We had no idea that a party would be so much work! Thank God we had the help of my in-laws! In Singapore, its always so simple, just order food and everybody can come, get food and stand around and eat. A European dinner is more complicated though. People normally cook since catering is costwise unjustfiable unless there´s really a lot of people and there should be enough tables and chairs for everybody to sit down and eat. Hence, I cooked a meal with my mother-in-law Anita - this dish called "Stunden Fleisch", which is a sumptious mixture of pork slices, with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, red pepper etc. I cooked chinese fried rice too for the vegetarians and to my surprise, it was almost all eaten up! We also prepared desserts, me - almond jelly and lychees, Anita - tiramisu. Yum yum! Geli brought an appetizer, noodle salad. In total, we had a 4 course meal actually! Everything is DIY. Stephan and Werner had to set up the tables and chairs, we borrowed an extra bench, chairs and utensils from my in-laws and we also had some candle decorations to match our blue theme for the night.
It was great company, we had about 18 ppl in total, had a lovely talk over dinner, showed some wedding photos to those who had not seen them and watched the wedding DVD. Very very lovely time, but I was so thankful when it was over too, cos I didn´t feel very good, the remnants of the headache from my Heidelberg driving and all. But now that we know how it all goes, we would like to have more parties at our place again!
The Do-It-Yourself parties in Germany: