Saturday, January 16, 2016

Twinkle, twinkle little toes


“Twinkle, twinkle little toes”
Sun.Star Davao, Jan. 16, 2016

Among the greatest blessings of having this column is meeting my dear readers and eventually becoming friends with them.

Singapore-based Aileen “T-One” Brigole-Abadilla is one such blessing. We met each other during Mom-About-Town’s 1st year anniversary contest and since then, we have kept in touch through social media.

What I admire most about T-One and her husband Christian is that although they are working overseas due to their bustling careers as LinkedIn Customer Success Manager-Southeast Asia and Oracle Senior Business Development Consultant, respectively, they still try to be hands-on parents to their two children who are in Davao.

T-One who delights in conceptualizing children’s parties; design and event styling; and music recently got her creative hands busy again with planning for her eldest daughter Jamie Ailianne’s Twinkle Toes’ 8th birthday party at Grand Men Seng Hotel.

“Jamie is such a good and natural dancer. She effortlessly dances with grace and precision, and is always placed in the front and center during each dance presentation in school. Though she’s not a ballerina, she dreams of becoming one”, reveals T-One.

Admitting to be “paranoid” when it comes to preparing for her kids’ special events, it took T-One several months to do Jamie’s DIY ballerina-themed bash.

“Pink, light pink, gold and navy blue were the predominant colors of the dainty affair. The colors were soft but with a contrast to it”, describes T-One.

“I also incorporated stars into the party, by putting gold foil star cut-outs on the cotton scattered in the middle of the table covered in navy blue satin tablecloth. This is to create an illusion of stars and clouds against a night sky. After all, whenever we hear the word “twinkle”, we usually relate it to the “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” children’s song, thus the star decors”, details the imaginative mom.

The dessert table marvelously showcased ballerina cookies shaped as ballerina slippers, tutu dresses, among others. T-One also used gold-dipped feathers as accessories to blueberry cheesecake shots. In addition, a lighted star was placed among the sweet offerings which highlighted the “twinkle” theme even further.

"Our party favors for children were Twinkle Toes party bags which we made ourselves. They were decorated with 3D cut-out ballerina paper dolls with tulle skirts, sealed with a Jamie or Ailianne sticker or a golden glitter peg. We also had personalized pink and navy blue hat boxes for all mommies to take home,”, says T-One.

During dinner, guests were enthralled with James Infiesto’s magic show which was followed by the family serenading the audience.

Like all her kids’ other parties, T-One shares that what makes the event doubly memorable is that she conceptualized and designed it herself and made into a reality with her in-house “production team” composed of her beloved family and nannies for the decors; nephews, nieces and cousins for the band and photography; and her doting mom, Mumsy Eyah, for the touching AVP.

     For the finale number, T-One lovingly performed the Disney song, “Go the Distance”, for Jamie. “I wanted to encourage her to follow her dreams”, enthuses T-One.
    “As I’ve shared with friends, Jamie is an extra special child, she has Turner Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder which means she lacks the second female X Chromosome. We feel extremely blessed to have her in our lives as she proves that she could go beyond herself and her condition. Despite the fact that many TS butterflies (as they’re sweetly referred to) suffer from learning disabilities, Jamie, with the help of her supportive teachers from Center for Brighter Beginnings and Davao Christian High School, has continually excelled in class, and is always considered one of the most confident, sweet and friendly kids”, T-One shares proudly.
      And, there is no doubt with caring parents like Christian and T-One, Jamie will unceasingly reach her highest potentials. Just you wait and see!

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