The last time we threw a birthday party for Little Boy was when he turned one. They say turning seven is a milestone to any child because this signals the start of “growing up” hence, a party. With barely three weeks to prepare and a specific theme as a guideline, I began flexing my event-planning muscles.
This should come easy for me as I’m used to organizing and supervising big and small, corporate and family events. From product launches, sales conventions, weddings, birthdays, etc. Yes, it should be easy…. IF we were in the Philippines… where I knew the right people to call and the right places to get most bargains from. BUT we are in Jakarta, a galaxy far far away, and therein lies the challenge! How do I throw a simple party in a country where its wealthy families stage lavish kiddie parties that are more expensive than my wedding?!
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GOODIE BAGS & CUPCAKES
Mary Ramba (which I think should add ANGEL to her name), my co-mommy since kindergarten, had been a lot of help. She made our personalized Star Wars pillows for giveaways despite the short lead time. Her workshop is located in Bandung but shuttled every now and then from Jakarta to oversee the production. She also made the customized cupcakes that were a hit at the party. If she didn’t become busy entertaining visiting guests from abroad, she would have made the birthday cake as well, but she referred me to a very reliable cake maker.
Dominique (Monique) Sanda of Sugamom Cakes was my “it” girl for the cake. It was originally her partner Herawati who I first called but she was out of town and graciously referred me to Monique. I never had a difficult time dealing with her because first of all, she speaks good English and secondly, she was willing to work around our own idea and design. If there would be any issues, she would communicate them with me right away. I also appreciate her resourcefulness when, on the day of the party, her delivery guy didn’t show up and she delivered the cake herself. That was the only time that I met her in person, our communications have always been thru emails or BBMs only but she got my instructions to the dot. The cake was exactly how I envisioned it to be and tasted heavenly!
Dear Hubby designed a special birthday banner for the Little Boy but the challenge was to look for a supplier who can print it well. I came across Snapy when I was dropping off Little Boy to school. It’s easy to find a Snapy center in Jakarta because it’s everywhere! In fact, there are two branches just along Jl. Mampang Prapatan, I picked the one closest to the school for convenient logistics. My 225cm x 300cm vinyl (tarpaulin) banner was done overnight and without any revisions needed.
TAMANI KIDS KAFE
An ideal place for playdates, Tamani Kafe is also a perfect venue for birthday parties. The indoor playground provided enough space for kids to run around which made me decide not to have parlor games anymore. Based on experience, kids wouldn’t want to get pulled out from the playground just to join in some boring games and watch the scary clown do his tricks. We just let the kids play while the parents are free to catch up and/or get to know each other. Andriani, the party coordinator in Tamani, was very helpful which makes all these party preparations quite easy for me.
Thank God for friends (and friends of friends) and reliable suppliers! Because of them, the first birthday party that we ever had here in Jakarta, Indonesia had been stress-free. I’m grateful too for the presence of Little Boy’s closest friends. We didn’t need a grand celebration, just their gift of friendship made everything more fun and memorable. Thank you everyone, may the force be with you!
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