Exactly two weeks ago, we had our safari-themed baby shower for Lucas and it was such a success that I wanted to post a review on the suppliers specifically the venue/restaurant and the party services that we hired to decorate the place. So here goes our experience with both…
The Restaurant: Contis Katipunan
Value for money: 4/5
We opted for Contis Katipunan among 2 other restaurants—Wheatberry and Dad’s—simply because it was the best choice in terms of location, availability, capacity, food and ambience. The only issue that I could think of is the parking space, which wasn’t so bad for us because we held it during off-peak hours when the resto wasn’t that full.
Well I heard lots of good reviews about Wheatberry where people rave about their “sulit” package that already includes a free cake, sounds system, and decors such as swags and balloons. However, I liked Contis’ menu selection, plus it has nicer and cozier interior. Dad’s was fullybooked that time and the closest available date was October 30 which fell on a long weekend, and we didn’t want to bother our friends who have vacation plans or leave for their respective provinces to celebrate Undas.
We booked the upper dining area which is good for 60 pax. I liked the fact that aside from the suggested menu package, I can customize so I chose to serve crab salad, chicken lollies, assorted mini sandwiches lasagna, garlic bread, assorted pastries, and bottomless soda, lemonade or iced tea. Total damage per head is Php450. First two hours is free, P1,500 will be incurred for every excess hour, and additional Php300 for use of electricity for 2 hours.
I cannot say that arranging with Contis was flawless because they had issues in their internal communication but I can say it was easy. Initially, I talked to Risa over the phone when I asked her to pencil book the date for me, then we exchanged emails moving forward. The only time I went to Contis prior to the shower was when my mom settled their required 50% down payment and the only time I called them was when I had the number of guests changed from 45 to 60.
The guests enjoyed the food and we heard lots of positive things especially about the crab salad, chicken lollies and lasagna. Some said the iced tea was too sweet, while others didn’t care. The area had enough space for games and for guests to move around comfortably. We ended up with around 45 pax and I guess it would’ve been a tight space had all 60 guests come.
Service-wise, they’re awesome! The waiters were very attentive to our needs. They even helped clean our mess each time a game ended. They were very patient and helpful even at the end of the party when we asked them to divide and sort all the leftovers for us. Because they don’t have service charge, we gave a thousand bucks as gratuity.
*based on our food selection
**restroom was wet 80% of the time making it slippery that my sister and mom had to accompany me every time I need to use it.
Decors: Sweettooth Party Needs
Value for money: 5/5
This is the third time I dealt with Ms. Tina of Sweettooth Party Needs and every time was a success. I didn’t want to splurge on balloons so I looked for a supplier who does simple and affordable balloon decorating. For balloonderitas, she charges only Php 15 a piece for plain and 20 for printed. Each centerpiece costs php 50 only. I ordered 50 plain, 25 animal prints, and 5 centerpieces to fill the place. Total damage was only 1,500. I gave them Php 300 tip for such great service (as always) and for helping us hang the lanterns that I brought (which they’ve been informed about and agreed to do prior to the party).
Prizes and Souvenirs: Own Account
When my mom and sister told me they’re gonna throw us a baby shower, McCoy and I insisted that we will take care of the prizes and souvenirs as our thank you to our family and friends. Also, we wanted to do it for Lucas too. We bought assorted chocolates, a tub of Kirkland almonds and assorted gummy candies and here’s what we came up with:
The candies were delicious. McCoy’s friends even asked us where we got them. (In case you’re wondering, yes, I accept orders. Feel free to contact me for inquiries. Seriously!)
Overall, we enjoyed the party so much! Thanks to both Contis and Sweettooth for delivering what they promised. Everything went well and we were so satisfied with their services–highly recommended!