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Saturday, March 1, 2014

CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR...CHINESE, THAT IS


THE YEAR OF THE HORSE



THIS YEAR MY HUSBAND AND I CHOSE TO HONOR OUR CANADIAN FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WITH A PARTY ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION.

I FOUND THESE WONDERFUL ANTIQUE PAPER LANTERNS AT A CONSIGNMENT STORE IN PHOENIX.



MY HUSBAND AND I SHOPPED AT THE CHINESE CULTURAL EXCHANGE MARKETS IN PHOENIX AND I FOUND THIS WONDERFUL SILK SCROLL.  EVEN THOUGH IT IS THE YEAR OF THE HORSE, MY HOROSCOPE SIGN IS PISCES AND I THOUGHT THIS PARTICULAR SCROLL WAS SIGNIFICANT FOR MY FRONT DOOR!


WE ASKED THE GUESTS TO COME IN COSTUME.

WHILE BUYING A JACKET FOR MY HUSBAND'S COSTUME, THE STORE OWNERS GAVE US THESE COLORFUL POSTERS FOR OUR PARTY.  SO WE SET UP A PHOTO SHOOT FOR EVERY GUEST.  DON AND I ARE BELOW.


 FRIENDS WERE RESOURCEFUL IN FINDING COSTUMES!




 THIS PARTY WAS A SIT DOWN DINNER FOR 20.  I HAD TO USE THE DINING ROOM, THE KITCHEN ISLAND AND A GAME TABLE TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYONE.









 THE FOOD WAS POT LUCK AND WE HAD THE MOST WONDERFUL DISHES!

SINCE EVERYONE BROUGHT FOOD, WE MADE GENERAL TAO'S ORANGE CHICKEN, SHRIMP TOASTS, A ORANGE/SPARKLING WINE PUNCH, CUPCAKES WITH CHERRY BLOSSOM DECORATIONS, CHERRY BLOSSOM COOKIES AND A GOOD LUCK ORANGE DESSERT.









THE ENTIRE HOUSE WAS DECORATED WITH ALL THE CHINESE THINGS THAT I HAD AT THIS HOME, EXCEPT THE BLUE AND WHITE EXPORT WARE.





EVERYONE WENT HOME WITH A FAVOR...MORE FORTUNE COOKIES AND A TANGERINE FOR LUCK!



GUNG HAY FAT CHOY