I have just survived one of the toughest weekends in the year: my son’s 6th birthday and the party that we threw for him. Every time I organize a birthday party, it takes me by surprise how much time and energy goes into something that looks like just some garlands, games and a cake.

I am exhausted. I am glad it’s over. I hope the kids had fun.

In Dubai, one can pretty much buy everything: people who decorate your house, people who entertain your kids, and of course, the cake. However, we have always done it ourselves. Well, not the big cake. But the rest. I call our parties shooting-from-the-hip parties or this is what it looks like to our guests. A seemingly spontaneous going-with-the-flow party.

But behind the curtains, things have been planned. I have been researching and downloading kids favorite party songs for the disco and musical chair/statue games, tested them on my kids. Planned a variety of games and prepared necessary props/prizes for it. Decorated the house, blew a million balloons manually. Prepared foods/snacks/drinks for 10-15 kids and their accompanying parent.

I love to dish up fresh fruit, and traditionally, those are very popular among parents and kids. Only recently  I discovered that watermelon and mint go together really well. Sprinkled with a few crumbs of feta cheese to add another flavor dimension and ready is your party snack. Best served ice-cold, to make it truly refreshing. It was just what everyone needed to cool down from the hot dancing, or the still scorching Dubai temperatures outside, that we had yesterday.


2 lbs water melon
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 handful fresh mint leaves, chopped
Serves 6

Cut melon into 1 1/2 inch thick slices. With cookie cutters of your choice cut, shapes out of the slices. Sprinkle with a little crumbled feta cheese and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve ice-cold.


  1. this is one of my fav. ways of eating melon… i also like to sprinkle some chopped walnuts for texture.

  2. Such a unique combination! I have never thought watermelon and cheese can taste great together. I have to try this the soonest…

  3. I came across your blog via foodgawker.com. I was surprised to read the word ‘Dubai’ in your post and then I read your posts on running. Vow, I’am so glad I found your blog. I live in Dubai myself and have been dreaming about doing the 10k for over two years. My first attempt was the 3k fun race in 2009. I’ve started training for 10k in 2012.. Really glad to know that you trained for a marathon in just three months. :)) So are you running again next year?

  4. @ Rajani
    love the idea of sprinkling walnuts!!!!

  5. Dear all above,
    As Greek, I ‘d like to inform you that Watermelon with Feta cheese is a traditional combination here in Greece, and it is served as a snack or a light meal.

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