Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Birthday Venue Ideas - The Fakoya-Smith Kids 👦👧

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Before you ask, no, I don't have twins, o! 😄  I would have loved to have twins 😀 But I thank God for the two beautiful children He graciously gave my husband and I: Oluwadijimi Zinachidi Issac (my son) 👦 and Oluwashekemi Lotanna Hannah (my daughter) 👧

We recently celebrated my daughter's one year birthday. So I was thinking it would be nice to share both my children's birthday party venues and plans...at least give parents options that are available here in Lagos, Nigeria based on both my experiences.

BIRTHDAY PARTY THEME: When organizing a birthday party or any type of party, it is nice to have a theme. This makes planning the party really exciting 😊  For my son, we did a Pilot birthday theme and we used a little angel theme for my daughter. Both themes were extremely cute 💕

Flying and Celebrating Captain Dijimi @ 1 

Meet Captain Dijimi Fakoya-Smith
Lil' Angel Shekemi 😇 banner courtesy Aunty Kiki 😗

 Meet Lil' Angel Shekemi Fakoya-Smith 😇 

VENUE: I HATE house parties with a passion!!! 😤  Especially when planning birthday parties for children! Unless your house is as big as a castle or the outside of your house is spacious and garden-like, then for me, it is a no-no to do house parties. My pet-peeves for organizing house birthday parties are the hosting stress and after-party-cleaning. I prefer to go somewhere, enjoy the service and come home to wash up and sleep. No late night cleaning after a stressful day. Yes, parties can be stressful if you are the host. That said, for both my children's 1st birthdays, I prayed seriously not to host it at home.

For my son, we used a lovely kids event center called, Park Land Amusement Center located at  Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos. They have a range of packages that you can pick according to your budget. What I loved about the place was the available games for kids to play. For my son's 1 year party, they provided the decorations, food for kids only, the DJ and MC and of course the games. We just brought his pilot cake (before nko!😜), food for adults (Catered by my sis-in-law's friend. Her food was yummy!) and of course our guests and the celebrant, Captain Dijimi 👮 

For my daughter, we decided to do an intimate family birthday party (Recession,o!!! 😂 When they say there is a casting down, we, the children of God will say there is a lifting up! Can I hear an AMEN????? 😇) Now this was tricky because I did not know any family friendly affordable place in Las Gidi....remember, I hate house parties! 😒 Then my lil sis, Kiki, came to the rescue!!!! My Wonder-Woman 😚 She asked Eat.Drink.Lagos and one of their suggestions was Spur Family Restaurant.  So I goggled and found that their Victoria Island branch was just behind my office. So during my break, I went to check it out. As you enter you are greeted with a jungle and Red Indian theme ambiance which was very relaxing. I got to meet the lovely manager, who is someone I know 😉 By the time I went through the menu list and got a tour of the place, I fell in love! 💖 I call it the IHOP and Au Fudge of Naija 😁 I liked the fact that they had video games and puzzle games for both children and "abayas" (meaning adult-children 😀). The outside was facing the ocean....breath taking for photo shoots! Our guests loved the venue. The food, which they make from scratch as you order, was delicious. I was given a tour of the kitchen during the party to see how meals were prepared. You must try Spur's milk shake! A delight!!!😋 Another cool fact is that more than one party can be happening in Spur with no one distracting the other. In fact, there was another birthday party going on at another section of the restaurant during our party and I didn't even notice 😃 If you want to do a small get together on a budget, I recommend Spur Family Restaurant 😊  You can read Spur Restaurant's reviews from Unraveling Nigeria and Eat Drink Lagos


Lagos has many lovely event centers where you can organize birthday parties. If you ask or research you would find them around. You can check out this link with various kiddies event centers in Lagos.

VBS 2016 - Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace 𓀷

Once again, we went to Egypt to experience Joseph's story just like we did back then in our very first  VBS 2010 Egypt. But this time it was much better...we are more experienced now 😉

GROUP VBS has been our supplier for all our Vocational Bible Study programs from inception. It has been fun using their products to teach both children and adults about the Word of God through role play of different Bible stories. 

By God's grace, next year we would be visiting Rome: Paul and the Underground Church. Already looking forward to VBS 2017 😊

This year would be my 5th VBS participation: VBS 2010 Egypt; VBS 2011 Nazareth; VBS 2012 Babylon; VBS 2013 Athens and VBS 2016 Egypt again. It has been a privilege playing the roles of the Celebration Leader (That is the Praise and Worship Leader) and the Co-ordinator of Operation Kid-to-Kid (OK2K), a meaningful service project that enables children to reach out to other children in their community by sharing God's love. 

Here are some pictures of our VBS 2016 Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace

Celebration Time with Aunty Nefertiti which means "The beautiful one has come"😀😉💃

Family Tribe Time 👪
Food Shop at the Market Place 😋

 The Mark-Up Shop & Basket Making Shop at the Market Place


                                          Playground Time 💥💦💨

A Visit to Joseph's Palace 𓁵

Operation Kid-to-Kid (OK2K): Visit to Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice 💖

 Meet Aunty Nefertiti 😁😜😚

With the beautiful VBS Coordinator, Sis. Chinyere Almona. Always a pleasure working with her 😊

Aunty Nefertiti with her dear teenagers 😏
 Meet my "Happy-Bam-Fam" at VBS Egypt 😄