1 The entryway to Kevin's apartment
2 Kevin's spacious living room overlooking the Hudson River
3 This giant split leaf philodendron loves the sun exposure.
4 A view of a pier turned into a park with Jersey City, NJ beyond.
5 And the view from the other side of the apartment - the Empire State Building.
6 There was a giant bowl of fortune cookies, a platter of pistachio nuts, and vibrant kumquats and mandarin oranges.
7 Boiled peanuts with a spicy ginger dipping sauce
8 Party favors included Chinese yo-yos and folding fans.
9 Pussy willows adorned this side table.
10 And flowering branches
11 Kevin found great inexpensive ceramic figurines in Chinatown.
12 A great dragon
13 Paper lanterns were suspended from the ceiling using mono-filament and 3M Command Decorating Strips.
14 Kevin's monogrammed linen napkins
15 More kumquats
16 A decorative mandarin bonsai
17 Pierre and Lily shopped in Chinatown for many ingredients, such as these Chinese greens.
18 Blanching Pak choy
19 And Chinese broccoli
20 Slicing braised beef top-round seasoned with Chinese 5-spice powder
21 Authentic Chinese sausage
22 The beef and sausage was arranged on a platter along with Peking duck and hoisin sauce.
23 More authentic ingredients - chopped ginger root
24 Fragrant cilantro
25 Crisp scallions
26 Lily about to blanch Chinese chives
27 Plunging them into boiling water
28 Followed by a cold water bath to stop their cooking - Lily knotted the blanched chives into a figure eight.
29 A close up
30 Quail eggs purchased in Chinatown were hard boiled.
31 Lily sliced a bit of the white of the egg to make rabbit ears.
32 The little rabbits were placed upon the chive knots - An adorable presentation for the year of The Golden Rabbit.
33 Dipping sauce for dumplings
34 Evening arrived and the ambiance was set.
35 To avoid frying the spring rolls, Pierre opted to pan-sear them and then crisped them in the oven.
36 The spring rolls were fantastic!
37 Lily made shrimp, pork, and vegetable dumplings.
38 Right before guests arrived, the dumplings were boiled.
39 For the Chinese soup, Pierre made oblong chicken dumplings.
40 The completed soup - a rich chicken broth with bamboo shoots, pea shoots, Chinese mushrooms, and the dumplings
41 A well-stocked refrigerator for a party, at least
42 At 7PM, the first guests arrived.
43 It's so nice meeting with co-workers outside of work.
44 A relaxed and casual affair
45 I thought the soup was so, so delicious!
46 Jennifer Morgan helped Pierre serve the food.
47 The dumplings were fabulous!
48 As was the Chinese roast pork and pork belly.
49 And the tilapia fillets pan-seared and drizzled with a sweet and sour sauce
50 A colorful and healthful platter of assorted Chinese greens and shitake mushrooms
51 Dessert was so simple - grapefruit and orange slices topped with homemade lychee sorbet.
52 Lily and Pierre were so happy with such a successful party!