Showing posts with label celebration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label celebration. Show all posts

Saturday, November 17, 2012

make birthdays special without spending hugely

Indeed, birthdays can be made special without spending too much. In our case, here's how we've basically done it and I am sharing this to my blog as fun tips to help enjoy birthdays without splurging way too much.:-)

5 Tips to Make Birthdays Special Without Spending Hugely

1. Keep a low profile so that only the very few significant people will know that your birthday is coming. Only when your birthday is over that people will realize that you just had a happy one. :-)

2. Don't feel pressured about having to hold a birthday spree. Some friends or workmates are likely to send you a hint or two that they're expecting a birthday blowout but if it is not within your budget, you can just politely smile or beg off. For friends who send their birthday wishes on your Facebook's timeline (which you forgot to turn off), you can also jokingly say to your well-wishers "Your greetings are good but I need cash!" or "Can I convert all your birthday greetings to cash so I would end up a millionnaire?" So now, they will get the point. Some of them might even cook up a birthday bash for you (You wish!).

3. Go to church and give thanks to God for another great year for you. You don't want God to get disappointed about not inviting Him to your birthday, do you? He should be your most important Guest especially on your birthday.

4. Merge your birthday with other celebrants in the house. Here's the cake to prove my point. :-)


If your husband's birthday is anywhere near your birthday, for example, you might as well spend it together. My birthday falls on the same day as his Aunt V, so it's quite practical to spend birthday with her since she's holding a party! :-) The only down side to this clever and crazy tip, though, is that we don't get to have our own guests. LOL!



In our case, we only had to order the cake and the rest of the food and drinks are on her. Haha! Isn't this a great money-saving tip? :-) Next time, though, I will have to remember not to bring husband and daughter along when I buy the cake so that we won't end up taking our birthday lunch together. :-)





5. Birthdays are also fun with a microphone and karaoke system at home. It should be fun singing a few high-pitched songs with just a couple of beers for the gentlemen and soda for the ladies. You also don't want kids to miss out on the celebration, so you can have fruit juice for them as well. Of course, you need to pass on the microphone to your kid so she can sing her favorite happy birthday song which will surely make your day even more special.


And we sure made our birthdays special without spending hugely! You can come back here on my next birthday (which happens to be the Veterans' Day, by the way) if you want to learn more frugal ways of celebrating birthdays with loved ones. :-)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

remembering important dates in our lives

There are two things to celebrate for this month of October - our wedding anniversary and my husband's birthday. FYI, and as usual, we are going to celebrate them our own way (the frugal way, that is. LOL). You know, I'm always excited about the anniversary of important dates in our lives even though my excitement doesn't mean we are going to celebrate them in a major kind of way. Somehow, it just feels great to remember what it was like on our actual wedding day. When that day comes, we will have officially reached the three year milestone in marriage.  Yes, up until now, we still smile when we look at our wedding photos. Ah, priceless! Three days after our wedding day, it's going to be hubby's birthday - truly an October to remember. If you want to know how we celebrated this month last year, check out this short video that hubby made for us.



Then comes November. Oh, let's not talk about my birthday. Okay, we can talk about it. It's funny because I would remember some of my office friends celebrate it in an unusual kind of way. Everytime my birthday comes nearer they would tell me that the November calendar doesn't have my birthday on it. Then I would be quick to tell them that it's good that the calendar doesn't have my birthday on it because I'm not planning on a birthday spree. Well, anyway, I don't usually let my wallet bleed when my birthday comes.

November, by the way, is a good time to shop for Christmas cards. In fact, as early as now, it's even a good time to buy them at a cheaper price. If you ask me, it feels different to receive a real Christmas card. No, not the electronic one. Somehow, you know you are special when the mailman arrives and he hands in your Christmas cards from significant people in your lives. This is why, if you're planning to send one for me and my family, you know you are going to make us smile. :-)

What about you, guys? Would you like to receive Christmas cards? Send me your thoughts.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

the second first birthday celebration



Last weekend, as I mentioned earlier, we were at our in-laws to celebrate Easter Sunday with them. Among other occasions to celebrate (hubby's two cousins graduated from the Nursing course), they also held a little celebration for Dipdip's first birthday. So, literally, it was dipdip's second first birthday celebration. I don't have pictures to show yet since we have already returned Papa's handycam and we weren't able to download the pictures and videos prior to leaving the gadget to the rightful owner. I was able to take a shot of the balloons from my own injured camera though before it automatically shut off because I forgot to charge the batteries.

Hopefully, I will update this post with pictures of Dipdip with her cousins wearing party hats. Hmmm, looks like everybody's spoiling my princess... Thanks to all the sponsors! :-)

By the way, I'm no longer expecting a third first birthday celebration but.... who knows? hahaha

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

dipdip's first birthday celebration

I promised to write about Dipdip's first birthday celebration, so here it goes..

Dipdip's first birthday celebration was a "simple celebration" like we wanted it to be. It was in fact a belated birthday celebration because it had to be celebrated the day after her birthday. Her birthday fell on a Friday and so we thought it would be convenient for the attendees to celebrate it on a Saturday. The nanny and I took Dipdip to church on her birthday, though, to thank God for giving Dipdip good health. On the other hand, her father was sick for 3 days. He had fever which was secondary to tonsilitis - thanks to her sister's chocolates hehe (I'll write about my sister-in-law and her hubby who arrived from Norway in my future posts). Thankfully, hubby was out of bed on Saturday.

The birthday celebration turned out well. This may well be just a first first birthday celebration since my in-laws will also be celebrating Dipdip's first birthday with them along with other special occasions within the family to celebrate. So, for the record, there's a second first birthday celebration in the works - this time, it will be courtesy of my in-laws.

Yes, technically, my in-laws weren't there during the birthday celebration but they really helped us out with the celebration because they had to lend us some utensils that we could use for that occasion. Also, it was Stephen's uncle, who is now starting to do a little food catering business as his sideline job, who cooked the food for us. My side of the family really loved the foods that uncle prepared for them. Hubby's sister also sponsored for the drinks.


Sadly, I didn't have quite a few good pictures to show because they weren't the best of quality. Hubby borrowed the Sony handycam from his father which was a present Papa got from his son-in-law from Norway. Unfortunately, Stephen didn't quite know yet how to handle the little gadget.So, anyway here are the pictures. If you notice any clear shots, they're not from the handycam. It's from my injured Canon camera. :-). Thank you, Canon.

Dipdip was lucky two have two birthday cakes - one from her Tita Freda (my first cousin) and one from Tita Cat, Tito J, and Rome!


Both cakes tasted great. The first one was baked from the heart; the other one was bought from Goldilocks but it was given from the heart as well. :-)

Here's a picture of Dipdip's birthday dress that her Tita Jenn gave her.

In this picture, she was held by my sister's bf. He made Dipdip a birthday poster drawn from his heart.

Nice piece of artwork, right? :-)

Here's another picture with the red dress; this time, she's with her Tita Helen.


She gave Dipdip a nice two-piece swimwear. I think it won't fit her just yet. Sorry if I have to crop the picture right there. You would not like to see a beautifully contoured body of her own mom, right? LOL

Overall, it was a wonderful celebration with dad and a few of our relatives and friends. We are also looking forward to celebrate with my in-laws in Talisay as well.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Valentine's Dinner at Max’s

Like I mentioned in my previous post, it’s been a rainy day in Cebu. Not good for celebrating Valentine’s Day elsewhere. We thought we should be staying in the house but we realized we needed to buy my pre-natal vitamins and to pay our electric bill. So we had no choice but to get out of our cage and take care of these itineraries. After taking care of these things, we simply decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day by having a dinner date at Max’s restaurant. This is our favorite restaurant, by the way.


I think I have eaten too much again. Guilty as charged. LOL. I even enjoyed drinking a glass of iced tea but I don’t think it will do any harm to my princess inside my womb. Please, it’s just a glass of iced tea hehehe. It was a Happy Valentine’s Day for the three of us. Happy Valentine’s Day to all my friends!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

is it the thought that counts? or the tears that fell?

what else is new? i cried again today. i don't know if i can always blame it to hormones and pregnancy stuff but i've been emotionally unstable lately. my emotions are sometimes uncontrollable. when we got home from work, there was one birthday card waiting for him, with a free fastfood meal ticket as a birthday treat. it's from the telecommunications company. call it pathetic but i really felt so bad that i broke into tears because i didn't get anything for my husband's birthday, not even a simple birthday card, like the one he just received.

i've been meaning to get him something for his birthday but since we always go out and go to work together, i didn't have the chance to sneak around and play the thoughtful wife. i had my chance yesterday morning when we had to file for a leave. we had to go separate directions to save some time--he went out to renew his driver's license while i had to visit my ob gyne for my vitamins. unfortunately, ob gyne didn't show up on time, so i wasted the rest of my time waiting for dra. prima donna (you'll have to excuse me for this name-calling) to arrive. and then after that, it was already time to head back to the office.

anyhow, i guess it's the thought that counts. and the tears that fell. husband knows wife loves him so much. i am dedicating this space to my better half, stephen. here are words for your birthday....

my life partner
my best friend
my soulmate
my husband
thank you
for being the man
i can always lean upon
thank you
for loving me
and letting me be
who i am
thank you for the many ways
you've shown your love and respect
thank you for being honest with me
even from the very start
thank you for the ears that always listen
thank you for the hands that never let me slip
thank you for your heart that cares
thank you for this baby in my womb
i love you...
everything about you...
happy birthday, pangga!

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