Thursday, August 14, 2014

Little One Valenzuela’s Birthday: Party Venue and Guest Invitations

Birthdays are very special. It is the time when you, usually together with a group of relatives and friends, reminisce and celebrate the day you were born.  One Valenzuela and her family would usually have a good time and eat out on such affairs, always opting for a simple celebration. And, uhm, they were not fond of big parties.

This particular occasion broke their usual mantra. To celebrate Little One Valenzuela’s birthday, they decided to make it extra special. Hello, children’s party! (Woooh, pressure!)

One Valenzuela tried her best to contact and coordinate with birthday suppliers within the city though she still had to source some stuff from neighboring places and, yeah, Davao too!. In this particular post and the next write ups to follow, she will be discussing their experience in putting together this not-so-little event for Little One Valenzuela.

Party Venue at Max’s Restaurant Puregold Valenzuela
Max's Restaurant Puregold Valenzuela Branch
One Valenzuela’s hubby said that you can never go wrong with Max’s. True enough, their family has eaten at their branch in SM Valenzuela for quite a number of times and has since been satisfied with whatever they order. They initially chose the branch in the mall but after inquiring, they learned that Max’s SM Valenzuela do not have a big space to cater for parties. The staff suggested that they try out the branch which has recently re-opened at Puregold Valenzuela.
Each table can seat up to ten adults. 
One Valenzuela adding a pail of fortune cookies from Ms. Fortune Cookie to go along with the table set up of Max's.
Max’s Restaurant in Puregold Valenzuela has Maximo Hall, a function room that can accommodate up to 100 people. They have various packages available for baptismal, wedding, and birthday parties. The family chose Max's Princess Palace birthday party to fit the Little Mermaid theme that Little One Valenzuela requested. Amenities include free use of the function room for two hours, birthday theme cake, party loot bags, invites, name tags, party hats, game prizes, mascot appearance (not available in this branch), and party host.
Max's cake
Party hats fit for the princes and princesses in the party.
For the food, they opted for Menu 2 which included the following: Nachos with Bangus Spread, Soup of the Day, Pancit Canton, Halabos na Hipon, Beef Caldereta, Bagnet with Poqui-poqui, Open Fresh Lumpia, Max's Regular Fried Chicken, Buko Pandan, Rice, and Drinks. For the kids, they chose Set B which included a piece of chicken, spaghetti, juice, and ice cream (click link for Max's Official Website. You may also download their birthday party brochure from the site).
Sarap to the Max! Food waiting to be served.
Hello, kids! Enjoy the food. :)
The food was good and overflowing! The guests even got to take home some of the leftovers (One Valenzuela agrees with Anabelle Rama that food should not be wasted!). Everyone went home with happy tummies.  Special mention goes to Sara who served as the host of the party for being accommodating, staying cool under pressure, and being very easy to talk with.
Ms. Sara of Max's
Max's pink loot bags
The birthday package could have been perfect if Max's Restaurant Puregold Valenzuela only had the mascot which was said to be included in the amenities (Sara promptly informed us while still in the process of inquiring that they do not have a mascot. Hubby later on asked One Valenzuela to look for a mascot for the party.) and if the design of the delivered cookies  was correct (Got baptismal designed cookies at the end of the party which did not jive with the theme. Still, the cookies were really yummy!). Amidst those minor areas for improvement, hubby said that Max’s Puregold Valenzuela has delivered what he was primarily aiming for. That is, to make the guests happy and busog (full) to the Max.

Max’s Restaurant Puregold Valenzuela
Contact Number: (02)287-6600
Address: G/F Puregold Arcade, Mc Arthur Highway, Brgy. Dalandanan, Valenzuela City

Message in a Bottle Invitation
Although Max’s already had thirty invitation cards included in the package, One Valenzuela still made that extra effort to make Message in a Bottle invitations to go with the Little Mermaid theme. This is a DIY project that One Valenzuela made herself together with some help from good friends (Thank you, Sir D and Kaloy!). Some of the materials used in the invitation such as the bottles and shells were from Divisoria while the paper twine, sticker paper, and cardboard came from South Supermarket Valenzuela. She bought some sand too for that extra oomph.The “Under the Sea” related images for the invitation came from the web.  Judging from how some invited guests described it, One Valenzuela guesses that the end product was quite decent.
Under the Sea inspired invitation
Wait for One Valenzuela's next posts!

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Where did you celebrate your kid's birthday this year, fellow Valenzuelano?
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