Thursday, November 25, 2010

Migo and Samantha Jungle Safari Party_Supplier Reviews

And they thought Migo and Samantha are twins ... Not! It's just that we decided to have a joint celebration party for Miguel Inigo Gabriel and Samantha Gabrielle since their birthdates is just seven (7) days apart. Migo turned one year old on November 11 while Samantha turned six on the 4th. And since we will be celebrating with the family and same set of friends anyway, we decided to hold a joint party few days after their actual natal days, November 14 Sunday. Mas tipid din! Hehehe!

Party theme was initially planned as Pirates wherein Migo will be Peter Pan and Samantha as Tinkerbell. And us parents and guests, pirates and gypsies! However, after looking for some party decors online, decided to forgo the initial theme. Not appropriate for a toddler party. Too scary to use skeletons, red and black balloons as first birthday party theme.

Thus, we decided to do safari jungle party theme instead. Very apt and appropriate for babies and kids, non-gender specific too. Happy that I’ve chose this theme as everyone can relate with animal theme. =)

Venue : Greenmeadows Clubhouse, Quezon City
I thought I was early with my party planning eight (8) months prior. But I was dead wrong! My preferred venues (Valle 6, Acropolis, NEGA, The Grove, Corinthians, North Forbes Clubhouse and Dasma) already booked by the time I started calling and searching for venues. My only hope during that time, Greenmeadows Clubhouse which is under renovation for months and with no definite date of completion! Aaargghh!

And just to make sure I have a place for party during my party planning stages, I tentatively booked the ff venues: 8/F St. Francis Tower (P12K, Function 1-3 good for 120 pax) ; Fully Booked Rooftop at BGH (P18K for 4 hours, 200 pax) ; Valle Verde 2 (P7K for 4 hrs, 150 pax).

Alas, my patience paid off (or was it pure luck?), I received a call from Greenmeadows Clubhouse that they are open for party reservations by end of June. Immediately, I am at the venue and was really surprised with the huge improvement of the clubhouse. It was indeed beautiful. New tiles, spacious lawn/play area, wide entrance façade, lighting very modern-looking and the place is really nice! And as expected, with the place newly renovated, the rental price also fetched higher. From previously P12K rental fee for 4 hours, new rate at P22,500 with P10K security deposit. Yeah, the price you have to pay with the renovations! Hahaha! But got no other choice, I am left with no venue at that time. ( Tip: book your party venue 1 year in advance and you will never be sorry!LOL)

Over-all, the venue is perfect location for my guests. Easy to find, parking not a problem, staff (Miriam) easy to talk to for reservations. Not strict and very friendly too! =) Bathrooms very clean (a must for me!), amenities are top notch! Moreover, getting my security deposit (P10K) is not a problem too. After the day of event, my check already available for pick-up! =)

Though, some minor (but tolerable) matter: Village security. Very strict. You need to submit name list of suppliers and guests days before the event. Well this worked to my advantage! =) Since I am required to submit lists, guests are obliged to confirm and send me RSVP responses. This made my guest list and head count easy for the party. Hahaha! =)


Catering : K by Cunanan
I don’t think I need to give good reviews for this caterer. They are very much in demand in the wedding industry. Well-known for their classy set-up, extra-ordinarily good food, excellent service and a real value-for-money! =)

Guests enjoyed the food. In fact, guests loved it. We received nice compliments with the choice of food. Adult food served that day: crackling pork in hoisin wrap (appetizer), shrimp and mango salad, broccoli-cheese soup (the best!), baked fish topped with sliver almonds, rolled chicken in teriyaki sauce, lengua, carrot rice (best seller!), seafood pasta in carbonara sauce and kiwi pannacota (dessert), tiramisu in martini glass and raspberry iced tea. Kiddie buffet also served : spaghetti with meat balls, mini corn dogs and chicken lollipops.

Side kwento: on the day of my kiddie event, Kaye (the owner) was present to ensure everything in placed. I love her hands-on approach. Very personal. Be it just simple or small event, she’s present. In fact, one of the things I loved about K Catering, they only accept limited function per day. They don’t accept too much event in one day or mass produce their service.

And yes, because I am happy with their service, I already booked them for my daughter’s 7th birthday party by 2011. Happy with them! =)





Party organizer provided by Jelly Bellies Co (c/o Angelette)
Includes: stage set-up, decors, balloons, table centerpiece, balloon pops, game booths, entertainment (magic, face painting, balloon sculptor), storage boxes for give-aways, foodcarts.
My favorite and perennial birthday party supplier! Am always happy with JB services. They never cease to surprise me! For the party, she assigned a very efficient party manager and kudos to her team handled the entire party very well. I was totally relaxed and stress-free during the party as they took care of everything. I also appreciate how Angelette would always ensure that my kids’ party would turn out great as always. Other than being a friendly and efficient party manager, she provides helpful ideas and inputs on how to make the party great, without pushing us to spend more on unnecessary items. Side kwento: she stopped me several times form getting excessive food carts and other unnecessary items for the party! Love her so much =)




Party Host: Gene (by Jelly Bellies Co.)
Very good host with good diction and speaks fluent English. Patient and knows how to keep the kids entertained and well-behaved too! Games provided by Gene are not your usual bring me but instead he made it like a guessing game for kids to enjoy. I also liked the name that tune game for kids. Entertaining and challenging for kids. And since Samantha knows and adores all the songs used in the game, she enjoyed guessing each of the song. Obviously she’s well-verse with Nick Jr. iCarly and Disney movies.

Magic with Illusion by Ricci (by Jelly Bellies)
Two thumbs up!! Really amazing show! Kids and adults super liked it! In fact, this is not your usual magic show tricks. The illusions done mesmerized the kids, ad even awed the adults more with unending ooohhs and aaahhhs. It was my first time to see in real life contortionist inside the box, and the floating lady trick. Awesome and I simply love Ricci. Great recommendation by Angelette of Jelly Bellies.

Balloon Sculptor : Eric Uy (by Jelly Bellies)
Simple, soft-spoken and very quiet Eric Uy. Availed his services for unlimited balloon for the duration of the party. So that would be 4-hours =) He provides not your usual dog and bird balloons for kids but instead, creatively balloons sculptures in the form of a ballerina, sponge bob character, little mermaid, spider man and more! Very talented guy! Will definitely get him on my next party =)

Food Carts: CHAMPOLA BLAST
Actually I was thinking of getting different ice cream cart for my party but the food cart I wanted already booked on my party date. Too bad. Thus, my only options to book what is available ice cream cart. It was a tough choice between FIC and Champola Blast, but since I want to try something different, decided to avail Champola Blast instead. This is not your usual ice cream in a cup or cone. Champola Blasts are served on a wafer stick with a different toppings or flavors. Cool eh? Kids loved it. Sadly, I was not able to taste it. Too busy with the party. =(


Food Carts: NY Fries and Dips (from Jelly Bellies Co.)
I was not able to taste this too. As I am busy with the party. But my son Ico told me he liked NYFD (who wouldn’t?) Love their dips barbecue and ranch. Best-seller to guests. Unfortunately, I noticed that the mini cups are all half-filled. =( Neverthless, fries served hot and cooked well, add the tasty dips makes the perfect french fries treat for everyone!

Food Carts: KRISPY KREME CORNER
No, did not avail the Krispy Kreme booth … too pricey for me! I don’t see any reason why I would pay P10K for donuts alone with just one staff giving donuts from the racks. It is not even baked on the spot. Hahaha! Thus, I came up with an idea of setting up a Krispy Kreme corner (did this from my previous parties) wherein guests can have free access on assorted donuts. Self service style! I just simply placed a tarp indicating Krispy Kreme corner, and asked the caterer to set up a table beside the Starbucks booth (naturally coffee and donuts should go together). Bought twelve (12) dozens of donuts in assorted flavors (spent P3K+), asked for wax papers, KK napkins and even party hats for kids and voila … have my Krispy Kreme corner -- the tipid style! =) Love, love this idea! =)

Cake : Veronica Ngo of Les Sucreries
http://lessucreries.multiply.com
Learned about Les Sucreries from one of my blogging friends, Gracie. Saw the cake design from her son’s 1st bday party and I immediately fell in love with it. It was my first time to deal with Les Sucreries and my initial encounter not that good comparing to all my suppliers I had for this party. Response kinda slow and we had little misunderstanding over limited design LO for cakes. I was informed quite late that there’s a limit of 3 x LOs only for cake design. Of course not aware of this, as this was not discussed PRIOR my downpayment/reservation of cake. No contracts even sent to me at an earlier stage of negotiations despite providing downpayment around June.

Anyway, after informing Les Sucreries regarding my disappointments, much attention then given to my order. Our next transactions went smoothly and everything went well. Les Sucreries provided beautiful cakes (yes, got two cakes) for my kids. One cake for Migo and another cake for Samantha. The cakes provided really moist and yummy … love the taste! Got chocolate cake and the choco-carrot flavor, her best-seller flavors =)


Food Carts: Chef Tony’s Popcorn
c/o Medal Elepano medal_elepano@yahoo.com
www.cheftonyspopcorn@gmail.com

Love, love Chef Tony Popcorn. The sales manager, Medal Elepano was prompt, responsive, accommodating and easy to do business. In fact, when I asked for bonggang-bongga set-up, she indeed sent me a bongga set-up! Hahaha! Love it!! One of my best tokens/food carts during the party. Adult and kids loved the popcorns. And for my kids’ party, I availed Chef Tony’s 180 pcs at 16 oz with two classic flavors: cheddar cheese and caramel. Something sweet and salty for my guests! =)

Check out their party packages! Highly recommended.

Food Cart: STARBUCKS
Booked directly through Starbucks store (any branch possible)

Need I say positive reviews about Starbucks? Hahaha! The husband’s one and only request for the party … get Starbucks out of store booth! =) This is the 2nd time we availed the Starbucks booth for our party, and of course with the husband coffee addiction, this is another permanent must-haves in our party.

Though the option for Starbucks coffee very limited (availed milk-based drinks for the Frappucino) since they can’t bring their huge espresso machine … guests don’t seem to mind at all. Regardless if their only option choco, caramel or vanilla frap … what the heck, it is still free coffee anyway! =)

And the good thing about SSI, since the husband is a valued client of Starbucks Emerald branch, he was able to choose specific barista who joined us for the party. Naturally he chose the Emerald branch baristas to join us. Cool people! =) And the best part, since the party was held in November, we got free holiday planners too! For every P5k = 1 limited edition Starbucks planner! Weeeee!! No pressure to collect 17 stickers! This is the fastest way to get those limited edition planner cover variants! LOL


GIVE-AWAYS, PRIZES - storage boxes ordered through Jelly Bellies. Prizes all safari-themed bought online through www.orientaltrading.com and loot prizes from balloon pops bought at Toy Kingdom. For the giant-animal mylar balloons, purchased through www.brodys8004.com



Photo Booth: POSSE AND PRINTS
www.poseandprint.com

Happy with this photo booth supplier. In fact, I am very satisfied with their services that I booked them again for our corporate function a week after. They are very professional as lay-outs for the photos submitted on time and very accommodating with special requests and revisions for LOs. No questions asked. At the day of the party, the team sent was very friendly and accommodating. They are prompt, efficient and were able to set up the booth on time. No glitches at all. For the rates, I am lucky to get the premium rates on a discounted price. Thanks to one of my blogging friends MM, who booked her daughter’s event months before me and we were able to get the best discount from the published rate packages.
http://www.poseandprint.com/event?folder=201011&fdesc=November 2010&fname=20101114_04_Samantha06&currpage=1


Photographer: Howell Laguerta
c/o Abie Laguerta : 09175842934

My favorite suki for our family party photos. I think he has seen all of the kids’ birthdays and even Migo’s baptism. I love, love Howell’s photos. He captures life, laughter and every minute details of the event as it is! No missed detail. And since he’s also a good friend, posing or smiling infront of his camera seemed so natural to us. We are comfortable working with Howell. In fact, since he’s our constant supplier/photographer of the family, guests also familiar with Howell and works comfortably with him. Love his works as always. And yes, will be booking him again next parties to come …

Photographer : Gats Uy
c/o Kelly : 09175960095
Since we had joint birthday celebration for Migo and Samantha, we’ve decided to get two (2) photographers this time. The new photographer of the family, Mr. Gats Uy. Like Howell, we love the photos taken by Gats -- another perspective, another angle from the party. With the additional photos from Gats, no action missed. His work captured all emotions of guests during the event. His shots, very personal and we really love it! =)

Sound System : Kids Haus/Judith Tabaquin
http://kidshaus.multiply.com
0922-8543799
Sound system was the last item on my list. I am not very particular with big production sound system as I just need simple, audible sound system for my party host. Just enough to cover the venue with music, and for the host to use during games. Posted my search at N@W for possible sound system provider, and was happy that Kids Haus was the first one to reply on my mail. Described my needs (including preferred animal/safari music) and my target budget, Judith (the owner) immediately granted my request. Love how flexible they are and accommodated all my request. Thanks, Judith! =)

Food cart stubs/Tarpaulin Lay-outs : Melisse Avellana-Baylosis of Perfect Pixels
http://perfectpixelsmelisse.multiply.com/
One of my favorite supplier too! Melisse of Perfect Pixels also became my perennial supplier for all backdrop lay outs, tarps, thank you cards etc. And ever since I started doing my kidde party planning, she became my constant design/LO provider. She has seen my kids grow up. From Samantha’s baptism to her 6th birthday, to the birth of another child Migo, she covered them all. Her works really nice … beyond your usual expectations, prompt in delivery and very easy to deal with. And like my other suki suppliers, yes …she will be forever part of my kids’ parties.

Invites and Name Tags : Adworks
Tel No: 6365570
I always believe that the invite is a sneak preview of what to expect in your party. And Adworks never fails to awe me with every invite they’ve provided to my kids. They always have fresh, nice concept or ideas to make the invites really stand out. Like most of my suppliers, Adworks is one of my essential must-have party supplier. They’ve witnessed how my daughter Samantha grow up, and now with my second child Migo. Though their rates are kinda pricey compared to other invite makers (requested for 3D pop-up invite), but their outputs are truly works of art.

ON FOOD STUBS FOR FOOD CARTS
This is also my first time to do food stub for carts. It took me quite sometime to decide if will proceed with food stubs or not. It was a quite a lengthy discussion between the husband and me if will implement the food stubs for control measures. The husband prefers a free-for-all food carts while I, the OC in me wanted to give each guests (whether late or not) chance to enjoy the food carts.

How did I implement the food stubs? It was easy. As I need the confirmation of guests and family for security requirements of Greenmeadows Clubhouse, I was actually able to name and list the family members who will attend the party. Whether they confirmed or not, I prepared food stubs per family. Upon registration, each family given an envelope with their names which corresponds number of food stubs inside. Starbucks given to adults, while NYFD, Chef Tony Popcorn etc are for kids or vice-versa. I told people who man the booth to be strict with food stubs. No food stubs, no food treats! =) This is also for control measures. =)

Many of my friends liked the idea, it was very organized. Every family get to taste all the food …and we never ran out of supplies. In fact, food carts lasted until 7pm wherein only a few quantities left. Upon seeing some extra, we opened all the carts last thirty (30) minutes of the party.
If you will ask me if will do food stub again next year, definitely YES! Proven it really works! =)

Thank you for reading my uber long supplier post … ‘Til my next party post … Samantha’s 7th and Migo’s 2nd birthday treat, Rockstar-themed at Valle Verde 6 (yes, booked na …learned my lesson the hard way this year. =)
For more party photos, you may refer to my FB album which will be available for limited period only.



http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=2097169&id=1311382438 - Gats Uy : 0917-5960095 (c/o kelly)
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2096789&id=1311382438 - Howell Laguerta 0917-5842934 (c/o abie)

7 comments:

sweet said...

Wow sis ang galing! Very nice party ^-^

Jacqui Co-Soriano said...

thank you sweet for reading my long post =)

Joyce said...

Very nice blog, madam :-) I learned a lot and I hope it's okay to use some of your party ideas.. I can't wait to have the Starbucks cart for my son's 1st bday..haha para sakin naman talaga.

pengshoppe said...

thanks for sharing this blog. You're a big help..my son will be celebrating his 1st bday, same theme we have, same food supplier.. your stub idea is the best.. thanks again!

michelle patriarca said...

whats the contact numbers for st francis? :)

Madelaine Nicole Echavez said...

Hi! Planning for my daughter's birthday and stumbled upon your blog. Love your posts! very helpful =)

mark lawrence said...

Migo and Samantha’s jungle safari party is way too adorable. I had a great time watching these photos. Our son will also be turning 4 soon and we have been planning a Thor themed bash for him, but currently seeking suggestions for affordable San Francisco venues. If you know about suitable spots then please let us know.

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