Actress Bangs Garcia and her Filipino-British husband Lloyd Birchmore revealed last month that they are having a baby girl, and I was fortunate enough to host her adorable baby shower and gender reveal party!
It was the 14th of August, just an ordinary Tuesday afternoon at home, when, in the middle of watching Game of Thrones, I received a call from an unknown number. The person on the other end of the line identified herself as an event coordinator named Princess Ramos from Events by Miss P and Merry to Marry, and she asked me if I was available to host Bangs Garcia’s baby shower / gender reveal party… which was happening in about 2 hours!!!
Not only was I on my maternity leave already, but I was also unprepared! Despite the super short notice, however, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this. Being a mom-to-be myself, I felt that this was a very special event in the lives of two excited and expectant parents, and I thought that maybe it was no coincidence that Princess called ME of all people, even though she has never met me before. And when I gave her a disclaimer and said, “I’m actually pregnant as well. Will you be okay with a pregnant host?” she excitedly said, “That’s perfect!!!”
It was a simple and intimate get-together with only about 40 guests or even less. The rustic-themed party was darling in every way, with some sweet touches giving it a cute, chic, and cozy feel. The dainty details in blue and pink made people even more excited to know if it was going to be a buck or a doe!
Bangs and Lloyd finally broke the news by pulling the string of their piñata! When the pink confetti fell on the floor, a lot of people – including the couple – were a little baffled! It wasn’t until I exclaimed “Yes… it’s a girl!!!” that the cheers got louder! Bangs said that she and Lloyd already knew that it was a girl but they got confused because “we were both expecting to find a tag that says ‘Girl’… we didn’t know that the revelation was going to be through the color of the confetti!”
Play this video to see how we told everyone that “it’s a girl!”
Funny enough, they actually thought that they were going to have a boy, and shared that they even started calling the baby “Jacob”! Well, since their bundle of joy is, in fact, a little girl, “Jacob” was replaced by “Amelia.” What a lovely name!
The program was short and simple, but so much fun! Everyone had a fill of the delicious food care of Narcissus Event Styling & Catering, R-Freezy Snacks, and Sunrise Buckets.
We also played the following games:
- Guess the Song and Dance – a song was played and the contestant had to guess the title of the song then dance to it
- Measure the Belly – players had to guess the size of Bangs’s belly by tying a string around their own bellies then measuring it against Bangs’s baby bump.
- Baby’s First Portrait – participants held up a piece of paper in front of their forehead and drew a baby’s face on it without seeing what they are drawing
We also chose a few gifts for Bangs and Lloyd to unwrap on the spot, then asked some of their guests to share their words of advice for the parents-to-be.
Looking at everything – the smooth program, the array of appetizing food, the pretty setup which was perfect for the couple’s little princess, and the big smiles of not just Bangs and Lloyd but also their guests — it’s hard to believe that everything was planned in only 5 days! Kudos to Princess and her team, as well as to all the suppliers who made it all happen despite the tight timeline!
Here are some photos of Bangs and Lloyd with their guests:
This was truly a one-of-a-kind and memorable experience for me, and I have Princess to thank for it. Although she has never worked with me before, she put her full trust in me and believed that I could pull off the job despite the very short preparation time.
And of course, seeing this Instagram post from Bangs herself was what made it all even more fulfilling for me! With everything on her plate, plus her status as a public figure, I didn’t expect that she would write a heartfelt message such as this. She and Lloyd are really so sweet, down-to-earth, and lovable!
Congratulations again to Bangs and Lloyd on their baby girl and I wish Bangs an easy and safe delivery!!!
Here’s a short video of Bangs and Lloyd telling us how they first found out that they’re having a baby:
Event Host: Nadine Smith
Event Coordinator: Events by Miss P
Photo: Nice Print Photography
Venue: The Grove by Rockwell
Styling & Candy buffet: Loi Es of One Sweet Day Events
Catering: Narcissus Event Styling & Catering
Music and Lights: djN Audio and Lighting System
Souvenirs: Arteegram MNL
Cake: Joey Legaspi of Sugar Craft MNL
Food Carts: Fried ice cream by R-Freezy, Snacks by Sunrise Buckets
Piñata: Piñata Party Ph
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