This year Patriot visited Mexico for the first time and although I previously spent 22 years of my life just next door to Mexico in Texas, it was my first time to visit Mexico too! We had so much fun enjoying Sayulita with family last spring and we brought back lots of tortillas and souvenirs to help us remember the trip. While the tortillas are long gone, we decided to celebrate a big”first” with the fiesta spirit we loved in Mexico– Patriot’s first birthday!
First Birthday Fiesta
Aside from celebrating Patriot’s travels, what made the festivities even more special was that we partied at Peter’s new restaurant, Fong Waa Parlour.
I snuck in a few photos before the big event and I’m so glad I did because once Patriot and his buddies arrived, they were off playing and exploring all around the restaurant.
We had a delicious spread of wings, quesadillas, avocado egg rolls, dumplings, chili con carne pizza, and nachos. Some of the food items are on Fong Waa’s usual menu, but some they added just for us so the afternoon was a perfect blend of Chinese, Mexican, and American cultures. The Fong Waa staff are absolute pros and handled all the catering, accommodated the set up I wanted, made delicious coffees, and served our wines and beers (the restaurant is BYOB for now!).
For dessert we had fruit, homemade sugar cookies, and a homemade tres leches layered cake.
I don’t bake often so I’m a bit nervous baking for a crowd. The cake was far from perfectly decorated, but I have to say…it was absolutely scrumptious. I did a test run the week before which was delicious but the final version ended up even better! And personally I think the messy homemade whipped cream was very wabi-sabi!
I wanted to keep the party more eco-friendly so we skipped the single-use decor like balloons. Instead I put together a couple of simple floral arrangements from the local flower market. They were slightly less fresh and on sale so I feared they were doomed to be thrown away by the shop soon even they still looked great.
We hung up reusable papel picado banners around the restaurant that we purchased in Mexico. Though they are traditionally made with paper, ours were plastic, but we will use them again for future events.
I also brought out Patriot’s framed silhouette cut out from our home and instead of goodie bags, we gave away succulents for the kids (I’m trying to teach Patriot to have more of a green thumb than I do!).
Happy 1st Birthday, Patriot!