What a great party Ed and I enjoyed last night! A birthday party for a very special lady . . . Vintage 1923!
Remember the sweet lady my students and I interviewed for a writing project a few weeks ago – Mrs. Arjorie Moniodis Ingraham? You can read about that HERE . . .
Well, we were honored to be invited to celebrate her ninety years of life, love, and laughter and the blessing she has been to so many people as the matriarch of a very large Greek/Italian family. AND – It was a dressy affair – so I couldn’t wait to wear some of my pretties! So often everything is soooo casual these days. Not this shin-dig!
The room was appointed in elegance – with plenty of PINKS to find . . .
I especially loved the PINK champagne – which was delicious and the perfect beverage to toast our guest of honor who has brought so much “pinkness” into people’s lives through the years.
And vintage Arjorie looked terrific in this early 1960’s era pink frock, pictured here with her husband, Horace . . .
Her daughter, Diane, created a series of matching scrapbooks detailing her mother’s life so lovingly. She had been in the midst of working on them when I’d visited with her for the interview in May.
So much thought went into all the sweet details of the party. The room decor and themed colors and table favors and program were a feast for the eyes upon arrival.
A party program included a synopsis of Arjorie’s life – a woman of deep faith who worked hard, endured tragedy, responded in love, and never wavered in her unbridled zest for life with bubbling gratitude what ‘ere came her way.
The gift table overflowed with tokens of blessings for the part this sweet lady has played in peoples lives.
Her large family kicked off the dancing with some fun Greek folk dances – and Arjorie was right in the middle of it! Then, sumptuous foods and chatter with friends – old and new – made for a good time had by all. I was thrilled to share our table with an old classmate I hadn’t seen since high school graduation – but – oddly enough, have been friends with on Facebook for some time. Pam was a year ahead of me – but we went all through grade school and high school together.
So interesting how we all came to know Arjorie for many different reasons. For my part, Arjorie and I have become friends over a shared interest in our hometown history. Arjorie is an avid collector of Vineland history – recently working with the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society on a soon to be published book featuring a host of the Vineland postcards she has in her collection – over a thousand of them!
A highlight of the evening was the appearance of our city’s mayor, Ruben Bermudez, who presented Arjorie with a special proclamation in honor of the event. Arjorie’s niece, Angela Calakas, is currently serving on our City Council, and was given the honor to read the proclamation.
Every detail of the evening was a delight. We were so blessed to be a part of this special evening in honor of a special lady. And . . . I’m looking forward to having tea very soon with Arjorie – presenting her with a little something that I’m working on as the fruit of our interview project . . .
But, SHHHHH! It’s a secret . . . stay tuned . . .
Sharing Ninety Years Young with Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound!