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Monday, February 15, 2016

CHINESE NEW YEAR PARTY

Welcome to Tour America's New Year's Party





Tour America Employees

Chinese New Year party - let me tell you what a amazing evening I had at this terrific party.  I had so much fun - the 7 course meal was out of this world - entertainment was unbelievable.

I was invited to this party by Tour America.  This was one of my biggest accounts when I was Director of Sales at the hotel.  I get invited every year by the owner, Gloria Lam.  This lady is a very gracious woman and her employees truly love her.

The banquet room was beautifully set with tables of 10 guests with gold chair covers.  There was a very large lazy susan in the center of the table to hold the food.  We were given a saki shot for good luck in 2016, which is one of their customs.  We toasted and then came in two very large dragons.  We were each given a red envelope with money in it to feed the dragon, again for good luck.  The dragons went around the tables gathering their red envelops in their mouths. They danced around and played like they were fighting.

Gloria opening the Saki with her employees.




Dragons dancing around the room looking for red envelops
One of the guests feeding a red envelope to the dragon


A very large salad was placed on each table and we had to toss it high to bring more good luck.  The salad had fresh salmon along with lettuce, etc.  Yum yum  Then the food started coming, one dish at a time.  I cannot begin to tell you what marvelous food we had.  Honey Walnut Shrimp, platters of Crab, Shrimp and Lobsters.  A dish of Scallops with vegetables,  Sweet and Sour Fish, Peking Duck with a small bread & plum sauce.  Rice with Shrimp and Vegetables, a Beef dish that was so good.  Shark Fin Soup and Mango pudding.  This took over two hours to eat along with the entertainment they provided.  Wine, hot tea and Saki flowed freely.  They had this big barrel of Saki from Japan with gold flakes in it - again good luck.


Good luck salad

Here I am with one of the employees from Tour America

Each person was then given their own Red Envelope with a new one Dollar Bill in it, again for good luck.  Numerous door prizes where given away.

Then they had a Sumo Wrestling contest.  You would put on a suit and it would inflate making you look just  like a Sumo wrestler.  I laughed so hard at all the contestants trying to stay on their feet.


Sumo Wrestlers having some fun.

Each year they pick a theme and this year they were all dressed up like Chinese Cartoon Characters.  Pokieman, Kiki and the Delivery Man, etc.  they were priceless and they encouraged the customers to dress up also.  So we voted on the best - so much fun.......  Some of costume's were really good and a lot of thought went into making them,  of course a lot were rentals.
Chibi

Doing a dance routine that they put together and they were GREAT

Gloria has as much fun as her employees were.  Such gracious people.
I feel so honored to be invited every year, even though I am retired.  Gloria said to me -" I expect to see you here every year."


Kiki and the Delivery Man  That is Kik's  husband and I didn't know him all dressed up, such a good sport

A wonderful evening was had by all.

I hope you have enjoyed this post on a Chinese New Year's Party. I really had a terrific time. So much good luck was passed around.  I look forward to this wonderful party every year.

If you have the good fortune to be invited to A Chinese New Year's Party, please go, you will not be disappointed.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.  Waldo, Lili and I like to read them all together.

Mary

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55 comments:

  1. Now THAT is a party, and how good you are invited each year. Gloria must be a charming lady.

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    1. Sorry to be so tardy in responding to your comment, but I've been down with COPD and just didn't have the energy to do anything. So glad that you enjoyed the post. Have a great weekend.
      Mary

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  2. Hi Mary, wow that really sounds like a fun Cinese New Year party you attended. I love the photos and I bet the food was good. I would of loved an evening like that! I hope you have a nice week.
    Julie

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    1. So glad that you enjoyed the post Julie, it was a lot of fun and great food. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
      Have a terrific weekend.
      Mary

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  3. Looks like so much fun!!! Big bright colorful party! The food sounds incredible too. So glad you went! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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    1. Yes, it was so much fun and the food was terrific. Thanks so much for stopping by.
      Have a great weekend.
      Mary

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  4. It looks like you had a wonderful time, Mary. Such a festive celebration. The dragon costumes are delightful. I chuckled when I saw the Sumo wrestlers, so funny. I've never been to a Chinese New Year's party. Sounds like so much fun with lots of good food.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Oh Sheri, it was so much fun - the entertainment and food was unbelievable. This is the 7th one I have attended and I hope to go to many more.
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.
      Mary

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  5. Oh, Mary...this looked like such a delightful celebration! It beats anything I've been to in ages! So fun! The menu sounds amazing...mango soup? Shark fin soup? Maybe that's the norm in Cali...not so much here. I would love to try all of this.

    Love seeing the pic of you...how lovely you are!

    Thanks for all of your visits and comments...I try to respond to all of them...I'm lagging behind. So busy and then tired, know what I mean?

    Love and hugs to you,dear friend,

    Jane

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    1. Hi Jane, thanks so much for stopping by. This was a great party and i had lots of fun. That was Mango Pudding and it was not to sweet and was perfect for this big meal.
      Have a great weekend - I am laying low as my COPD is acting up and I get extremely TIRED.
      Hugs,
      Mary

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  6. This looks like such fun, Mary! Delicious and so colorful and festive! How could anyone NOT have a terrific time!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jeanie. Yes, it was a wonderful party and we all had such great fun.
      Have a great weekend.
      Mary

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  7. Mary..you enjoy life to it's fullest..an inspiration to all..I bet you were great at that job!
    I love your outfit..I love your hair!

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    1. I did love my job and I was good at it. I guess that is why I worked until I was 74 and would still be working if I didn't have COPD. But, unfortunately i had to retire due to illness. Gloria was my customer and gave me lots of business at the hotel. She is one lovely lady and she said that I expect you at every Chinese New Year's party that I have.
      So glad that you like the post. Have a great weekend.
      Mary

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  8. Hi Mary, What a great party for the Chinese new year. Looks like a special time was enjoyed by all. The food sounds incredible. Love your photo with one of the employees. You look beautiful and I love your animal print jacket. I know you had a fun time. Thanks for sharing the party and the awesome photos.
    I here it's hot there. We're right behind you in the upper 70's and low 80's. Not much of a winter here in Texas this year.
    Blessings for a great rest of the week. xo

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Celestina and i am so glad that you like the post. Yes, we really had a wonderful time. Glad you like my jacket, got it at Burlington's and a great price, was on the Sale Rack LOL.
      Yes, we did have hot weather but it rained Wednesday night and Thursday morning. i understand that we are in for more hot weather beginning Monday.

      Have a great weekend.
      Hugs,
      Mary

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  9. What a great party Mary. You look so pretty in the picture. I bet the food was soo yummy! Glad you had a great time and shared it with all of us.
    Love and Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Yes, I did have a wonderful time. So glad that you stopped by and I am sorry to take so long in responding, but my COPD reared it's ugly head and I have been taking it really easy and doing my treatments. Felling a little better, just takes time.
      How are things going for Terry? I pray that everything will work out the way you want it to and that he finds a job.
      Lots of hugs your way.
      Mary

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  10. So happy to hear that you had such a good time. It certainly looks like a fabulous party. The photo of you is very cute.

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  11. So happy to hear that you had such a good time. It certainly looks like a fabulous party. The photo of you is very cute.

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  12. Now that is a party I would have liked to have been at
    all the food and fun and real Sumo wrestlers LOL

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    1. Yes, it was a terrific party. They were good sports to put on those costumes and play at being Sumo Wrestlers. Thanks so much for stopping by.
      Mary

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  13. Mary,
    Oh how I would enjoy attending a dinner/celebration like this. Looks like lots of fun, the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. I was born in the Year of the Dragon. Fun photos I had fun scrolling my way through several times soaking up the evening.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. oh Vera, it was so much fun and I love the Dragons weaving their way through the tables gobbling up the red envelopes of money. Everyone got another red envelope with a new $1.00 bill inside - for good luck. Wish you could have gone with me.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and have a terrific weekend.
      Hugs,
      Mary

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  14. Dear Mary, you are such a social butterfly. Sure looks like fun and love you in your leopard coat..Glad you had a good time..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy, i did have lots of fun and glad you like my sale coat from Burlington's.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend.
      We got a little rain, hope yo did also.
      Mary

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  15. Mary this is so neat! I'm glad you go to the parties. It's good to stay connected and it looks like fun. :)

    I'd love for you to link this with Thoughts of Home on Thursday. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Stacy for stopping by. Once I figure out how to link up will send you my posts.
      Have a great weekend.
      Mary

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  16. Hi Mary! Oh, what a fun time you must have had at this party! It looks so fun and festive. Thank you for sharing this with us. Thank you also for poppign in to see me and your kind words.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Dear Sweet Shelia, so glad that you liked my post. Thanks so much for stopping by. i really had a grand time and the food was sooooooooooo good.

      Hope your feeling good, take care of yourself and have a great weekend.
      Mary

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Magali. Glad you liked the post.
      Have a terrific weekend.
      Mary

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  18. Hi Mary,

    I responded to your comment on my blog before viewing yours. I am so glad that you did a blog post on this spectacular party. What great fun, and the food sounds amazing. You have really inspired me here. I have done an Asian themed party in the past, but never for Chinese New Year, so I need to give this some serious thought.

    Pattie

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  19. Mary, that looks like so much fun! I enjoyed seeing all of these pictures, and the food sounds wonderful. I'm so glad you got to attend. Thank you for sharing. Our little Cooper isn't so little any more. He's 3 years old and such a beautiful miracle. Thanks for asking about him.

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    1. Yes, Laurie, it was so much fun and we all had a terrific time. Thanks for stopping by and i am so happy to hear that Cooper is doing so well.
      Have a great weekend.
      Mary

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  20. Mary, you are such a party girl - first Christmas, now Chinese New Year! You must be so loved and respected by your hostess; what an honour to be invited every year, to spend such a wonderful evening with great entertainment, food, and friends! Thanks for all the great action shots!

    Hugs,
    Poppy

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  21. What fun! I've need been to a Chinese New Year party, but enjoyed seeing one via your lens. I hope that good fortune is yours in the year ahead, Mary! You looked fabulous!

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  22. How fantastic! Chinese New Year can be so much fun in LA or Bay area. I just buy Chinese Food now. xoxo Su

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  24. Mary, how is the weather there lately? It rained a bit last week, but warming up again. When Nel visited here in January, she said it was soooo cold, and that it never gets that cold where she lives in So Cal. She wasn't used to that at all.

    Have a peaceful Sunday, my dear, and thank you for always sending thoughtful comments. I truly appreciate them. :)

    ~Sheri

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  25. Oh my Mary, what a fabulous event! Would love to toss that salad. lol! The food just all sounded delicious. I love honey walnut shrimp and crab!! The inflatable wrestling suits are too funny! What a delightful evening and you look so stylish my friend! Glad you will be sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  26. Hi, Mary....what a fun party this must have been...lots of good food and good luck flowing...so glad you had such a good time. xoo

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  27. I'm glad you got some rain in your area, Mary. I do hope you get some more this week. :)

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

    love, ~Sheri

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  29. Mary, check out Nel's post today if you want. This theme park is coming to Southern Cal next month. You guys are lucky to be able to see it! Not sure if you like Harry Potter or not, but it has always been a favorite in our house. :)

    love, ~Sheri

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  30. Hi Mary! Hope you're doing well and thank you for popping in to see me. Carter is doing better and we're so thankful. This ordeal is not over but she's come a long way.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  31. Wow, Mary!! What a wonder event!! Amazing photos of an amazing time!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for dropping by!!

    hugs,
    Deb

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  32. Looks like a fun party, Mary! I just love your blog header with your dogs and raindrops on the rose. I hope I can grow a rose like that someday! Wishing you a blessed Easter. xxoo

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  33. Hi dear Mary! Hope you're doing well. Thanks for popping in to see me and I wish you a blessed Easter.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  34. Wow Mary...this party looks like so much fun!!!....Of course they invited you....you are so very endearing to them!....

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Shirley. It was and wonderful evening and I enjoyed it so much. So good to see all the wonderful people that I used to work with.

      Hope your having warm weather.
      Mary

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  35. What a fun, cultural experience! The food sounds awesome & the entertainment had to be exciting, too, Mary. I'm glad you were able to attend & I hope you can go back many, many times too.
    Thanks for sharing & explaining it all. I learned a great deal.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I really enjoyed myself, so much fun and wonderful food.
      Have a great weekend,
      Mary

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  36. Hi Mary! Hope you're doing well and I'll bet the weather is beautiful where you live. Has your water ban been lifted? Thanks for popping in to see me. Thank you for asking about Carter. She is doing well but got a bad stomach bug and it hit her pretty hard and she had to go to the ER bt hopefully she's on her way to getting better.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  37. Good Morning Mary, What a wonderful experience! Looks like you had a lot of fun!! You look beautiful in that leopard jacket! Happy Friday! Hugs,Jody

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