In order to throw the party, there was lots of planning and things to do in advance......
- Decide how many people to invite and then go around house to house to invite everyone the day before the event
- Find someone to make osh- the national dish that is always served to guests
- Work with a friend to make sure she could come and make the other dishes, which are for the women guests: salads, soup, meat pastries, etc.
- Do LOTS of shopping to gather all the necessary foods and other things necessary to throw a party.
- Borrow LOTS of dishes from your neighbors so that you have plenty for the big day
- Clean your house! We have a smaller guest room where we can normally host people and welcome visitors, but for this big day we need the biggest room in the house, which is the kid's room. So, we emptied it of the kids' stuff and set it up with a big tablecloth surrounded by mats for our guests to sit on.
The men came at 7:00 am to eat! We were up late the night before getting ready and the osh cooker arrived at 4:00am to get started. We were pleased that around 25 men came
I enjoyed myself. My friend Rachel and I had a weekly English club with some of these ladies kids this month and we had the kids come in and say their English greetings and some proverbs that they had learned. I was happy to see faces that I recognized and ladies that I was meeting for the first time.
While they ate, we put bread, treats, and a small gifts into the bags the ladies had brought. We also had bags ready to prepare for the ladies that brought money. All of this is part of Central Asian hospitality!! We served the ladies a bowl of soup, then osh, and then we cut up the huge cake and served that as well.
This picture is of my helpers! I sure am glad they were there to help. After the guests left, the clean up began.
Now our fridge is full of leftovers and our heart are full of thankfulness everything went smoothly and our neighbors came.