Since it’s all about party planning here in Shining Mom for this full month of August, I’d like to share with you how my son’s baptismal reception at TGI Friday’s Eastwood played and I’d also love to share some other party details that I think will interest you as you also plan your child’s baptismal celebration.
A Cute Way To Ask Someone to be a Godparent
First, I’d like to show you the invitation card that we handed to the ninongs and ninangs. Rather than just telling them that we have chosen them to be godparents, we sent out cards to ask if they’d be willing to take the significant role of being our child’s ninong or ninang, well, the cute way.
It’s just a simple DIY project with a truly sweet impact! My husband took the photo, and I just added the borders and some wordings using Craft Artist. You like the idea? You, too, can do this with any photo editing program on your computer! Your Paint program will do!
The Baptismal Theme and Invitation
I like my parties to be themed, no matter how small or big they are. For Trey’s baptism, we chose to have “trucks” as the theme. The trucks idea was suggested by our firstborn. I assigned him to decide the party theme because I wanted the boy to be involved in planning his brother’s celebration. I was happy with his theme of choice because it was a perfect fit to the red and black interiors of Friday’s Eastwood, I simply recommended that we make it vintage trucks because there were lots of 60’s memorabilia at the venue.
After picking the theme, I decided on the “icons” I would be working around with. I have purchased digital files of vintage trucks at Creative Market and used them for the invite and all the other decors we use at the party.
Here’s the themed invitation card that I came up with:
Why T.G.I. Friday’s?
If you’re wondering why we chose TGI Friday’s for our child’s baptism reception, let me tell you why.
Since Trey’s baptism was scheduled just a week before his homemade birthday party, I wanted the baptismal celebration to be just easy breezy. And you know how Fridays parties are, they’re just the plug-and-play type! So with the convenience of Friday’s party packages plus its proximity to St. Paul II Parish in Eastwood (where we had our child baptized which you can read here), my husband and I decided to have the celebration there.
What I love with TGI Friday’s parties is that they’re truly hassle-free. Aside from the food, their package already includes invites (but we did not use them, hehe), balloons and even a basic sound system! It’s also great that the venue is already in “party mood” with all the fun little things you can see at the venue for a little boy party! (But would require a lot of decorating work should you be having a party for your little girl!)
The Baptismal Celebration
The celebration started with a prayer. It was my firstborn who led the prayer. I am always proud of this boy. You call him in any given time to pray or to talk in public, he would happily do so!
We didn’t have a planned program. We just chatted with our family and friends all through out and let the kids play freely!
The Party Food
I am not a fan of TGI Friday’s food, I must admit. If we would dine out, the restaurant is not usually in my options. However, my husband and my kid like to go there sometimes and they go there for their liempo and burgers. They love the liempo!
So at the party, we had the Filipino Pork Liempo as the main dish. I am happy that our guests enjoyed the food hence I am Okay na rin with Friday’s food!
T. G. I. Fridays Party Packages
Considering to book your child’s party at Friday’s? You may like to see the TGI Fridays party packages and so I am including the flyer here. Food package for adults start at P550, exclusive of drinks and service charge. Drinks at Fridays are usually at Php120 so roughly, you’ll be spending about 700 per head if you’re getting the basic package. You may also add more viands from their packaged options which you can view here. Below is their party package offering.
TGI Fridays also offer menu packages for kids which starts at Php9500 for 30 kids. Not bad at all! I also availed this offering and enjoyed their kiddie party amenities which include invites, loot bags, name tags, TGI Friday’s Balloons!
We also added lechon because my husband wanted one! I had no other supplier in mind but Sabroso! I like Sabroso because it has been our family’s favorite for ages. (They never fail do deliver the yummiest and crispiest lechon in town!) If you’re planning to order one for your upcoming celebration, too, you may reach them at (02) 725-011. Price is at P10,500 for 70-100 guests.) We had to pay corkage fee at Friday’s for this though.
The Dessert Table
For the dessert table, I wanted it to be filled with my family’s favorite sweets! I wanted to “own” the dessert table by having it set all by myself! Yup, the crafty sprinkles you see in the photos are but my labor of love! (I’ll try to post a more detailed feature on how you can come up with a DIY dessert table soon!)
For Trey’s themed baptismal cake and cupcakes, I chose to have it baked by Shery of Shery Berry Sweets. Ever since she baked my firstborn’s Lego themed cake way back, I have recommended her to cousins and a lot of friends already. She makes really good cakes, always rich and moist. Her cake is my firstborn’s favorite! Would you like to contact her? You may reach Sherry through her Facebook account HERE.
I also added our family’s ultimate favorite, the custaroons from Gigi Gaerlan Custaroonry. So yummy! I totally love the sweet freshly-oven-baked scent of the custaroons! Aside from the original custaroon, the guests also had some bite-sized custaroon balls coated with chocolate powder which are equally heavenly! Custaroons are priced at Php 820 for a box of 24 while the custaroon toppers are at Php430 for a box of 25.
Presenting the full spread of my labor of love!
So that’s basically how Trey’s baptismal celebration went! Fun and simple and full of everything we love, like how we liked it to be!