We have celebrated together for more than four decades–our own major life events, then our children’s, now our grandchildren’s. Like today. Old friends honoring a beautiful young granddaughter in the company of her friends and family. Pink flamingos stood in tropical flower gardens on the tables. Caribbean music played in the background. Hurricane glasses held pink lemonade, and even the straws were adorned with flamingos.
The buffet offered a choice of taco fixings—grilled fish and jerk chicken, mango and tomato salsas, cole slaw, feta cheese, corn and flour tortillas—as well Jamaican coconut rice with black beans and skewers of fruit. Dessert was a hit: mango sorbet in martini glasses, accompanied by flamingo sugar cookies. We need celebrations in our lives, and we don’t have to look far to find excuses throw a party.