After Jia was baptized (yes, ganyan na katagal ko pina-plano magka-Harry Potter party), J and I were toying with the idea of throwing Jia a party for her 1st birthday. We both knew that we would not do it. As a rule, I told myself I would only throw “big” parties for christening as I deem it really important. It also serves as our family’s thanksgiving and would like to celebrate it with more people. Anyway, while J and I were discussing, the subject of a Harry Potter-themed party came up and I was super hooked! We are both HP fans but I’m really the HP addict between the two of us. I have read the books more than five times each. There was a time I was crying while reading (nung namatay si Dumbledore) and J came up to me and told me “Namatay siya uli? Basahin mo uli, Hon! Baka mabuhay na siya next time.” Hahaha! Anyway, I told him that if ever we throw an HP party, I would give out wands and robes to the kids and have sorting hat. Tapos we discussed having a cocktail bar (we had this during Jia’s baptism) and we agreed that having a Starbucks cart would be nicer. So, before we even knew if we would ever throw an HP party, we knew that we would have to provide wands and robes, and have a sorting hat and a Starbucks cart! LOL!
When I learned I was pregnant with Joya, sa kabila ng feeling of numbness, naisip ko na at least pwede ako mgpa-party kasi binyag uli eh. Haha! And J said that as long as sumabay sa Harry Potter showing, we can have the Harry Potter party I’ve dreamt of for sooo long (hahaha! parang childhood dream!).
I started preps when J gave me the go-signal (read: budget). That was when Joya was around 2weeks old. Nataranta na ako. I couldn’t find a venue I liked. Sa venue talaga ako na-stress. I had limited budget for the venue so had to scout really hard. Eventually, we decided to go with Andrea.
Booking a magician was also a source of stress. Jacque of Partyboosters was telling me ang lapit na ng party ko. Well, alam ko naman yun! Hahaha! Alam ko rin namang huli na ako pero alangan namang awayin ko pa asawa ko na huli siya nagbigay ng budget. Sasabihan pa ako nun ng “Buti nga binigyan ka!”
J wanted Wanlu but aside from mahal, after watching him once, yun na yun eh (but the last time I watched him was before he became a TV celeb ha). Since N@Wies have good reviews on Alex Lagula, I contacted him. He was not available. I chanced upon a raving review on Leodini and sabi nakakagulat lang daw itsura nya pero super galing daw. I contacted him and he was still available. I booked him immediately.
After that, everything just fell into place. Oh yeah, I also contacted Jacque of Partyboosters. Jacque was one of my brides who also coordinated with my team a few times and is now a successful kiddie party planner. So wala ako ibang choice kundi siya. She arranged the kiddie salon, Potato Corner, and sorbetero for me. I also asked her for a girl host (deadma ako basa girl na may sound system na hindi aalis agad yung sound system) and she was the one who booked Jen Belen. Ay super bait ni Jacque! And this is not because I didn’t pay her for her coordination services ha (hahaha! I love you, sis!). She was ALWAYS there when I had a question or naloloka lang ako. Basta ganun.
Like I said everything fell into place and little by little, I was able to book all my suppliers, well, except the videographer. You see, my budget didn’t allow for that. The week of the party, J asked me who’s covering the party and I said none as my budget could not accommodate it. Sabi niya mag book daw ako pero budget is just P10K. I checked the N@W archives. Thor seemed to be the popular choice but I also read that he does not accept a one-cam setup package for guests more than 130 so wala na. But Wednesday before the party, desperate na ako kasi wala pa ako video and I called them. Pumayag sila! And what’s more, Thor himself was available to cover our event! Ang saya saya, di ba?!
For about three weeks before the party, I stayed up so late to finish the preps. I had so many DIY stuff (oh, yeah, I was in denial before, telling people that I only had a few) that I really needed the time when the two kids would be asleep (read: NO distractions) to work. The day before the party, my friend Abie even came over to help me (ooops, help might be too strong a word since she did everything herself) tie the tags of the wands. You know why she volunteered to do it? Because she realized that al my FB posts and updates are done in the middle of the night so she realized that I still had so many things to do, otherwise I would be sleeping, right? LOL!
Ending, day of the party, I went to the venue to supervise and instruct my team’s coordinators (I SOOOOO love them!) so they can make sure that everything I worked so hard for to achieve will be executed properly. And modesty aside, I think I and my team were able to do a dang fine job!
*Supplier ratings and OTD story and DIY sharing to follow*