We recently attended a birthday party that incorporated some fun, new-to-me Filipino traditions. With the beautiful tropical ocean as our backdrop, birthdays are usually relatively simple affairs here in the Philippines.
The kids were each given a straw hat, and it was absolutely adorable to have them match in pictures.
The party was held at a friend’s beachfront restaurant before opening hours, where the birthday girl’s mom also teaches yoga. We started the party with some children’s yoga followed by a read-aloud of My Daddy is a Pretzel.
We then played two traditional Filipino games on the beach. Pabitin involves raising and lowering a frame with goodies tied onto it (snacks, toys, etc.) Children can keep whatever they grab, but we quickly learned that this is not a game for toddlers as they all started crying when they couldn’t grab something before the frame was raised!
The second game we played was pukpok palayok which is like a pinata, except with a clay pot. Charlie has become quite the expert breaking pinatas (having broken the one at his and Olive’s last birthday parties). He was the first to get a shot at the clay pot, and broke it!
There wasn’t food other than homemade suman, a sticky rice cake snack cooked in coconut milk, since we had so many treats. Not that the kids minded at all!
After birthday cupcakes, we had strawberry gelato brought by one of our friends that owns a gelato shop.
And then even more ice cream from a local ice cream cart.
Ice cream lovers.
Pool, beach, games and sweet treats. The recipe for a perfect birthday!