Monday, August 25, 2008

Birthday Parties-Portuguese Style

Last week we had the privilege of attending two different birthday parties for two different children. I thought I'd share my experiences with you:

The first party was for the little girl that lives next door. She was turning 8. The party started at 9:30 Monday night. When we got there the entire extended family was there. Grandparents, both sets, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and family friends. We were a little overwhelmed with so many people, and all of which stared at us all night. There was a lot of food, meats, bread, olives, quiche and a huge birthday cake. After we sang "Happy Birthday", which contains 4 stanzas, the mother and father each separately toasted their daughter. With interlocking arms, they kissed and had their picture taken. (Imagine the arm loop thing that bride and grooms do at their reception) It was obviously something they do at each birthday. At 11:30 that night we excused ourselves, as the kids were getting irritable and past ready for bed. (We were the first to leave)

The second party was at 5:30 on Friday. I remembered my camera this time so I've posted a few pictures. The boy was turning 5 and one of the gifts we gave him was a small, hang over the closet door, basketball goal. It was a hit!! Those kids played basketball all night. Well, they tried to play basketball...they don't know a whole lot about basketball...just that the ball supposed to go through the hoop. There was lots of junk food at this party as it was packed full of kids. Chips, cookies, chocolate, suckers, ham croissants, mini muffins and cake. The kids ate so much junk food that they were literally bouncing off the walls. Thank goodness we were outdoors! We, again excused ourselves after having been there for 4 hours! Portuguese people like to hang out and they don't get in a big hurry about anything. Except when they drive!

"Cool...what is this thing?!"

Some of the kids..after eating all the junk food.

My kids enjoyed all the junk food they could hold.......Brooklyn threw up when we got home!


The Ballinger Family said...

Looks like your kids are fitting in nicely & making friends....that is such a blessing....Isn't that late for a birthday party?

Tori said...

Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Your just fitting in so well, before long they won't know who the Americans are and who are Portuguese.

Have a great Tuesday!

The Kenney Family said...

Loved reading this post because I just went to a birthday party on Friday. I like to be "in and out" but that doesn't work well here in Chile. The 5:00pm party actually didn't get started until 7:30pm. So my plan of showing up and leaving around 6:30 was foiled along with all my other Friday evening plans. But it was fun!
Also tell Michael great job on the Portugese blog. I am jelous of his language progress.

Starla said...

WOW!!! They really know how to throw a birthday party!!! :)