Sunday, October 3, 2010

We celebrated Asian style.

Ever since the Walt Disney cartoon Mulan came out, my little girl has been fascinated with Asian culture. She loves the food, eating with chopsticks. She watches Asian cartoons and listens to songs, to learn Japanese or Chinese words. She use to pour over travel books about Asian culture and dress. The fact that her mom actually lived part of her younger days in Asia is something she is very envious of. She even talks about one day wanting to adopt her own Chinese baby girl. My family lovingly says she may one day be our little missionary. Traveling to China or Japan is her dream.
So when we talked about the big 14Th birthday bash, we talked "Asian." Why not? This mom, as you have already figured out LOVES to plan a party, especially theme parties. This one didn't get as much attention as some that I have done, after all, I am still recuperating from the girl's all night treasure hunt at church last weekend, but I think it was still a fun success. My little "Mulan" herself was happy and that is all that matters.

The birthday girl.

With her dad, who dressed up in his old "Rickshaw Rally" VBS costume from SEVERAL years ago. The kids loved it!

My one decorated corner. I ordered Chinese food from the local restaurant and the kids loved it. We had chicken on a stick (Kay's favorite), white rice, sweet and sour chicken, and wantons. I even had fortune cookies, some from the restaurant and some I had ordered with Bible verses in them. Of course we had cheese dip too. Can't have a party without it, can you?

We made them eat with chopsticks, or at least try to, before handing them a fork or spoon.

We decorated our homemade cupcakes with umbrellas. Kayla made the chocolate ones and I made strawberry.

I didn't have time to make her cookie cake this year, so I just bought one from the store. Kevin wrote her name in Chinese on top.

I used take out boxes from the restaurant for my goody bags. We had a pinata and they filled the boxes up with candy. They played games with chopsticks and everyone got a hat to take home with them. They loved it because it was different.

This picture is for my family who says I never get in the pictures. I was tired by the end of the night, can you tell?

One of my gifts to Kayla was a necklace I found that said "Jesus loves you" in Chinese. She loved it and wore it to the party.

Well, here is hoping you all had a great weekend! We sure did! May we all have a beautiful week. And remember... Jesus does love you!!!!


Bridget said...

What a fun party!!! Looks like the whole crew had a blast, and it was great to see you in the pictures, too!!

Kristin said...

That looks like such a fun party! I love different themes like that! Glad she had a good time!!

He & Me + 3 said...

What an awesome party. Great job with the food, decorations and party favors. What great memories.
Happy Birthday Kayla! Love that necklace so neat.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I hate to miss a good party... that looked like fun! We love Chinese food over here, and the necklace was a special gift. I know she'll remember this one for a lifetime. How well I remember my mother planning birthday surprises for me over the years, even when I went away to college.


Can you believe it? I suppose I don't have to tell you what's coming up next.

More stress! But more joy as well.


Angie said...

You're such a cool mom! The party looked awesome, and the birthday girl looked thrilled! Happy Birthday, K!

BTW - I'm finally getting caught up on my bloggy reading and I loved your story about the little boy and the Lord's Supper!!

Kellie said...

That was an awesome party! How special for her.... and YOU! :)