Calista Kaori is the daughter of my cousin Ricky and his lovely wife Rhoda. In the Philippines the Chinese community make a big deal out of a child’s birthday party and celebrate it big time. The last baby birthday party I attended was equally grand.
The party was held at Greenhills West clubhouse. It was a great venue since the place was big, had a high ceiling and most importantly, it was air-conditioned.
They hired a host/comedian to entertain the kids with various games.
The cake was fit for a little princess.
Individual cupcakes for the guests
Loot packs for the kids
I liked the fun balloons that decorated each table. Very creative!
They also had several food carts with food for all ages.
NYFD fries and dips
Squid balls and kropek
Champola fresh fruits in ice cream
There were several fun games for the kids too.
Food for the adults
Another popular thing in parties and weddings in Manila is renting an instant photo booth. They normally charge by the hour and the guests can get as many pictures as they want. I caught my aunt and her friend getting their own souvenir.
Stand in front of the machine and get ready for four different poses.
Within minutes the picture comes out the machine. There are dozens of companies offering this service in Manila. It doesn’t cost that much and is fun for the guests.
Rhoda and Ricky did an amazing job planning and executing this party. I’m sure Calista won’t remember any of it but she’s definitely going to enjoy watching the video and seeing the pictures on my blog when she’s a bit older.