It was the annual family Thanksgiving party. This time Joan and I wanted the party to be simple yet educating to our kids and youngsters. Also, we wanted to revive our age-old traditions of happy and healthy living in the party. Organising such a customised theme party demanded meticulous planning, broad party venues ideas, and sound knowledge on traditional Thai lifestyle.
Having settled down in Australia for generations, the Pinya family traditional practices have become almost rare. Hence, Joan wanted to restore our family values in an Australian party style. The kids not only got to enjoy the fun of a typical Australian party with Arcade and Carnival games but were also exposed to rich vegetarian Thai cuisine, Thai music and traditional dance and floral décor. I am happy to say that the party was the most memorable Thanksgiving party ever.
Carnival Meals, Buffet and Seated Dining
To match our theme, the event and hire organised the tastiest and healthiest carnival meals for the party. It was a well-planned buffet along with seating arrangements for the evening to provide a comfortable dining experience. The venue was embellished with a gorgeous white and red marquee Thai floral decoration. On top, the tables and chairs also had floral themed décor, which added a flattering look to the venue.
Vegetarian & Gluten Free Meal Buffet
The vegetarian and gluten-free dinner options for the party were perfect. Joan enjoyed the spring vegetables Thai green curry. It is the best Thai dish we ever had. My son had the finest Southwestern Kale power salad with sweet potato. The Quinoa & Avocado sauce complemented well with the colourful beet salad and carrot rice. For the main course, we were served the tastiest gluten free Quinoa & Spinach along with Thai pineapple fried rice. For more options, spicy sweet potato with green rice burrito bowls and Thai mango cabbage wraps with crispy tofu and peanut sauce were also on the menu. For the third course, we had a strawberry Kale salad with nutty garnish.
Carnival and Arcade Games
We selected a “healthy living and happy life” theme for the party, with vegetarian Thai cuisine. To make the party more enjoyable, the event and hire team brought us the best of Carnival and Arcade games like Balloon Darts, Dinosaur Dig, Penny Pitch, Ball Toss, Toy car chase, contra, Ms Pac Man, and Super Mario Bros. The evening was thoroughly planned at the famous adventure park of the town. We had the best fun ever, adults were taken back to their period of arcade games, and kids were simply overwhelmed with joy.
Carnival Performers and Musical Entertainment
The party was popped up with the best carnival dance and musical performance of the town. It was a delightful evening where all the members of the party danced and had the best fun ever. The music of the night was selected by the elderly guests as it best reflected our culture. The entire evening got filled with energy and the momentum of Thai living. Did you know, we even had a special Zumba session organised for our guests to emphasise the importance of fun and activity in our lives? All the guests were complimenting the Zumba session.
Show bags & Gifts Bags
To add more fun to the party, we also had a kid show bags counter and decorated DIY gift bag set for the guests. We also gave each family an earthen pot painted by the children in the Pinya family to represent the practice of drinking water from the pots. Studies prove that water stored in earthen pots acts as a good coolant to the body as well as a warehouse of rich minerals. The guests appreciated the innovative efforts taken by the kids.
The elders in the party participated in teaching our kids the value of the Pinya traditional culture and how the practices have to be altered to adapt to the changes we undergo in our lives. A mixture of all the important aspects of the family’s traditions blended with the need for an active and healthy living made the entire day not only memorable but also instructive by sharing knowledge.
Thanks to the patient planning and coordination of the Event and Hire team. They helped us through each and every step of making the family Thanksgiving party the same as we had pictured in our mind.