Thursday, April 16, 2015

There's A Wocket In My Pocket DIY Costume.


I was impressed when my son came up with this costume on his own for Literacy Week. He decided he would pick a classic storybook character, and chose Dr. Seuss as the author. Then he chose from his favorite Dr. Seuss book. 

I quickly scoured the internet for costume ideas, and found this image {source} that you can click on. I copied it since we don't have a printer, it is a fabulous template. I am not sure where the original source comes from. Please feel free to let me know, so I can give the proper person credit.


During my trip to the craft store, I was able to pick up a sheet of yellow and green construction paper. A big difference between Hong Kong and the United States of America, is that Hong Kong sells you individual sheets of paper, while the States will sell you a whole pack at one time. 

After I cut out the wocket, I attached it to some card stock to make it look that the wocket was resting in my son's pocket. I purposely chose a white shirt for my son to wear so that it makes the wocket more visible during the parade that they will have at their school.




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Angelina Ballerina DIY Costume.


As a mother, I feel as though I'm doing great putting together handmade Halloween costumes. Then the school our kids go to, threw me for a loop when they said each child needed a costume from a book to help wrap up Literacy Week.

I wasn't looking to spend a lot of money towards a costume for either of my two children, so we pulled what we could from what we had in their closets. Initially I wanted my two to dress up as the book, "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie". My daughter would dress up as the mouse and my son would dress up as the cookie. Neither child was too thrilled with the idea since it wouldn't make sense when they weren't together. So we scratched that book idea and my daughter asked if she could dress up as Angelina Ballerina instead.


I took to the streets of Hong Kong in search of poster board, construction paper, and ribbon that I could use to make an Angelina Ballerina costume for my daughter. Fortunately we already had the white tutu from a nativity play at church. I drew out the mask onto white poster board and used pink construction paper for the ears and nose. A pink bow tied between the little mouse ears completed Angelina's classic look. A long pink bow around my daughter's waist tied the whole look together.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

An Intimate Family Birthday Party.


As an event designer, I've always thrown parties for my two kids on their birthday. Some have been larger than others, but we've always had a party. I longed for the simplicity of a an intimate family birthday dinner to celebrate our children instead of doing something big. Personally, I really love small gatherings with the ones you truly love.

My son turned eight and finally my wish for a small birthday celebration was granted. We decided this year that we would not throw him a large birthday party because we are going to be flying to Korea for a long weekend so that he can see Paul McCartney in concert. He's ecstatic. The Beatles are his favorite band, with his top three songs being - Eleanor Rigby, Yellow Submarine, and All Together Now. Instead of spending the money that would have gone towards his party, instead it will be put towards the trip.

We were fortunate to have my parents visiting us here in Hong Kong for his birthday, which made the celebration that much sweeter. I hung up the "Happy Birthday" banner I made for his first birthday party and baked him a cake of his choice. He opened presents, spent the day exploring Noah's Ark, and ate chocolate cake! For all of us, it was a wonderfully simple celebration!!! My event designer heart breathes a quiet sigh of relief with how much I enjoyed the time together. But that being said, a party is still really fun too!!!!



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Entertaining.


I find that one of the hardest things about entertaining is trying to figure out the menu. But if you can balance flavors against each other, such as spiciness with creaminess, it helps provide you with a well rounded meal. I always try to pick food dishes based off of their color and texture, with big, bold flavors which make them more exciting to consume - I think that's the former nutritionist in me coming out! It's also very important to choose dishes that will last through an entire evening without wilting immediately.

A couple ideas for a dinner party is to host a sit down dinner with the food a little more formal or a more relaxed party with a buffet of dishes so that your guests have a choice of what to eat. I love hosting both and basing if off the group of people I've invited.

I also love brunch. It's a great way to relax with friends and family. Spicy, sweet, or savory, anything goes. It should reflect a relaxed style, nothing too formal. The secret to a great brunch should be fun and casual. Even the champagne brunches that restaurants host here in Hong Kong still have an element of casual to them. 

At the end of every meal, you definitely want to leave your guests on a high note. We love fruit desserts or pastries that have a wow factor.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Chocolate Easter Bunnies.


There is no shortage of Lindt chocolate Easter bunnies out in the shops here in Hong Kong. We love bunnies as a symbol for the Easter holiday. In previous years we have always purchased live bunnies for our kids during the holiday. We would let the rabbits hop around our fenced in back yard, never caging them. But this year there will be no live animals given to our children. Just the chocolate kind.
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