When it comes to kids, the days are long and the years are short… And it’s so true coz Hannah is already one!
Seeing our gutsy and spunky little baby grow up has been one of the most wonderful blessings for this year.
Here are highlights from Hannah’s dedication and first birthday party at the Fairmont Hotel, Makati.
Family Mini Photo Shoot
We booked Delightful Little Darlings for our photography team. Part of their birthday photo package was a 20-minute shoot before the event. We absolutely loved the swimming pool area of the Fairmont Hotel – it provided natural sunlight, and a bright, cheery atmosphere for our pre-party photos.
Denise Llanos Dee and her team have been our family’s photographers since Albert and mine’s prenup. Two kids later, they are still are go-to choice.
The DLD team goes above and beyond when it comes to capturing our family’s milestones.
We also took some shots at the poolside while waiting for the guests. This was such a fun (and slightly sweaty!) idea.
While the kids were busy scooping water at the swimming pool (supervised by yaya), we were also able to steal a couples’ photo!
Tip: aside from the birthday event itself, consider a single location that will also serve as your pre-party shoot location. Less logistics and hassle for everyone!
We chose to have Hannah’s Dedication at Spectrum, Fairmont. The staff was so kind and gracious to let us set up our dedication area at the best spot in Spectrum.
What’s a Christian dedication? It’s a short, simple ceremony where we publicly dedicate Hannah to the Lord. As parents, we make a commitment to raise her in God’s Word and God’s ways (Biblical worldview).
As with Mati, we decided to have Hannah’s dedication on the same day of her birthday party. We actually named Hannah after the Bible character who prayed the first prayer of dedication recorded in the Bible. “For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him.” (1 Samuel 2:7)
Growing up, I always thought of godparents as extra wonderful people who gave generous angpaos. As a mom, it’s so hard to raise kids nowadays and we definitely need all the advice and encouragement we can get!
Albert picked 3 godfathers and I prayed for godmothers who embodied qualities we would love Hannah to have and would also help us in our parenting journey.
One of our most fervent prayers for our kids is that one day, in God’s perfect time, they will decide to follow Jesus. At their own volition, they can choose when and where they want to be baptized, as a public declaration of their commitment.
Spectrum Fairmont Birthday Luncheon
If you know Albert and me, we enjoy a good, relaxing meal. It was an easy decision to host Hannah’s birthday celebration at Spectrum, Fairmont Makati. We loved the high ceilings allowed a lot of light to come through, and the atmosphere was just perfect.
Since it was near the holiday season, we figured our guests would enjoy a fuss-free, yummy lunch catching up with one another. No programs, just good food.
We especially requested for a risotto station (the parmesan wheel was absolutely lip-smacking!) and Spectrum’s sashimi, maki, and poke bowl selection did not disappoint! Spectrum Fairmont has become the go-to place for celebrating special occasions!
Pink, Gold and White Perfection
For styling, it was a great opportunity to work with one of my most talented friends, Wella Tan. She’s been styling kids’ parties as a hobby for the longest time, and recently launched her own styling business.
We went for a clean, minimalist look, placing simple flower arrangements on the tables.
For Hannah’s invitation, we used Zazzle, a website that has so many easily customizable designs. Super perfect for a non-Photoshopper like me!
Instead of getting the usual two-tier cake, we opted to have three smaller cakes all fitting the theme. Can you see them in this shot?
We figured 3 cakes smaller cakes would look nicer at the table, and we can give the two other cakes to my family and Albert’s family to enjoy.
The cakes are from Joan, one of my high school classmates who runs Sally’s Sweetsies! Aside from being beautiful and yummy, you won’t believe how reasonable her prices are!
Wella also surprised Hannah with a huge blown-up photo of herself from our Sweet Escape shoot, which she absolutely loved!
For souvenirs, we wanted to give something useful and environment-friendly. We gave out golden stainless steel straw sets to our guests, with Mati helping out and giving a hearty “Thank you for coming!” to each guest.
Thank You, Jesus!
We are so thankful for the family and friends who came to celebrate Hannah’s birthday with us. Hannah is just one, and she has her entire life ahead of her.
Looking through these photos, I know that it’s only because God’s faithfulness that He has given us more than we can imagine.
Happy birthday Hannah! We love you so much!
Many thanks also to the awesome restaurant and events staff at Spectrum, Fairmont Makati!