The Invitation: Mexican Paper Doll designed by my good friend Pen, put together by me and my sister, Mariel.
The Banner: Ikat fabric-covered paper plates with cut-out letters.
The Cake: A small topper with 25 delish cupcakes. The horse paper-mâché I have just lying around the house was put to good use, dressed up as a piñata.
The hats and garlands I got from the market and the loot bags are from Ikat fabrics tied with cotton tape.
The Table Setting: The runner was from the same Ikat fabric, the place mat patterns were lovingly cut up by my cousin, Marinez, and the plates, goblets, spoons and forks I got for a song from an old department store in Bacolod. It would have been perfect if the chairs and tables were wooden but apparently those are nowhere to be found these days.
The happy grandpa, my dad posing gamely with the chilis.
A Eukalele, a pair of maracas, and the art corner. Some activities for the kids while waiting for everyone to arrive.
Orange and strawberry flavored juices I got for Php 7 each (10 cents USD) were a big hit! The koala was out of theme but they were just too cute! Served ice cold using my mom's giant terracotta pot. The kids loved it as they can just reach out and serve themselves.
The bar served margaritas and sangrias for the adults.
Another big hit (for the adults) was the mustache set I got from the market (Divisoria, where else?)!
The homemade donkey piñata which the celebrant stuffed herself, was the highlight and the 'pin the tail on the donkey' was lots of fun!
The celebrant who was very gracious all through out her party.
I am a sucker for homespun themed parties that DO NOT break the bank. And this one was just that and more. Everything you see here were handmade and all a labor of love. I am blessed with very resourceful and immensely creative family and friends.
All in all, the birthday girl and the guests had a whale of Mexican fun and at the end of the day, that's all that matters.
Other details you might be interested in:
Cake and cupcakes by Joy Jochico (+639194041648) as recommended by CATwife Mia.
Music by Mexican Putumayo
Mischka's dress from Tarte Tatin
Ikat fabric at a bargain from Gaisano Dep't Store Bacolod
Plates and goblets from Lopue's Dep't Store Bacolod