Feliz cumpleanos, Happy Birthday!
Beli ran away from the pinata, I guess that leaves me to hit it?
If you have ever attended a Mexican children's party then you know the planning and preparation involved. Let me mention the food that was served: barbecued ribs, brisket (a meat marinated with spices and jalapenos then baked slowly), mashed potatoes, macaroni salad, and frijoles rancheros, for dessert; tres leches cake made by one of Mom's friends and I made a fruit salad. Sometimes I wonder why we put ourselves through the stress of cooking for thirty plus people. Why can't we have a small cake, pinata and spend a day at the park?
Morning of the party started hectic as everyone was preparing for the party. The community center had to be decorated, meals had to be transported, the three-tier cake was waiting for it's rightful owner at the Hy-vee bakery. Ahh let's take a moment to breath....
La fiesta was a hit with the kids and adults. My least favorite part was cleaning up. I told my Mom that maybe next year we could do something smaller, because it's a lot of work. We spent the previous day cooking and slaving in the kitchen for hours. I guess I shouldn't complain, remember the previous party where all I did was purchase the french salad and my mother-in-law did the rest? After the party we went home and ate more cake and talked about how much fun it was to see family and friends. It really doesn't feel like I have been away from 'home' for a year now. Thanks to technology such as Skype, talking to family is only pennies away.