We had a great family gathering few days ago. It was a great and wonderful gathering of many family members, some of them we have not seen for many years. Some returned from other states and some have travelled all the way from overseas. They travelled back to our hometown to celebrate the 80th birthday dinner party of my grand uncle.
This dinner party was first initiated a year ago by my grand uncle’s youngest daughter who stays with him and she contacted all her siblings through their Whatsapp family group. From then on, everyone contributed ideas and suggestions to their youngest sister, the organizer. Then everyone made plans to take leave to return to their family home. They didn’t want to hold the dinner party in a restaurant because inter-mingling and time will be restricted. They made plans to hold it in their own garden which is big enough to accommodate all the family members plus some very close friends of their family.
On the day of the birthday party, my grand uncle and aunt were beaming with joy. There were happy greetings and hugging when the guests arrived. Family backdrops for party photography were put up in advance at different parts of their garden. I was told that one of the siblings bought these backdrops online and had them sent to his family home well ahead of the big day.
Everyone was happy to see one another and knowing that it was not often we get to do so. Everyone took the opportunity to have their photos taken together. In fact, we made sure we had all the backdrop party photography pictures in the background of our photos. It was a beautiful celebration for the birthday boy and also for all who attended. We will treasure the sweet memories of this great event for many years to come.