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Filipino Style Fruit Salad and Cherlin's 7th Birthday Party

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the week! I was very busy preparing for Cherlin's 7th birthday party that's why I've been MIA. But it's over now, and I'm happy to share with you that the party was a big success and the birthday girl had a blast! 
It was truly a memorable day for my little princess! She had so much fun spending time with her friends designing their tiaras and wands, and of course, playing at the bounce house and doing the pabitin and pi├▒ata.
We had a total of 70 guests. i.e., 36 adults and 34 kids. Whewww! Honestly, I couldn't believe that we were able to pull it off! I even thought that we would run out of food. Good thing, we didn't! There was enough for everyone and we even had extra for some guests to take home. 
Though the star of the party was this very fabulous cake made by my dear friend, Christy...
...every dish we prepared was a hit! The guests (both Filipinos and non-Filipinos) really love the Filipino Style Spaghetti, Beef Caldereta, Pork Menudo, Embutido, Macaroni and Cheese, Chopsuey, Chicken and Mushrooms in Teriyaki Sauce, Custard Cake, Tres Leches Cupcakes and this Filipino Style Fruit Salad...
Unlike the American fruit salad, Filipino Style Fruit Salad has condensed milk and cream. This is a very simple yet very delicious dessert that requires no cooking. All you need to do is a little chopping and mixing, and it's ready to serve! 


Ingredients:

  • 2 (29 oz.) cans fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 (29 0z.) can peach halves, drained and cubed
  • 4 medium sized apples, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 2 cups grapes, washed and stems removed
  • 1 cup grated mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 (7.6 oz.)cans Nestle table cream (I used Lite)
  • 1 (14oz.) can condensed milk (I used unsweetened)
Instructions:
1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients until well combined.
2. Chill until ready to serve. Transfer to a big serving bowl or to individual serving bowls like this... 

I must admit that the party preparation and all the cooking seemed to have drained all my energy. It really got me so exhausted...but seeing Cherlin's happy face made me feel that all the time and effort I put into her party was all worth it.
Cherlin's happy and so am I...and the thought that I made another birthday truly memorable for my daughter gives me the feeling of joy and contentment! So priceless!

To everyone who came to Cherlin's party, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Your presence made it so special and truly, a day to remember!!!

All the gifts are very much appreciated too...and my, I tell yah, she loves them all! 

22 comments :

  1. So sweet. The smile on your daughters face tells it all. Thanks for sharing this beautiful day with us. God Bless

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  2. what a pretty smile and she looks so sweet!!! Happy birthday to her!!!
    The cake made by your friend is so good!!
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  3. My mom makes this too except she uses cream cheese in it instead of cheddar cheese, she adds the tapioca pearls and buko(baby coconut)

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    1. Mmmmm...cream cheese sounds good! I call the one with coconut, buko salad...and I usually make it with sago, nata de coco and kaong! Yummy!

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  4. What a great party! :)
    And a really yummy salad!

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  5. Great birthday party, I can see princess enjoyed the day with full blast. You are really good cook, making food for 70 people. In India fruit salad is made with custard. Love this version.

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  6. So awesome smile on your princess's face, so cute she is. Great birthday party. Fruit salad how you made is totally different way than us. Love your version dear.....

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  7. I make the American kind with just sweetened cream but the addition of sweetened condensed milk would send this over the top. :)

    What a gorgeous birthday girl!

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  8. What an awesome party , Tina ! I'm sure everybody had a good time ! Especially the birthday girl :D Here , let me taste that fruit salad ! lol

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  9. Happy birthday to Cherlin and it looks like she had fun. Your daughter looks exactly like and and I'm sure she will grow up just like you. Nice birthday party! :)

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  10. Happy Birthday, Cherlin! She's too cute, Tina. And it looks like a great birthday party.

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  11. Happy Birthday, Cherlin! Love the castle and LOVE the fruit salad, never had that combination before!

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  12. aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh thank you for sharing the beautiful fun filled day, that cake is incredible

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  13. Happy Birthday and may God bless her :)

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  14. she's quite the little sweetheart.

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  15. What a fun birthday party! Happy birthday, Cherlin! And OMG... that cake is AWESOME! I will never forget if someone makes such an amazing cake for my birthday! :)

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  16. Just wanted to know how many does you recipe feed as your ingredients above

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    1. well, it all depends on how much each of your guests will eat...but the ingredients above make about 16 cups of fruit salad.

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  17. Great party Ms Tina.
    Would like to ask if unsweetened condensed milk is the same as evap?

    Thanks.

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    1. No Raquel. It's still condensed milk but with no sugar. It's available here in the US...not sure if you can find it somewhere else.

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    2. May I know the brand? Can't find here in WA.
      Thanks again.

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    3. It's "Great Value" from Walmart, Raquel...but I don't know if it's still available. The last time I found one was in December. Now it's just the regular and fat free condensed milk that I always see.

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