This is our first official party in our home. Previously we tried not to have more than 2 or 3 people at a time since we didn’t have the necessary furniture yet. However Christmas is a big thing for us Filipinos – normally it is celebrated not just with immediate family but also extended family (or in my case with our clan) plus friends. So we are used to massive parties. Most of our friends went home to the Philippines to celebrate Christmas but this year it’s my hubby’s turn to stay in Jakarta so we decided to host a Christmas Eve party – even if we don’t have our buffet table yet.
DiploDog hanging out by the tree
Our entry hall with some Christmas decor
- Capiz picture frames TESORO 3-4 USD each est.
- Custom pottery GALERI POT 18 USD est.
- Fake grass VINOTI LIVING 2.50 USD est.
- Coconut candle CHIC MART 4 USD est.
We placed all the food in the dining table. Admittedly it was quite crowded with the drinks and all. Yes TD and I are planning to have a bar/liquor cabinet made as well. For now the dining table would have to do.
We moved the dining chairs against the wall. Made sure there were a lot of Christmas coasters available for guests to protect our teak furniture.
Remember the pseudo-belen (nativity scene) I had on on the coffee table in the living room? I transferred it to the console to make space for pica-pica and guests food on the coffee table.
Though it is an informal event we like having our guest sign our guest book, because it will be fun to look at years from now – you never know who will someday be famous! =P And it’s a nice remembrance!
- String of lights PHUKET THAILAND
- Solid Teak Picture frames DUNIA, YOGYAKARTA Set of 3 frames for Rp 150,000 or 15 USD est.
Hopefully I can order my L-shaped buffet table next month! Once I refine the design.
My favorite food in the world is lechon or roast suckling pig. I never eat lechon in Manila because they don’t do it as well as they do in Mindanao (Southern Philippine Island) however here in Indonesia it comes close if not exactly like our lechon in Mindanao! Awesome!!!
In Bali their specialty is Babi Guling however the spices used are different and it’s definitely spicy the way the Indonesians like it! Whenever we order lechon here we ask for Babi Guling La Filipina.
It’s VERY IMPORTANT to remember that once the lechon is delivered, you must open the carton around it and poke big holes all over the paper wrapping so that the steam will escape and it will remain crispy until consumed. We don’t open it fully either so it doesn’t get cold fast.
Every time that wrapper is opened, I forget to restrain myself and immediately dive in. That’s why I never have a picture of the pig whole! ARGH!! =P
I learned to make these 2 recipes at cooking class at The Ritz Carlton.
Sugared ham is a traditional Christmas dish in our household. Not pictured is the Ayam Goreng Suharti a very popular place for Indonesian fried chicken.
To be honest I focused on eating as much lechon as I could since I usually indulge in this sinful treat only during Christmas time and special occasions!
Thank you to I & S for bringing the traditional Indonesian dessert! It is very similar to Maja Blanca in the Philippines (Bottom). And thanks to TD’s brother who visited from Switzerland we had some Turrón as well!
Turrón (Spanish), torró (Catalan), or torrone (Italian) is a nougat confection, typically made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts, and usually shaped into either a rectangular tablet or a round cake. It is frequently consumed as a traditional Christmas dessert in Spain and Italy.
The Strawberry Cheesecake is TD’s favorite cake among all of Harvest‘s yummy cakes! I used an acrylic cake stand from Ace Hardware.
Not all our DiploFriends celebrate Christmas because we all come from different cultures and religions, however we were so very pleased that they came over and celebrated Christmas Eve with us. Though we weren’t with our family this year, it didn’t feel sad or lonely because we had our extended family here in Jakarta to celebrate with us! Thank you so much for coming!
When our guests left, it was time to open our gifts for each other. I gave TD a universal charging station and a starter-cufflinks & watch case with a couple of cufflinks in side.
TD gave me a gold coach bag, designer kitchen bowls I’ve been eyeing for so long (it was also the cover of my favorite design book, Design for Small Spaces, and finally a Dynamo label maker. Weeeee! I’ve been wanting one for so long!
But of course we wouldn’t forget about DiploDog…
Beggin Strips are the equivalent of BACON in doggie world, and DiploDog goes absolutely crazy for them. We only give them to him as a special treat.
Thanks Tito K and Tita D for the super fun toys! – DiploDog
Some things I learned from this party are:
- I really need a buffet table that can accommodate all the food for a party.
- I must design a liquor cabinet that not only stores liquor but also
- Has a “table top” for preparing & serving it
- This “table top” must have a tray (preferably stainless steel) that is removable and replaceable since it will for sure get wet
- I also need to store a smaller stainless tray for serving shots
- I need to order a glass top for our dining table – the heat from the lechon caused our table to have water-stains
- I need to buy a set of 14 champagne glasses that aren’t too expensive. The set is usually 12, but I try to get 14 – the two extra is incase of breakage. The expensive set that my mother-in-law gave me was only for 6.
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Family’s Household Ceramics
- This is where I got my cream-colored square dinner plates and other servingware
- They were super cheap – a total of 40pcs for only Rp 650,000 or 65 USD est.
- Jl RS. Fatmawati Cilandak I No. 3, Jakarta Selatan