Saturday, April 10, 2010

Croatian children's party

Planning Beli's birthday party was a piece of cake. Like my friends said, simple is better and they were right.

Compared to a Mexican fiesta, where you slave for hours in the kitchen preparing mole, asado, ensalada, postre y pastel de tres leches, a Croatian party is much simpler.

We had a small celebration at home with friends and family. I will admit, my Mother-in-law did most of the cooking, she is a terrific cook. She made pasta with zucchini in a white cream sauce, tuna pate, and a platter of percuitto and cheese. Hubby prepared cold-cut wraps and I supplied the french salad.

Total time I spent in the kitchen, less than 10 minutes, that's how long it took me to transfer the salad from the store container to a serving bowl. What can I say, I'm lazy and spoiled by my Mother-in-Law.

Beli and her cousin Yayo. The kids enjoyed playing amongst each others, and I'm happy to report there were no crying spells. Her two friends: MO is 18 months old, and ES is 22 months. Aren't they cute?
Grandma also baked this delicious torta, a chocolate cake with mascarpone cream.
Setting the balloon free.

Kisses Beli, and a Happy Birthday to you!

Her actual birthday is next Saturday which will be celebrated in IOWA! You guessed it, Mexican stay tuned.


  1. These are such fabulous pictures - all that food made my mouth water! It looks like such a lovely celebration, and I'm sure she LOVED it. You have such an absolutely gorgeous family.
    I'm excited to see what you do for your celebration in Iowa :)

  2. lucky girl Beli, 2 birthday parties!!! :) the last pic of you guys is absolutely cute... Can't wait to read about a mexican birthday party!

  3. Allison, thank you!
    The food was all gone after the party. She had a wonderful time, she even shared her toys.

  4. Babs, yeap one party for paternal grandparents and second one for my family.
    You can be sure that I will be spending more than 10 minutes in the kitchen, haha.

  5. have a great time with your family in iowa! have some pastel de tres leches for me!

  6. so sweet! I love the name Beli :) Travel safe to Iowa. I haven't spent much time there, but did consider graduate school @ the University of Iowa back in the day. Have so much fun back in the USA! :) Blog about your adventures please. xo

  7. @biking in heels. thank you. Yes I will have lots of cake. For you and me. haha

  8. Jodi, Iowa City has a great university I agree. Fun times.

  9. awe, happy birthday beli! her cake looks yummy!


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