Turning 18 years old is a big deal in the Philippines. We call it a debut, and is usually a grand celebration, similar to a quinceanera.
Parents would rent a restaurant or some other nice venue. The celebrant would be wearing a gown, there would be a cotillion dance, 18 roses dance, the 18 candles, and everything is so formal and elegant.
You know how little girls dream of being a princess? Well, this is kind of like being a princess for a day.
And all that is wonderful.
IF you can afford it.
And since we fall into the category of "parents that can't afford it," I had to be a little creative to make my daughter's birthday a little special.
Instead of renting a fancy venue, we celebrated it in our humble home.
Instead of ordering an expensive tiered cake, I gathered my baking supplies and made her a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, and poured some ganache on top of it.
Instead of buying party decorations, I put my cutting machine to work and made paper flowers for the wall and also for the table. (If you don't have a cutting machine, you can also use scissors just like they did here.)
Was her party grand?
But it didn't make it any less special though. (^_^)
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