My Baby Turned 3
Happy Birthday & God Bless Toby!
I keep reliving the moment Toby realized the mariachi band had entered the room playing “Recuérdame” from Disney Pixar’s COCO. My little boy was so moved by the familiar tune, that he looked over to us and asked to be held by Paul. Benny was on the verge of tears too.
This is my fondest memory of Toby’s birthday and baptism celebration held in early March.
We had heard Recuérdame hundreds of times but never heard the melody “live”.
Toby’s party preparations
were done on a last-minute basis because the church had many requirements of both the parents and godparents (Uncle Mikey & Tia Rosita David) and not until we provided all required documents were they able to confirm that the baptism would officially take place.
Toby loves COCO.
He has watched the movie dozens, upon dozens of times. He knows the lines, the characters, the songs and early in the year before we knew we’d combine his baptism with his birthday party, we asked him what type of party he wanted and he said: a COCO Party.
It rained pretty terribly on the day of his party.
It was pouring when guests started arriving at the small venue where the celebration was relocated to (it was initially supposed to be a big backyard event at our home). Fortunately, I had a lot of help from friends and family to make sure it all ran smoothly.
The warmth from our friends and relatives in attendance was magical.
Everyone was invited by email or text message. No time to have phone conversations about the party or send out paper invitations because time was of the essence (sorry to our friends and cousins who got a last-minute reminder text).
We enjoyed a delicious Mexican food buffet
prepared by my parents who previously owned a catering business. We enjoyed plenty of beer and tequila drinks, including pre-made chile & cucumber margaritas by Dragos Cantina (a company owned by L.A. #bossbabe and friend, Mina Trujillo). My lovely friend Marilyn served as a bartender and drink host (thanks beautiful):
My closest friends were all there—
from my bestie Sheryl to my girls from junior high, high school and college (a special shout-out to my fabulous 805 friends).
Preparing for a last-minute party
Friends, when it comes to event styling and preparing, we are very, very lucky to have Downtown L.A. and the Piñata District in our backyard!
I bought all the Coco-themed favors and decorations the week before. I ordered a huge Dante Alebrije piñata from my friend Crystal from Compton and she definitely delivered!! My sisters helped with flower arrangements and decorations.
For the kids’ favor bags,
I opted for Coco guitars made by the incredible owner of Busy Bee Designs who was able to offer expedited shipping. I filled them with Coco Wallets and other goodies and candy. Then my sisters decorated them throughout the dessert table where I also offered candy apples, Miguel-themed marshmallows and caramel popcorn.
My aunts danced.
They stomped and swung and moved to Zapateado and rancheras and cumbias and pretty much any music genre the mariachi played. Best of all, the young kids were also dancing and smiling and having a heck of a time!
Family is everything.
I hope Toby remembers this festive celebration for years to come. If you’re planning a Coco-Themed Party, feel free to send an email if you’d like information on the vendors and places where I shopped for stuff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading!