Little Einsteins Mission Celebration: Themed Party on a Budget

We’re going on a mission, start the countdown – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!

Everyone to rocket and let’s blast off

to celebrate Jade and Jakei’s birthday!

Last year, the two little kids celebrated their birthdays with a Jake and the Neverland Pirate themed cake and snacks.  This year, I wanted to make it extra special for them and asked their school teacher if they could have Little Einsteins’ themed activities as well.  Teacher Abby, always so gracious with parents’ requests, gladly granted our request and also played party host.  Due to the procrastinator in me, the activities didn’t go as well as I imagined though. Nonetheless, the little kids had a great time and loved their “party”.   Thankfully, kids are so easy to please and to entertain. 🙂

THE CAKE

First off the list was the birthday cake.  This was the easiest for me to cross off since all it entailed was placing an order online.  The Little Einsteins birthday cake was created by Joel of Woku Cakes.  He baked for us a Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Jam and Chocolate Ganache Filling.  The cake was shaped like Rocket and was then decorated using boiled icing and fondant.  The Little Einsteins characters were also skilfully sculpted from fondant.

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THE FOOD & LOOT BAG

Though I wanted to prepare themed snacks just like last year, we had to make do with fast food delivery as I had no househelp.  We opted for a KFC Snack Box which includes fun shots and fries, Zesto Fruit Teas, and mini-cupcakes from Shoppersville.  The KFC Snack Boxes were ordered a few days in advance and were delivered directly to the kids’ school.  Definitely, food prep this year was no-fuss.

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The kids’ loot bags were made from A4 sized colored paper folded into a paper bag.  I found some cute animal crayons at National Bookstore and paired each one with a notepad.  I filled the remaining space with jellyace and lollipops.

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THE ACTIVITIES

The activities were meant to be fun party activities coupled with lessons about art and music.  Before each activity, I was supposed to give the kids a few trivia about European art and music.  I wasn’t able to properly coordinate this with Teacher Abby though so it didn’t go as planned. (My fault for not setting up a meeting before the event) Anyway, let me share with you our Little Einsteins themed activities.

Meet the Little Einsteins(Film Showing)

Of course, our budget wasn’t enough to hire mascots so we opted for a viewing of one Little Einstein episode.  We chose Go to Europe and this is where the rest of the activities was based.

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Crafts: Bean Shakers

For the crafts time, the kids made their own music shakers using plastic plates and beans.  You may read the materials and procedure in my previous post.   A word of caution though – Make sure the plates are laced securely.  The kids and I have done this many times at home without mess so I did not anticipate the “bean spill” that happened in school.  Some of the kids’ shakers were not laced tightly and beans fell out of the shakers.  If you’ll be doing this craft activity in a school setting, I suggest you use bigger beans.

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Game: Musical Einsteins (Music by Tchaikovzky & Bach)

This is another version of musical chairs. While playing, the kids become more familiar with music by Tchaikovzky & Bach.  When the music stops, instead of sitting on chairs, the kids step on cutouts of Little Einsteins characters taped to the floor.  The host draws a character from Rocket (decorated cardboard box) and whoever is stepping on that character gets to stay for the next round.  All the other kids leave the game floor.  The last three kids left get to win prizes.

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Game: Stack a Tower (Trivia on Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Big Ben Clock Tower, and Towers of Gimignano)

This is another very familiar party relay game where players stack blocks or cups to form a tower.  The players of each team take turns stacking and un-stacking the blocks until everyone has had his turn.  The first  team to finish wins the game.  To connect the game with the Little Einsteins theme, I printed out pictures of famous towers found in Europe.  However, I was neither able to show these to the kids nor to share the bits of trivia about the towers I gathered.

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Game: A Piece of Master (Art by Van Gogh & Monet)

This jiggle puzzle game introduces kids to the masterpieces of Van Gogh and Monet.  My husband had paintings printed on board paper which we then cut into puzzle pieces.  To play the game, the kids form groups of four and are given an envelope with the puzzle pieces and a picture of the painting.  The first team who finishes their puzzle wins the game.  Due to time constraints, we weren’t able to play this game anymore.

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Game Prizes: clay, crayons, and puzzles

THE BUDGET

Last year, we spent less than five thousand pesos for their celebration so I set the same amount as my budget this year.  Though the expenses amounted to 6,500 pesos, this is still much lower than what one would spend for a kiddie party in your child’s fave fast food.  Here’s the breakdown of our expenses this year (check this post for last year’s cost breakdown):

Food (for 35 kids + 10 adults): P 4,195

                1,100     = Little Einsteins Cake by Woku Cakes(inclusive of delivery fee)

                2,475     = KFC Snackbox (P55 x 45)

                   300     = Zesto Fruit Tea (P6 x 50)

                  350       = Shoppersville Mini Cupcakes (P7 x 50)

Materials for Bean Shakers(for 35 kids):  P 527

                350         = Plastic Bowls (70 pcs)

                  27         = Yarn (2 spools)

                150         = Beans (2 – 500g packs)

Game Prizes: P 576

                176         = Rocket Crayons (6 pieces)

                184         = Clay Mini-tubs with molds (8 pieces)

                216         = Puzzle Sets (4 boxes)

Loot Bag(for 35 kids):  P 926.50

                55           = Red colored paper for loot bag (P27.50 x 2)

                148.50   = Notepads (24.75 per pack of 6)

                462         = Animal Crayons

                187.50   = Jellyace (62.50 per pack)

                78.50     = Chuppa Chups (24.50 per pack)

That’s exactly 6,224.50. If you add the cost of the paper used for the invitations, stickers, and cutouts, the total amount would be roughly 6,500.  This just goes to show that you can throw a themed party without breaking the bank.  Oh, and we’re actually saving so much more because the kids always celebrate their birthdays together.  Have I already mentioned that the kids enjoyed their Little Einsteins birthday?  Their joy is well worth all the effort and expense.

Thank You

A big shoutout goes to Teacher Abby who allowed us to celebrate the kids’ birthdays in school and who gamely played party host as well.  Thank you also  to the beautiful teachers and aides!  Of course, thank you also to Papa for taking time off from work to celebrate with the us!

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A Whimsical Halloween at GOLDILOCKS CAKE CITY

There’s a new party venue in town and I’m certain kids will love it here.  The Goldilocks Cake City, with its fanciful decor and ready access to delightful Goldilocks treats, is perfect for any Goldi-good celebration.

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Last Saturday, our family was invited to a Whimsical Halloween Party at The Goldilocks Cake City where we experienced firsthand how well Goldilocks plans and hosts a party.  When we arrived, we were ushered to a table and given a cake to decorate.  My Jade soooo loves to do this and eagerly started to pipe icing on the cake.  She would have been happy doing this all day had we not stopped her when she accidentally burst one of the piping bags.  Jakei though just stuck a couple of the Halloween decors on the cake then set off eating all the sprinkles.  Oh, and he had a grand time doing just so. 😛

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After about half an hour,  the program started and the kids had fun joining various games.  Though they didn’t win in any of the games they joined, they still got treats just for participating.  With lollicakes and choco lollipops, I’m sure they both felt like winners!

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Lunch was the usual party fare of spaghetti, fried chicken, and barbeque.  There was also rice and beef caldereta available.  Halloween decorated choco cupcakes topped our meal off.  The kids were in party mode and didn’t really eat much.  Not wanting to be party poopers, we just let them play with the other children.  (There were more than a handful of them playing, so I guess a lot of parents there didn’t want to be party poopers :D).

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Special prizes were given to Mommy Peach of The Peach Kitchen for her awesome cake decorating skills and the Mommy Louise of Mommy Practicality for wearing the most whimsical costume.

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Though they didn’t get any special awards, both my little ones went home laden with goodies from Goldilocks.  They gifted us with pumpkin baskets filled with popcorn, cookies, cupcakes, and polvoron, and a bitbit box full of delightful cake slices.  Oh, and we also got to take home the cake the little ones decorated.

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Goldilocks has truly transformed from our favourite bakeshop into a one-stop celebration specialist.  Aside from delectable cakes and pastries and a full menu of sumptuous food, Goldilocks has created an amazing venue for us to celebrate any momentous occasion.  All you need to do is choose a theme, a cake design, meal package, and other amenities and Goldilocks will take care of everything else for you.  Come party time, just show up in your prettiest and have fun with all your guests.

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For inquiries about Goldilightful and Goldilicious Party Packages at Goldilocks Cake City, call 727-6505 or 727-6504.  Better yet, visit the Goldilocks Cake City and see the fancily decorated rooms yourself.



What Do You Buy For A Baby’s First Birthday?

A child’s first birthday is a very special occasion and one to be remembered. Just like a baby’s first step, tooth or word, it is a memorable event and one to be celebrated in style.

But what goes into a first birthday; what preparation is required and what kind of things need to be bought? Obviously gifts need to be purchased to give the little one on their birthday but you also may decide to throw a party and further important necessities are required.

Here is a detailed and informative guide on what you need to buy for a baby’s first birthday.

  • Presents

Many family and friends decide to purchase special presents to hold as keepsakes for years to come. There are various first birthday gifts which are popular including casting kits, photo frames, photo albums, jewellery like a name necklace, piggy banks, and teddy bears. Why not personalise the gift with the date and baby’s name to make the gift extra special? Personalized gifts hold a lot more value. Whether you choose to customize your own fun socks with your face so that they can wear them, or you decide to make a handmade card for your kid, every little detail counts, even if they are just 1 year old. It’ll be something for them to look back at as they get older.

Topical baby themes consist of Disney, Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit. Moreover, dinner/cutlery sets are great for the little one to play with but it is recommended to purchase plastic rather than fine china. The internet is so vast that you can buy anything and everything such as My First Doctor Set, My First Laptop Set, and My First Tooth Set. Not sure where to begin? Take a look at Grainandgram.com for some gorgeous scented, child-friendly gift ideas like blankets and teddies that any one-year-old will love.

  • Cake

Whether you are planning on throwing a birthday party or not, you have to purchase a cake. Don’t forget to take a picture of the birthday boy/girl blowing out his/her first candles. You can embellish the cake with novel accessories such as ribbon, sugar crafted decorations and treats.

  • Games

A toddler is constantly learning and developing so games are great purchases for a first birthday. You can play with them at home or at the party location and they will help to entertain all the little ones. Ideas include a piñata, carnival clown pin the nose, barnyard bash, and jungle animal games.

  • Decorations

Don’t forget to buy decorations for your baby’s first birthday. Even if you aren’t throwing a party, you can still decorate the house with lovely banners and eye-catching hanging ribbons to make the day extra special.

Create a theme and use this throughout; it can be anything from a simple colour to a favourite character. Run the theme throughout the day by coordinating the tableware, wrapping paper and balloons etc.

This article was written by First Birthday Party, the one stop party shop for first birthday decorations and gifts.

Themed Birthday Celebration on a Budget

The little ones just turned three and four and since they just started school this year, we decided to celebrate their birthdays in school.  Their birthdays are only two weeks apart so it was more practical to hold just one celebration for both their birthdays.

They requested for a Jake and the Neverland Pirates cake which meant that dear Mama had to create snacks in the same theme.  I know everything doesn’t have to follow a specific theme, but it’ll definitely be better if we did have one.

The thing about themed parties though is that the cost can be quite steep. However, this was not going to be a full-blown party.  All we needed to do was prepare some snacks for 50 of their classmates. Sounds easy, right? Uhm…it wasn’t but we managed fairly well.

First on our list was the cake which had to be ordered right away since we only had a little over a week to prepare for the party.  Good thing, PH Bakehouse accommodated our request and was able to deliver a wonderful themed cake on D-Day.

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Next was the menu.  We didn’t want to prepare anything messy so we opted for just hotdogs, fries and mini-cupcakes.  To match the theme, we turned the hotdogs into Pirate Ships using pretzel sticks for the mast and paper for the sails.  Then we fried some Tater Bucks and Crinkle Cut Fries to complete the snack box.  Mini cupcakes came from the ever reliable and accessible Shoppersville Bakeshoppe.  My kids love Dutchmill yogurt drink so this was what we served their classmates.

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Each pirate was given Pieces of Eight for their share of the loot.  Gold doubloons (Chocolate coins)in colorful pouches were handed out to their classmates.  I was supposed to print out Pirate-themed activity books but lacked time.  The little ones were easy to please and were quite happy with their chocolate coins.

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The big question now is how much did we spend?  Would you believe we spent less than 5000 pesos.  That’s less than 100 pesos for each child.  Here’s the complete breakdown of our expenses:

INVITATIONS:

Parchment Paper (24.50/pack of 10) x 2 = 49.00

SNACKS:

Jake and The Neverland Pirates Cake from PH Bakehouse = 1,200.00

Mini-cupcakes from Shoppersville Bakeshoppe = 325.00

CDO Bibbo Chubby (P 165/pack) x 2 = 330.00

Magnolia Cheezee Squeezee (P 65.50/pouch) x 3 = 199.50

Crinkle Cut Fries (124/kilo) = 196.67

Tater Bucks (168/kilo) = 236.88

GAP Biscuit Sticks (16.50/buy 1 take 1) = 16.50

Dutchmill Yogurt (8.50/90ml) x 60 = 510.00

Golden Swan Container (P 34.75/pack of 10s) = 173.75

LOOT BAG:

Pouches (P6 each) x 50 = 280.00 (with 20 pesos discount)

Goya Choco Coins (P 169.50/pack of 100s) = 678.00

The snacks were simple but having a theme to unify them all made it extra special.  My two little kids enjoyed their Jake and the Neverland Pirates party which is more than enough to make my hubby and I glad.

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