Monday, March 7, 2011

Dade's 1st birthday party (Dubai) supplier ratings

party, party!

We decided to give our little Dade another party in Dubai for our friends and relatives here, albeit low-key. It was a typical Mc Donald’s birthday party, but was made extra special because of people who love our little boy so much.

The party was sponsored by my Dad who wasn’t able to make it to Dade’s 1st birthday in Manila so we only spent a minimal amount that went for party favors and cake (and my blowdry, hahaha!). Everything went smoothly as planned, and we couldn’t ask for any better party for our little rascal.

So here goes our supplier ratings.  For all the Dubai readers of my blog, I hope this post helps in your kiddie party planning.

birthday notice

Venue & Food:  Mc Donald’s Jumeirah Beach Branch (the branch with the Drive-Thru, located right next to Commercial Bank of Dubai)
Dirham power:  Quite reasonable. You just have to pay AED 100 to reserve the date and time of the party, and pay the cost for all the food consumed towards the end of the party
Inclusions:  invitations, party hats, place mats, balloons, party host, mascot, Mc Donald’s prizes for games and lootbags
Rating: 5*** (highly recommended)

party hats
family photo with Hamburglar

What I liked about McDonald’s is the fact that it is super convenient. All we needed to do was show up and bring the cake and the birthday boy! Balloons were all over the place, and the banner, albeit generic, was put up already. What a breeze!

We ordered Big Tasty and McRoyale Meals for the adults and Kiddie Meals for the 
kids. Guests were made to choose which meal they like between the two. For dessert, we had apple pie and chocolate and caramel sundae. I made sure the meals were upsized so everyone would enjoy big fries and drinks.

party games with Joy

Our host, Joy, was lovely to work with. A few days before the event, we met up with her at the branch to discuss what we wanted to do with the party. I told her about the balloon burst and the pillars that we were to bring for additional decors. She was very accommodating, and she understood what I wanted. Come party day, she delivered properly, and I was so happy she didn’t sound like the other hosts in other fastfood parties I’ve been to here in Dubai. She spoke English well so that helped a lot with our other non-Filipino speaking friends.

The crew also had this orderly way of making sure the guests are tagged with the right meal they ordered. Everyone had a sticker on their clothing to get their correct meal. Joy also ensured the kids get the nicer give-aways for the kids – not just the usual “happy meal” prizes. I wish I was able to bring home one of those cute rulers but alas, the kids beat me to it.

Cake:  SugarBox


Tel No:  +971 6 566 0901
Dirham power:  AED 500 + AED 60 delivery fee
Rating:  5*** (so highly recommended)

adorable Sesame Street cake

It has always been a huge dilemma finding a decent cake here in Dubai. Thank goodness my friend and kumare, Mabe referred this quaint pastry shop in Al Qasba, Sharjah, which is just minutes away from our place. A week and a half before the party, we went there to place our order, give the picture of the cake design we want, hand over the Sesame Street toppers that my cousin S bought from the US, and choose the cake flavor. My only concern was that they didn’t ask us for any downpayment, and I had no receipt or invoice whatsoever of the order I placed.  So I had to call and send emails to the shop in order to have a proof that I did make an order. The last thing I want for my little boy’s party is a missing birthday cake!

On the day of the party, I received a call from the owner of the shop. Her Highness, a Sheikha from the Emirate of Sharjah, had called to assure me that the cake is all done and looked perfect, and advised me that it will be delivered to Mc Donald’s at the agreed time. Now that is customer service!

We picked out the red velvet flavor, and I am so glad we did! We served the cake
during the party, and everyone loved it!  It was luscious and not too sweet. The cream cheese filling was just right.

And because it was a hit, I ordered two more cakes from them for my friends' two boys' birthday party the next month. not only do they bake great-tasting cakes, but they also make cakes according to the design you want.

Photographers:  Dade’s Ninang Beth & Ninong Armil who are both photographers by profession
Dirham power:  free – labor of love

ratings:  5*** (super duper highly recommended)

with Ninang Beth

with Ninong Armil & his family

Dadelicious is super lucky to have photographer godparents! We didn’t have to hire photographers, which saved us a lot. Everything was done all for the love of their godson. My colleague even teased me that all we needed was a red carpet because there were so many flashes coming from all directions, haha! Most importantly, we cannot be happier with the photographs – all super nice! 

Videographer:  Studio K – owned by Dade’s Ninong Kelvin who is a “filmmaker” by profession
Dirham power:  free – labor of love
Rating:  5*** (super duper highly recommended)

party hall

Dade’s party was like a high-profile event because not only did he have two professional photographers clicking their cameras the entire time but it also had two videographers with one operating a jib crane filming the celebration. Dinaig ang wedding namin! (his party beat our wedding!) Big savings, as well because we didn’t have to shell out even a single dirham to pay for the video coverage. I’m sure you can tell how pleased we are of this :)
to see the video teaser, click here.

Balloon pillars:  my kumare, Hazel (please PM me for her contact number)

Email address:
Dirham power:  free – labor of love
Rating:  5*** (so highly recommended)

busy with her new passion -- balloon art

What can I say, I have good “wasta” (connection or network) in Dubai, haha! So for Dade’s party, I also had free balloon pillars by his cake and give-aways stand, and did not spend anything, too, as it came as a gift. Hazel & her hubby quickly made the pillars in time for the party, and I was super pleased that the colors perfectly matched the theme of the party. She even let me choose the mylar balloons for the toppers. Sweet!

Balloon burst:  Party Centre
Dirham power:  AED 60
Inclusions:  1 big transparent balloon with 17 small balloons, inclusive of decorated stick with prick to burst the balloon
Rating:  5 (highly recommended, based on my experience) 

happy colors
holding on to the balloon burst stick
Party Centre is the best place to go for of your balloon and party needs here in Dubai. But since my friend has already volunteered to create a pair of balloon pillars for Dade, we only needed to order the balloon burst for the party.

Prizes and give-aways: Diviland
Dirham power: really cheap – sorry, toxic to convert from Peso to Dirham
Rating: 5*** (so highly recommended)

prizes and giveaways all the way from Divi

We brought some of the stuff that were left from the party in Manila to Dubai to give them as give-aways & prizes for the party. Good thing we did because we saved a lot of money and headache from trying to source Sesame Street-themed stuff here. Even Dragon Mart, the Dubai version of Divisoria, does not carry any Sesame Street item at all.

Some of the stuff we brought here are the personalized bubbles with Sesame Street theme and Dade’s name, plush toys, wallets, coin purses, pencils, lunch bags, stickers, stationery set, soft balls and straw cups.

Cake toppers, lootbags, plates and table napkins: bought from Target in US
Dirham power: I’ve lost all the receipts, but I am very sure it’s cheaper than when bought from Party Centre.
Rating: 5***

cake table

I am so glad my cousin bought these stuff from the US. the cake toppers saved us a lot because I didn’t have to ask the cake maker to create 3D toppers that would’ve probably cost me an arm and a leg here. The plates, table napkins and lootbags matched one another so that was a plus for me. the plates were used to serve the cake so imagine my delight that we didn’t have to serve it in an ordinary paper plate.


So there you have it, my supplier ratings for Dade’s birthday party in Dubai. Hope this somehow helps my Dubai readers in case they want to throw a kiddie party for their little ones. Toodles everyone!


madammisismummy said...

you mean reyna ng dubai ang gumawa ng cake ni dade? ang taray!

Gracie said...

hi maqui,
haha! hindi naman sya queen. may royal blood lang kumbaga. she's from another Emirate which is next to Dubai. parang Abu Dhabi, ganun. she owns the shop & she loves to bake so ayan ang business nya. puro Pinoy ang staff mya kasi good cake makers & artistic ang mga Pinoy :)

Jane said...

yey! sabi ko na nga ba wait ko supplier ratings mo. Im planning kasi na sa McDo ung 2nd birthday ni Angelo dahil puro positive feedbacks ang host nila.
Super like ko ung cake..ang kyooottt!!

A-Life said...

Hi Sis!

Bella is coming to town and will be celebrating her 2nd birthday in Dubai. Thanks for the post. Ang cake ang aking dilemma dahil I have not found a good cake maker as yet, buti na lang I read your blog. May I borrow muna ako ng iba mong suppliers. Thanks! Your post is a big help!

remmysearching said...

Love the Blog about your son's birthday.... Reading through it made me smile. Your family is truly blessed.
I am in a similar position, trying to plan a "small" party for my son's 3rd birthday in December.
Could you be kind enough to share the information on who did the balloon stands and also where i can get Mickey mouse themed plates and decor?
Looking forward to your response.

Anonymous said...


i'm here in dubai too, and i'm preparing my son's first birthday in phils, i choose a car racing themed but can't find a car racing costume for my baby, just wanna ask if you know where to buy a themed party stuff here in dubai...
thank u for ur time,,hope to hear from u soon


Gracie said...

hi remmy,
please send an email to my friend, Hazel and she will be glad to send you a quote on the price of the balloon decors. you can try Party Centre and Daiso for Mickey Mouse themed plates and decor. goodluck and happy party preps!

Gracie said...

hi amie,
my friend bought the racing costume of her son online and had it shipped here. check Toys R Us, Babyshop, ELC and Party Centre for costumes. Party Centre may have your decor and supplies needs to match your racing theme :) goodluck!

Anonymous said...

hi..nice party..ask ko lang po how much po un party package sa mcdo? at ano mga themes available nila? tnx.


chriseena said...

Hello gracie,
You got a super nice blogger site :) and been browing for suppiers for my upcoming baby 1st bday next month and found your blog helpful and interesting! Borrow din ako ng nga suppliers mo ha, maybe for the balloons & video, oks lang ba?!
Thank you

Gracie said...

hi vhine,
please inquire at McDonalds 'cos i don't remember anymore. medyo matagal na eh & maybe they've changed their themes na.

Gracie said...

hi Chriseena,
go ahead, no problem :) happy party preps!

Anonymous said...

hi Gracie, did you blog about your baby's 1st birthday party Manila version? i just read the Dubai's and twas nice. :)

Gracie said...

hello anonymous,
yes, i did. it's here:

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Anonymous said...

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really a delightful blog....i jus googled across to check whtr mc donald wud suit my requirement for my daughter's 1st birthday and after goin tru ur blog....i knw now jus what i hav to do....thanks a lot !!!


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