We celebrated another birthday this month, and I added another twist at the last minute. One might even call it a theme. But I'm not usually a theme kind of party thrower, so bear with me.
Since we like to eat Asian foods around here, I thought I would serve some of our favorite internationally inspired dishes. Plus, since we were expecting a dozen children, we would serve
So here was what I came up with for our global tour dinner:
1. Frankfurters (Germany)
2. French Bread (France)
3. Steamed Sticky Rice (Vietnam)
4. Potstickers / "Jiaozi" (China)
5. Dried Mango and Pineapple Slices (Thailand)
Not having any veggies was regrettable, but I was trying to keep things simple.
Of course, making a pinata and passports on the same day as the party does not qualify as keeping things simple. Anyway, here are the passports:
Guests were instructed to eat and sample the different dishes first and then come back to collect "stamps" for their passports. The stamps we used were obtained from free resources at the LCMS website. My daughter cut them out. We provided glue sticks and school glue for the adhesive, though printing the images on sticker paper would be a great time saving option.
Time constraints limited us to six country stamps, which turned out to be plenty. However, for more stamp opportunities I thought of adding:
- a pinata for Mexico
- some origami shapes for Japan
- some South African rooibos tea
This passport activity could be used at a variety of occasions, from an educational meal with family and friends, to a potluck event, or even as part of a geography lesson.
Have you ever sampled cuisines from multiple countries in one meal?