NO PRE-DEBUT shoot, zero dancing, and just the closest of friends. This was how my eldest daughter Anicka Beatriz Teves envisioned her intimate 18th birthday celebration to be.
Her original wish was to quietly spend her milestone with a barkada birthday trip and a reunion with her adopted Chief Girl Scout community in Purok Baybay. But, as her special day drew near, Anicka suddenly had a sinking feeling that she might regret not celebrating her birthday with dear friends. After all, it will be their last year together in senior high.
So, in just two weeks, we organized Anicka’s small debut get-together for 60 of her cherished friends and teachers at Aposento Davao, Matina I.T. Park.
For Anicka’s sweet soiree, Bluefairy-Davao’s Dyan Nuere-Te remarkably transformed Aposento into a vibrant floral-themed paradise with varying sizes and shades of blossoms set against a serene aqua backdrop.
When we brainstormed for the party, Dyan then recently returned from a month-long European vacation and was battling jet lag. Considering the time constraints she was faced with, we suggested that she come up with something simple but tasteful. However, what she enchantingly created on the actual day exceeded our family’s expectations.
Complementing Bluefairy’s gorgeous fresh flower arrangements on the guest tables were Meringue Dessert Boutique’s scrumptious pastries which likewise served as delightful centerpieces.
Another talented supplier we found online was the Davao Food Guide-recommended Chatelah Cakes and Pastries. Their dainty floral-festooned two-tiered fondant birthday cake blended seamlessly with the backdrop’s multi-hued blossoms and whimsical fairy lights. Chatelah’s well-crafted sugar flowers were so amazingly lifelike that a few weeks after the party, I still had trouble disposing the stunning works of art inside our ref (Help me, Marie Kondo!).
Anicka looked lovely in a charming peach-colored dress borrowed from her closest cousin Zoe who wore it during her JS prom back in 2014. Interestingly, on her 1st birthday, Anicka also donned the same red dress which Zoe used for her own 1st birthday, three years before.
Glamming up the debutante with a fresh and dewy look were Betsy Arcena (makeup) and Mia Royo (hair).
As guests arrived at the party venue, they were requested to write their fondest memories of Anicka. Later on, these notes were randomly picked, and guests chosen were instantly asked to be the nine candles and nine roses who touchingly shared their unforgettable memories to the crowd.
The affair’s energetic master of ceremonies, Jona “Jigs” Gacal who is Anicka’s former teacher and Student Council moderator, kept everyone on their toes with fun-filled games and trivia questions while Sweet Jam Acoustic Band Davao beautifully serenaded the debutante with her favorite songs.
A chill and meaningful night filled with good food, endless conversation, interactive games, and live music...the Student Council president got to gratefully tick off her coming-of-age wish list plus so much more!
Special thanks to Fotofun Studio for the debut photos, video and photo booth.
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