Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Party Time!

Belizean friends of ours, Kim and Ruth, invited us to attend a birthday party for their two sons, Sean and Randall, who were turning 2 and 7 years old respectively. (As an aside, Kim is the owner/operator of Bessa Decor, the same company that built all our kitchen cabinets, counters, island, side cabinet, and desk.)

The party was held on the property where Kim has his shop. A building, which will eventually be a block factory, was transformed into a party place that would make any little kid squeal (and probably few adults too).

There was the bouncy house...

...and balloons...

...and beautiful hand-made birthday cakes.

The hostess with the mostest, Ruth:

Our host, Kim (right) chatting with David.

One of the birthday boys, Sean. Look at those cheeks and all that curly hair!

And his older brother, Randall -- the other birthday boy.

But the kids weren't the only ones in for a good time. For the grown-ups, there was a DJ and an open bar with a generous supply of various beers, vodka, rum and who knows what else...

...and amazing, amazing food. I'll get to that in a minute.

The guests mixed and mingled...

...and some new friends were made.

And this little guy had pretty much everyone smiling as he tottered by.

But let's get back to the food. For starters, there was conch ceviche. I forgot to take a picture, because I was too busy eating. After that came the pulled pork tacos with two different types of toppings.

I thought that was enough food to keep me for a week, but then the main courses made their appearance. There was a choice of half a chicken or pork ribs. Both dishes came with sides of beans and a green salad.

The ribs were to die for and it turns out the Kim was the one who made them, along with a bunch of the other items. I'm going to see if he'll give me the recipe for the pork glaze. Seriously, I could eat these every blessed day. For those who had the chicken, it also got rave reviews. A handful of us were seriously petioning Kim to think about opening a restaurant, like in Ranchito.

And while you could serve yourself from the grills they had set up, Ruth and her sister were speed demons delivering ready made plates right to the tables and always making sure everyone had plenty to drink.

But after the meal was over, the real fun began. Time to break open the pinata.

Sean was the first one to give it a few whacks.

Kim tried to give him some pointers...

...but Sean had his own idea...just get on and ride it!

Randall took his shots, then each child got to have a go at it. Yells of encouragement from the crowd helped the kids really throw themselves into it.

And while a teeny bit too small to take part in the whole pinata deal, this cutie was certainly impressed with the efforts of the other kids...

...especially when all the candy and confetti flew out.

And I'd like to mention that in spite the candy, the bouncy house, the general excitement and fun taking place, every single child was incredibly well behaved.

After singing Happy Birthday, each guest was given a piece of cake and a gift bag filled with all kinds of candies and sweets.

Seriously, this was an EVENT, and we had the very best time. We rolled out of there around 5pm (pets to feed, you know), but heard the party was still going strong at 7:30.

This morning I was still thinking about those ribs.

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