kiddies. Guess who won! ;)

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To show that it’s really been a while since we attended a kiddie party, we were so amused with this multi-taking guy. He shoots, he downloads, he prints. Voila! Instant souvenir. Ang abilidad ng Pinoy ha. Onli in da Pilipins! ;)

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It’s been quite a while since we last attended a 1st birthday party, gosh. Lately it’s all been debuts given by our contemporaries (read: age group) for their daughters. This refreshing baby party central certainly brought back lots of happy memories when my kids celebrated their own 1st birthdays..

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Ate’s first birthday & dedication at the ballroom of the Makati Shangri La, Manila complete with the biggest cake ever with a rotating merry-go-round, Ice carving buffet centrepiece, balloon arches and mascots.

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My babyson’s 1st birthday & dedication at the ballroom of the Heritage Hotel which was so in & popular back in ’97 (which sadly I can’t say so now) complete also with all the trimmings that would make any child happy.

 

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And finally, my Lovey’s 1st birthday & dedication at the ballroom of The Sofitel Manila (Philippine Plaza back then) 3x grander because I have learned a lot in the 5 year span that we have had kids & all the parties we have given & attended in between. Sa kanya ang pinaka-bongga complete with a circus act!

I really applaud Bob & Marie for pulling off a great 1st birthday party. You could really tell that their belle fille Beatrice, is well-loved & adored by the tiny little details & huge effort they have put into making their princess’ 1st party a success. No expense was spared. You can tell that Beatrice is going to be one spoiled & happy girl. :)

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The invite was for merienda cena so most of the spread was finger food. My kind of spread!

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These yummy faces were begging to be eaten, I tell you.

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My happy plate. <3 I really felt like a kid again. How I wish there are more kiddie parties to attend in the very near future. It’s so refreshing.

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Seeing the very cute Bea in her parents’  arms make me wanna have another baby girl of my own to cuddle. Almost. The thought of all-nighters & diaper changes brings me back to my senses & I’m thankful for the stage we are in now. Life for me is easy peasy. Maybe I’ll just borrow the adorable little Beatrice from time to time.. that is IF I can pry her off her parent’s arms.

Joyeux anniversaries dear Beatrice! <3 God certainly gave you the best gift when he chose the perfect parents for you. You are SO loved!

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And thank you Bob & Marie for such a relaxing & fun afternoon! Here’s to many happy & fulfilling years of parenthood! <3

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