Today the 3 grands (and their Mama) came over and we celebrated Chinese New Year - the Year of the Tiger. We really had a great time. We used a red tablecloth - red being the appropriate color of the celebration. The children wore red shirts. Nana found some swell paper plates and napkins at the costume and display store.
DD and I had planned the menu and so she made a noodle salad with a peanut sauce/dressing while the children and Nana made dumplings/pot stickers. We used purchased wrappers but made our mixture of ground turkey, napa cabbage, some ginger, green onion, soy sauce and sesame oil. After it is all 'mooshed' together, then a small spoonful goes into each wrapper. The edge is wetted and then it is sealed. They are boiled twice and then can be (we did this for part of the 45 we made) pan fried. They really were great and the kids seemed to quite enjoy the whole process.
Nana also managed to find a sheet of temporary tatoos - oh so festive
It was great fun to have lots of small dishes with extra peanuts, with cucumber pieces and with dipping sauce for the dumplings. The kids got "into it" and made little origami boxes (OK so we have our asian countries a bit mixed up, but it was close) and because it was the year of the Tiger, we brought the Tiger they had - a Webkins Tiger - for the table. Also made some paper lanterns. All in all, quite a festive celebration and they loved being part of putting it together.
And because the weather cooperated, we were able to cap off the afternoon with a trip to the park. Oh such a fun holiday!