Category Archive:children’s party

Chayote Squash and Pork Stir-Fry At Potluck 1980s Themed Birthday Party ( Momimhar posted on January 18th, 2017 )

1980s theme birthday party.

Filipino-American moms got together for a 1980s themed birthday party for our dear friend R four days ago. Most of us grew up in the 80s and 90s and when someone suggested the 80s theme birthday party, we all went nuts. LOL.

Anyway, it was a potluck party.  Everyone brought special dishes for all to enjoy.  Made some Chayote Cabbage with Pork Stir-Fry.

Pork frying with onion garlic.

Chayote and pork stir fry in a pot.

Chayote Squash and Pork Stir-Fry

I don’t cook that often at home. But when I do, I stay in my kitchen until the food is cooked and the place is cleaned.

Ingredients:

1 lb. pork (for stir fry)

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 small onion, chopped

1 tbsp. olive oil

2-3 pcs. chayote squash, peeled and cut into cubes (bite size)

1 beef bouillon cube

1 cup water

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In medium heat, saute garlic and onion until brown and soft.
  2. Add pork.  Stir fry for about 5-8 minutes until pork is brown.
  3. Sprinkle a dash of salt and a dash of black pepper.
  4. Simmer for 5 minutes while cooking in it’s own sauce.  Stirring while simmering.
  5. Add chayote squash, water, and the beef bouillon. Stir to blend and let simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the vegetables and meat are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve hot with rice.

Pretty birthday cake.

The little ones playing the Cup Game. They had so much fun!

Everyone had a great time at the party, I think.  Especially when we started the disco and karaoke in the evening.

Birthday Party At Sweet & Sassy ( Momimhar posted on December 15th, 2016 )

K’s 6th birthday celebration was amazing.  She has been wanting to go to Sweet & Sassy and have a walk on their stage/runway in the store.  Obviously, she wanted to have a fashion show there. She told me that she wanted her birthday held at Sweet & Sassy.  My dear husband and I talked about the plan and he said book the party ahead of time to avoid the hassle of December party rush.

So here’s K and her dear family and friends at her 6th birthday party Fashion Runway at Sweet & Sassy in Garland (Texas).

Getting hair and face glam up.

Follow the leader to the dressing room. 🙂

Sweet.

Besides being a salon and store, Sweet & Sassy offers party options for kids.  You can choose from six party packages here.  In addition to that, you can also get add ons to the party package you have selected.  Goody bags, Make-your-own Spa items, or a Limo ride are some of the options that you can customized. I added goody bags as giveaways to our guests.  The girls loved it because they got to pick the items they like.

K’s on the spotlight.

K and her guests all dressed up. In this photo, they were about to play a game of Freeze Dance and then dance disco after.

The hostess and the crew were very friendly and lively.  Their cheerfulness kept the children engaged in all the activities during the party.  There was no dull moment.  What added to K’s enjoyment during her party was the music played.  Her favorites: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift, Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake from the movie Trolls, and one that I can’t remember…sorry. 🙂

The party room. Every party has its own hostess to help serve the cake and drinks.

The goody bags and stuff. These are add ons to the party packages.

Happy birthday, Kaylen. The hostess and her assistants greet the birthday girl and guests at the door before proceeding to the dressing room.

K wanted to wear a Chinese dress on her birthday. Glad I found this dress on Poshmark.

I think it was a great party.  K said she had an amazing day.   I hope our guests had a great time, too.  Thanks for the time and, also, for the birthday presents.

Fun Birthday Party at Build-A-Bear Workshop #buildaparty ( Momimhar posted on November 5th, 2016 )

Blowing the pretend candle on a pretend cupcake. :)

Blowing the pretend candle on a pretend cupcake. 🙂

 

Waiting in line to have their free Teddy Bear stuffed.

Waiting in line to have their free Teddy Bear stuffed.

Playing a party game.

Playing a party game.

Photo booth

Photo booth

We all had a great time celebrating cousin A’s 6th birthday party held at Build-A-Bear Workshop at Firewheel Shopping Complex in Garland (TX).  My darling daughter said she had a lot of fun.  Every child guest received a free stuffed bear plus a free t-shirt and bows to wear.  They even have names for their new stuffed bears.  K named her bear Richu.  Awesome.

Happy birthday, A.  Thanks for inviting us.  It was a happy day! 

P.S.

Special thanks to our wonderful friend, Mel M. for taking these lovely photos of the children.  Love lots!

Little Girls Birthday Decoration Inspiration DIY by A Friend ( Momimhar posted on October 8th, 2016 )

Kyana's birthday cake.

Kyana’s birthday cake.

A friend of mine has two adorable daughters.  The youngest just turned 1 a couple of weeks ago.  Kyana had a simple yet a very cute party.  Her mom did all the birthday party decorations.  How awesome.  The cake was nicely decorated, too.  What a talented mother Kyana has.

Do-it-yourself or DIY birthday party decor can save you a lot of money.  If you are very creative, you can make your own party decorations from extra scrapbook supplies or unused paper goods in your home.  All we have to add to the creativity is a lot of motivation and diligence to do it.  There are so many DIY inspiration and resources on the Internet.  The moment you find the perfect decor inspiration, the urge will come after.  And you do not have to buy party decor every time.

Popping the Balloons Game

Popping the Balloons Game

My darling daughter enjoyed at the party as well.  My friend prepared kids’ party games for the young guests.  K’s favorite was Popping the Balloons.  What’s funny was, the kids had to pick a certain colored balloon to pop yet they can pick whichever pretty much.  The game took a little while to finish.  🙂  Everybody got a prize though.

The cake and the food was delicious.  Everyone had a wonderful time at Kyana’s 1st birthday party.

photo-garland

Photo garland

Double Birthday Celebration Was A Blast ( Momimhar posted on March 5th, 2016 )

It was a very fun evening I had few weeks ago.  My best friend NJ and I had a double birthday celebration at her house in Forth Worth.  I am still cannot find the words how enchanted I was of how beautifully the party was planned and put together very successfully.  We both had not idea how the party would be like because there was no tiny hint.  Not one little bit.  Our dear friends were very good in hiding clues.  Would you believe that they did a Casino Themed Birthday Party? NJ and I like going to the casinos. 😀  We don’t do it very often but we enjoy going.

NJ and me. Birthday banner.

NJ and me. Birthday banner.

Anyway, it’s my 40th birthday and I can say that this was it was a big celebration to date.  NJ is in her late 20s already.  The last time we celebrated our birthday together was in 2009 when we were neighbors in Fort Worth. We went Downtown and had fun at the disco and karaoke at City Streets (now closed). Those were good times, I tell ya.

Lots of food. Yum.

Lots of food. Yum.

The party that night was a blast.  The decorations were amazing and the food was abundant.  Thanks to the guests who brought delicious American and Filipino foods.  In addition, NJ’s hubby and friends had set up a red carpet and casino.  NJ and I had a wonderful night on our birthday party.  They were very thoughtful with donating to my feeding program next month.  NJ, her sister, my daughter, and I are flying together to the Philippines for a vacation this month.  And one of the things in my agenda was having a small Thanksgiving feast for the children in my neighborhood.  I am excited about it.  It won’t be long and we will be in the Philippines.

Our birthday cake.

Our birthday cake.

My best friend NJ and me.

My best friend NJ and me.  I love you dear.

There’s a lot of stuff went on at the party that evening – karaoke, disco, and games.  Oh how fun.  Thanks to our wonderful friends who made our birthday party celebration very successful and amazing.

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