People have been asking how my party went, so now that the dust has settled I can say it went very well!
It was my birthday a couple months ago, that milestone 62 when you are eligible for social security. My money should start coming in 7 days, not that I’m counting! I have a lot of good friends. All this sounded like plenty of excuses to get friends together for some company, food, and music.
But, I have no experience putting on parties so I have been busy planning and preparing for the last week or two. Of course I couldn’t do something easy like order pizza. I wanted to make Panamanian food, and learn more about how to make it in the process. The menu was tamales, arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), and potato salad with beets. There were also party mix snack foods, veggies and dip, and a fruit bowl of local fruits. For dessert we bought cakes from PriceSmart.
The food was organized into different shopping or cooking chores for each day. Disposable plates and other party supplies were bought. Invitations were sent out. Chairs were borrowed. Joel was requested to provide the music and song lists were checked and approved. By Sunday, all was ready and in order!
Everyone chatted and had a bit to eat, and then it was time for some music.
Where this is music, there is dancing!
It turned out to be a really fun evening, in spite of me totally forgetting the potato and beet salad in the fridge. Everyone talked and ate and laughed and enjoyed the music. I should have taken more photos but as more people arrived I was busier. My teacher and friend Yaira also came with some of her family which made me so happy I didn’t even think of any more photos. (She’s the one who’s baby just had the first birthday party)
We had so much fun and the time went fast so we didn’t even get to the fireworks. I know I will have plenty of other opportunities to enjoy them though since fireworks are a big part of every holiday in Panama.
So yes, it was a good party. PriceSmart sells things in quantity and I still have enough supplies that maybe I’ll have to do it again. Is that a good enough excuse for a party? have supplies that need to be used? Sure, why not!
There are a couple more related posts to come, so stay tuned