I know there are lots of really awesome gender reveal party ideas on the Internet but we kept ours as simple as possible. As mentioned in my post here, it was a family-only event so there was really no need for a major party prep.
The Resto: Racks el Pueblo
Value for money: 5/5
For the restaurant, we chose Racks el Pueblo for its 1.) location (Our families met half-way and Ortigas is our midpoint ), 2.) parking, it was a Sunday and we didn’t want it to be a prob, and 3.) menu selection—who wouldn’t like ribs, sides and pasta, right?
I didn’t have a hard time communicating with the one in charge of booking and it was easy to make a Sunday-lunch reservation given that I only called 5 or 6 days before the event. At first, I only requested for a long table good for a group of 13 adults and 2 kids. However on the day of the event while McCoy and I were already on our way there, I got a call from Racks asking me to confirm our reservation. I did and the girl on the other line offered me a function room good for 15 pax for Php 5,000, consumable of food and drinks. McCoy and I just agreed without having enough time to think if it was a good deal or not. I found this part a little off because I think it would have been better for both parties if they have informed us in advance about this.
Anyway, we arrived and were immediately ushered to the function room. It wasn’t ready yet—there was no table setup, I knew I requested for 2 highchairs but they’re nowhere in sight and the a/c was still off so it was humid inside—but as soon as we began settling down, the staff too started attending to our needs. They turned on the a/c arranged the chairs, setup the table and handed us menus. It wasn’t a major issue for us especially that we’re just there for a casual lunch but I think it’s still worth mentioning.
We ordered a lot of food for everyone with only a little left (I think some onion rings and one or two servings of ribs) and it turned out that the consumable amount wasn’t enough that we still had to add but only a few hundred bucks which I think was pretty fair. The function room turned out to be a good deal as we got our space and privacy, but then again, they should’ve suggested it in advance. Had we known about this option way before the event day, we would’ve have decorated the room a little.
The Cake: Apple’s Confections
Value for money: 5/5
For the cake, we chose Myla of Apple’s Confections. My sister found her on Instagram and told me she bakes cakes for celebs. Owkay. So I checked out her account and reached to her. She’s awesome! I didn’t have issues communicating with her. She required 50% down payment and although bank deposit is an option, we agreed to hand it to her personally when she offered to go to Medical City Ortigas on a Friday (imagine the traffic) just so we could hand her the sealed envelope with the gender result in it. We later found out that she didn’t bring a car but commuted instead. And that, my friends, is top-notch service!
For our 8-inch-single-tier cake, we chose vanilla flavor with buttercream icing. Fondant is a more popular choice of finish but I prefer frosting since it’s more appealing to the palate and for a cake that isn’t meant to be displayed, I guess icing is OK. We only paid Php 1,800 for it.
Here are our pegs:
McCoy and I wanted the colors to be like the one on the right, and the top to be like the one on the left. I also asked Myla to add letter toppers that say, “We’re having a…”, and here’s what our actual cake looks like:
Although she didn’t quite arrive at the color that we wanted for the frosting—light blue and peach instead of bright blue and hot pink—the cake generally looked decent. Because I have seen really bad cake designs, I was happy about ours. However, our sisters said they could see the inside (which is supposed to be a no-no for a gender reveal cake!) and Myla admitted that she had a hard time covering it. I used to bake also and I think it would’ve been better if she applied a thin layer of frosting first before piping the icing. This way, even if she missed a spot during piping, the sponge cake would still be concealed. Flavor-wise, it wasn’t bad. It was OK. I’d give it a score of 3.5 over 5.On the plus side, Myla was about 30 minutes early when she delivered the cake. I love it when people are prompt!
The Prize: Starbucks Card
We had a little game—wear the color of your bet. Whoever wears the winning color has the chance to join the raffle where in only one winner will be drawn. For the prize, I asked my brother to buy a Starbucks card worth Php 500. I was thinking of having a bag of chocolates but I picked Starbucks over it since one, it’s more convenient to get and two, everyone in our family drinks it.
Overall, the event went well and everyone enjoyed. We were happy about Racks and satisfied with Myla’s cake. Racks is a great place to have intimate gatherings while enjoying comfort food. Myla’s cake is good, service is unparalleled. I recommend it to people who work on a budget because hers is really affordable compared to other suppliers. As for the Starbucks card, I believe I have to thank my brother for making an effort of buying it, which he also took home after he won the raffle.