Saturday, December 24, 2011

Nutcracker nirvana

“Nutcracker nirvana”
Sun.Star Davao, Dec. 24, 2011

Having studied ballet passionately as a child, fabulous mom Bianca Barretto-Uy did not have a hard time conceptualizing her only and youngest daughter Saoirse Marie’s delightful 1st birthday party.

My daughter Isha’s party theme is all about ballet. It was actually suggested by my good friend and Isha’s godmother, Stephanie Seng-Ong, and it was just right timing since I absolutely love ballet! I studied ballet for nine years and I hope Isha will have the same enthusiasm for dance and performing in the future”, shares Bianca.

When Isha was about six months old, Bianca started gathering ideas for her unica hija’s “Nutcracker” ballet-inspired celebration. Fortunately, planning became a breeze since Davao’s premier party organizer Annie Paz-Lim was there to help the hands-on mom.

“I revelled in the flurry of preparations since it’s going to be our first time to finally host a girl’s party!”, says Bianca excitedly. Happily married to businessman Morris Uy, they also have two lovable sons, Quent and Zach.

For Isha’s spectacular ballet-themed party, super moms Bianca and Annie’s creative collaboration transformed the Marco Polo Grand Ballroom into a magical “Nutcracker” nirvana.

The dynamic duo veered away from the ‘usual’ kiddie balloon decorations. Instead, they utilized charming ballet shoes, ostrich feathers, crystals, nutcrackers and endless yards of tulle in lilac and blush to highlight their dramatic vision. These same elements along with tasteful trinkets, jewelry boxes and mini toys likewise adorned the elegant guest tables.

“I also told Annie that it was imperative to include my current favorite flower, Delilah (lilac roses), in the table centerpieces”, details Bianca.

Before guests entered the ballroom, they wrote on personalized wish cards in lieu of the more traditional guest books. Meanwhile, on stage, real life ballerinas gracefully performed to the enchanting music of the “Nutcracker Suite”.

“I envisioned the ballerinas to dance like the dainty dolls we see on top of musical jewelry boxes”, smiles Bianca.

“The dominant colors in the venue were purple, lilac, plum, blush, silver and magenta which evoked a dreamy effect for Isha’s special affair”, Bianca adds.

Isha and Bianca looked pretty in pink garbed in their Debbie Co-Teng creations which were influenced by the ballerina’s tutus. On the other hand, the playful psychedelic shirts and colorful neckties of dad Morris and sons were the perfect contrast to the girls’ posh outfits.

Guests tremendously enjoyed the ballet-related games such as the “Dress Up Mom Like a Ballerina”, “Ballerina Shoe Hunting Game”, “Pass the Ballerina Shoes”, and many more.

How to correctly pronounce Isha’s unique name, Saoirse, was turned into a fun and challenging game by talented party host Ellen Ferenal-Garcia. Isha’s fascinating name is actually pronounced asseer -shə”.

Pia Tecson-Lopez’s impressive four-tiered fondant cake was a sight to behold with its multi-hued ballet pointe shoes, corset, tutu, ribbons and a three-dimensional ballerina cake topper.

Aside from the sumptuous Chinese buffet spread by the Marco Polo, guests were treated to a variety of party booths such as Tutti Frutti, Chef Tony’s Popcorn, Basti’s Pizza and Coffee, Potato Corner, Chips and Drinks Station, Mang iScramble, iStickers, Craft Camp and heavenly desserts from Yuyu’s and Jonathan’s Cupcakery.

Purple tutu totes and baby blue body bags filled with yummy goodies were the much-appreciated party souvenirs. The ladies also happily went home with lilac-colored shoe dust bags monogrammed with ballet shoes by Fabianne Trends Unlimited.

All the elaborate preparations, however, were just icing on the cake.

When asked what she considered as among the highlights of the party, Mommy Bianca quickly replied, “Without a doubt, the audio visual presentation/photo montage lovingly prepared by Isha’s papa, Morris”.

The shutterbug dad undoubtedly only has his eyes on his little dancing princess, Isha---his most captivating muse!

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