Birthday number one

Last weekend we celebrated Leo’s first birthday! We invited a small group of friends to our place and served up Western style picnic food. Tuna salad was a big hit, since most of our guests had never eaten tuna before. We tried to explain that it’s nothing special to Americans, since it comes right out of a can ready to eat. Nonetheless they were very impressed.

Finding birthday party supplies was no problem at all. Walmart ended up having most of the basics, balloons, blowpipes, party hats. They also had paper Chinese lanterns to hang from the ceiling, which gave the party a distinct international flavor. There is also a chain bakery store in town that prepares cakes, so no problem there either. Leo was not interested in his first piece of birthday cake from all the commotion going on. And the day after when we fed him his first taste his stomach was upset and he threw it right up. Poor guy.

We realized afterwards that we hadn’t been to a party of any shape or form since arriving here a half year ago. It’s another small sign of the newness of our life here, not really having a community that we’re regular members of, and not having our own traditions surrounding us. Hosting our own little party became something of a release from a long dry spell. We’re looking forward to the next time we can do one, and maybe we’ll up the ante from tuna salad to salami sandwiches.

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2 Responses to “Birthday number one”


  1. 1 Chris Burgwald September 2, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Congrats on the first Muller (bday) party in China!

  2. 2 Julie September 3, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Yay!! Can’t wait to see the pictures!! How funny that the tuna salad was such a hit…let me know if you guys need me to send some Spam!


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