Last week I spoke to Hester, the admin manager of the center to arrange a suitable time and day for this function. We decided on Friday, 27th March at 9.30 am.
MIL had given me a bottle of sparkling wine (called champagne by all) peach flavored, for my birthday in February. I'm not sure if she's forgotten that I've always been teetotal but I thought I'd keep it for an occasion.
And that occasion came with the house-warming, roof-wetting of MIL's unit!
Rina and I invited three widows who still live in the houses in the center: Anna, her sister Vinkie, who was visiting and Myrtle. We asked Pam to invite the five ladies with whom she has lunch in the dining room every day, four of whom live in the unit section (including Pam)
On Thursday Rina and I baked up a storm. She made chocolate cake and milk tart and also a savory tart. I baked two almond tarts.
...baking up a storm!
On Friday morning we loaded the baked goods, tea bags, sugar, a carton of milk and the champagne in a bucket of ice, into Grant's car and set off for the old age center.
Hester had set the table with a grey cloth and green overlays. A beautiful table center graced the middle of the table.
Hester had decorated the table in Pam's choice of colors: green and grey
Before the guests arrived, Rina and I posed at the laden table
Hester and I took the bottle of champagne outside where she proceeded to open it
Back inside the guests had arrived and Rina seated them around the table, with Pam at the head.
Myrtle hugs Pam welcoming her to the center
While Rina and I poured the glasses of sparkling wine, Pam jumped up and said she wanted to make a speech. She then thanked Grant and Jo (moi!) for her beautiful unit, Rina for all the help she gives her and said how happy she was in the center.
Pam making her speech
While I welcomed Pam to Marquard and the center and thanked all the ladies for their wonderful friendship (they were all my age now, when I met them 20 years ago!) Rina snapped away
Then Rina raised a glass to Pam and the other oldies in the center
Once Rina and I had handed out plates of cake and tarts, and poured cups of tea for the guests to enjoy after the champers, Rina and I eventually sat down and chatted with everyone. They all wanted to know about Tanzania (the love of my life!) and we also heard about Marquard in days gone by (there's nothing that Pienkie doesn't know!) Then Myrtle called on Rina to do her funny dance for the guests.
Rina demonstrates a dance which she always does for company and which always evokes great laughs!
When it was time to go, each lady thanked us for the lovely party. 87 year-old Maxie, (also an old Marquard resident) told me that they enjoyed the bubbly, the tea and eats, but most of all they enjoyed the company of "young" people such as we are!
The staff told us afterwards that they love it if families do things for the oldies and involve all in the center. It gives an old person a reason to comb their hair and get dressed up and afterwards they have something to talk about for ages...
I'm linking my post to Our World Tuesday which you can visit here