A Royal Themed Party – How to Plan a Big Event

A Pram-ising Plan

My three year old daughter was born a day before  the royal wedding of  William and Kate.  Born almost eight years after her brother,  our precious R endeared herself to us the moment we set eyes on her.   My bestfriend A  (who had planned many parties with me) immediately thought of a Royal Themed Party for her baptismal reception.  We screamed with  glee and that was that!

In my earlier blog entry  http://thebusyqueenp.com/diy-party-how-to-plan-a-successful-kiddie-party/  ,  I gave you tips on how to plan a small kiddie party.   All the things I enumerated there also applies in planning for a big event.  The big difference is preparations should be at least three months in advance and hiring a party planner/events organizer is a must.  I have worked with four organizers in the past and  I have stuck with one person that is as obsessive compulsive as I am and more importantly, who has the same taste level as I do.  Decorating a hotel ballroom is no mean feat and you better make sure to hire somebody who can deliver.

 

Like No Other

Copying from another person’s party is not for me.  I spend hours and hours looking for inspiration from the web and magazines and then collaborate with my party planner on how to execute my ideas.

 

Royal invitation

It’s very important to decide on the look of your invitation. In my past parties, the invite serves as the springboard for the venue decor. Of course, before you have it printed you would have already booked the party place and in case of a baptism (like ours), the church.

English Pram Centerpiece

How absoultely adorable is this English Pram centerpiece? Done in lilac with silver trimmings and silver rivets, it served as the perfect table decoration. You can see the cake stage  (background) also echoes the Royal English Pram motif.

 

 

A Tall Order

Ballrooms have high ceilings and your decor will have a greater impact if the (royal) trappings are from floor to ceiling.

Ballroom Decor

A ballroom transformed. We used lilac, silver and pops of butterball yellow to decorate the ceiings. Different sized balloons were hung in clusters along with lilac elephant mylar balloons.  On the side, you can see the stage with the instruments of the band that I hired for the event.

 

The Royal Banquet

Dessert Table

Pinoy time hasn’t changed — guests always come late. A table filled with light treats should keep the earlybirds busy before the party starts.

Details

It’s all in the details! Gourmet popcorn were put inside lilac paper cones!

 

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Arleen Agustin (Sweet Art by Arleen) made this exquisite pram cake and cupcake tower for the event. She understands how OC I am and even baked prototypes of the cupcakes for my approval.

Crown cupcakes

What’s a princess party without crown cupcakes?  Arleen airbrushed the cupcakes to make it come alive and added edible silver beads to the crown  to simulate jewels. Perfect!

 

Grand buffet

Aside from the buffet table, Makati Shangrila provided us wih OPEN stations for pasta, lechon and roast beef.

 

 

An Affair  To Remember

My boys sang Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” to get the party started! Getting your family involved always makes the event fun and meaningful.

 

Guests

All our friends were there to support us. The ladies came in fascinators and tiaras too!

 

Crystal rosaries

Beautiful crystal rosaries were made by R’s godmother Stephanie Catedral (MIA CASA) and were given out as souvenirs to the guests.

 

In these trying times, some may raise their eyebrows at the perceived  display of ostentatiousness.  I will make no excuse or explanation for this very joyous occasion in our lives.  My three month preparation, endless meetings with suppliers and the hours spent by my boys practicing for their number was all worth it!  We are so blessed to have  a wonderful addition to our family and we wish you our kind of happiness.

Until my next post!

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16 replies
  1. Anechua says:

    I love this post from end to end. Very interesting and so elegant. I love design of your invitation, the crystal rosaries as souvenirs. Yummy cupcakes! It’s so perfect! Thank you for another great feature BQP.

    Reply
  2. Anechua says:

    I love this post from end to end. Very interesting and so elegant. I love the design of your invitation, the crystal rosaries as souvenirs. Yummy cupcakes! It’s so perfect! Thank You for another great feature BQP!.

    Reply

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