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It’s funny how I started planning my son’s birthday celebration as early as last year but still ended up working on it down to the wire. As they say, “The greatest inspiration is the deadline.”


This year’s theme was inspired by my son’s love for cars and the toy truck he received last Christmas. Like last year, I spent countless hours scouring Pinterest for inspiration. I was determined to make this as DIY as I could despite my insanely hectic schedule.

buntings and toppers

My son started going to school this year so we decided to have a mini party at school. To minimize food mishaps, we packed the mac n’ cheese in styro food containers, which I couldn’t resist customizing.

My original plan involved a doughnut tower dotted with the truck cutouts as toppers but we weren’t able to get our hands on some yummy doughnuts so we rehashed last year’s design: custard cake + wafer sticks + road signs + my son’s Viking Toys tractor + the ubiquitous birthday candle.

custard cake 2

To avoid making too much of a mess, we kept the cupcakes frosting-free as well. Fortunately, my aunt had some chocolate rocks on hand so she sprinkled some on top of the banana nutella cupcakes. I forgot to place the toppers I made though.

banana nutella cupcakes - choco rocks
I also made some traffic cone-inspired party hats. I couldn’t find anything big enough to trace and I didn’t have a drawing compass so I used the definition of a circle (a set of points equidistant from a point called the center) as a guide.

traffic cone party hats
It was a bit tiring at first and I almost didn’t push through with the party hats but I’m glad I did because the kids looked so adorable wearing them.

school party 3I was so tired with all the preparations, I could barely keep my eyes open during the party. It was all worth it though because, as my son affirmed, it was indeed a very happy birthday.

school party 1_edited


hooray for ziggy – part two


part 2-001The second installment of my son’s birthday celebration was held on his birthday.

I wanted this party to have the same feel as the first one but I didn’t want it to just be a replica so I reused some elements from the first party and just added a few tweaks here and there.trayglass jarstoppers bFor the birthday cake, I decided to go with a custard cake since my husband and my mother-in-law aren’t big fans of frosting and my son loves custard.  To keep the cake from looking plain, my husband and I placed wafer sticks around the cake and added a swallowtail bunting on top.
cake bWe then placed the cake on a cake stand made from an old biscuit can and a pizza box.  I just wrapped the can and box in cartolina (paperboard) in three shades of blue for an ombré effect.  This was inspired by Festiva Party Design’s ocean waves cupcake wrappers.cake standOne of the most labor-intensive DIY projects I took on was the backdrop.  Good thing my husband helped me assemble the backdrop made of water bubble cutouts and origami fish.  I was going for an ombré effect so I used cartolina (left over from the cake stand) for the water bubble cutouts.  I would’ve wanted to use origami paper for the fish but I couldn’t find any so I used regular colored paper instead.

Sadly, this backdrop never made it to the party.  My son got so excited when he saw all those fish hanging, he ended up tearing the tails off some of the fish and turning the whole backdrop into one tangled mess.
backdrop b

hooray for ziggy – part one


Since we belong to large, close-knit extended families, we decided to split the little boy’s birthday celebration and hold two parties instead of one.  We chose an under the sea theme, inspired by my son’s fascination with fish.  We held the first party (for my side of the family) a day before the actual birthday so cousins who aren’t available on Sundays could attend.


Like many moms, I obsessed over my son’s birthday for months.  I spent hours upon hours just scouring the web for ideas and coming up with my own.  I wanted to make everything as DIY as I could.  I even thought of baking the cupcakes myself but I never got around to actually learning how to bake.  I ordered from a supplier instead but that turned out to be a major disaster.  I found out just hours before the party that the supplier forgot about my order!  Ordering customized cupcakes on such short notice was obviously out of the question so I called up one of the local bakeshops. Fortunately, they had cupcakes readily available so I bought some and added some chocolate-coated biscuits, mini pretzel sticks, and the toppers I prepared.



I also ordered some customized sugar cookies.  Unlike the other supplier, Andie’s Desserts did a splendid job.  The cookies were  a hit not only with the kids but also the adults.  People couldn’t stop oohing and aahing over the cookies.  I would definitely order from them again.

sugar cookies

To add color to the table (without spending a lot), I cut out seaweed shapes and made toppers.  I stuck the seaweed shapes to clear glasses filled with pebbles (which I got from the pet store) and added the toppers.