Last night, my twin sister, Cara, and I had a HUGE party for our 40th birthday. We are twins, so we had to make our 40th birthday a BIG DEAL, and IT WAS!
We held the banquet at this restaurant, the "Blue Whale Liquor Building" according to the characters on the sign. I invited some friends from the university, other friends from Hangzhou, and ALL of my students! So, in total we had more than 100 people in attendance for a dinner banquet!
Here are Sue and Olga getting acquainted with some of the handsome boys in my classes.
We had booked this room, and had 11 tables with about 10 or so people each! For each table, we ordered 20 dishes! My sister, Cara is not experienced with Chinese food or the usage of chopsticks, but she did great!
The wait-staff that was available for our every beck and call!
We also ordered 4 large cakes to feed everyone dessert. I was also told that the purpose of a birthday cake in China is not to eat, but to throw at the guest of honor. Oh NO! Some of the cakes...
We lit the Candles of Danger which you have seen in previous blog entries, and stood back to watch them unfold and whistle "Happy Birthday".
Next, it was time to cut the cake, and in China, the guest of honor serves the guests. Cara and Sue got very messy cutting all of that cake!
Cara, enjoying her piece of birthday cake...
Sue, cake-cutter extraordinaire!
Some of my students, attacking a piece of cake with their chopsticks.
Here's the Birthday Boy, having his cake and eating it too, with chopsticks!
Sophie also got her share, from many of our Chinese friends!
One of my students is a magician. He did some close magic for the crowd, which the boys really enjoyed!
Cara with her new friends "Rebecca" and "Anita".
This is my student, "Lee", who speaks English well but is very mischievous! While he was eating cake however he was the victim this time and one of his classmates pushed it into his face!
Lee got a fresh piece of cake and hunted me down! I told him I was giving him a surprise English test tomorrow!
Giving "Andre" a cake kiss...
Nearly every student brought a gift as well, some of them were quite large! We walked to the restaurant, so how to get 100 packages back home, walking, and taking a bus!! Fortunately, our friend Enrique offered his car and he delivered all of the gifts to our doorstep in Hangzhou. I have already spent an hour opening them and I still have half of them left to open! The kids have been a great help in this!
In China, birthday banquets are arranged and paid for by the guest of honor, in this case, me! The idea is to spread your "luck" around to everyone else around you - well I felt very lucky tonight to know all of these wonderful people!