Baby Lyann’s 1st D.I.Y. Fairy Garden Party

Creating an unforgettable, creative, yet cheap party for your child, away from all the relatives you can think to help you around (an OFW sigh!);  starting from the planning itself,  downloading of designs, creating all the mementos from the scratch and the knitty-gritty part of being a party planner, on top of being a working mom, is the hardest of all.

Instead of paying for a party planner and buying package of themed birthday party designs,  (which would cost triple of my intended budget), I decided to make it a D.I. Y. (do-it-yourself) first birthday party for my lovable daughter, Alyanna Francesca (Baby Lyann).

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Lyann with her dad…

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My daughter with her 4 teeth…

Lyann at 11 mos...

Lyann at 11 mos…

"babyrush" as what my friends call her, clapping fervently!!

“babyrush” as what my friends call her, clapping fervently!!

trying out some gifts from Tito Carlo! (pwede na pong pangsamba!)

trying out some gifts from Tito Carlo! (pwede na pong pangsamba!)

grinning widely! (I'm a happy baby!)

grinning widely! (I’m a happy baby!)

modelling the dress from ninong Carlo...

modelling the dress from ninong Carlo…

I chose to have a Fairy Garden Party Theme. It’s very easy to download a lot of free fairy party printables with the help of Mr. Google nowadays, where you can just save the designs and voila, there it is, ready for printing- starting from the birthday banner,  alphabet bunting, cupcake topper,  bottled water and plastic cup labels, napkin rings, straw flags and thank you cards.(just type free birthday party printables, and it will show you myriads of links!)

The hardest part comes upon selecting which among these fairy designs fit well together, especially for the theme fairy garden and its color (which initially, I want it all-pink). Because of the myriads of irresistible, funky, cute and free downloadable designs from the internet, you will have the urge to use all of it!

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Lyann’s cluttered playroom because of mom…

Here’s my list to narrow down my choices of designs. I put them all together to see if colors match and which-one- fits another design.

the pictures of all my printables...

the pictures of all my printables…

Lyann’s birthday was last April, but I have already started my planning  , searching and downloading surreptitiously  during my breaktime  and printing as early as February. When I came home from work at night, I busied myself cutting and pasting all the stuffs, starting from the strawflags…

These watercolor butterfly strawflags are actually napkin rings, but I think it’s  nicer to use in straws…

Finished product of my butterfly strawflags and plastic cup labels...

Finished product of my butterfly strawflags and plastic cup labels…

I made them wands of Disney characters Ariel and tinker bell, in addition to the light pink and green butterfly wands.

ariel wand printables

ariel wand printables

Tinkerbell!

Tinkerbell!

pink and green butterflies

pink and green butterflies

wowowee Ariel wands!

wowowee Ariel wands!

tinkerbell wands on the go!

tinkerbell wands on the go!

my flippery butterflies

my flippery butterflies

I also made crowns for the prince and princesses, and flowery ones for the fairies of the party.

rapunzel's "tangled" crown printable

rapunzel’s “tangled” crown printable

fairy flower crowns

fairy flower crowns

my cutout printables sewed in a lacey pink ribbon

my cutout printables sewed in a lacey pink ribbon

My husband and I bought packs of candies: lollipops, gummy bears, mints and repacked it with thank you tags attached to it.

assorted popsies in a shoebox covered with  pink gift wrapper

assorted popsies in a shoebox covered with pink gift wrapper

giveaway goodies

giveaway goodies

The napkin rings are so simple so I decided to put butterflies, bees and ant  printables (these are actually cupcake toppers)  in its center to add an accent to its look…

my napkin rings and toothpick flags

my napkin rings and toothpick flags

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my utensils housed in table napkins with rings 🙂

A day before the party, my colleagues/ friends went to our house and offer some help since my mother-in-law went back home a week earlier than her intended date to return in the Philippines (unfortunately, her mother died).

Sarah helped me in cutting, pasting and designing of the mementos we are going to give away for the party…

Nanay Lita (Sarah’s mom), Ronnie, Jhoram helped in cutting veggies, onions and garlic slicing the meats for our different menu for the occasion and of course, Ate Vivs, who baked the all the macaroons and cookies …

And our chef in cooking Lyann’s birthday party menu: pork menudo, chicken barbeque, seafood chopsuey, spaghetti, chicken nuggets and hotdog-on-sticks.

Meet our chef, Ate Vivs!

Meet our chef, Ate Vivs!

cupcake macaroons c/o Ate Vivs! sooo yummy!

cupcake macaroons c/o Ate Vivs! sooo yummy!

Mama Sarah, busy as a bee...

Mama Sarah, busy as a bee…

Papa Ronnie, Lyann's part-time nanny! hehehe!

Papa Ronnie, Lyann’s part-time nanny! hehehe!

Thank you to all our kapitbahay and friends: L-R: Jhoram, mamah Sarah and Papa Ronnie, Ate Vivs , me and the celebrant (Parang magpapadebut lang ako ah!))

Thank you to all our kapitbahay and friends: L-R: Jhoram, mamah Sarah and Papa Ronnie, Ate Vivs , me and the celebrant (Parang magpapadebut lang ako ah!))

Our chef! (see the partially done birthday table of Lyann, that night!)

Our chef! (see the partially done birthday table for Lyann that night!)

My hubby inflating  and designing all the balloons

My hubby inflating and designing all the balloons

our cookies!

our cookie batter!

my kikay cookie cutters!

my kikay cookie cutters!

cookie bears

cookie bears

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butterfly cookie delight!

butterfly cookie delight!

In addition to the wand, I made some colorful fruit wand skewers.

my watermelon fruit skewers

my watermelon fruit skewers

Her birthday cake was a chocolate-vanilla flavour fondant cake from Sunflower bakery.

Lyann's Fairy Castle birthday Cake from Sunflower Bakery

Lyann’s Fairy Castle birthday Cake from Sunflower Bakery

This is how our house looked like after my D.I.Y. party designs… (I just spent two hundred ringgit (RM 200) for the glittered glue, especially designed wavy scissor, bond paper, colored paper, sticker tapes, some butterfly clippers I bought from a wedding shop, a pack of glittery mini-wands, felt paper vases, a wooden tray for the utensils,fairy-themed invitations and her DIY fairy castle..

our house, after all our labor

our house, after all our labor

"HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY ALYANNA!"

“HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY ALYANNA!”

the D.I.Y.Fairy Castle

the D.I.Y.Fairy Castle

the bottled water in our wine holder with fairy stickers around it

the bottled water in our wine holder with fairy stickers around it

ice cream candies to be given away, too

ice cream candies to be given away, too

macaroons with the cupcake fairy toppers

macaroons with the cupcake fairy toppers

At last the fruit of my “labor of love” for my daughter’s first birthday… (hmm..papasa na ba as party planner? Now I understand why birthday themed packages are insanely high! Each intricate design is really worth a cent to pay!)

the carriage of the queen!

the carriage of the queen!

the yummy cookies

the yummy cookies

our sala, with Lyann's growing up baby pictures, and the time capsule for her

our sala, with Lyann’s growing up baby pictures, and the time capsule for her

Her picture @ 7 mos, taken by our good friend, Dr. Yambao

Her picture @ 7 mos, taken by our good friend, Dr. Yambao

TIME CAPSULE: messages and mementos for her to be opened when she reach her 18th birthday!

TIME CAPSULE: messages and mementos for her to be opened when she reach her 18th birthday!

the fairy castle for my princess

the fairy castle for my princess

The Kiddos: (L-R: Bren, Ken, ate Sofia, Lyann and Fate)

The Kiddos: (L-R: Bren, Ken, ate Sofia, Lyann and Fate)

Candle blowing:

Blow the candles baby!

Blow the candles baby!

Cake Cutting:

cake cutting...

cake cutting…

The Casil-Cruz Family!

The Casil-Cruz Family!

The Guests:

our brehrens in the Church of Christ: Ka Christian and Ka Michelle

our brethrens in the Church of Christ: Ka Christian and Ka Michelle

with Tito Ronnie

with Tito Ronnie

Madam Khin and son Leo

Madam Khin and son Leo

Tita Vivs

Tita Vivs

with Dr. Umali and Tito Ronnie

with Dr. Umali and Tito Ronnie

with Tita Wena and Tito Doc Umali

with Tita Wena and Tito Doc Umali

beautiful Tita Phoo

with beautiful Tita Phoo

with Tita Sarah and Tito Jhoram

with Tita Sarah and Tito Jhoram

Pinoy foods around! We really miss this!

Pinoy foods around! We really miss this!(pork menudo, chicken barbeque, chopsuey with quail eggs, spaghetti, chicken nuggets and hotdogs; fruits and leche flan

with Ate Ashe

with Ate Ashe

beautiful Tita Phoo

beautiful Tita Phoo

my fairy friends!!!

Lyann’s fairy friends!!!

my foster family! heheheh

Lyann’s foster family in a far, far away land! heheheh

with Doc Anton and Mudir Grace!

with Doc Anton and Mudir Grace!

the fairies of Lyann's kingdom!

the fairies of Lyann’s kingdom!

Tita Grace and Kuya Miggy!

Tita Grace and Kuya Miggy!

with Yaya Conching!

with Yaya Conching!

with Ate Christine

with Ate Christine

with Ate Raquel's family

with Ate Raquel’s family

chika2x lang with friends

chika2x lang with friends

with ate Bosho

with ate Bosho

Ate Bosho and Ate Ashera

Ate Bosho and Ate Ashera

so lovely fairy, Ate Bosho!

so lovely fairy, Ate Bosho!

with Fairy Ate Ashe

with Fairy Ate Ashe

yummy shoes!

yummy shoes!

excited to open the gifts

excited to open the gifts

happy!

happy!

my piles of gifts

my piles of gifts

my crowns

my crowns

hmmm....littering time!

hmmm….littering time!

with Lyann's baby book from VPRINTHOUSE, MALAYSIA

with Lyann’s baby book from VPRINTHOUSE, MALAYSIA

my sticker flowers!

my sticker flowers!

Our brethrens in the Church of Christ...

Our brethrens in the Church of Christ…

playing with Ninong Carlo

playing with Ninong Carlo

wings!!!

wings!!!

I believe I can fly...

I believe I can fly…

my green apple with gummy worms!

my green apple with gummy worms!

thank you Tita Lolit for my Hello Kitty fan!

thank you Tita Lolit for my Hello Kitty fan!

Thank you ate Sofia for my summer dress

Thank you ate Sofia for my summer dress

Thank you ate Bosho and Kuya Julien for my sweat shirt

Thank you ate Bosho and Kuya Julien for my sweat shirt

excited to wear my croc sandals c/o Tita Laine and Tito Dante!

excited to wear my croc sandals c/o Tita Laine and Tito Dante!

Thank you for my bowl, utensils and chairs, Aunti Khin!

Thank you for my bowl, utensils and chairs, Aunti Khin!

Thank you Tita Michelle and Tito Kristian for my toy...

Thank you Tita Michelle and Tito Kristian for my toy…

wow, my bag when I go to school!

wow, my bag when I go to school!

pouty lips!

pouty lips!

tired!

tired!

I am one year old today!

I am one year old today!

Thank you for coming!

Thank you for coming!

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