Our little miracle, Pia, has turned 4! And would you believe my last post here was about her 3rd Birthday Party – that’s how long I have not been blogging! Time truly flies!!! (I should really set aside some regular time to blog! Aarrrggghhh!)
Anyhoo… back to the task at hand. 🙂
We celebrated Pia’s 4th Birthday with an Ice Cream themed birthday party with a simple and hassle free celebration at the newest Jollibee Brunei branch located at Kilanas. The venue was recommended by an architect friend for its spacious function hall. We went to have a look even before the soft opening of the branch and we were immediately sold on the venue – the space was perfect for Pia’s party. We were told that it could comfortably fit up to 100 people and being a private room, you won’t have to worry about your party guests spilling over to the public area of the restaurant, which is a big plus indeed.
As in previous years, we had a PVC banner printed for the party which of course featured a picture of Pia and reflected the theme of the party. This lovely design was made by Kristine, who has actually been designing Pia’s birthday banners since her 1st birthday. Don’t you just love how it turned out? And since we had the banner printed in the Philippines, we saved quite a bundle compared to printing it here in Brunei.
The centerpiece of the birthday venue, besides the birthday banner, was Pia’s beautiful and super delicious birthday cake and cupcakes. I ordered these from Mariah’s Kitchen, a local Brunei home based baker. Having learned from previous years’ experience that ordering a large cake just meant ending up with a lot of leftover and/or wasted cake, we decided to order a smaller cake this year which was just perfect for all the guests. Pia’s 4th birthday cake was a 6″ Oreo Cheesecake Brownies cake with pink icing, topped with cone and chocolate drip. If that sounded delicious to you as you read it, the actual taste of the cake was superb!
The cupcakes are Mariah’s Kitchen’s own creations: I ordered their Butterscotch and Maltesers cupcakes.
They were a big hit with the kids as they were quickly devoured; some even came in for seconds and thirds! If any of you are interested in contacting Mariah’s Kitchen, follow them on Instagram @mariahkitchen or DM/WhatsApp them at +673 7214014.
In addition to the balloons that came with the Jollibee birthday party package, we got Pia’s special helium filled birthday balloon arrangement from AstroVision, our go-to-place for such special occasions. Pia’s special ice cream foil balloon came all the way from Divisoria, Philippines but the pink and purple balloons were from AstroVision.
For Pia’s birthday give-aways / souvenirs, we had these cute ice cream coin banks to give out to the party guests, which we bought from Divisoria, Philippines.
For the star of the night, her whole birthday outfit also matched the party theme, of course! Pia’s ice cream headband was lovingly designed and hand-made by my cousin Nina; her ‘Birthday Princess shirt’ was selected by my Mama while her super fluffy hot pink tutu was bought by Nina who just happened to have a neighbor who was selling it at a special discounted price – talk about perfect timing, right? Overall, the whole outfit turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself!!! Doesn’t Pia look more beautiful and adorable? 😉
Pia’s very special guest for her party was her beloved Lolo Mon, who has never missed any of her birthday parties since she was born. He was also the one who selflessly brought all her birthday supplies from the Philippines (banner, balloon, coin banks, birthday outfit) for us. Super duper thanks again, Papa / Lolo Mon for being with us and for making Pia’s birthday party a beautiful success!
Special thanks too, of course, to the very professional and courteous Jollibee team for the greatly organized birthday party. The Filipino creativity, attention to detail and hospitality really shone through!
Jollibee himself made an appearance at Pia’s party and though Pia was a bit scared of him in the beginning (she’s at the stage where she’s scared of mascots), towards the end of the evening, she eventually warmed up to The Bee (to our relief and delight!).
So that’s it, that’s how we celebrated Pia’s 4th Birthday last 26th March 2016, her actual birth date. Since it is already July as I write this, it’s time to start thinking of what her 5th birthday party theme will be! 😀
(For the full photo album of Pia’s 4th Birthday Party, please visit the Facebook Page of Studiothirty and look for the album named Pia’s 4th Birthday. Thanks Domeng and Tere for the great shots! Till the next time!)