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7th Birthday | Unicorn Party 

My daughter celebrated her 7th birthday party last weekend. And it was a fantabulous one! In the midst of the party, my little girl approached her gwama (maternal grandmother) and whispered that she was very happy. It was enough to melt my heart. I know all the effort I put in planning her Unicorn themed party is well worth it.

I had only two months to plan the birthday party. The moment my husband decided that we will throw a party for our baby girl, I started looking for possible party venues and event places in Quezon City, San Juan City, Pasig City, and even as far as Taguig City. I went to as many as four venues in one day!

Between us, my husband is the more practical one. He suggested a buffet restaurant but I had other venues in mind that I wanted to check out. I wanted the party to be held in an event place just like where we held our daughter's Lalaloopsy themed first birthday party. The party coordinator in me knew that it's impossible to find a venue at such a short notice but I just had to give it a try.

Several ocular inspections later, we ended up booking half of the space at The Alley by Vikings (Just like what my husband wanted 👅). It is located at the 2nd Level, Ayala Cloverleaf Mall in Balintawak, Quezon City.

We took into consideration the following: 
  • Central Location
  • Accessibility- Elevator
  • Covered Parking Spaces- August is a rainy season
  • Food- Buffet so it's unlimited so no one will get hungry
  • Cost/Price
We guaranteed 180 adults at Php 888 + 5% Service Charge (Php 932.40). The Alley has an ongoing promo of 20 + 2. With 180 guaranteed adults, 16 adults get to eat for free and 4 pax can avail of Senior/PWD discount. This August, The Alley by Vikings increased its rate by an additional Php 50. When we exceeded the number of adults, the new rate was applied (Php 938 + 5% Service Charge--> Php 984.50).

  • 31 kids- Kid 1 (kids between 3-4ft) are priced at Php 288 (Php 302.40) OLD RATE
  • 20 kids- Kid 2 (kids between 4ft- 4ft 6in) are priced at Php 588 (Php617.4) OLD RATE
  • 7 Free Kids (below 3 ft)

When the party venue is within the mall, naturally, we have to follow the mall's guidelines. I encountered several stumbling blocks with The Alley but none that's bad enough to write about, especially since all went well during the day itself. I just have to breathe and let it go.

The Alley total cost including Taxes and Service Charge: Php 176,043 (182 adults + 58 kids =240 pax)

Party Corner by SweetGems | Event Stylist

Next, is the event stylist. Back in the day, my clients are already happy to see a Balloon Arch at the entrance and Balloon Pillars on the sides of the stage, but not anymore. Party decor these days includes ceiling treatment with not only balloon buntings, but also swags, lanterns and other stuff hanging from above. The decors are sometimes so grand and filled with balloons that you can hardly see the ceiling anymore. That said, the cost is outrageous!

As soon as we deposited a 10% down payment for the venue, I looked for an event stylist that will fit within our budget. To minimize the costs, I went with a company that creates its own backdrop and the props.

I gave my daughter the freedom to choose which backdrop design she likes then I contacted the supplier via Facebook messenger. We scheduled an ocular inspection of the venue and paid the down payment during our meeting.

  • Full Venue Styling Php 15,000
  • Lights & Sound with 2 wireless microphone Php 4,000
  • Face Painting Php 1,500
  • SweetXavier Photobooth Roving Photographer (2 hours 90 pieces Matte prints and magnetic back) Php 7,000 
  • Transportation Fee Php 1,000

Even with limited working hours in their hands, coupled with the strict implementation of rules given by The Alley, the owners (Shanel Dizon and Gem Espago) were able to work their magic. The venue was transformed with the vision I had in mind and more. They were easy to work with. They worked double time especially during the day of the event as they only had 2 hours to finish the setup before the doors of The Alley opened.

Party Corner by SweetGems total cost Php 28,500

Sugar Rush Entertainment PH | Party Entertainment

One of the important part of the program is the party entertainment. To liven up the program, I hired Sugar Rush Entertainment. We had a fun party filled with sing and dance numbers courtesy of the bubbly owners Kris Napenas and Karen Jaysette Bingco.

  • Hosting Php 7,000
  • Performer Php 5,000
  • Crew Meal 350/head x 3
I highly recommend Sugar Rush for your party entertainment. My daughter is shy but they were able to let her join the fun and games too. When she is happy, I am happy too!

Sugar Rush Entertainment PH total cost is Php 13,050

Liabella Cakes & Styling | Unicorn Cake

I have encountered a lot people throughout this whole planning but none as easy and flexible as Mabelle Tidalgo of Liabella Cakes & Styling. The cake supplier that I was looking forward to order from prior to meeting Mabelle was the exact opposite. That one had no sense of business. Anyway, I already had a vision of what my daughter's Unicorn cake would look like. I like it with clouds, rainbow, hearts and of course, the side profile of the Unicorn. 

  • 3-tiered Fondant Cake Php 6,000
  • Transporation Fee Php 300

I tried to manage my expectation since she does not have a sample work of the side profile but I was impressed with her work. The Unicorn looks nice and presentable while the pastel colors (yellow, pink and purple) are in theme with the party. 

Liabella Cakes & Styling total cost is Php 6,300

Twist and Dale Balloons | Balloon Twisting

With more than 50 kids, I thought of adding balloon twisting to the party. My late uncle, Richard Cu, was one of the pioneers in balloon sculptures and twisting. I was blessed that he was able to train me before he passed away. We used to twist balloons at mall events in costume. Those were the days!

  • Balloon Twisting Php 7,500
  • Transportation Php 500

Anyway, I tried looking for a unique souvenir that both kids and adults will like. I found Twist and Dale Balloons online. The husband-and-wife tandem/owners are Roberto and Melody Abarientos. They twist balloons on the spot. What sets them apart is that they placed the balloon art on the wrists or as a head piece. It looks quirky but it surely brought joy to both kids and adults alike.

Twist and Dale Balloons total cost is Php 8,000

Loot Bags | Souvenir Items | Prizes

We spent Php 8,450 for 65 pieces of folding chairs from SM. These were given away as parting gifts to the attendees. I made another 70 loot bags containing small prizes. These bags were given to kids upon entering the venue. I can only estimate the price to about Php 3,000. And another Php 3,000 rough estimate for the prizes that were all bought from sale season.

Loot bags, Souvenirs and Prizes total cost is Php 14,450

I always seek Mr. Noli Catubig for blow dry service whenever I am in Fleur Salon & Spa. It was a no-brainer that he is the one to curl my daughter's hair for her special day. He was prompt and arrived at exactly 9AM. He quickly started curling her hair and in a few minutes it's done. I was next. It took him less than 15 minutes to style my hair and make it bouncy.

  •  Hairdo Php 500
  • Blower Php 100
Fleur Hair Salon and Spa total cost is Php 600

A party is not a party without some bumps here and there; But what matters most is my daughter's happiness. That's all!

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