One of my friends had a baby shower party two weeks ago. We’re excited for her upcoming baby boy who’s due next month.
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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.
Helpful Tips to Make A Themed Birthday Party for Adults Successful ( Momimhar posted on March 1st, 2016 )
It is very important to set and decide for a theme ahead of time. This is because some of the resources can be difficult to obtain or it takes a while to gather. For example, if your loved one or a dear friend is going to celebrate her 50th birthday, it’s obvious that it’s a golden theme. So birthday party decor should be coordinating with gold color. Centerpieces should have gold beads in bowls or gold banners on the wall. This huge milestone is also associated with black color because of what they say “over the hill”. That is why my friend’s party had a few black-colored decorations, too.
Venue and Set-up
Surely an event like this is big and there will be many guests. If you are planning to invite 30 guests, chances are you will be accommodating perhaps more or less 50 people. So you will be needing a big space to hold the party. Community centers are available for rent in your town. Tables, chairs, and even kitchen area are available to use. If you are a resident, the charge is lesser that to those who are not. But be aware of how long you are holding the party. Allow an extra hour before and after for cleaning and setting up.
The food to serve depends on what time of the day the party would be. If your party is at 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., make sure that you serve food for dinner. Familiarize yourself on your guests’ meal preferences. Drinks should be accessible as well. Bottled water and canned drinks are convenient. Be sure to have trash bags available for grabs for those recyclable stuff. If you plan to have alcoholic drinks served after 5:00 P.M., have someone in-charge.
Of course, a birthday party is not complete without a specially made cake. It doesn’t have to be big and expensive. Designed accordingly to the theme and a little personalized will do.
If you plan to have:
Karaoke – You can ask your friends if they have a karaoke machine or equipment or sound system that they can let you borrow. But of course, they are the ones to operate since it’s their property.
Disco – You can also do indoor disco. With the technology nowadays, you can hook a music app from your phone to a sound system for a disco at parties. And to make the disco more appealing, you can add a rotating disco light. You can buy this item for cheap.
One of my mommy friends, RA, celebrated her big 50th birthday last night. And look at her cake. Isn’t it pretty? The theme of her party was gold so most of us were in something gold outfits. I put on a peach-colored sweater with gold shimmers on it.
It was a happy evening with friends. I was glad to see some of them whom I haven’t seen in a long time. With the help of our common close friends, RA’s party was a success. There were lots of American food, Filipino food, drinks, and special desserts. After eating and socializing, the karaoke started.
There are great singers in my circle of friends. One of them is my friend and neighbor RJ, who was a former lead singer in a band. She and her band worked in Korea for a few years until she met her beloved husband and moved here in the US five years ago. While the birthday celebrant was busy entertaining, me and some of the female guests joined the karaoke then dancing afterwards.
As a part of RA’s birthday celebration, she hosted a raffle drawing for a Michael Kors handbag. This is in connection to her fund raising for her feeding program in her hometown in Samar Province in the Philippines. She is going home for a vacation in April and plan to feed more or less 500 children in her hometown.
Here is the handbag:
And who’s the lucky winner?
We had so much fun. It was a successful birthday party. And I am very certain that RA had a wonderful time, too.
It is a common myth that making special birthday memories for your child has to dig a hole right through the center of your budget. In fact, kids are simple at heart, and that’s why we love them so much – they remind us of all the simple places where joy can be found.
With that said, here are some birthday party themes for girls and boys that will turn into lasting happy memories – without sending you into debt in the process!
Throw a Shapes Party
Circles, rectangles, squares, triangles – a Shapes Party is the perfect simple choice for the younger set (girls or boys). Not only is it super easy to organize a shapes party, from the food to the decorations to the games and favor bags, but even the littlest attendees will feel right at home identifying (and often ingesting) their favorite shapes.
Select a Theme
First, decide whether you want to select just one shape (for instance, circles) or feature all the main shapes.
What You Will Need
Your list of supplies will depend on your theme, but here are some easy ideas to use.
Snacks. Finding snacks in the shape(s) of your theme is as easy as a knife, cookie cutter or the pre-packaged goodies at big box retail stores.
Decorations. Balloons, big dot stickers (any retailer will have these), posters, photos and streamers are all perfect for a Shapes party.
Games. Same goes for games – from bubble wrap and blowing bubbles to post-it note Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
Party favors. Favors can feature small fruits, kiddie crackers and geometric stickers.
Similar Themed Ideas
Having a color-themed party (featuring one or all colors), a bubbles party (with everything bubbles) and a cupcake party (where the attendees bake and decorate their own cupcakes) are all fun and memorable variations on this creative theme.
Create a Party Photo Booth
Another fabulous way to create surefire good memories for your child’s birthday is to include a photo booth. You can make the “booth” yourself based on your party theme and snap each child’s picture as soon as they come in.
Keys to Making This Work
Of course, if lots of attendees arrive at once, your awesome and well-planned idea could turn into chaos! So here is what to do to make this work.
Choose your camera. A digital camera allows you to email photos to parents later. An instant camera lets you print the photos out and tuck them into the child’s party favor bag – or hand them to the parents at pick-up time.
Choose your photo moment. Depending on the crush at the door, it can be better to take photos as kids are leaving rather than as they arrive.
Keep a list! One thing you don’t want to do is fail to recognize an attendee later (if your party includes face painting, costumes or other activities this can be a real problem you may face). So keep a list of names in the order of the pictures you take.
Designate a second-in-command adult to assist you. Here, while you are snapping the photos, your assistant will be taking down names and (for digital pics at least) parent email addresses.
There are so many great ways to make your child’s birthday memories special and long-lasting. Feel free to use these ideas, or they might help you brainstorm your own unique party!
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