Christmas And Year End Celebration

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Food for the evening

Food for the evening

It is still Christmas season in my family. And as the year comes to an end, we are very thankful for all that had happened throughout the year and look forward to a new year. This time I cooked and invited some of my friends; about 35 people altogether for Christmas and also Year End Celebration. We had an awesome time of food, games, singing, jokes and chatting. It was an unforgettable evening….true Happy Hours!

This is the dessert and the salad section. The Pineapple Tarts and the Almond Cookies were my most recent cookie recipes that I learned. My friends liked them very much and so were the mochi balls.

Desserts and fruits

Desserts and fruits

These are mainly Malaysian food except for the fish fingers and the Brussels sprouts. There were also Chicago Town pizzas which were still baking in the oven when I took this picture.  The peanuts and sambal in the 2 bowls in front and also the cucumber were to go with coconut rice which is a very popular dish in Malaysia called Nasi Lemak. The sambal with tiny anchovies is very spicy but very delicious. The Brussels sprouts in the medium bowl at the back was an inspiration by Angie at Angie’s Recipes. I couldn’t have access to internet to check it out and all that I could remember was honey and mustard. I added fried bacon to it too. It turned out to be very delicious. That was my first attempt at Brussels sprouts and I’m so happy at my success.

Malaysian food

Malaysian food

Well, Asians love rice. I cooked 2 pots of coconut rice and a pot of plain rice and they were almost all finished. Juices and hot Chinese tea were served throughout the evening.

Rice and cups for Chinese tea

Rice and cups for Chinese tea

These are a few of my friends. They looked so happy and sweet. Look at my friend in front there. She’s trying to show me she could pick up a small item with her chopsticks….well done!

Happy, pretty ladies

Happy, pretty ladies

This pretty, little girl is so cute. She’s a very friendly and confident child. She enjoyed herself and joined in the fun, even cheering along! She definitely made her dad very proud.

Happy father and friendly daughter

Happy father and friendly daughter

It was really such a fun evening as everyone enjoyed themselves, including children and teenagers. Everyone was happy. Food always brings friends closer together. What Happy Hours we had!

Do you celebrate as the year comes to an end? What food would you like to have? Who would you celebrate with? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Quote of the day…..

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Japanese Proverb

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16 Comments

Divina  on December 28th, 2009

I could see the mochi from afar. Everything looks good. You should have a photo too:D We usually spend New Year’s eve with the whole PE family. There’s lots of us in there. Before it was potluck but with the growing family, we cater. Lots of fireworks everywhere too.

Mary  on December 28th, 2009

@Divina - You have been making so many mochi balls lately that I think you will notice mochi balls anywhere :D I was the camera lady that’s why I’m always missing in the pictures. Yes, will try to include next time. Hope I remember. Hope you have a great time there.

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on December 28th, 2009

That’s a great buffet! Holidays, celebrations, parties, and Foooooooooooood!

Trissa  on December 28th, 2009

Sooo much food. I think I may have gained 2 kilos reading this post! LOL!

Jeannie  on December 28th, 2009

Looks like you have a very wonderful celebration with lots of good food! :D Need to do lots of exercise after that lol!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on December 28th, 2009

Wow what a spread, looks like you all had a wonderful time. Happy New Year!

Thas  on December 28th, 2009

Awesome Mary, what a feast you’ve made. Wish I were there to taste your delicious food:). You deserve a round of applause for all these cooking!
Isn’t it amazing how food brings family and friends together?
Have fun!

Mary  on December 28th, 2009

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Yes, looks like too much eating. Won’t dare to go and weigh myself :P

@Trissa - I probably have overshot that. To lose it will be my New Year resolution :D

@Jeannie - You are very right….I need lots of exercise :D What a price to pay!

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - I’m really thankful to have lots of wonderful time. Would be so nice if you can join us. Maybe one fine day :) Happy New Year to you, too, Sarah.

@Thas - I wish you were here…would be more fun then :P Thanks and Happy New Year!

Erica  on December 28th, 2009

What a wonderful buffet!!!!Happy new year!

Ellie  on December 29th, 2009

What a great feast! Happy holiday :)

Stacy  on December 29th, 2009

Looks so good! Happy holidays!

Mary  on December 29th, 2009

@Erica - Thank you. Happy New Year to you, too!

@Ellie - Thank you. Happy holidays to you, too!

@Stacy - Thank you. Happy holidays to you too!

Light Delight with Tou Tou  on December 29th, 2009

what a great party!!! so many awesome fooooood ! I want to join you!
Glad you had a wonderful x’mas holiday :-D

Mary  on December 30th, 2009

@Light Delight with Tou Tou - There’s lots of extra, more than enough for you if you were here. There were healthy food too for you :) Wish you were here! Hope you had a great time over on your side. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Tou Tou!

kristy  on December 30th, 2009

Gosh, what a party! I’ll have parties like this once in awhile too! Sometimes, just scared of cooking and the cleaning up …=P hehe… overall I enjoyed it very much! Thanks for sharing the blessful moment with us. Cheers.

Mary  on December 30th, 2009

@Kristy - Sometimes I wish I have a magic button for the cleaning or those cute pots and pans and everything like in Beauty and the Beast that can do all the preparations, set up etc….LOL. But it is always a lot of fun despite a whole day of cooking. Thanks for visiting. Hope you have a very enjoyable holiday season.

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