By Jane Kingsu-Cheng
“I planned the party months ago without Robin (Mariel’s husband) knowing. Everything was already set when I told him. I said ‘I have something to tell you. Isabella has been such a good girl for allowing me to work and all. She deserves a party and I am gifting her with one.’ All he could say was ‘Oo nga, good girl siya,’” Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla fondly remembers.
The birthday girl
Born on November 14, 2016, Maria Isabella de Padilla was named after Maria de Padilla and Isabella, the Queen of Spain. Her parents, especially Mariel, went through a lot to have the happy family that they have now. Mariel suffered two miscarriages, and no words can explain the sadness that consumed her then.
One can imagine the trauma of trying to conceive again, but this strong woman didn’t give up. And for the third time, she got pregnant with Isabella who turned two recently. “Isabella enjoys attending parties. But, really, because she has been such a good girl. And I am so proud of her development, so I said she deserves a party! Also, because I lost a lot of weight now (compared to the first birthday party), I wanted to redeem myself in the pictures.” explains Mariel candidly.
Isabella received a Minnie Mouse toy from her ninang last Christmas, and that was the start of her fondness for the Disney character. This gave Mariel the idea for “Minnie Mouse in Disneyland” party theme. Of course, she asked her sister, Kaye Garcia, to dress up the venue with a Minnie topiary. “I love that she really gave everyone the Disneyland experience through the styling of the venue!”
Mariel made sure the birthday girl had a fun party. “Isabella enjoyed the bubble show by Madison Events, she was laughing at our magician Lou Hilario. She loved the LED lights show by Alab Poi Dancers. The mega slide and the mobile play gym was a big hit! She also played at the Nest Play Pad. We have photos of her just sitting on my lap laughing.” Priceless moments, indeed!
As for the adult guests, they also went home with happy tummies. “They all loved the 14 food carts. They were entertained by Madison Events, Lou Hilario and Alab Poi dancers. After the party, I received text messages saying that they loved the food and the souvenir giveaways. Super happy!” Special guests who made the celebration even more special are Robin’s mom, Mama Eva, and Mariel’s uncle Dr. Eric Tamesis. “We lived with them in Delaware when I gave birth to Isabella. We were so happy that they were able to come,” shares Mariel.
Wish for their little girl
“Isabella is sweet, intelligent, witty, and funny. She has a strong personality. She is everything I prayed for and more! My wish for Isabella is for her to continue being the loving sweet baby girl that I know. May her hunger for learning and exploring continue to flourish.” We also asked Mariel how life has been with Isabella around, “It has been my best role ever! It is my honor to be called her mom.”
Mariel’s party-planning tips:
- At parties, you need to make sure the kids are entertained. Aside from the program, there should be activities they can do like the Nest Play Pad, smart play (they have kinetic sand and mega blocks so the kids can use their creativity), crafts and party bucket (where they can paint and decorate cookies, plus much more). Of course, you should get Adas Wonderland Party Needs for your inflatables and play gym! The kids love that!
- I also suggest getting a good coordinator like Party Starters, because it is really time consuming when you plan a party so it helps that someone else will help you get everything together.