The Sound of Music Themed Party

When Carina turned 1, we just had to celebrate by throwing a small Sound of Music themed party because, who doesn’t love the Sound of Music?

Remember the scene where Fraulein Maria wondered what to do with the fact that the Von Trapp children didn’t have play clothes…until she saw the green damask drapes in her bedroom and recalled that they were going to get new drapes for her bedroom windows. What happened then to the old drapes that were still in good condition? They were magically and overnight turned by Maria into 7 play clothes for the kids!

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And what do you think happened to the off cuts of the drapes? Well, I turned them into decors for the Sound of Music themed party, of course!

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For the food, I wanted it to have a very Sound of Music feel, so I listed the foods that were mentioned in the film, plus made up some.

Do you remember the “Tea! A drink with jam and bread” line in Do-Re-Mi?

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Of course, My Favourite Things told us of

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“Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,
Doorbells and sleigh bells,
And schnitzel with noodles ,”

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Then there were the other foods we made up.

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And we just had to have berries because of that scene…

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“Friedrich told you, Father. We were berry picking.” 
“I forgot! You were berry picking.”
“Yes, we love berry picking.”
“All afternoon?”
“We picked thousands.”

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Get the Sound of Music themed printable party decors via these links:

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Here are other ideas to help you plan your Sound of Music themed party:

PARTY VENUE IDEAS

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Gazebos can be lovely party venues. It doesn’t have to have glass walls, so you don’t risk having an accident with the glass (like Liesl/Charmian Carr) and still enjoy singing ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’.

 

picnic venue

A grassy area like this can be a great spot to have a picnic. Don’t forget to bring a guitar!

PARTY FAVOUR IDEAS

 

 

Planning A Dinner For The Chinese New Year

Here’s the confession: I have Chinese ancestors (several generations ago), but I’m not that Chinese oriented. I don’t speak the language, never been to China, don’t celebrate Chinese new year at home, or do anything very Chinese at home…except maybe observing a bit of Feng Shui when it comes to architecture/interior design, because it might upset my mum if I go against, at least, the basic Feng Shui rules.

So why am I planning a dinner for the Chinese new year?

In our ward, we take turns feeding the missionaries. We’ve got four of them at present and, boy, have they got such a wide area to tackle stretching over several towns!

For this month, I thought I’d do something fun and not so ordinary, and I thought, why not a Chinese new year inspired dinner? On the Chinese new year?

So off I went, being best friends with Google again, and researched ideas for the menu and decorations.

For the menu, I’m planning:

Dumplings

Spring Rolls

Chinese noodles

Sweet and Sour Pork

Tapioca pudding

Chinese New Year Cake

Of course, there shall also be lots of citrus fruits: oranges, mandarins and the like.  I reckon I’ll make ginger tea and orange juice for the beverages. I’ve chosen these foods in hopes that I’d be able to prepare most of them (or at least, parts of each dish) the day before, or earlier in the morning, as I’d be working that day. I’ve read that you can make the tapioca dessert up to two or three days in advance, so that’s cool.

And yes, they shall be served with chopsticks. 🙂

For the decorations, I’ve bought a couple of red Chinese lanterns from the local variety store, an Asian-looking ceramic dish and a bamboo steamer from the Op shop, and some red papers to make more decors. I also intend to make small red lanterns using the red cardboard, and perhaps put some battery-operated tea lights inside each. Exciting!

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Bridal Shower Basics

What is a bridal shower?

A bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding. Traditionally, it is designed to give gifts to the future bride. It is not done to provide goods for the soon-to-be couple, but it is held to make sure that the wedding will be pushed through.

Who should throw a bridal shower?

Usually, one of the closest friends of the bride hosts the bridal shower. The mother, sisters, and other relatives do not host the said event as this may seem rude to ask for gifts from others for their family. The family members usually can host any non-gift-giving occasion for the couple like engagement announcement party or bridal tea. If the bride is a member of a social club, the club also can host the bridal shower.

When should a bridal shower take place?

The host can pick a date in collaboration with the bride as to when the bridal shower will be. It is advised that it should not be too early nor too close to the wedding date. A month or two prior to the wedding schedule would be good. This will help you build momentum for your guests in preparation for the upcoming wedding. The excitement of the guests will also die out if the time period between the bridal shower and the marriage date is too long. On the other hand, if you’re going to have it in less than a month before the wedding, you’ll be stressed too much. You will run out of time for the preparation of the bridal shower and your focus for the actual wedding will be distracted.

Where can it be held?

Depending on the situation the shower can be held in a family home, a hotel, a restaurant or even a convention center. This depends on the decision of the family. If the family want a sophisticated event, they can put it in a function room or in a hotel. They need to assist the maid or matron of honor and also finance the function.

Bridal showers should be fun. It will be a success if it’s planned with consideration and common sense.

What activities can be done at a bridal shower?

Bridal shower games are on the top list of the event. These games should be enjoyable for all the guests and for the bride as well. They are necessary to loosen up and mingle with other guests who are present.  The bride’s feelings should always be considered in choosing what games or activities to be played.  However, in planning the bridal shower games, just remember that a bridal shower is not meant to be wild and crazy. You can play bingo, charades or have a trivia about the bride. This will test their knowledge of the bride and give some little laughs as well.

Who should be on the invitation list?

Men are not usually invited in bridal showers. Guests are chosen from among the bride’s personal friends, family and relatives, and other well-wishers. The bride can also invite some female family members or friends of the groom. The ones invited in a bridal shower are expected also to attend the wedding ceremony.