About Our Group

The group consists of 12 girls, each paired with a partner. Each month a partnership will host a dinner, which entails formal invitations, decorations, menus, a multi-course dinner, party favors, etc. Each year we'll have six hosted dinners, a few potlucks, and then take the summer off. The dinners are a lot of work, but a lot of fun. Each partnership will host once a year, and usually have a few months to plan. There are no set themes – be as creative as you want. This gives each of us plenty of opportunities to not only try out new recipes, but to also share an evening with friends.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Chinese New Year and Murder Mystery Dinner

February's Event:

Since Chinese New Year landed in the month of February, Joni and Krissy based their theme around it. It is the most elaborate and important holiday in the Chinese calendar. Food plays a vital part in most of the festivities and these girls did an amazing job of providing delicious food but also adding some traditional food served in the festivities. 

To go along with our Chinese New Year night, the girls decided to throw in some fun by adding a Murder Mystery game.

Madame Wong, a wealthy widow, suddenly freezes and falls over, dead. She has been poisoned, by a blow dart. Everyone present could have done it as everyone had the means and the motive. Who killed Madame Wong?

Everybody came ready to play and dressed in their parts, unfortunately with the time and amount of people not present we were not able to play the Murder Mystery game and are still wondering, 'Who killed Madame Wong?' 

The food was so delicious, we are all still talking about it and the decorations were so beautiful and well put together. 

The Invite

The Decorations:

Paper Lanterns
A gold woven table runner
votive candles 

Dinner Setting:

Gold Square Charger Plate
Orange Napkin draped under the Place setting
A bowl filled with rocks and water topped with a Cymbidium Orchid 
and chopsticks


Togetherness Tray
 with raisins, jujube, dried apricot, and nuts

*Jujube symbolizes wealth, prosperity, fertility
*Dried Apricots =gold and wealth

*Throughout the Chinese New Year season, it is customary to offer guests an assortment of treats from a Tray of Togetherness called chuen-hop– a circular or octagonal shaped tray filled with an assortment of symbolic foods to provide a sweet beginning to the New Year.*


Wrapped Shrimp with Asian Barbecue Sauce
Pork and Ginger- Fuji Apple Chutney Pot Sticker (no picture)
Thai Meatballs with Green Curry Sauce


La Phet Thote (Fermented Tea Salad)

Main Course:

Chicken Satay Noodle


Pear Up-side down cake
Five Spice Ice Cream
Caramel Sauce

Party Favors:

Take Home boxes filled with Chinese Chocolates
with Chopsticks on top
Red Envelope with our Chinese Zodiac inside

*A red envelope (紅包, hóngbāo) is simply a long, narrow, red envelope with money in it. Traditional red envelopes are often decorated with gold Chinese characters like happiness and wealth. Red symbolizes luck.*

Thank you Joni and Krissy for a wonderful evening.

*You'll be redirected to 4shared.com, click the blue download button. This is 15 pages to download, I didn't want to re-type everything.*

1 comment:

Lizzy said...

Amazing. I'm so sad I couldn't come. Gorgeous job Krissy and Joni!