Wednesday, September 25, 2013


The tradition of kiddie parties has finally begun for my former colleague, Patty Basa-Tan. Just as she adjusted into motherhood with much ease and grace, she lovingly devoted time and effort to get everything in full swing for her bundle of joy’s first birthday celebration. DIY (Do It Yourself) being the operative word, she personally managed all the big and tiny details of the party, including invitations and audio visual presentation.

Mischa Danelle Basa Tan officially turned one year old last September 12. Friends and family gathered to witness her debut to the social scene in a bunny-themed party set in a restaurant’s private function room. Dani, as she is lovingly called by her parents, looked adorable in her fluffy tutu-dress matched with bunny ears headband. Aside from the 3-layer fondant cake that took center stage at the dessert area, the ice cream station and candy corner also became a hit among kids and young adults alike. While mommy Patty and daddy Mike took command of all the preparations, the party was also a joint effort by godparents, friends, and relatives from both sides. “I sought the help of event stylist Karla Singson to create this little wonderland for all children to enjoy. The cake made by my sister’s friend, Charisse Dagohoy, was simply too cute to eat. The photobooth, provided by Dani’s Ninang Aisha, drew in families and kids who gamely posed for the camera.”
Halfway into the program, Dani’s Lolo “Tisoy” joined the birthday girl in front to lead the prayer. He openly shared his heartfelt gratitude for being blessed with such a bubbly and happy grandchild. Right after dinner, Patty played the audio-visual presentation she made which included recent family pictures taken by Eight Espino.

“My husband, Mike, chose the song for this video. Instead of coming up with a long speech usually asked of parents in a birthday party, he decided to just say it through a song by Simply Red. The lyrics of For Your Babies convey the kind of love he has for our daughter: ‘You know I’d do most anything you want, Everyday I try to give you everything you need, We’ll always be there for you, I don’t believe in many things, but in you I do.’"
Story published on my newspaper column, Metro Mom.
A1 and A4, INdulge, Edge Davao, Vol.6 Issue 138, 25 September 2013.



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