When I was thinking about my daughter’s 2nd Bday party theme, the idea of throwing a colorful fruity party was on top of my head.
My little girl LOVES to eat fruits (and vegetables) and would easily pose as if she’s eating fruit toys during pictorials. I knew then as well that it was a party theme that wouldn’t be too difficult to style – because the possibilities are just endless, and you just have to be really creative!
Of course, my only go-to person for my own parties is Maja of Passion Cooks. I am really grateful for the friendship I formed with this amazing woman! On the day of the party, she definitely did not disappoint and delivered so much more.
But while we wanted to throw Aiyah a TWOtti Frutti party, we didn’t want to spend as much as we did during her first birthday. So instead of scouting for venues, we opted to book one that could offer us majority of what we needed alread – venue, program/ entertainment and catering.
And our no brainer choice was of course, JOLLIBEE! Who doesn’t love Jollibee, right?
Good thing, I saw on Instagram a few months before I started planning for Aiyah’s 2nd bday party, that Jollibee already allows minimal styling of their stores! Of course I had to be sure so I connected with my former colleagues from there and asked for permission to have my daughter’s party there, “styled” as well. I have so much gratitude to Ma’am Armi of Jollibee E. Rodriguez for agreeing to ALL of my requests!
Basically, I just wanted a few things – a simple entrance decor, none of those fixed balloon arrangements as ceiling decors, a simple themed backdrop and some cute centerpieces. I also decided to blowup Aiyah’s photos from her pre-birthday pictorial as an added decor by the entrance. Maja just sent me a simple moodboard of what she wanted to do, and I just let her do her thing on the day. She truly surprised me with a handmade, handcarved backdrop for my little girl- which was much like a huge version of our also, handmade invites!
For the entertainment, I only wanted Tectonix Dancing Balloon Show because from my past events, I have seen how kids and adults alike, go really wild watching them dance and create different sorts of balloons onstage! Andy boy, was I not wrong about them at all on the day of Aiyah’s party too!
And of course for the souvenirs, we thought about unique but simple take home trinkets for the little kids and the kids at heart. I asked my friend Apol of La Pomme Party to make custom fruit boxes, which I filled with candies and chocolates, and fruit headbands for the girls (which Aiyah and I wore at the party too!). I also had kiddie tumblers made with printed fruit designs for all the guests!
And what’s a party without sweets???? I didn’t avail of Jollibee’s cake that comes with the package (though I bought her a Jollibee cake on her 23rd monthly bday at home). I asked my go to person for cakes- Sugarplum Pastries for a custom cake for Aiyah, and themed desserts for all the guests to devour. Days before the party, they sent me the sketch of their design and they were asking if it was okay. I asked a few things about the drawing and went on to say, “I knew you’d always deliver so much more.” And yes, they truly did. The cake was something I didn’t want to eat anymore as it was just too pretty! And the desserts were too cute and yummy too!
Overall, it was just a super duper fun party we truly enjoyed because we saw how Aiyah ENJOYED her own party too! She was just dancing from the start, joined in the games and didn’t get scared of Jollibee and the Jollifriends! When the mascots left and it was also time for us to go, she told me “Mommy, Abi, Etty, Wirlie, Yum, Popo… to you day Aiyah.” When we got home, she couldn’t wait to eat her cake too! It was such a memorable day for our little one and we are just so happy to have given her a party she TRULY LOVED!
And up to this day, when she watches her birthday video, she always reacts with so much giddiness and joy and recounts how the Jollifriends were all there on her day. She would say, “wow” when she sees the balloons and the decorations too. Here’s the beautiful, beautiful video by VJ Matias of Rockin’ Photographers!
Again, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to the following people for making Aiyah’s TWOtti Frutti Party a blast!
Styling: Passion Cooks
Cake and Desserts: Sugarplum Pastries
Entertainment: Tectonix Dancing Balloon Show
Photography: Starfish Media
Video: VJ Matias of Rockin’ Photographers
Souvenirs: Fruit boxes and headbands by La Pomme Party
Aiyah’s dress: Niko Hernandez
Venue and Program: Jollibee (Thanks so much to Kiwi, JC and the rest of the staff for the wonderful show! To Ma’am Armi and to Charisse and Ate Arlene for helping me out.)