Justin Turns Two: A Nicaraguan Birthday Celebration
On January 14, 2014 our neighbour Justin Orlando Romero Mora turned two. And on Sunday, January 19th I had the privilege of attending his birthday party.
When Gordon and I received the invitation to Justin’s birthday party we expected there to be a piñata, some candy and a cake. But holy moly, this pirate themed birthday celebration was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced or could have imagined.
Often times I’ve walked by thatched roof beach restaurants on a Sunday afternoon to witness a birthday party going on. To be an invited guest, instead of a curious onlooker was pretty exciting.
I arrived at El Buen Gusto shortly after 3 pm. The decorations were impressive to say the least.
Right away I spotted the birthday boy and his mama enjoying some popcorn.
Next I noticed the massive (and elaborately decorated) cake.
The party started with piñata smashing. Kids big and small took turns hitting with all their might in hopes that they’d be lucky one to send the candy flying.
Endless ice cold Coca Cola and Fresca, popcorn and ice cream were served. There was a game of musical chairs. And a few kids participated in a dance off.
Justin wasn’t the only one that got spoiled. Each child was given more gifts than I could count – pirate paraphernalia, goody bags stuffed with cookies, chocolate and candy, rubber balls, hula hoops and more!
And for the parents and older guests? Bacon wrapped filet mignon dinner and a very special take away gift.
Unfortunately by the time the kids gathered round the cake to sing Happy Birthday the guest of honor had had enough.
It was a real treat, honour and pleasure to have been a part of this incredible celebration for Justin. This event is definitely on top of my list of favourite Nicaraguan cultural experiences. A birthday party I’ll never forget, that’s for sure!
Posted on January 23, 2014, in People & Culture and tagged birthday party, El Buen Gusto, feliz cumpleanos, happy birthday, Nicaragua, pirate theme party, San Juan del Sur. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.