Once in a young lady’s lifetime will she turn eighteen. We believe that this stage opens the door for maturity, hence, to be of legal age. “With great power comes with great responsibility.” It is the time of which the world she lives in lets her be. Her life depends on the choices she makes because she knows what is right for her and what’s going to make her happy.
2013 is my year and I turned 18 last September 23 but we celebrated my party last September 21, 2013. But before my big night, my parents and I decided to plan six months ahead. It started off with a very tricky question from my papa, “brand new car or party?” During that time, I thought of picking the brand new car but I remembered that I already am driving his car. It took me a long week to decide and think about it, and surprisingly I choose the party. When I started saying this to my mama, she told me that they were planning to give me money for myself – for shopping. I still wanted to have a party – and mama too – because it’ll only be once that I’d be with my family and friends to celebrate a good life.
The first three months of preparation was tough. We had to decide on who to invite because our initial plan was to bring 120 people. It was hard for me to limit who will I choose to invite because we have family friends and acquaintances who were expected to come. Then, we ended up changing our plan to 200+ head because of family reasons.
Aside from the invitations, I had to come up with a “theme.” I first thought of a “candy land” Katy Perry’s teenage dream inspired birthday party, but I thought it didn’t mean something to me. (I’m not the sweetie type). Also, I tried thinking of a Parisian party but it was too limited. We can only place things that are related to Paris. It came to me that why not a Grecian type with white robes, wreaths and Olympus-inspired venue, since I’ve been a Greek Mythology fan back when I was in highschool. I realized that I wasn’t the “cultural” or formal type. I planned up the other way around. I reflected on who I really am in the first place. I was the bubbly, exploring, open and ever-changing type of person – I think in a positive way. Then there was this website, http://www.debutideas.com where I found various choices of possible party themes. Of course I scratched my previous choices and I ended up choosing a BUTTERFLY GARDEN THEME.
According to Debut Ideas!: “Choosing a butterfly theme for your party can both be refreshing and dramatic. The debutante is similar to the butterfly in the sense that a debutante goes through changes in her life that are similar to the metamorphosis that takes place when a caterpillar changes to a butterfly. The debutante now becomes a woman. She is now all grown up and ready to take on the world. Just like the butterfly, she has grown beautiful wings that will help her reach her dreams. Butterflies are very interesting creatures. Similarly, there are a lot of things you can do to make this theme interesting and memorable.”
Since it was a butterfly party, my INVITATIONS had to carry the theme. With the help of my aunt, Moriel Domondon, we had the most colorful and butterfly-ish invitations. Its amazing how the Amis Print were able to come up with my requested butterly design with various colors and quirky texts. I love the most the parchment envelop and butterfly stickers that look so classic, simple and girly all at the same time.
After ending up withe the perfect theme, how I puzzle it up is even harder than I thought. We started off by deciding for the VENUE. The first and only thing that came into our (mama and my) minds is an open-garden pavilion. The nearest possible place would be at Tagaytay City. Mama spend almost a month to look for a venue and ended up with a lot of choices. I must say, she’s the meticulous one and I wish I had it in me too. I’m the type of person that if its goo, let it be or that’s it! Anyways, she found this peaceful and breezy pavilion at Pacific Grove Clubhouse and Suites, Magallanes Drive, Tagaytay City. The Pavilion was huge enough for a hundred persons to fit in, plus they have this pool side down the Pavilion that can handle another hundred. What I loved the most about the place was their rooms that is completely comfortable.
Then after looking for a garden-feel venue, we had to look for catering services to prep up the place. With my mama’s good radar on reviews by the net, she found the TOPS CATERING SERVICES for Laguna, Cavite and Batangas. My mother did all the contact but I was part of the design and planning. Since it was a Garde-Fairy party, we requested to replace the (supposed to be) balloon decorations to fresh flowers. Initially, we thought of having a baby pink and fuchsia motif, but I thought it was too cliche and almost every lady like me who had a party choose pink or red for their parties. Then I decided to make it a pastel-colored fairy garden theme. The colors were specifically baby pink (my favorite color, of course), mint green, lavender, yellow and pastel blue. Good thing that even we had to scratch two previous color plans, they were nice to accept my not-so usual demand. The food selection was completely decided by my mama, but I said I like chicken best and asked to specifically add fruit salad for my dessert because I love it. My papa bought the all-time favorite Filipino party food, litson. The 3-layered chocolate cake was so good and it even had custard in the middle (that was my favorite part) and the adorable Carousel and Ferris Wheel cupcakes was an eye-catcher by the table.
(My Fairy Garden stage)
(Centerpiece per table)
(Ferris Wheel Cupcake)
(Blowing my lovely 3-layered chocolate cake)
What’s a pastel Garden party without the perfect dress? My first GOWN is proudly designed by mama and yours truly. She thought of the skirt and I was responsible for the top. Instead of the cliche pink gowns, we decided to go with our theme with various colors. With a long process of looking for gown inspirations from the internet, we ended up with the perfect Barbie Mariposa – butterfly fairy gown. To complete the look, mama thought of making me wear huge wings so I would really look like a fairy ready to fly.
The Second Gown was rented from a gown rental shop located at Sta. Rosa Laguna. I love how detailed the top beading was and the fluffy ruffles for the bottom.
What’s the perfect dress without the daintiest pair of SHOES. It was funny because it was the first time I wore heels (I swear in my whole eighteen years of existence) and it wasn’t that painful at first but when I took it off, after five hours, I can barely walk straight. Well, there’s still a time for first times. My pink, bejeweled heels are from CELIN and I love it because it was from their Memorata Collection which are featured from the famous television SOAP drama, Ina Kapatid Anak starring the lovely Kim Chiu and dazzling Maja Salvador. The best things about my heels was its light to wear and carry, it fits perfectly and its color baby pink
What’s with the perfect #OOTN (Hashtag Outfit Of The Night) without prepping my face with a little MAKE-UP. I had my make-up put on by 7 in the morning because of my parents’ church wedding by the amazing Froilan Erik. It was my first time experience their renowned airbrush make-up that surprisingly transformed me into a lovely Dyosa. Plus, even though it was raining the whole day, my make-up lasted up until 10 in the evening with minor retouches.
The master of my debut program, our HOST was Kuya Mar. He was so sweet ever since I met him in the morning and all I heard was compliment from him. Actually, we wasn’t supposed to be our host because we had someone, but luckily it was his wedding day too so he couldn’t come. Kuya Mar was indeed a blessing for us. My parents met him just a week before the 21st and to think we have to cram for my planned program flow, but thank God he was so patient and even fixed the program flow during the event. What I admire was even though he was talking literally the whole day for my parents’ wedding, he still have the energy to smile and be bubbly at night. He set the mood so light although the rain was too heavy and breezy.
Pictures are worth more than a thousand words. I think the best-modern souvenir nowadays is a PHOTOBOOTH. Luckily, with my mama’s internet powers (HAHAHA) she found WISHES AND DREAMS PHOTOBOOTH with their quirky props, layout and backdrops. They were so professional that even the line was heavy and long, they still manage to smile at the vain people in front of the camera. I won’t forget how sweet ate Khrizzy was when she took a picture of me because she thinks I was so pretty (hashtag kilig). They made group pictures exciting and fun,
Who would’ve caught all these perfect moments without the PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS who were everywhere? For the lack of a better term, they were so jiffy on taking every smile and every move I made. I never thought I looked that happy when I saw the complete set of pictures they uploaded and sent. It was even surprised how they made the set look so bright, although the rain was heavy. Even before the 21st, they took my pre-debut photos two weeks before the big night so I insisted that I wanted them to take photos on my party. I wasn’t wrong, they really are amazing. Imagine how for a few hours, they took almost a thousand of high definition photos. Thumbs up to A&A Photography.
(Pre-debut photoshoot with Kuya Jaypee and his team at Hill Creek Gardens, Tagaytay)
(Before-party photoshoot with Ate Mhean and the team at Pacific Grove, Tagaytay City)
(Candid shots from the party)
Most importantly, none of this will happen without my parents who did everything they could just to plan and make my dream come true. To my family who supported my all the way, from a little girl who likes to eat stick-os and choco-choco to a young lady ready to bravely face the world ahead of her, thank you very much. To our friends, you’re a part of my family. Without you, there will be no confidence and comfort in me. Thank you for bringing out the best butterfly in me.
PHOTOS BY: A&A PHOTOGRAPHY