Pandas and Oranges - 18th Birthday Party Theme

I love party planning and I love my family! So when I can put the two together, TOTAL HAPPINESS!

This past weekend, I helped decorate for my cousin, Amanda's, 18th birthday party. Typically, Filipino young ladies do not have a "sweet 16" but an 18th birthday "debut". Some families go all out and have a "debutante ball" in honor of their daughter with a banquet hall, sit down dinner, formal attire, and the works. Others, like myself, still had a "debut" but a more intimate party with close friends and family. My cousin Amanda and her parents chose the latter as well.

The party was a backyard pool party with a black, white, and orange theme. Black and white because of Amanda's love of Pandas and the orange because of her favorite color.

I bought black/white and orange hanging lanterns and table lanterns from Wholesale Flowers. I love that place! They have an array of flowers, vases, and other decorative accents to make any party fabulous!

The panda figures and the panda cupcake toppers were found online.

Amanda is one of youngest of my 40+ first-cousins. She grew up spending summers with me from her home in Los Angeles. We've shared endless scoops of ice cream, hours under the sun swimming, miles of walking in shopping malls, and other "big/little sister" kinds of things! Since she has two older brothers, and I, a younger brother, we fulfilled the sister role with each other. I was so happy to help her with her party and am so excited to see what she does with the bright future ahead of her!

Happy Birthday Amanda!