May 09, 2012

Around the Atlas: Philippines

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids

This “Around the Atlas” came to us from Michelle at Sami & Bella in the Philippines. Michelle styled this party for a little girl’s first birthday party and used indigenous Filipino materials to create a vintage cultural Filipino theme. Instead of a dessert table, a dessert bahay kubo was created out of bamboo to house the desserts which was also represented in the fabulous cake created by Goldilocks. Sweet treats included local sweets like homemade biko (native sweet rice cakes with caramel latik topping), leche flan (Filipino caramel custard), and palitaw (sweet flat rice cakes served with sesame seeds and sugar). Even the cupcakes by Yummy Piece of Cake had local flavors like calamansi (Philippine lemon), turon (banana and langka cake with dulce de leche buttercream), and choconut (chocolate chiffon cake with native peanut chocolate buttercream). The party venue was brightened up with banderitas in red and white and capiz lanterns filled with local white daisies and red alstroemerias. To complete the theme, a local sorbetero served ice cream to the guests. Great job!

Photography by Paul del Rosario, Mike Amoroso & Jwyn Baculinao




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  • The baby money is so cute!

  • Mabuhay Pilipinas! Being a Filipino myself, I could definitely appreciate this display. Love the bahay kubo and the flavors for the cupcake, why did I never think of that. I need to learn more about my roots!

  • WOW!! This is Beautiful!! 🙂 I’m from the Philippines but grew up here in the U.S. It’s wonderful to see such great post from my Home land ~ Philippines. This is absolutely amazing. I love the unique “indigenous Filipino materials used to create a vintage cultural Filipino theme.” 🙂 Great work, Michelle & congratulations!

    • Michelle

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Mahal

    This is awesome and it coming from my native country makes it 2x awesome. I LOVE IT!! Baby Money…what a cute idea!

  • This is awesome!!!! I love all of the natural elements and all of the details! I miss yummy Filipino desserts! 🙂 Beautiful job!

  • Cheryl

    So cute! Love all the details!

    Where did you get the mini bahay kubo?

  • Judith

    Thank you Michelle for sharing this 🙂 I was searching for some ideas on Filipino themed birthday party for my daughter Isabella and your post is so perfect, isn’t it… Isabella 🙂 Hope I could do some of the ideas, it would be difficult to source here in California those beautiful Filipino crafts that you used. Thanks again for the lovely pictures and great ideas!

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  • Denice Mendoza

    Hi there! Great blog! I just wanted to ask about the customized play money and where it was made? Planning to play around something similar for a project I’m working on 🙂 This is very interesting 🙂 Please email me at [email protected]. Hope to hear from you. 🙂