Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Les Fêtes de Marguerite (pic overload)

Painting it in the light that I prefer...

Here's her invite.
invite

Cheesy poem alert. Okay, I wrote it. I went overboard with the rhyme, mostly because I want it to be clear to her later that it was written especially for her. I mean, it's pretty obvious it doesn't rhyme with "one" or "birthday" or "baby", right?:-p Husband and I designed it.



Marguerite avec tiara
IMG_0711IMG_0703IMG_0702
The tiara was lovingly made by her Aunt Chip.


Marguerite's dedication
DSC_7489DSC_7500DSC_7504
Don't be fooled by the first pic. She's not praying there. You should see the series of pics from the prayer. Every shot had her in a different position, Ms. Wiggles! That's my Dad and Marguerite's Grandpa presiding over the dedication.

Marguerite with Nana and Lola (grandmothers)
DSC_7605DSC_7479

Marguerite with tarp poster
DSC_7601
This was designed by Husband. The pics were taken by moi for this blog.

Marguerite's birthday cakes
DSC_7555DSC_7554DSC_7540DSC_7506
The yummy cupcakes were a gift from my friend Tricia ( Little Cakes Factory). The birthday cake was baked by Ton's mom (it was his gift to Marguerite). We only needed to decorate it, hence the appearance. It was delicious despite the way it looked, lol.

Marguerite with Aunt Christine
DSC_7584
I bought a plain bib and just appliquéd and embroidered on it to make it say "Midge is 1". The appliqués were cutouts from a blouse of mine.

Birthday streamer
DSC_7588
Hmmm, it turned out nothing like my initial design, but who cares? I made it and it served its purpose.

Marguerite's souvenirs and favors
DSC_7777
I really didn't want to give out candy, but the jellybeans were made and I simply had to re-pack them into cute little bags. I really couldn't hack baking cookies as I had initially planned to. The fridge magnets were designed by Husband.


Facepainting area
DSC_75071_518441196l1_161906083l
Our talented friend, Jeff, painted faces as his gift to Marguerite. That's my kind of gift.:)

Some of our lovely guests
DSC_7547DSC_7521DSC_7512DSC_7598
1_492516766lDSC_7453


Some crazies we hired from the nearby asylum to liven up the party
1_956489947l1_468459992l1_633789919l1_824091905m1_566622453m
1_140564856m1_691751099m
Just kidding! These guys rock!

Moi, all fatiguée
1_763923171l

Sunday School Party
1_178066275l1_116752525l
1_129203322l1_571166986l
There's the flower piñata I had made for the first party, but all things ended up working together for the better. We ended up using it at this party.

The party really fell short of what I had planned for, but no crying over spilt milk (anymore, lol). It was still my kind of thing despite all the disappointments because it turned out more intimate than what we had expected; most of the details were a labor of love, as opposed to having hired professionals to do them (all of the food was prepared by our families and Tita Thelma, who's family anyway, the emcees were Sister and Allison, photos and video were taken care of by Husband's siblings...); and you could see that so many people really love and care for my daughter.

To those who have been wondering. We didn't get godparents because a. dedication in its truest and simplest form wouldn't require them, b. some of our closest friends, whom we would have loved to get as godparents for our daughter, are of a different faith (our church doesn't interfere with the parents' choice of sponsors, but I have my own views regarding this), and c. my experience with godparents (having some and being one) told me that we could definitely do without them. That's not to say that we think all dedications or christenings should be without them. It's true that the ritual fortifies existing bonds and some godparents actually live up to their duty, so I'm just saying that this was our choice.

PS. Thanks to Chit, Lalab, and Christine for letting me snag pics from your albums.:)

5 comments:

aunt chip said...

the most important thing was Midge looked amazing. anyhow, the party had its good points but they're like hidden in the chamber of secrets...come on, who would have thought that the cake would taste great considering its 'I'M MELTING' appearance...exclude me and nigella, i think you should.
next time however...nyehehehe!
LONG LIVE MARGUERITE!
oh yea, too bad al and i didn't get to do our rap, then again maybe it wasn't too bad we had to skip that stunt.:)
LONG LIVE MARGUERITE!

aunt chip said...

let me just add that the giveaways were fantastic. loved the flan though i didn't get to try it until there was just a spoonful left on the plate...loved the weather too...also the cupcakes, our friends who helped us out...
well i'll be! it doesn't sound like a bad event at all!
MARGUERITE FOREVER!

Hilda said...

Wow! All that for the first birthday? I can't wait for her 18th birthday or her wedding day!

Trina said...

Congratulations for a wonderful party. It was truly a labor of love for your little Marguerite. :D

spinninglovelydays said...

chip: oui, oui! vive marguerite!:-D
hilda: that's actually nothing compared to the usual filipino party. too many diys :) nowadays the trend is to hire a party planner, professional magicians and ventriloquists, a caterer + food carts... it's really crazy, lol.
trina: thanks. i'd like to think so. :)