Overnight DIY Birthday Preps

A couple of weeks ago, I challenged the boyf to a silly game I knew I would win. While our laziness and lack of enthusiasm took a toll on what’s supposed to be a fun way of testing our familiarity with each other (we only lasted until the 11th trivia), I ultimately emerged victorious as planned (*evil laugh). The game was intended to culminate on his birthday but since it was doomed from the start, the victory came from me whipping a spontaneous surprise party.

Okay, it wasn’t that surprising. For a change, he wanted to celebrate his birthday this year at his hometown, Carcar, Cebu, a town that’s about an hour and  half drive from the city. So with his amazing aunt and mom pledging to take care of the food, there really wasn’t much for me to do. At least that’s what I thought for weeks! But 24 hours before he turned 29, I realized I could at least do the decors.

I’ve always enjoyed planning parties and getting into small details like invitations and random tags. But I could only do so much with very little time and a swamped day at work. So with mostly recycled materials and a little help from Pinterest, I managed to come up with some pieces that I never thought would become a big hit during the party.

The whole set-up! Quite simple, really. A bit of blunder there. I never thought no one in his family called him by this nickname that most of his friends and colleagues use.

The whole set-up! Quite simple, really. A bit of blunder there.I never thought no one in his family called him by this nickname most of his friends and colleagues use.

Got the colorful hats for just P10.00 each! And the sticks mustache and lips were recycled items from the Valentine’s event at the office. They sure made their way to a lot of photos!

Got the colorful party hats for just P10.00 each! And the sticks mustache and lips were recycled items from the Valentine’s event at the office. They sure made their way to a lot of photos!

It does.

It does.

The very very simple and definitely unassuming beer cake. It's the fastest I could do in less than 2 minutes (I had the flag and round card boards ready). Most guests at the party have never seen one before so it was still kinda impressive. But next time would be so much better, I swear.

The very very simple and definitely unassuming beer cake. It’s the fastest I could do in less than 2 minutes (I had the flag and round card boards ready). Most guests at the party had never seen one before so it was still kinda impressive. But next time would be so much better, I swear.

"The older, the older." Was my way of reassuring him that getting old isn't that bad. He was worrying for months!

“The older, the older” was my way of reassuring him that getting old isn’t that bad. He was worrying for months!

It was during his fifth birthday that he last celebrated with his complete family and cousins, so it certainly was a pleasure to have cramped and delivered a little spice to a special event. ♥

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