November 24, 2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA! CHUC MUNG SINH NHAT ONG NGOAI!
Background: Our whole family thought it would be lovely to throw my grandpa a surprise 80th birthday party! Tasks were divided up in order to get everything organised for the big day. Everyone put a lot of time into the event, which turned out successful, yay! We rented a smaller room at the St Laurent Complex with tables, chairs and a screen and projector to work with. I made a slideshow with old photos from each family as I knew my grandpa loved looking at them, especially those of his family. The chosen theme colours were royal blue and silver. A lot of work was put into not only the food, but also the decor! The cranes on the centrepieces were each folded, then spray painted before being strung onto the branches. In the vases, we also put ribbon and tulle that matched the theme colours. Thank you to everyone for their time, especially the grandchildren! Couldn’t have done it without you guys. <3
I have so many photos, so will only share a select few to help me tell the story
The grandchildren (my siblings + cousins) arrived 2 hours early to set everything up, yay us!
Making sure we sign the card before the adults arrive
My brother Andy and Justin putting up the vinyl mural he made – a portrait of my grandpa!
Closer look at the mural, pretty sweet.
Due to the space, we decided on two long rows of tables on either side, as opposed to individual tables spread across the room, which worked well! We had an assembly line going as soon as the tablecloths and dinnerware arrived (we rented these),and things were laid out in no time!
Dining area set up beautifully, ready to go!
My sister, Jenni, also made party favours for everyone
There were also 3 tables set up for all the delicious food! Everything but the roasted pig and bread rolls were hand-prepared by a family
The 2 Family made: Fried wontons, crispy garlic chicken wings, steam buns, flan and also brought an assortment of other things like cucumber, bread rolls, and chocolate.
The 3 Family made: A fruit platter, Vietnamese pork roll shaped into 80s, deviled eggs, and sweet egg desserts made with agar with a mung bean egg yolk. He also took care of a few vegetarian dishes for my grandma’s friends who attended, as well as the symbolic bowl of 80 clementines!
The 4 Family made: Seafood soup, water and canned drinks
The 5 Family made: A veggie platter and a sandwich platter, also bringing along coffee and tea for dessert.
The 6 Family (us) made: Quinoa salad, pandan and Vietnamese coffee flavoured coconut jelly. I made cupcakes!
It was a feast! Definitely lots of food leftover that we took home with us
Grandchildren, assemble! In order to greet my grandpa when he walks in the door!
We hope he was surprised, especially because my sister wasn’t supposed to be making it but eventually decided to fly in for the weekend!
Some of my grandma’s guests
Photo with all the grandchildren + Mike
Photo with all five children
We also took individual family photos, here is ours
My grandma’s friends were not told in advance that the event was for my grandpa’s birthday. Here they are just apologizing for that and giving gifts anyway!
Grandpa giving us a thank you speech before eating lunch, thank you grandpa!
Soup assembly line, haha!
Ready to eat
Birthday cake! A nice, fluffy green, pandan flavoured cake
Oh, don’t be shy grandpa
Make a wish!
Cutting the cake
Check out the paparazzi!
Being the one who made a special trip home for his birthday, Jenni had the honour of presenting the hand-made card!
Giving our presents! In case you didn’t see in a previous post, our family got him a number of interesting goodies to try and share with family and friends
There are A LOT more photos, especially the ones including all the other families. I couldn’t possibly bore you with all of them! PLEASE CLICK HERE if you would like to see the complete album.
Otherwise, our-what’s-now-becoming-a-tradition: Cousins’ Photoshoot
All 13 grandchildren lined up by age, with 2 outliers – Michael and Martin, an honourary grandchild for the day.
Quality’s not the best, but this one is my favourite!
The serious, just got arrested look
And lastly, a few family photos!
With Janet and her dad (part of the 5 Family)
There will never be a family photo of us without a silly one first…
Or two silly photos…
Look how pretty the 5 Family looks!
The afternoon passed by so quickly, it was soon time to start cleaning up in order to return the room.
I hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed the atmosphere and the food, especially my grandpa! I hope you enjoyed the slideshow too! Thank you again to the whole family for making this day possible!