I never had it so good…

My paternal uncle, my late dad’s younger brother, invited us to his grandson’s 2nd birthday celebration on Sunday evening, the eve of Chinese New Year’s Eve, at a leading hotel in town.

I guess the theme was one of jungle animals…

Party theme, jungle animals

…and I must say it sure was impressive and took my breath away. These kids really have it so good these days – their parties would certainly put the ones we had when we were little to shame.

There were all those lovely cupcakes…

Cupcakes 1

…lots of them…

Cupcakes 2

which they asked everybody to help themselves to after the cutting of the birthday cake by the birthday boy and there were tarts too…

Tarts

…and a tray of Swiss roll…

Swiss roll

…as well.

Of course, dinner started with our traditional longevity noodles, the mee sua

Mee sua

…complete with the golden egg but instead of the usual chicken in traditional Foochow red wine soup, what we had that night was herbal chicken soup and I rather enjoyed it, something different for a change and because there were only 8 at our table for 10, there were extras and I helped myself to one of the two bowls and ate on behalf of whoever did not show up. LOL!!!

After that came the more-than-Four Seasons…

More than Four Seasons

…followed by this steamed fish…

Fish

…and this duck & chicken combo…

Duck & chicken

This dish of lamb done butter prawn style…

Lamb

…did not really tickle my fancy but I sure enjoyed the braised sea cucumber that came after that…

Sea cucumber

There was another dish, mixed vegetables and dessert of almond jelly and longans but I did not take any photographs of those.

The “elders” in the family were given this door gift…

Door gift 1

– I am the birthday boy’s uncle, my cousin’s son, so I got one too and inside was this very nice “gold coin”…

Door gift 2

…for The Year of The Pig. Hopefully, that will bring me good luck in the year ahead!

It certainly was a delightful party and get-together with everybody from my paternal side of the family.