Sun.Star Davao, Sept. 22, 2012
For the past few years, the princesses we watch on movies have been breaking out of the traditional mold. Gone are the days when the distressed maiden waits for his knight in shining armor to save her.
When young mom and registered nurse Barbie Tan-Uyking first saw the Disney movie, “Tangled”, which is based on the well-loved tale of Rapunzel, she began visualizing her daughter Johanna Blair’s 1st birthday party to carry the enchanting theme.
“I enjoyed the movie so much. It had a lot of funny scenes and kids can learn a lot of lessons from this movie, especially valuing one’s family”, Barbie smiles.
Moreover, Barbie and her businessman-husband Hanz wanted their daughter to emulate some of the characteristics of Rapunzel, brave and adventurous yet at the same time, caring and family-oriented.
As the guests of their charming daughter Blair entered the Davao Convention and Trade Center for her birthday, they were awed at all the “Tangled”-inspired decorations which gloriously surrounded the party venue.
The enormous backdrop featured Rapunzel’s grand castle and the countless floating and lighted lanterns which was one of the most surreal scenes from the top-grossing movie.
Golden Touch’s Noel Tanza, a favorite and trusted party planner of the Uyking family for many years from weddings to children’s parties, ensured that the ballroom was fit for a darling princess!
Beverly Sanz of Cake Creations created a magnificent 6-tiered birthday cake that depicted the beautiful Rapunzel with her long golden hair on top of an imposing tower.
Guests had a blast with the bubble show; various game booths and face painting station by Gigz Unlimited; and the fun and wacky photo studio by Studio Booth.
In addition, the Uyking family, which is one of the franchisees of Smokey’s and Mister Donut, offered unlimited hotdogs and the delectable donuts aside from the sumptuous buffet spread of DAVCON.
Unlike other first birthday celebrants who would normally sleep or get cranky in the middle of their birthday celebrations, Blair was up and about and in a wonderful mood throughout her special night.
Hanz and Barbie were even surprised that during the singing of the birthday song, Blair confidently blew the birthday cake candle by herself.
“We were surprised at her determination to blow the candles. It was an amazing feat for a one-year old!”, proud mom Barbie shares.
This early, Blair has shown to her parents that she is their family’ bold little princess who is not afraid to do things on her own!
Special thanks to Weng Manlangit of Simply Gray Studio for the party photos.
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