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  • Hire A Virtual Party Planner Who Will Worry About Everything For P7,000

    We can’t forego celebrations even in a pandemic. So the solution: virtual parties.
    by Dahl D. Bennett .
  • If there is one thing we’ve learned about Filipino families in this new normal, it’s the fact that we can’t forego celebrations. Good thing, parents have managed to work around the pandemic and introduce virtual parties for their kids, making celebrations just as unique as it probably would be pre-pandemic.

    DIY virtual party

    On our Facebook group, Smart Parenting Village member, Mommy Bhing, proudly showed how she did it virtually for her daughter, who celebrated her 5th birthday with a “unicorn” theme. She took charge of the unicorn decorations, sewing her daughter’s party dress, and creating her own version of Bento meal. For the cake to match the theme, she ordered unicorn cake toppers ‘at a very cheap prize’ from e-commerce site.

    To keep the kids entertained during the virtual Zoom party, Bhing prepared classic kiddie games and activities like the Longest Greeting; Find the Sticker (where Bhing asked the parents to hide the stickers in their home), and Guess the Movie that was accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.

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    According to Bhing, the biggest hit among the kids was the design-your-own-brownies activity she ordered in boxes from an online baking store and delivered to the guests. “Nakakapagod, but it was worth it cause we were able to pull it through!” she shares in SP Village.

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    Practical party giveaways

    Mommy Marj also held what she called a “New Normal 1st birthday” for her son, with ‘Paw Patrol’ as the party theme.

    She included a heartfelt message in her invite, telling invitees that just because they are physically apart doesn’t mean they can’t celebrate her son’s birthday. “We sent this invitation to let you know that you are special to us,” Marj’s invitation read.

    To complete her virtual preparations, she set up the balloon decorations and gave packed food to her neighbors and invitees that came with practical giveaways — hand sanitizers and face mask. “Pinatatakan ko lang yung nabili kong face mask and nilagyan ko ng sticker yung hand sanitizer para customize ang dating ng souvenir niya,” she shares in her Smart Parenting Village post.

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    An exception to her celebration that ensured social distancing was hiring a photographer to capture every moment of her son’s birthday. “When he grows up, we want him to see how we celebrated his 1st birthday even with the pandemic,” she says.

    The party was broadcasted via Zoom and FB Live.

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    Virtual party experts

    Celebrities have also been resorting to virtual parties to celebrate their kids’ milestones while in quarantine, leaving the details to events specialists.

     

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    Nice Print Photo, which, of course, specializes in photography, now offers zoom party packages as well. Their recent clients include couple Dianne Medina and Rodjun Cruz’s, whose online baby shower they organized ‘complete with games and prizes. They also hosted QC Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, and wife Joy’s ‘online gender reveal’ party. Outside of party planning, they continue to be tapped to cover ‘quarantine parties’ according to their Instagram.

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    Another celebrity couple, Robin and Mariel Padilla, recently celebrated their second child Gabriella’s 6th month with event experts’ help. They went for planner La Belle Fette, which took care of sending handmade headbands, confetti, and food to the couple’s invitees. At the same time, Madison Events Inc. entertainment handled the hosting via Zoom, featuring a host in Moana’s character.

    Upon checking their Instagram, La Belle Fette’s virtual party services cover conceptualization, rounding up suppliers, arranging deliveries and set-ups, and facilitating the virtual program. All these are done in collaboration with their trusted suppliers like Madison Events Inc., which specializes in hosting kiddie parties and virtual playdates.

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    Taking care of the ‘virtual’ details

    Madison Events, Inc. is owned by Mickey and Ayesa Curbita. Even before COVID-19, they had an extensive celebrity clientele that includes the Chesca Kramer, Kylie Padilla, Camille Pratts, Andi Manzano, and Vicki Belo.

    As their business shifted from face-to-face to virtual in April, Ayesa shares that they invested in professional equipment like studio lighting, DLSR cameras, microphones, speakers, and Apple Macbook Pros “to achieve quality broadcast for their digital entertainment”.  They even turned part of their office into a studio.

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    Under their home celebrations campaign, the company offers Pop Party Box, a home party kit that includes thematic decors and cakes, cupcakes, and other party favors that are ideal for kiddie parties with guests ages 1-12 years old.  These packages are sent out to their guests to do the activity together during the zoom party.

     

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    The event company also offers Virtual Playdates, a ‘highly interactive’ Zoom video call (up to 30 Zoom screens) that includes singing, dancing, story-telling, games, and arts and crafts activities. 

    As a professional event planner, Madison Events currently, they have 80 themes and 100 character. They also have a wide range of creative activities that combine an element of fun, movement, and learning and may even be customized upon client’s request. Such activities include ceramic painting, DIY photo frame kit, kinetic sand activity, science experiments, and play dough. 

    According to Ayesa, their prices for Kiddie Parties and/or playdates start at Php7,000 up. Ideally, bookings with them should be made at least a day before. “To book a virtual playdate, clients simply need a good internet connection and a free zoom account. No need for TV or any other equipment,” she adds.

    Whether moms do it by themselves or hire event planners for a professional touch, it seems there’s no letting up when it comes to Pinoy celebrations. The best part about it is that, finally, relatives from abroad can join the fun.

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