DIY Mommy : the #AngTwins' THREE-riffic Birthday with Elmo and Friends
I can't believe I have 3 year old twins! It still feels like yesterday when I patiently waited for my scheduled CS day to come and how Paul and I finally welcomed them in this world on that fateful day at 6 in the morning. It's been 3 years of living a purposeful life being called Mama by my intelligent, adorable and very sweet twins J & L.
For someone who loves to plan everything down to the last detail, 2020 really taught us to be flexible, to be resilient, to accept change and to roll with the punches. As they say, when life throws you lemons... you make delicious lemon squares. Haha! Seriously, the year went by so fast and while it wasn't really a smooth sailing one, it's the year where we got to spend the most time with family. Before the pandemic happened, I worry that I might miss out on their developmental years as I have gone back to working full-time and I often wonder if doing so will make me spend less time with them too. I guess, life has its funny way of making things work and with my current work-from-home-status, I get to dedicate time both for work and of course, for my kids.
They're in this age where they can really voice their opinions and so, for this year's birthday theme, we left the decision to them. Needless to say, our little red furry friend Elmo won by a landslide and so Mommy got to work immediately. Putting on my brand manager cap on, I made sure that everything was on theme and within schedule.
Lastly, how can we have a birthday celebration without 205 Kitchen's Pork Barbecue. I had this during my birthday and we also shared with the family and they loved it so the barbecue made a repeat performance for the twins' birthday. This was indeed Paul's labor of love as he woke up extra early that day to grill 80 sticks of pork barbecue. Great job, Daddy!
Inside the bento were mini pancakes, chicken nuggets, customized sugar cookie with Cookie Monster's face on it and Elmo bread cut out. The birthday celebrants each had their own box too and guess what they had first -- the cookie, of course! Normally, I'd say no but since it was their special day, well I allowed them to start their lunch with a piece of cookie.
We had a very busy morning cooking (for Paul), picking up all our orders and packing them into individual bags and sending them all out to our family members located all over Metro Manila. My in laws came to see the twins which I'm thankful for as they helped kept the twins busy for an hour or so while we rush rush rush to ensure that the food gets to everyone in the family right on time. I'm thankful for technology and for delivery apps that made life so much easier.
I carefully picked all these food suppliers with their hygiene as my top priority. I know all of them personally and so, I am assured that they all handled the food well. Given the current situation of the virus, we just have to be extra careful, you know.
What's a birthday celebration without the cake? This year, we decided to get one big cake for the twins to share. Partly because our fridge is so packed with food that I can't imagine fitting two cake boxes in there anymore. I was browsing through catalogs and price lists of fondant cakes but most were priced beyond our budget so I had to get creative. I asked around and my friend I reminded me about Sweet Home Bakeshop. They're more active and responsive on Facebook and with just a few messages exchanged here and there, I got to reserve our cake which were also chosen by the twins.
Moving on to the decors, apart from the menu planning, this is my next favorite task. I love shopping for decors and making sure that everything is in theme. We got Elmo balloons, a backdrop just to set the mood, pretty long candles and Elmo shirts for Paul and I. I also bought sticker paper and created gift tags which I attached onto the bento boxes for the cousins and our lunch packs for everyone else in the family. We also had Manang's signature muffins delivered to some of the twins' godparents the next day.
I never thought that a home quarantine party would also entail a lot of coordination and planning or maybe because I just was being a bit extra. Haha It was an action-packed morning and we even continued the celebration until dinner time with more cakes coming for our celebrations (so much for keeping just one cake in the fridge).
This is my 3rd birthday project done and once again, it was a success!
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