The Celebrant :
The most beautiful little wahine
Location/Setting : Tali, Batangas
Our family has been going to this beach for over 20 years now and it is a yearly traditional that we all look forward to. Every summer, we get a chance to use the Campos resthouse and spend a few days here to rest, relax and commune with nature. This year, it just so happened that Sofia's birthday fell on a Good Friday and we were scheduled to use the beach house so we had the perfect setting for the birthday Luau.
We had a small activity area for the kids with play doh and some coloring books to keep them busy;
It was a very simple and straight-forward set-up with 2 huge shell accents where I placed all the leis and some pineapples to give it the polynesian/hawaiian feel.
Since it was a Good Friday, I couldn't go all out with the food because people usually practice fasting and abstinence on this day so I served light and fresh afternoon snacks ;
Sliced Papaya and Pineapple with Mint Leaves
Tuna Poke (Polynesian version of Ceviche) - it's basically tuna sashimi (raw tuna) mixed with soysauce, sesame oil, chili garlic, chives and sesame seeds
Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill
Birthday Cupcakes with handmade toppers
Birthday Chocolate Caramel Cake from one of her guests
Food labels made with simple paper print outs and wooden clothespins
The birthday hashtag : #sofiaturnsthree
Handmade Lei which I ordered online
Paper Straws with hibiscus cut-outs
Coloring and Play-Doh Station for the kids
Afternoon football on the sand
Coloring Books to entertain the kiddos
Limbo Rock - Boys First
The girls also showed their back-bending skills
It was such a chill and relaxed party really perfect for the theme. We played the 50 First Dates soundtrack the whole time to set the "Hawaiian mood". The place, the set-up, the food and the company was perfect! I actually had a slight fever and cold allergies but that didn't stop me from making this fun little party for my daughter.
Enjoying her birthday cupcakes
The mandatory mother and daughter shot
The crew at sunset
Mahalo and Happy Easter!
- Mommy Pattie