Napa, California, 2013: Calvin’s Red Egg Party

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The whole reason for taking a trip to Napa when we did was because of Calvin’s Red Egg party. It’s tradition in my family to have a red egg party about three months after a baby is born. The range for these is pretty large. I’ve been to a couple held at nice Chinese restaurants and Eva’s Red Egg Party was close to being the size of our Napa wedding reception.

Calvin’s…well, let’s just say that he suffers from second child syndrome.

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I really wanted to make it special for my little Snake baby. It just did not happen. Even my Pinterest board for the party was bland. I just couldn’t get it together to do a big party with fancy favors and elaborate decorations. It felt like a big fat burden.

We opted for a casual family lunch at China Camp instead. You might remember China Camp from yesterday’s family photos – it’s where my grandmother grew up. When we did Eva’s red egg party, China Camp’s funding was very much up in the air and I was afraid that it wouldn’t be open when my kids were older. So it was nice to have it be the background of a celebration for the newest branch of our family.

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We were going to make these strawberry cream puffs in the shape of snakes, so my mom got up really early and squiggled out a ton of cream puffs, but we ran out of time to make the strawberry heads so they ended up just being regular old snakeless dessert. It was fine. Social. So relaxed I didn’t even take that many photos. We just ate and chatted and Eva ran around with one of her little cousins who is close in age and everyone held the baby and it was lovely.

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To be fair, Eva’s red egg party was all about the balloons and the centerpieces and hand-dyeing her outfit so she’d match the decor. I don’t remember much of the event because I was fussing around, making sure everyone was having a good time. Calvin’s party felt much more like a real celebration of family. I think I’m leaning towards that style if we had any more red eggs on our horizon.

 

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3 thoughts on “Napa, California, 2013: Calvin’s Red Egg Party

  1. Sounds like it turned out to be a perfect day that was very much more Calvin – laid back. πŸ™‚ I love that you’re keeping your culture alive and well with your kids! We know we’re looking at an interacial family through the adoption stuff. I’m already brain storming ways to keep their culture alive in our lives. Things like this are dying traditions and I love that you guys keep it all alive. πŸ˜‰

  2. That mom guilt for making sure your second kid has the same experiences and treatment as the first is sure tough! It sounds like the party was wonderful though! I much prefer the closer, more intimate parties.

    My mother-in-law is Korean, so they do a similar celebration for 100 days- the Baek-il. She always does over the top parties that I find extremely overwhelming. I am also completely useless with helping, because I just get burnt out so fast with planning ideas. Those big affairs, as fun as they can be in their own way, are just too much for me. Especially when I am trying to keep my own child from being as overwhelmed as I am. lol.

    Anywho, the party looked wonderful and definitely special with it being at China Camp. Calvin is a lucky boy!

  3. I’m glad that you were able to get together with family and throw Calvin his Red Egg and Ginger party. It’s really not about the decor or the outfits, it’s about being with family and celebrating the new life and I think you nailed that. πŸ™‚

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