Re-sharing my experience when I had to plan a low-budget baptismal celebration for Sochi, my youngest son. It’s originally put in my blogger but I decided to put it here now.
For my first two kids, I spent a lot of money for their baptism and birthday celebrations and these events turned out to be not so perfect or great based on my expectations. So, for my third child, I decided to break traditions, make it memorable and solemn and settle on a reasonable budget. I decided to spend up to Php20,000 only for this event.
My Rants When I Overspent
I lived in a province in Pampanga where people’s mentality is to invite everyone in their town for a celebration. I opposed to it but, as a submissive daughter, I gave up to the qualms of my parents. So, we celebrated the traditional way where I invited my friends and family and my parents invited their friends, acquaintances, and family (I didn’t know exist). We hired cooks and helpers to prepare and serve the food. We bought the ingredients. Setup our house for the event. At one celebration, I rented a pool resort.
For my first child, I spent Php35,000 pesos for her baptismal celebration and another Php30,000 pesos for her 1st birthday.
For my second child, since I wanted to SAVE, I thought of celebrating his baptism and 1st birthday on the same day. I thought I could save, but I still did not spend a reasonable amount. Php45,000 was too much for my pocket and the outcome and post-events were not worth it (in my opinion) especially when I heard complaints and dissatisfaction from my own parents and hubby. My two toddlers then and some of us also got sick from the food.
Some of the usual issues I encountered was:
1) The cook couldn’t really cook. One cook thought the chili powder was asuete. Another cook thought that the gravy mixture was fried chicken coating. They don’t read labels/instructions!
2) Some visitors couldn’t be entertained and accommodated. It was a big deal for me because some of them traveled hours to join us for the celebration. When we rented a resort, we, who had attended the baptism, didn’t have a table and seats to use and it was already 1 PM. I felt bad because people were already eating even if the baptized baby had not yet arrived. What happened with sticking the traditions?
3) Some visitors, who are just mere acquaintances, lacked good manners. You could see some people getting food and then throwing them to the trashcan or leave it on their table or intentionally spilling drinks. Then, they’ll come back to the table to get more food to waste.
4) The helpers were “bantay-salakay.” Bantay-salakay means they are expected to secure and aid the place or event and at the same time they steal stuff from the celebration. We had bags of candies and giveaways left, but they were all gone after the party. I also wondered where all the fried chicken went when I only saw a few kilos were served. Cleaning up too much? They also helped themselves packing foods to take home without asking permission first.
- Kalderetang Baka
- Chicken Pastel
- Lumpiang Shanghai
- Soft drinks