This fall, she is in her Mandarin school in Asia, so was thrilled to plan a big 12 party with her dear Chinese friends here. She had some amazing parties at our home in California for one through five birthdays, but often in fulltime travel, one can't have a big party with friends, so she was in her element these last few months planning this extravaganza. This is her 3rd continent and 8th country to celebrate a birthday ( we sometimes have two that I didn't list), and first birthday celebration for her in Asia.
FAMILY CELEBRATION FIRST
Who wouldn't want to skip school and wake up to balloons covering her bed, birthday greeting on her window and a surprise package waiting? She discovered the series "Friends" in London in 2011, so was happy to discover a boxed set here that she has been coveting for weekend viewing, thus a surprise that delighted her that started the day right... Squeals of joy, hand made card and decorations.
What tween girl wouldn't want a shopping spree at the mall, especially when she had it mostly to herself since everyone else was in school or at work?
She had to put on the new T-shirt she bought plus the new bangles and love earrings from her shopping spree...while still at the mall. She was one happy kid and the whole family really enjoyed this week day of indulgence on her birthday that fell in the middle of the week. We also saw a great movie at the mall and like rock stars, we had the whole luxury theater to ourselves and brought our own healthy popcorn. We had some Chinese food at a fave restaurant ( something I don't usually do with my health issues) and then cuddled and watched a new DVD movie at home.
WEEKEND KARAOKE BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH FRIENDS
Six Chinese girlfriends and one American all having fun at the Karaoke party celebrating her birthday on the weekend.
Mozart loooooves to sing!
Singing the birthday song, making a wish and blowing out those candles!
Lots of good food and drinks! Nom, nom.
Birthday love earrings and singing a favorite Mandarin pop song.
The party room was jumping with happy girls!
Yummy birthday cake that she picked out and ordered from a favorite bakery in the mall. We haven't been eating any sugar for about a year, ( only raw honey) so this was a big splurge.
Dinner was part of the package for our Karaoke party, so the tweens had more than enough to eat.
The yummy cake disappeared quickly.
Not just karaoke, but wii games too kept the girls occupied. ( Something we've never invested in but she has played it at other friends houses in several countries).
You can't have too many balloons for a party.
Girls just want to have fun!
SLEEP OVER WITH BFF IN ASIA - THE CELEBRATION CONTINUES
Even after the party, the birthday celebrations continued as the custom here is to open presents away from guests. She had invited her best friend over for a sleepover so they opened the presents at our home in Penang.
Girls giggling and up late with birthday mischief.
Still playing the next day.
An amazing birthday celebration for this happy 12 year old!!