Ahoy, It’s a Boy!

Here’s another DIY dessert table that I did for Ice’s shower, Marco couldn’t come with me today since he was studying so I had to drive an hour away with Cassie. It’s a good thing she slept most of the time during set-up or else setting up would’ve been totally impossible.

Thanks mane for trusting me with this and allowing me to indulge in this current obsession of mine, hahaha. Thanks also for going out of your way to get the props for the shower. I think it went pretty well considering that we had a time limit to set up and take things down. Sorry we missed out on the candies for the giveaways. Anyway we can’t wait to see baby Jake!!!


I actually came up with 5 nautical invitations for the baby shower but Ice ended up liking this one the most.


DIY food labels for the baby shower’s menu.


We missed out on the candies…o well. Sorry mane.


Even the chocolates were picked, they had to be just red and blue.


All nautical—from the cake, cupcake toppers, cookies and french macarons.


The diaper cake table


Tita Jasna’s DIY nautical themed diaper cakes.


The blooming mommy-to-be posing with Jasna’s diaper cake.


Posing with Tita Jasna’s DIY diaper cakes…wish you could be here.


Cassie and Olivia, baby Jake’s future play mates.



The entries for the baby clay molding contest, Tita Roxi making sure her entry makes it to the Top 3.


The winners of the clay molding contest, Roxi won first place.


Sailboat centerpiece for the tables with Roxi’s winning “piece” haha.



The lovely couple opening their gifts after the baby shower festivities. 😀


Had fun with this little one taking pictures with the wonderful nautical props.


Cassie, my little sailor girl.


The whole crew…all out support for the new addition to this family. We can’t wait to meet you baby Jake!



Cassie’s Baptism


Cassie’s Baptismal Invitation


Since most of Cassie’s Godparents are from outside the US, we had to look for other ways to ask them and this is what we resorted to


Cassie fitting the baptismal wear (excuse the sleepy eyes) that has been passed down from generation to generation (in Marco’s side). Marco’s abuelito even wore this during his own baptism. I know I have a thing for the old and the vintage but this gown takes the cake.

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Cassie right before the baptism


Father Joy presiding the baptismal rites


Our little girl didn’t even cry


With Ninong and Ninangs that were present


Our Big Family after the baptism


Our little family—Welcome to the Christian World, Cascas.


My DIY Dessert Table for Cassie’s Baptism


Thanks Sandils for the lighting and the balloon arrangements!

Thanks Ninang Pauline and


Hands down to Rico for the best macarons in town and Tita Jemima for Cassie’s cake.


My DIY Cassie’s “wall of fame”. Haha.



A picture with Cassie and Daddy later that day. Notice the macarons and cake pops are already gone.

Marco and I wanted Cassie baptized when his family came to visit Houston, we even attended the pre-Jordan class right before I gave birth, but Cassie was only a few weeks old when they visited so we decided to schedule it for a later date. We wanted it done before the end of the year but our parish, St. Angela Merici, advised us that the schedule was a bit hectic due to the holidays so the soonest they could schedule us would be after the new year. We went with January 3rd instead and I’m glad we did because it gave us time to prepare.

We didn’t really have a theme for her reception at home but then when I started gathering whatever we had to decorate the house, a little bit of “vintage” would pop up every now and then so I decided to work with what I had and it turned out better than I expected.  Thank you so much to all of our neighbors and family friends who made this possible and of course mom and pop (grandmy and grandy) for going all out and allowing us to have Cassie’s reception at home.

There’s a lot pf people who love you Cas! Welcome to the Christian world our little girl.

~Mommy Rhea

A Milk and Cookies Baby Shower

I’ve always been fascinated with “Milk and Cookies” for a party theme, I mean who gets milk and cookies at a party unless its a pajama party, right? Now this theme is truly and wholly dedicated to that, its easy to execute and what’s not to love—-c’mon it’s milk and cookies we’re talking about.

The fascination became stronger when I came across this 6-pack set of milk bottles from 5 below, they were selling it for just $5. Hmmm..not bad at all.


A week after seeing those bottles at 5 below, I happened to be at a Target store and I always visit their dollar section at the entrance. They had a bunch of good finds especially for fall—burlap runners, burlap strings, halloween decorations, the usual socks, dollar treats and they had decorative steel buckets and steel milk canisters as well.


The milk canisters are similar to this photo and they were sold for only $3/each, at that time I knew I just had to get at least 2 of these canisters and I had to go back for those milk bottles at 5 below to keep for a future “Milk and Cookies” party I’d be throwing for Cassie if not for a baby shower with my friends. Marco and I finally had the time to pass by 5 below again I went in and was relieved to see a few more boxes of those milk bottles, I quickly grabbed 3, paid for it and was surprised when the cashier told me that I only had to pay close to $8 for all 3 boxes. Noticeably with a puzzled look on my face, he was nice enough to inform me that the milk bottles were actually on sale and were half off, he even grabbed 4 boxes for himself just the other day. I quickly thanked him and slowly walked towards the parking lot where Marco was waiting for me. I told him him about the sale and asked him if I should get more, he agreed and so I did. Another 6-pack of milk bottles for $2.50, not bad…not bad at all. Looks like we’re really pushing through with that baby shower.

And since we received a $20 gift card for TJ Maxx, we found a cute winter onesie set for Cassie that was on sale and we ended up using the rest to buy 2 big vintage glass milk bottles for $3.99/each (as seen below) and a vintage glass cookie jar for the party.


Our last purchase for the dessert table was the most expensive one at $12, it was an oval galvanized vintage bucket for drinks we found at Hobby Lobby and we wouldn’t have even purchased it if it weren’t for the 40% coupon that I had so we ended up getting it for around $7


Thanks to the gift card Marco and I only ended up spending around $23 for the 4 boxes of milk bottles, 2 galvanized milk canisters and the vintage bucket.


Now I tend to go overboard with the printables, I like to see the variety of free printables the online world or “Google” has to offer. And if I see that they’re not up to par with what I’m looking for then I just make my own.


For the invitation I couldn’t find anything that was just simply black, white and red. Other than “milk and cookies” I wanted everything to be in those three colors; it’s plain, basic and simple. So I turned to ever reliable Microsoft Word (I’m pretty sure there’s an easier program out there and a better one at making simple invitations but MS Word works for me), googled “cow borders” and this one came up, I got it from Cliparthut.com . It had a watermark in the middle and soI worked around it by putting a big thick black border in the middle,I could’ve edited it out but it worked anyway. Next I googled “milk and cookies” illustration and found this one, credits go to Jomar Aplaon who made the illustration and who happens to be from the Philippines too. Then I pretty much just filled up the entire thing with the details of the party.

And since we decided on Tuesday to push through with this thing even if I’ve been feeling extra and heavy and sluggish the past few days, we sent the invitation through text, Viber and Facebook of course.


I also ended up making a cover photo for the event on Facebook. I just googled “Got Milk Logo” and pretty much added the “…and cookies?” part.


The template for the game word scramble I recycled from the baby shower in the Philippines. I just changed the color of the border line from pink to red and changed the actual borders from chevron to cow spots.


I made “Onesie Wishes” for the tea party baby shower in Manila and decided that this time it would be ice to have the titas and titos write wishes for Cassie on milk canister cut-outs.


Thanks to Simplybovine.com for this free cow spots banner printable. I actually found it a few minutes before the start of the party when I realized that the other table looked bare. There was no time to put these cut-outs on a string so I taped them directly to the white disposable table cover.


And since the prizes that were wrapped in clear plastic bags, tied around with white curling ribbons looked bare as well, I looked for printables that I could attach to it just to give it more character and found these cute chocolate chip cookies  by Glitterlambs.com .


The “thank you” tags were made with MS Word as well. I looked for blank tag outlines and pretty much embedded the Milk and Cookies illustration right in the middle and placed the following text as seen.





Pre-party set up.

Note how the cake isn’t on the dessert table and the 2 vintage milk bottles are missing as well. Marco and I waited for the guests to come before putting those out.


The plastic jars were recycled, they were actually containers of the lychee coco jelly we get from the Asian store. I like how their covers are red but they were too big for us to fill-up so I ended up combing two kinds of cookies in one big jar. The other clear plastic containers were recycled from other parties, you can just get them from Dollar Tree or any dollar store and it’s intentionally plastic so when someone accidentally knocks it over, we won’t have to deal with any shattered glass problems. To provide levels on the dessert table, I wrapped old shoe boxes and made sure they were sturdy enough to hold whatever is on top of it.




Cocktail Punch—mixed fruit punch, orange juice, ginger ale and a few slices of lemon. Voila!


Didn’t get to take photos of the food but we had Cocktail Meatball in cranberry and barbecue sauce, Cocktail Smokies in grape jelly and barbecue sauce, Potato Salad, Domino’s Pizza and Marco’s family dip and chips for merienda. 


You did it sweetie, the dip was a hit.


The Dessert Table

This whole thing was literally a Marco and Rhea production, I love you Marc.


Not bad for a Target Cake. I’m actually impressed.


Cake slicing with this dork of mine.



Cassie will have a handful to read when she’s all grown up but she will feel loved.


Dirty Diaper Game—alright girls, keep sniffing


Tito Marco and Riley


The prizes—Krispy Kreme scented candles and Udderly Smooth Hand lotion.



Yes, the prizes were in theme


Riley’s matching mommy Jo now.


Ninong Paulo and Leia


Eat anything but Cassie sweetie..Haha


You’ll have crazy fun with Tita Roxi, Cassie…that’s for sure. Haha




Cassie’s Titas and Titos


Thanks Tita Jasna for this cute Diaper Cake! We love owls- Cassie


Okay we’ll admit it, we’ve never been so happy to see this much diapers and baby wipes.



Mason jars from Walmart filled with different flavors of cookie bites— Chips Ahoy, Oreo, Nutter Butter and Ritz Bits Cheese (technically biscuits but whatever). Take one for the road, hope you enjoyed guys and thanks for coming!

~Rhea and Marco

A Magical Woodlands Baby Shower

Originally made the invitation through e-vite.com but most of our guests still preferred good old invitations and since it was a little bit too late to have this printed out my mom ended up sending a text brigade regarding the baby shower with this invitation as an attachment of course, the things you can do with the magic of screen shot.

My sister Pauline originally came up with the theme “woodlands” for the baby shower but my mom wanted to incorporate these cute little Ann Geddes babies, I am always up for the challenge so I told my mom that we could still pull off the “woodlands” idea and I would find a way to make these babies pop-up during the event. I ended up searching Ann Geddes babies that were somewhat compatible with our theme (as shown above).

I printed out the selected photos and placed each one of them in wooden frames, its a good thing we had a bunch of them just lying around the house. We used them as part of our centerpieces and placed them on top of the tree stumps along with a small vase of flowers or random cream colored candles.

Thanks to Tito Raymond Ramos for coming up with the wood stumps, he ended up giving us around 10-12 pieces of 4-6 inch wide wood stumps for our centerpieces and went through all the trouble of finding someone who could cut those logs into thinner, smaller pieces for the shower.

This tree branch was one of our inspirations for the wishes but as usual with us Ramas(es), no matter how hard we prepare, things always end up getting accomplished so last minute. I’m just thankful that at the end of the day we end up pulling it off.

I made these wishes on MS Word and googled illustrations of woodland creatures, these particular ones that I ended up using for the card I got from etsy. I printed them out on cream colored card stock.

Thanks again to Tita Mimi and Tito Raymond Ramos for this dead branch that we ended up using for the shower, sabi na may gamit pa eh, haha. We didn’t have the time to decorate it with hanging  woodland creatures nor did we have the time to use strings to attach the wishes cards for the baby but I’m glad I bought those cute wooden owl laundry pins from 168 when I was in the Philippines, it came in handy.

Loved how our dessert table turned out.

Shout out to Tita Mymar Farinas for this woodlands baby shower cake—not only was it beautifully in theme it also came in homemade mocha flavor, my FAVORITE!!!! (hopefully it’ll be Cassie’s favorite too)

Owl Cupcakes from Target

Pecan Tarts from Target as well

Mini size nutter butter + hershey kisses = My DIY chocolate nutter butter acorns.

Rico’s macarons were a hit. Still can’t believe these were home made. What can you not do? 😀

Potluck food from my titas—literally this shower would have not been possible without you (and the rest of the guests would be starving too, haha)

Even the paper plates were in theme. The utensils were brown wrapped around maroon red napkins with the remaining jute twine from the give aways and floral crowns

Wearing one of my handmade floral crowns that we were handing out during the baby shower, too bad I wasn’t able to come up with a lot. I actually bought the first 2 dozen floral crowns from 168 for 3/ P100, I didn’t think the guests would make it to a little bit over 40. I think I only made 10 more to add so clearly there weren’t enough…sorry titas.

Let the games begin….

How awesome is this, I ended up with a table solely for diaper cakes. Aren’t they the cutest?

My titas who came for the baby shower 😀

The cake was too nice that we almost forgot to cut it, haha. I think we just wanted to keep the entire thing for ourselves. It did come in my favorite flavor.

Thanks Kylee for these printable woodland themed tags!

Ended up using them for my baby shower favors with a handwritten “Thank you” on it. Oh Lord, forgive the handwriting…its literally been years since I last wrote anything in cursive.

Just bought 4 packs of those mini mason jam jars from Walmart and filled them up with trail mix, then we tied the tags with jute twine that we bought from Hobby Lobby. 🙂

Family photo at home before opening Cassie’s gifts (we’re missing Paulo and Pauline)


Here’s a closer look at the diaper cakes!!!

Owl and Butterfly diaper cakes both from Tita Robyn Capistrano

Baby diaper cake from Ate Jen Hufstedler

Motor diaper cake from Tita Margie Patino

Vintage Burlap diaper cake from the Estigoys and the Veras

Woodlands Themed Diaper Cake from Tita Ruby Alcala

They even matched the woodland stuffed toys my mom got for Cassie

Daddy setting aside Cassie’s stuff the day after the shower.

Thanks again titas for spoiling Cassie immensely, and to think she’s not even out yet.


Black, White and Pink—We’re Having a Baby Girl!

My LaVista family decided to throw me a “simple” baby shower/ despedida party for me and Marco before leaving for the US; they opted to do it at home with close family and friends. On the morning of the baby shower the winds were blowing our tents like crazy and the rain wouldn’t stop pouring. Since everything was pretty much DIY except for the food (we had it catered) we had trouble doing the set up, we were scared that the winds might tip over Mita Wee’s crystal stands for the candies and might just blow away Mita Bo’s tea cup collection but I swear as soon as the baby shower started the weather turned out for the best. We didn’t expect the food to be more than enough too so I’m sure that God was with us during this baby shower.

This was literally a “Ramas-girls production” and it was a complete success. To my lovely aunts, Mita Bo and Mita Wee, who planned this entire event, I really appreciate you doing this for me. Thanks to Dada Benj, Mita Bo (tea set up) and Mita Wee (prize table set up) for throwing the baby shower and for allowing me to take part in the execution. Ate Roma and Kuya JJ for helping us with the pink goodies for the goodies table (we had pink fondue and pink kropek that wasn’t food-dyed, mind you), Paolo and Brianna for helping us with balloons and putting up the decorations, Eunice for the cute baby girl yumminess, I mean cupcakes that handed out as giveaways and all the manangs and manongs at home for helping us with pretty much everything especially the set-up… Thank you for this labor of love!!!

Here are some photos from the Baby Shower:

DIY Invitations I made using free printables online, ended up with invitation #3

My DIY Baby Wishes Printable Onesie Cut Out. I made it specifically for this baby shower

The actual onesies cut out we had printed on cardboard

Got some cute baby shower laundry pins to hang the wishes for the baby and placed them in one of those lace cut out cans that were left overs from my wedding last year

(Laundry Pins: from 168; 3 for P100/ Lace Cut-out Cans: from Target; $1.00 per can)

Can’t wait until Cassie gets to read these

Foldable fans for the guests

Our DIY set-up for the wishes/ prize table

How dainty, tea anyone? #TWG

Yes—our “Spriki” is a girl!

Fascinators laid on the center for the guests

Merienda Cena set up at home

The first few guests our the baby shower

My DIY word scramble printable. It was pretty simple, Microsoft Word all the way

With JC, Jasper, Ate Princess and Janine

Pastries and Dessert for the sweet tooth

Cupcakes care of my cousin. They were gorgeous, thanks Eunice!

Strawberry Fondue

Baby Bottle Game

Diaper Game

The winner of the Create-your-own-bag Game

My pretty aunts—the Climaco girls

My younger Climaco cousins 🙂

Our Ruiz de Luzuriaga/ Mendezona Family

Our Odilao/ Bisnar/ Lim Family

Our Climaco/ Ramas/ Sullano/ Ros Family

The “old” UP crew 🙂

My cutie pie god son, Mateo

Have a cupcake, thanks for coming guys!