A Unicorn’s Tale

“Be a unicorn in a field of horses.”

In today’s world of unicorns and mermaids, it was bound to happen.

Yep. This mama caved and threw a unicorn-themed first birthday party for my little one. Admittedly, I wasn’t able to achieve my Pinterest goals but we were with family and I think we spent less than $500 for everything.

I’m not gonna be giving any advices, however, on how to throw a party for that price because it’s honestly not applicable for my mamas here in the US. I will just be sharing the event itself.

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“Families are like tree branches. We grow in different directions yet our roots remain the same.”

And that is why we traveled for approximately more than 30 hours just to celebrate my little girl’s birthday in the Philippines. So we drove from Las Vegas to Los Angeles for 4-5 hours since our flight is from LAX thru Singapore Airlines. Then from LA to Korea, it took 13 hours and a layover of 1 hour. The flight to Korea to Singapore took another grueling 7 hours and a layover of 5 hours. Seriously, I just wish passengers with layovers don’t have to disembark anymore. But yeah of course I understand why they have to do that. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s very tiresome for those who have children. Finally, Singapore to the Philippines (specifically Davao, which is in the south part) took 3 hours. Hurrah! We’ve landed safe and sound with 6 luggages, 1 carry-on, and a car seat. Welcome back to the Philippines.

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So. Enough about that long trip. Let’s go back to talking about unicorns and rainbows. In preparation for this big day, this mama had to plan a lot. Which means Pinterest for hours just looking for ideas. I was able to have the cake made for $20 (yes it’s that inexpensive there). And most of the decorations are from Party City which we brought. We mostly bought pastel colored lanterns, banners, fans, balloons, etc. Basically it’s pastel pink, purple, and throw in a dash of sky blue and mint green. Voila! A pastel unicorn party!

And while I was still in the US, I had to prepare invitations for guests. Which isn’t really that hard these days due to social media. So hello Facebook! Made an events page for her and invited my friends from home.

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Fast forward to the day of the party (where it has only been a day since we arrived in the PH so we’re still pretty jet lagged). Here are some photos from the event.






Yes she loves to eat. It was a great day celebrating with family and friends. They love little Aria so much. Seriously, every time her grandparents are around, I don’t even have to carry her. She’s just so loved and a little spoiled.

For a mom, this is also a learning experience for future birthday parties (because you just know there’s still 17 more years of this).

“You never forget your first.”

Birthday that is. We’re just blessed to have family that loves us enough to want us to travel more than 10,000 miles just to celebrate our little one’s special day. Never forget your roots. They’re the ones who helped you grow into what you are now.

Much love

-Mina 💕



Whose birthday exactly is it anyway?? 😅

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