It’s not my thing to celebrate my birthday every year, but I’m getting old and I can afford to throw a party now. Sort of like my Dad; he celebrates every year. So maybe I get that from him.
I wasn’t supposed to celebrate this year. I was 50-50 on pushing through, but sort of last minute, I decided to go ahead and just do it.
But I didn’t want to spend as much as I did last year. That meant scaling down the party and inviting less people (sorry!!).
I didn’t have time to hire Saga Events, I just planned with three people: my friends Melvin Mojica, Yodel Pe, and Anthony Prudencio.
In planning a party, you start with a theme. I wanted to have airplane food, sort of like this.
I thought it would be fun to serve airplane food
So I ordered rush invitations online
I had a couple of meetings at Lusso with Anthony Prudencio to talk about the food.
It was supposed to be at Lusso, but I felt it would be be cramped, so we moved it to Whitespace instead (thank you for you kindness, Cris Villonco and staff).
The weather cooperated (no thunderstorm), though it was a bit warm inside the venue. They could add another aircon to the foyer.
From the outside, you could see the space was illuminated in KLM blue
And this is how it looked when guests arrived. There’s your inflight movie
What’s a party without the drama?
Melvin hired a wonderful DJ, Chie Castañeda, who was probably a kid in the ’80s, but totally gets the music mixed with Burt Bacharach and other retro tunes.
This was Melvin, me and Chie before the guests arrived. The outfit is from Dover Street Market Ginza
There’s the satellite bar
A pizza oven churned out freshly baked flat bread for arriving guests
This is the guy who paid for the party, hehe
First to arrive: Patty Betita, Jeroen van Straten, Joris Spanhoff, Gerome Vizmanos
Nikki Luna and Mikee Carrion
CJ Cruz, Rita Nazareno, Grace Velasco, Kevin Ching
Denise Peralta, Mikko Sison, Tata Montilla
Patrice Diaz, Patty Betita, Grace Velasco, Tina Tagle
CJ Cruz and JP Singson
Behind the scenes, Margarita Forés’s team was busy plating (that’s Anna Lopez and Anthony Prudencio)
And they’re good to go
With Margarita’s team, you get first class service
And dinner was served
Yodel Pe designed the logo. First course was dinner rolls, truffle pasta, and Caesar salad
Can’t help but Instagram it
Second course was surf and turf: pan-roasted sea bass in a box with Lusso’s Entrecote Bearnaise, Malagos goat cheese potato torte, and buttered rice
And for dessert there was creme brulee, caramel cupcake, lychee sorbet and customized Machiavelli chocolate in salted caramel
My siblings played pusoy dos
Penny Ong and Rita Nazareno had some catching up to do
To be honest, I was not prepared for the cake that appeared. This has to be Anthony’s idea
I wished that Manny Pacquiao would win…
Later that night, Fumio Onishi took over the DJ booth
While Ryan and Garovs Vergara milled outside
My people: CJ Cruz, Jujiin Samonte and JP Singson
The highlight of my evening had to be Jujiin’s Comme des Garçons Mexican cowboy boots
Thanks to all for a wonderful evening, including those who worked behind the scenes.
And thank you Anthony Prudencio and Luther Abcede for the photos 🙂