Grace’s Big First Birthday Bash

Proud parents and Gracie

Proud parents and Gracie

Grace’s first birthday has come and gone and what a fantastic time it has been.We had a wonderful  party for her on Saturday night and in typical ” no idea what to expect” style, I was just amazed at a) the effort my family went to and b)the amount of people that turned out – especially all the little kids that came ! I initially gave the wife some money and said “you look after present,cake and food and I will look after the beverages, ice and charcoal etc”. As alot of my freinds were out of town, otherwise engaged or just too rude to turn up, I told Leakhana that there would probably only be about 25 people. Ha. Wrong. I forget that personal invitations turn into clan invitations ( and I have absolutely NO problem with this as it makes for great parties ) and the party crowd soon swelled.

The catering crew

The catering crew

Chilli chop up

Chilli chop up

Kebabs Galore

Kebabs Galore

Fresh fare

Fresh fare

Ready to party

Ready to party

On Friday afternoon I tuk tuk’d some tables home from school and then helped Veasna hang some lights on the bamboo trellis and then we had a small meal with Nek,Pek and Veasna. The entire day ( Saturday ) was spent preparing for the event. Motos and family members came and went all day like bees entering and leaving their hive. All family members were assigned duties by Leakhana like a General mobilising the army. Floors and Toilets were scrubbed and cleaned, fresh produce for the feast was bought at market, the local beer shop got three visits for Zorok and ice and balloons were inflated. Ther garden was trimmed and lit and come 4pm we were all ready ( if not a little exhausted )for Grace’s very first birthday party.

Calm before the storm

Calm before the storm

Mark and Srey Touche were first to arrive at 5pm and we sat down to watch the  Bledisloe Cup.After losing 10 cases of beer to Mark on the first match, I sheepishly settled for a one case bet. Half time we were looking good however the full time score went a point the kiwis way so yet again I lost out BUT it was a bloody good game of football that resembled 80 minutes in the UFC Octagon. 10 blood bins and a few broken noses later and the boys from both sides must have been very sore indeed.

Ok - I am ready to party !

Ok - I am ready to party !

Grace watching her first Bledisloe Cup with Dad and God parents Mark and Srey Touche

Grace watching her first Bledisloe Cup with Dad and God parents Mark and Srey Touche
The in crowd

The in crowd

The cake cometh

The cake cometh

Year of the Rat

Year of the Rat

Parents and God Parents

Parents and God Parents

Late night revellers still partying hard

Late night revellers still partying hard

It was then on to the serious business of Grace’s party. Around 6pm people started arriving…and arriving….and arriving….and arriving. They were coming out of the walls at one stage and many arrived with lovely big presents all wrapped up for Grace. Kids played pick up sticks and Jenga, teenagers drank beer like it was water and adults mingled and enjoyed the fine fare. Leakhana and I had absolutely no time to eat as were too busy ensuring everyone was looked after and thankfully, by 9pm the crowd thinned out with many tired little kids having to go home to bed. This left a core crew of regulars ; Jeff, Easyrider,Mark,Touche,Phalla and Tra, Lyn and friends, Srey Neung and friends,mum, Nek,Pek,Veasna,Danay and a few others. The cobra juice came out again and we all had a great natter and a solid laugh.It was then off to Memphis Club for a dance to some live music and finally Heart of Darkness.

So the party was a huge success and I must thank my amazing wife for her tireless work and her family for their incredible support. Thanks also to  everyone who came and bought such lovely gifts.It was a great moment for Grace and we can’t believe the first year has gone so quickly.

My sister-in-law Lyn

My sister-in-law Lyn

Tra,Grace,Vichea and Phalla

Tra,Grace,Vichea and Phalla

Jeff and Easyrider

Jeff and Easyrider

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16 Responses to Grace’s Big First Birthday Bash

  1. rg says:

    Looks like it was a lovely, lovely party.

    Rortus, could you please teach me how to do this newsletter thing that you do?

    Love to all
    R
    xox

  2. gavinmac says:

    Little Cambodian kids play Jenga? No wonder the girls get so good at it. But If I had a Cambodian daughter, I would forbid her from ever playing Jenga or Connect Four.

  3. gavinmac says:

    Darith is a very skilled player if we’re talking about the same guy.

  4. gavinmac says:

    Yeah, Howie told me years ago no gambling. I used to offer to play the girls my dollar against their 100 riel. Not that I would beat them 40 times to 1, but because they are poor and I figured a dollar to me is like 100 riel to them. Howie doesn’t like it because he prefers you play them for drinks so that he makes money.

  5. Felgerkarb says:

    I remember Grace when she was but a gleam in an old bogan’s eye. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRACE.

  6. gavinmac says:

    Post more photos of the caterer. She’s cute.

  7. gavinmac says:

    Is she single? How old is she? Does she like immature alcoholic casino executives?

  8. gavinmac says:

    I could quit the casino job if that would help. Pretty, hard-working, virtuous young women who cook and clean are not easy to find.

  9. gavinmac says:

    Come to think of it, marrying one of your wife’s sisters would be the next best thing to marrying an orphan, since the in laws are always living at your place.

    I’ll work on the face.

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