As a former exclusive mum of boys, I took great delight in planning Lila’s very first celebration with an abundance of girliness and pink. I have to admit, that while I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would enjoy being surrounded by such cotton candy colors, I am thoroughly enjoying it. I’m so used to hues of blue and vehicular or dinosaur themes after years with just my boys.
Welcoming Lila into the Christian world was an intimate affair. We were so honored to have our friends and family fly in from Hong Kong and Singapore (and Cebu!). It really made the celebration extra special. I consulted Indy Ycasiano of She Dreams in Ink to help realize my vision of soft femininity for the occasion. Being a complete rookie in the world of girls, I gave Indy some parameters and let her steer the course for the look and feel of the reception. We decided on a shabby chic, vintage look with pink, white, and lilac dominating the room plus accents of gold.
Indy hung stunning pompoms in different shades of pink and white from the ceiling and provided three different central stations.
The first station greeted you upon entry and was filled with memorabilia dedicated to Lila. It was such a lovely and meaningful touch filled with Lila’s photographs, clothes, shoes, and stuffed toys. Indy had me provide little notes about the meaning and significance of the items.
The second focal point was the dessert station (more on that later) and the third was a backdrop for guest photos with Lila spelled out in huge lettering.
The tabletops were a mélange of gorgeous flowers in tiny pots set upon a raffia runner and doilies. The whole room was a dreamy apparition of girlishness.
The reception lunch was held in the Polo Club so they catered the food. I furnished the dessert station with family favorites such as Baby Yulo’s iconic strawberry shortcake and Amores moist chocolate cake, which is gluten and dairy free (another staple at my parties).
For Lila’s beautiful centerpiece cake, matching cupcakes, and heart shaped lace cookies I turned to my go-to confection girl, the master of fondant, Gel Colet of Swell Sweets.
She designed the too beautiful-to-eat cake based on my invitation design.
Since about 12 of my guests were 12 and under, I had Apol Lejano-Massebieau of La Pomme provide a DIY activity table for them. They were able to color, do fabric decoupage, and draw on their own plush animals. This was a fantastic, creative, and enjoyable way to keep the kids entertained. You can email email@example.com for your own children’s party activity kit.
La Pomme also provided my giveaways along with Mr. and Mrs. Green. I gave La Pomme’s lavender scented signature apple pommes to my guests and succulents from Mr. and Mrs. Green.
For Lila’s beautiful Baptismal gown I turned to Katrina Goulbourn Babes.
Louie Arcilla Life + Style Photography provided the magical photos of this celebration.
Thanks to the collaboration of this wonderful group of people and companies I was able to have the baptismal celebration I had envisioned for my baby girl.
She Dreams in Ink
Katrina Goulbourn Babes
Louie Arcilla Life + Style Photography