I think it’s only appropriate to start the blog with the most important thing in my life: my daughter, and, thus far, one of the most important days in her life: her first birthday. My daughter was conceived in Turkey, I found out I was pregnant in South Africa, and she spent much of her time in utero in China. After she was born, she lived in China for four months and traveled around China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Bali, all before her first birthday! In light of her globetrotting ways, it seemed most appropriate to honor her first birthday with an “It’s a Small World” party.
I’ll write about the food first, seeing as how it’s the most important part of a party! I wanted everything prepared ahead of time and most things kid-friendly so I could interact with the forty plus guests and have fun with the activities for the kids. I decided to have an American station, an Asian station, a multicultural dessert station, and a drink station. On the American table, I served mini corn dogs, ham and cheese sliders, Peanut Butter Dip, and BBQ Whiskey Chipotle Sliders. Yum! The recipes would be perfect for a summer barbecue, a Super Bowl party, kid-friendly event, or family gathering.
I served mini eggrolls, Sesame Noodles, and Vietnamese Meatball Lettuce Cups on the Asian table. The food was devoured-always a good sign! I’m usually overly ambitious when it comes to creating food menus for my parties. I intended to make “sushi rolls”: peanut butter and jelly rolls and hummus rolls, but I ran out of time. I’m working on the “less is more” philosophy, as I’m sure it would help my sanity in the days preceding a party. But I think my guests like my “more is more fun” philosophy, and it sure makes for a memorable par-tay.
On the dessert table, I served red velvet dip, fortune cookies, and a brownie fudge caramel ice cream cake with oreo crunchies (wow, try saying that ten times fast). It was one monstrosity of a cake and certainly not the prettiest, but it was sooo good! I spent five years living in China and dealt daily with Chinglish from my students, in menus, on signs–everywhere! So I decided to take a little piece of my China home (the Chinglish, not the cookie- you won’t find fortune cookies in China) and make personalized fortune cookies. They were fun to create and memorable to serve. I would definitely buy them again-Chinese New Year, anyone?
The drink table had flavored water, Lemongrass-Ginger Arnold Palmers, and Thai Iced Tea. And honey whiskey. Alcohol is a necessity at a children’s party. I seem to recall all the adults smiling blissfully as children ran screaming around them.