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The months prior to my birthday were difficult ones, but 40 seemed like an important number, a milestone, a reason to celebrate life! In December I had to undergo brain surgery in order to remove a benign brain tumor. That meant staying at home, “relaxing” and no driving for a month.
For my birthday party I wanted to serve typical food from my native Venezuela. I began to search the web for decorating ideas. Since I had a lot of free time on my hands, I decided to do as much as I could at home, and that’s how the pompom mania began. Through a video on YouTube I learned an easy way to make them out of yarn, and pretty much taught everyone at home, and recruited anyone who came to visit. We made garlands and hung them from the walls and the chandelier over my dining room table. I also made large tissue paper pompoms and hung them all over the ceiling.
Since it was a very special occasion, I used my late grandmother’s beautiful white embroidered tablecloths, and, for a happy touch, I made colorful party favors.
I served in Ball jars home-made “guarapita”- a mix of passion fruit and rum, tamarind and mango juices – and “chicha de arroz” – a rice drink-. The menu consisted of typical Venezuelan arepas, tequeños, empanadas, cheeses, black beans and fried ripe plantains. And for dessert, arroz con leche, flan, and a selection of candies and chocolates from Venezuela.
When lunch was over, we gathered our canvases and all the supplies that were laid out on the long table in the backyard and began working on our project!

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Party Highlights

  • Best Moment

    The whole party, but when my mom read the story

  • Dessert

    Flan, arroz con leche, tres leches, & much more...

  • Party Favors

    multicolor sixlets

  • Activities / Games

    Read "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today" and made {CHOOSE} by Crafty Brains & The Fabulous Females (www.craftybrains.com)

  • What People Ate

    Typical Venezuelan food

  • What People Drank

    Guarapita, Tamarind,Passion fruit & mango juices, Chicha (rice drink)

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