Our baby Trey has already turned ONE! Yay! And because his birthday was just 3 days before Easter Sunday, we waited for the special day to celebrate it so we could throw a sweet Easter Birthday Party for the boy. The celebration was extra meaningful for the entire family because as some of you may already know, my pregnancy with him wasn’t the easiest thing, thus, his 1st birthday was a happy milestone for all of us!
Ahhh, so it has been a year already? I still couldn’t believe! Seeing my giggly baby grow day by day has put all the pregnancy challenges I had but just blip in my memory today….
Then again, I am not going to be so sentimental in this post. (That’s going to be another blog, in another day perhaps.) I just wanted to show you how Trey’s first birthday party played out.
Honestly, Alex and I didn’t plan to host another party at first because that would make it our 3rd party to throw in a span of 8 days. First, his baptism celebration at T.G.I Fridays (I’ll blog about this soon, still waiting for the photos from our photographer), then a night swimming party at a resort with his cousins, uncles and aunties. But my parents especially requested for it. They said it would be a thanksgiving party for a healthy baby we have in spite of the medical challenges we’ve both gone through when he was still in my womb. My husband and I couldn’t agree more. So, we had to rush again to put together all things needed to come up with a homemade celebration.
It has been by far the simplest one we’ve organized but I could well say that it was a party full of love and merry-making! It just proved once more that successful parties need not be expensive! It has all been about putting in together some little details to set the party to the right mood and also all about the party people who traveled near and far to join us in our simple celebration. I’ll try not to talk much anymore, I’ll just indulge you with some photos of our day-long Easter birthday celebration.
Trey’s Easter Birthday Bash
The party was held at my parents’ lawn in the province. Since we’ve already hosted the boy’s baptism celebration in Manila, we decided that his birthday gathering be held in Isabela ( (a 10-hour drive from Manila, where my husband and I are from) so we could invite our relatives and friends there.
Though I had some props that I wanted to reuse from Trey’s baptism celebration for the birthday bash, I had to come by with a new set since travelling them to my parents home in Isabela with a big stroller and a crib in our car’s trunk was impossible. I had to resort from foldable paper lanterns from Divisoria, free Easter printables I found on blogs, and some cheap online purchases, something that I could easily hang and print right in the convince of my parents’ home. How did everything pan out?
The Party Theme, Decor and More!
The central theme of our Easter Birthday Party was “Some Bunny is One”. We had a few of this poster hanging in the party area. The hand-painted design was a purchase at CreativeMarket.com. (Have you tried buying there? It’s like a one-stop shop for your party printable needs!)
I am happy to share that I only shelled out sparingly for the venue decor and styling. For example, the “Welcome to Our Easter Egg Hunt” signage was a free download at the Tomkat Studio blog while the truck is again a cheap online purchase and all the other details were but easy DIY assembles!
I played a bit with the loot bags that we gave away. It just took me about 20 minutes to had them in theme with the Easter party. I purchased paper laces, printed out vintage trucks and Easter symbols and then used double-sided tapes to stick the designs onto ready-made paper bags and viola! Cute candy bags!
Since I love paper lanterns, they were all over the garden! I turned the venue into a lovely paper lantern playground! They were all oh-so-cheap at Divisoria especially when you buy in bulk!
This banner is from the Trey’s baptism celebration. Easy to fold and roll, we were able to take it with us so we hanged it again! Another sweet purchase at Creative Market!
Also, I’ve scattered Easter candies at the lawn and in the corners of our home so kids can just grab sweets whenever they like.
To prettify the candies and to have them in theme with the party, I’ve added some cute Easter prints onto them!
This was our small table of sweets that was ‘fixed again’ by my 6-year-old boy. I arranged it prior but then he said he wanted to help out for his brother’s birthday and how could I refuse such sweet offer? (Some candies, he scattered on the ground!) But it still was a cute set-up, wasn’t it? After all, making meanings and memories is what parties should be all about!
As for the party food, almost everything was home-cooked by my loving parents and I. We’ve also invited some neighbors to help us grill the lechon (roast pork). We served our family favorites such as embotido, meat balls, spaghetti, estofado, maja blanca, fruit salad, pork barbecue and more! We had table-full of homemade goodness!
For the games, I must say that my husband who was in-charged of the games nailed it! It was soooo fun! We had the super traditional Filipino party games such as breaking the pot and pabitin. (We also planned that the kids go fishing in our fishpond at the backyard but then again, we could not find baits at that time. Gaaah! Hahaha! But other than that, everything went oh-so-fun!)
We also had a station where kids could paint eggs! I think it was the older ones who enjoyed sitting down in this spot.
I also dyed eggs, hid them in places for the egg-hunting activity that culminated Trey’s Easter Birthday Party. Dyeing eggs was the easiest thing to do. By simply adding food coloring and a spoonful of vinegar into boiling water and then submerging the boiled eggs for a few minutes, you’ll get fully colored and pretty Easter party eggs!
As the banner greeted everyone, it was indeed a HAPPY ESATER!
And the happiest boy at the party was of course our little bunny who is now one! Hooray!
Thanks to all our relatives and friends who made this simple celebration extra-fun for Trey! You guys made it truly meaningful for our little family. Also, thanks Mama and Papa for warmly welcoming everyone in our sweet home! We love you!
Happy Easter and Happy Birthday to our dear baby Trey ( Happy one year of breastfeeding for me, too)! =)