These mini chewy mochi cakes are shaped like donuts and topped with a chocolate glaze.

National Donut Day was last Friday, which is what inspired me to make these. I had my housewarming this past weekend and this is one of the desserts I made for the party. The mochi donuts are vanilla flavored and then dipped in chocolate ganache.

I love the how they are small and bite-sized. However, I do regret making them for the housewarming.

A few weeks ago, I attended the wedding of a good friend. He asked me to take pictures of the food, since he knows I’ve shared past wedding dinners on this blog, and I was happy to oblige. The reception was a delicious 11 course traditional Chinese banquet (plus cake!).

Believe it or not, this is actually the first Chinese wedding banquet Mr. K and I have attended together (excluding our own). All the other weddings we’ve attended where a Chinese banquet was a possibility, the couple chose to have an American-style reception. So Mr. K was particularly excited, having fallen in love with Chinese wedding banquets after experiencing it at our wedding.

The wedding ceremony took place at Wayfarers Chapel, a glass church in Rancho Palos Verdes. Overlooking the ocean, it was the perfect backdrop for a lovely wedding and made for great photos.

The reception was held at Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant.

I only wish the lighting had been better to properly capture all the amazing food.

Course 1: Roasted Suckling Pig and Marinated Jellyfish Salad

Refreshing brewed iced tea is combined with wine and seasonal fruit for a perfect party drink.

This weekend I’ll be hosting my first official house party. I’m quite excited but also nervous. I decided to make everything myself, which is a daunting task as I’ve never prepared a meal for so many people before.

I’ve been racking my brain, my recipe index and my pinterest boards for inspiration for dishes. There’s about a million things I’d like to do, but I know I physically just won’t have the time. So I’m trying to concentrate on creative ideas that are also relatively stress-free.

One item I plan on serving is Iced Tea Sangria. This is my test-run, and I loved the result. It’s also super simple to put together.