Liam’s 3rd Birthday Party Prep

I would say this is the most indecisive moment for me.  I have changed my mind over what we will do for Liam’s birthday for thousand times.  That’s how indecisive I was.  Wanting it to be perfect for him.  I changed from school party – to a party in an orphanage – to Jollibee party – to a party with the neighbors – back to Jollibee party – then to a party at the garage – Finally!! to an intimate out of town party! YEY!!

We have decided of this 2 weeks before the actual birthday! Ang galing lang no?!!? hehehe.. Anyway, what’s important is that the celebrant will have a blast on his day!  So final plan includes a tradition (not  done), out of town trip, cake blowing, presents and a DIY Ice cream or Pizza party (definitely ice cream, since Liam loves this).

Tradition:  Liam already is in the stage where he knows what Christmas is.  So I wanted to start the Christmas Tree tradition, where we will put up our Tree on his birthday. I’ve looked for a peg and canvassed already, but with all the craziness the earthquake has brought, we were not able to buy and put up one.  no worries, there will always be next year.  Though, am still planning for us to put up some decors (this will be a project after we get back from our Manila trip)

I wanted a simple tree with simple ornaments lang.  Important is that top decor is a star. :)
I wanted a simple tree with simple ornaments lang. Important is that top decor is a star. 🙂

Out of Town Trip;  We initially agreed to book in Best Western Sandbar here in Mactan, but unfortunately they are fully booked.  Am so glad I’ve had a chat with one of my friends here in Cebu and she mentioned “Gaite Ranch” to me in Toledo. Luckily, they are open and have available rooms.  I checked with them after the calamity, they are doing good, so on we went.

Cake Blowing:  Usually, I would have a cake ready in the morning, but this year, am really super disorganized I was not able to buy even a small cake for the morning.  But, I was able to order a cake for Liam’s out of town party naman. So ok pa din. 🙂  By the way, this is what he wished for his birthday – A Birthday Cake!  Sana every year yan lang request nya.. hehehe

For the cake, I wanted a Bug themed cake just because our not so little boy is into bugs and insects nowadays. So I printed out these pics for his cake.


Presents:  I just wanted Liam to open presents, kahit pa mumurahin lang na items inside. So I bought some toys and wrap them individually.  And I knew my SIL bought Liam books as presents already and for sure my MIL and FIL  have something for our boy too.

Ice Cream Party:  This one, I will let Leah of The Bright Spot, share with you guys what we did.  Yes, she will be my guest blogger here. Excited much!  She hosted an ice cream party for her friend’s family last August and I was so inggit.  We are both sure that Liam will super like this, so we decided to do it for him.  Well, what is a party without invitations diba?!?!  I tasked Liam to prepare the invitations for his guests.

Pouring the "mallows" on the table...
Pouring the “mallows” on the table…
Busy putting the mallows
Busy putting the mallows
Then he asked for a marker, he wants to write on it daw (this is unplanned, but I let him mark his creation)
Then he asked for a marker, he wants to write “sign” it daw (this is unplanned, but I let him mark his creation)

Liam personally gave these invits to his guest – Lolo, Lolo and Ninang Penpen.  We weren’t able to take pics as we are in the office when he guest arrive our home.   He immediately asked Donna to get the invits so he can give it to them.  kakatuwa.

Can’t wait for Leah’s post. Stay tuned guys! 🙂


Frozen Brazo de Mercedes

Everybody who knew me knows how I love desserts and Brazo de Mercedes is one of my favorite.  It’s already been years since I planned to bake one for us. But never put my hands on it until last week.  While researching for a good recipe, I ran through a Frozen Brazo de Mercedes recipe from Yummy.  Why not do this instead.  Dino likes this better than the classic Brazo de Mercedes.  So the baking begins. 🙂

My very own Frozen Brazo de Mercedes
My very own Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (taken from my instagram)

Ingredients – for the crust:

  • 1 pack Crushed Graham
  • 1 stick Butter (melted)
  • Sugar

for the custard:

  • 1 can Condensed Milk
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • Cornstarch diluted in water
  • Lemon Flabouring

for the Merigue:

  • 6 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • Confectioner Sugar for dusting
  • a tub of Vanilla Ice Cream (you may also opt to use other flavor)

How to:

  • Prepare crust by mixing all ingredients together and press down onto baking dish; set aside 
  • Prepare the custard by whisking egg yolk and condensed milk
  • Cook in a saucepan stirring constantly
  • Pour in diluted cornstarch while stirring
  • Add in Lemon Flavor; set aside to cool
  • Prepare the Meringue next by beating the egg whites with the cream of tartar until frothy
  • Gradually add the sugar until stiff peaks form
  • Pour the mixture into wax paper lined pan and bake at 150 degrees Celcius for 30 minutes (brush wax paper with butter)
  • Turn the baked maringue on another wax paper dusted with confectioner sugar
  • Pour cooled custard onto Graham crust
  • Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream to create another layer
  • Last, top the layers with Meringue (Brown side up)
  • Freeze again and enjoy with your loved ones – YUMMY!!

Another reason why this dessert came out really good…

Look who's my sous chef....
Look who’s my sous chef….
One.. Two.. Three.. :)
One.. Two.. Three.. 🙂
Yum! :)
Yum! 🙂

No Fuss Birthday Prep

Since we decided for a small party, preparation was an easy breezy.  Ang naging problem ko lang is ang theme, being the  fickle minded mommy that I am, hehehe.  At first, I want to have a Pororo themed party, kaso ang hirap mag hanap ng Pororo items here in Cebu.  So second option was Woody and Buzz.  But then again, we already had cowboy themed party during Liam’s first birthday. (Ang laki ng problema ko no!? e 7 kids lang naman sila) Then, a light bulb moment for mommy!! Why not a dalmatian themed party?  Liam looooves his dalmatian stuffed toy so much (I’ve blogged about Doggy here).  So ayun!!

Anyway, let me start with the invitation. As usual, this task was cordially accepted by Liam’s Ninang Tita, Leah of  The Bright Spot,  She is also the one who made Liam’s Cowboy invitattion when he turned 1.  This year, she made Dog Bone Invitations for Liam. She also blogged about it here.  Anyway, we loved the invitations.  Simple yet so into the theme and so cuuute!

Fun Bone Invitations! Thanks Ninang! :)
Fun Bone Invitations! Thanks Ninang! 🙂

The Cake!  Whew, with only a week left and no cake ordered or confirmed, I tried my colleagues suggestion to order from Angelica’s Bakery (see contact details below).  Buti nalang they have a branch in BTC, so I went and checked if they have a dalmatian themed cake.  Unfortunately they don’t,  BUT!, buti nalang they can customize designs, just give them the artworks.  So I checked out the web for dalmatian photos, printed them out and VOILA!!! Liam’s Dalmatian Cake!  I was super happy with the outcome, kasi ang ganda at ang sarap ng cake nila!!

Simpleng handa..
Simpleng handa..

By the way, for the handa, we just cooked some hotdogs and put them on sticks with marshmallows, ordered Red Ribbon Spaghetti (that we learned that day lang na masarap pala! hehe), prepared some sandwiches and bought Zest-O juices for drinks! Simple but everyone enjoyed it!! 🙂

For the loots, we just bought some goodies, toys and some supplies and put them all in prepared paper bags!

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Toys, stickers, coloring books and more toys.. 🙂
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to have the dalmatian feel, we included a Dalmatian squeeky toy inside.. isn’t he cute.. 🙂

Last but not the least, the highlight of the party.  We have hired a bubble show from my friend’s supplier. To my dismay, they forgot to bring the big loop where kids can be inside the big bubble. Hay naku!! na-stress ako dahil dun, kasi naman, I specifically requested for that ‘tas sabihin nila na di nadala!! Aside from this, they were so unprofessional to talk to.  Ang gulo gulo ng mundo nila!! Iba iba ang time na alam nila.  Di naman iba iba ang sinabi kong time! wah!!

Bubble Show
Bubble Show

In fairness, the kids enjoy this a lot!  Pero dahil nastress ako ng dahil sa kanila, I won’t share their contact. Actually, I did not keep their details.  Sa inis ko, binura ko after I paid.  hehehe..

Oh diba! Fun and easy. Oh well, this year one of my targets is to bring Liam out of the country na, if not his 3rd birthday, sa Christmas Vacation. Si MIL ang kakampi ko dyan! hehehehe.


Angelica’s Bakeshop
Banilad Town Center, Cebu City (inside Robinson’s Supermarket)

(032) 416.2271