26 March 2012

DIY-ing for Z's Baptism

Z's baptism was successfully held yesterday. He's now a legit member of the Catholic Church! :) Anyway, I'll blog all about that later. For now, I would like to dedicate this blog post on some items that I made with love for Z's baptism.

Invitations:



I initially wanted a red, black, and white theme for Z's baptism but I saw this layout on the internet and I liked the design and the colors. I edited it using Photoshop, in which I'm no pro. I posted this in an event I made in Facebook.  I only had electronic invites through Facebook, which saved me lots of money from printing actual invites.

Tarpaulin:


I also saw this layout on the internet and edited it using Photoshop. I had it printed at the mall for only 180 pesos. If my memory serves me right, the size of the tarpaulin is 2x3 meters.

Candles:

the cast
tadaaah!

Of course, I wouldn't leave the candles bare! So I bought some black and blue ribbons from SM Department Store and wrapped them around the candles. They looked cute in an instant.

I also made the balloon centerpieces and the thank you cards for the guests. The blue, black, and white balloons for the centerpieces were bought at Divisoria, the ultimate party needs haven! Unfortunately, I cannot find a decent picture of those.

DIY-ing has saved us a lot on extra and avoidable costs. For example, making layout for the invitations and tarpaulins usually costs extra, so simply creating your own or getting a layout from the internet will help you save more. You could just have them printed at home or you could just send out e-invites, just like what I did. Simple balloon centerpieces are also expensive so I opted to made them myself. There are lots of tutorials in YouTube that you can learn from. I suggest though that you plan ahead of time for a party to have enough time to prepare and DIY (instead of cramming , which I did) to save lots of moolah! 

20 March 2012

Updates: Party/Baptism Planning

I have posted a few weeks ago about planning for my baby boy's baptism. So here is a list of what I have accomplished and things that I still have to do:

1. We have finally decided to hold Z's baptism at Mary the Queen Parish Church in Fairview and have Dory's Restaurant for the reception.

2. The guest list and the list of god parents are all settled. I have chosen 25 people to be his god parents, 5 of which are based abroad. We're expecting a total of 80 people, but I have still to confirm if they're really coming. I don't want to make excess reservations with the restaurant of course.

3. I have already bought clothes for Z (reception clothes only) and me. Of course, the mommy also deserves to look pretty! I still have to buy the actual clothes for Z's christening because one of his god parents who came home from Norway yesterday pledged to buy one for him. The polo and pants that he gave him are so cute! Unfortunately, it was too big!

4. I have already sent out e-invites on Facebook and have the tarpaulin printed out already.

5. I bought balloons from Divisoria yesterday cause I'll be the one to make the centerpieces. I also bought the giveaways there. I still have to make a layout for the thank you card and have it printed.

6. I have already bought the candles and I'll just decorate it with ribbons to make it look more attractive.

6. The restaurant will be the one to produce a cake for us. Of course, at an extra cost. They will be the one to do the set up of the venue. My mom called the owner and asked if they will do the setup. The owner told my mom that they will do a pink set-up on the venue! She thought Z was a girl! :| Good thing my mom called to have that issue resolve.

I am really excited for Z's Christening cause, finally, he'll become a member of the Catholic Church. I am also excited cause I'll get to see my friends and they'll also be able to see my baby. I just hope that things work out well on the day itself. :)

14 March 2012

Dress Hunting/Wishlist

*Panic mode* I need three dresses for 2 coming occasions, but got very little budget for that cause I have to prioritize Z's christening first. The first dress would be for Z's christening. I need something fresh (floral patterns, pastel colors) with a very light fabric, perhaps a chiffon dress. I don't want to be sweating buckets while carrying Z in the church! Also, I need something that is church/mom approriate ;)

Image from Jellybean

Love this!
Image from Jellybean

The second dress I'd be needing is for my college graduation wherein we'll be wearing a white dress and a sablay. I am not sure if the dress should be a Filipiniana inspired dress or any white dress. But I've seen people from previous batches wore simple white cocktail dresses in lieu of a Filipiniana. (Haven't seen an insipration for this one)

The third dress would be for the university graduation. I assume we could wear any kind of dress since we'll be wearing togas over it. I wanted an Herve Leger bandage dress but they are very pricey. I found a local brand, Hbyglicaros, which sells Herve Leger inspired dresses at a lower price. Their pieces are gorgeous! If my budget permits, I'd definitely score one of their dresses.

See? Gorgeous!
Image from Hbyglicaros FB Page
Image from Hbyglicaros FB Page
It is very true that your priorities change when you have a baby. But I got no regrets. I love buying things for Z! Going back, I'm still contemplating on what pieces to get or if I should go to Divisoria and do my dress hunting there. I'd love to hear your suggestions, dolls. :)


PS: I saw a piece similar to this at SM Fairview. Would definitely get one for Z when we go to Subic.
Image retrieved from Google Images

PPS: I found out that Forever21 in Makati will have a sale. Too far from our house! I wonder when will they open a branch up north? :)

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