|The little guest of honor - Minh|
Yesterday was a day of Double Celebration in the Diep Household. We were holding a Full-Month Banquet for out little "Junior" and it coincided with our Fifth Wedding Anniversary! Yes, sentimental ol' me picked the date in advance of Junior's birth and decided that would be the day to hold his party. Recently, I have heard these parties called Red & Ginger parties as they are eaten at these events. Red is an auspicious colour for chinese and vietnamese alike and the egg symbolises fertility. Ginger is considered good for the new mum as it dispels wind from the body.
Minh is exactly 6 weeks old tomorrow and he was was the guest of honour at his party. We had a small banquet at a Chinese restaurant for family, relatives and a few close friends. It was a fun affair as there were several children present -all under the age of seven - so it certainly was lively! Minh did not mind being passed out for hugs and cuddles amongst the guests and it was great! Some mums are very protective towards their children and seem happy to hug and hold them all the time. Don't get me wrong! I love my hugs and cuddles with my son but as I can get that anytime at home I'm more than willing to share him out for hugs whenever there are friends present!
We certainly had a food feast and I was too busy eating to take photos! I missed the first three dishes of: Red Eggs & Ginger; Seafood & Tofu Chowder; Braised lobster on a bed of noodles (now, this was a delicious dish and I'm glad I didn't miss any lobster chomping and noodle slurping time by snapping photos! Heh heh heh!);
Sweet and Sour Sea Bass Fillets;
Steamed chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion;
Yam coated Prawns (yummy!);
Stir-fried Scallop and Asparagus in Noodle Nest;
Braised Chinese Mushrooms with Pak Choi
and Pork fillets in Chinese Style Sauce;
Dessert was a platter of Ice-Cream, Mango Pudding and Toffee coated Banana Fritters. I also made two sponge cakes. One was an Orange Sponge filled with white-flesh nectarine and mango cream, topped with a mango rose and strawberry starflower. The other was a chocolate chiffon with a filling of berry cream and finished with blackberry, strawberry and blueberry.
|Mango Rose & Strawberry Starflower|
|Berry Nice Chiffon|
It was a fabulous afternoon which went quickly in the company of good friends and family. It was worth the past two weeks of stressing over guest lists and seating plans and the nervousness of decorating the cakes the night before the event!
|Mya & Minh|
Lastly, I got the most beautiful gift from my husband, a pair of diamond encrusted entwined heart earrings, and 18 long-stemmed red roses. My gift to him? A beautiful baby boy!
|My favourite - Red Roses|
|Another one of my favourites - Sparkly Things!|