A Filipino Feast To Celebrate True Love

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. My siblings and I feel so blessed to have our parents in their golden years  and be part of  their Golden Anniversary.  I will talk more about this very special  event on my next post.  Because us Filipinos love food (and because my blog is also a food blog), here are the pictures of the food that we enjoyed with family and friends during this celebration of our parents' lives.

I am so thankful for my sister-in-law -- let us call here "Mary Ann (Martha) Stewart". She single-handedly cooked and decorated this event.  The fact that we decided one week before the event to hold a party did not faze this very talented and industrious woman. My parents told us  initially that they just wanted to have  lunch or dinner with the entire family on the day of their anniversary. At the very last minute, my sister, brother,  sister-in-law, brother-in-law and I decided to throw a party for our parents to honor them on their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Strapped for a venue because we only had one week to plan a big party, we held it at my brother and sis-in-law's house. They have a beautiful house and a lovely backyard. We were also blessed with one full day of a chilly yet sunny and beautiful weather.

On the menu were:
  • An assortment of Filipino rice cakes
  • Fettucine Alfredo
  • Meatballs
  • BBQ chicken
  • Fried Crispy Calamari
  • Bistek (Filipino Beefsteak)
  • Chili Prawns
  • Breaded Fish
  • Fried Rice
  • Orange Chicken
  • Cassava Cake
  • 2 Kinds of (Lumpia) Eggrolls: Shanghai and Fried Eggrolls
  • Brie with blueberry jam and crackers
  • Strawberries, blueberries and grapes
  • Filipino tamales
  • Suman (Filipino rice cake in banana leaves)
  • Chocolate Bundt Cake
  • Cake from 85 Degrees Bakeshop 
  • Wines 

We also had roasted pig or lechon. Lechon is a symbol of abundance in every Filipino feast. It is served to honor the celebrant(s) and the guests. We ordered a large lechon to let our mom and dad know how much we love and appreciate them as they always have a lechon for every special occasions in our lives. Our parents will always have lechon during our our birthday parties, graduations, weddings, and every special events  since we were little kids. 

As with every Filipino parties, guests also arrived bearing more food. At the end of the day, we had way more than Filipino rice cakes and beautiful cakes that we could every eat!

It is also tradition that every guest will go home with lots of packed food as a way to thank them.  (I was so prepared -- I brought my own containers! Ha! Ha!) And even after sending every guest with a bag full of food, we had tons of leftovers!

We are so thankful for the abundance of not just delicious food but the love and support of our family and friends. The feast went on from noon until 8 pm. Every tummy was full and every heart was happy. There was so much love and joy.  And best of all, my parents feel loved and honored as they deserve and more...........

Stay tuned for the picture of the beautiful cake and the story of this beautiful day on my next post!

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