We had a great time at the Christmas Party at my dear friend R’s home first weekend of this month. We all agreed to have it early this year because one of our friend was leaving for Singapore and won’t be back until the week after New Year’s. Though we had to rush a few things a bit, everything went according to plan. Our theme this year was Great Gatsby. 🙂 It was a potluck and all the party needs and party supplies were bought from Amazon and Party City.
The children had a blast. The games were very exciting and entertaining. Every child who were at the party was given a Christmas gift to open on Christmas Eve. Of course, grown ups exchanged gifts, too. We played the White Elephant Exchanging Gifts game and it was a lot of fun.
Darling daughter enjoyed the company of her friends as well. She said it’s one of the best days ever. I am glad. I want her to have great memories with her friends, too. Another thing is that, I want my daughter to learn the concept of sharing. In fact, she is now learning to let go of her old toys, outgrown clothes, and books and donate them which is good.
Chayote Squash and Pork Stir-Fry At Potluck 1980s Themed Birthday Party ( Momimhar posted on January 18th, 2017 )
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.
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.
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
- In medium heat, saute garlic and onion until brown and soft.
- Add pork. Stir fry for about 5-8 minutes until pork is brown.
- Sprinkle a dash of salt and a dash of black pepper.
- Simmer for 5 minutes while cooking in it’s own sauce. Stirring while simmering.
- 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.
- Serve hot with rice.
Everyone had a great time at the party, I think. Especially when we started the disco and karaoke in the evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.