Mother’s Day Tea Party with a Goan Twist
The Goan Overseas Association, Toronto, paid tribute to all the remarkable mothers in our community, by hosting a Mother’s Day Tea Party that was “divine” in every aspect. The venue was The Meadowvale Village Hall in Mississauga and was held on May 22nd, 2016.
The hall was turned into an elegant Tea Room with soft dusty rose tablecloths, vintage China settings and intricately handmade teapots graced the centre of each table in vibrant beautiful colours. The stage was set with a table full of gifts, a photo station and a bar tucked in the corner.
The Emcee for the afternoon was Delphine Francis and our gorgeous greeter was Hilda Vitor. It was lovely to see all the ladies dressed with lovely hats and fascinators. A special prayer was said by Medina Sales-Andrade, and the Tea Party began.
The crowd engaged in a scarf tying competition. Each table was given a scarf to drape on one member of the team. They had ten minutes to drape the scarf and then explain their design in relationship to GOA. It was an eye opener to see the talent in our community. Fabulous ideas and each model took home the beautiful scarf, donated by Delphine Francis. Guests were then served delicious Goan snacks and we received great reviews of how tasty they were. The snacks were prepared by Aggie Gomes and Yvette and Edwin DaCosta.
Six very savvy waiters trained at the Taj in GOA! were at the beck and call of each table and got top honours for excellent service. They were Denis Pereira, John Noronha, Mark Vitor, Jonas Noronha, Lionel Noronha and Donat DeSouza.
Project Runway ensued. Each table was handed a pack of brightly coloured tissue paper and were asked again to drape one member of the team in a Goan style dress. They were given twenty minutes and the outfits that were displayed were outstanding. Amazing designs and themes were modelled on stage. It was difficult to pick one winner but the judges (Dolly Vienna, Celia Diniz and Zennon DeSouza) picked Melanie DeLima who was draped in a tissue sari! Melanie won two tickets to a charity concert and all the other models received a gift.
Delphine sang happy birthday in Konkani to one mum celebrating a milestone birthday and also sang the Konkani Blessing to anyone who was celebrating a birthday in May. We were honoured to have our President Selwyn Collaco supporting his own fascinator say a few words at the event.
Tea was served with a beautifully plated array of Goan sweets. They were scrumptious and were prepared by the Talented Ladies – Muriel Pereira, Cressy DeMello, Catherine Faleiro and Eurema Collaco. Maureen Pereira donated the delicate marzipan fruits that were made especially for the party.
None of this would have happened without my hard working committee; Fiona Pinto-DeSouza who helped me with all the planning, beautifully decorating all the prizes and took care of so many details. Gloria Remedios for selling the raffle, Doris DeSouza and Edith Dias for helping with the preparation of sweets and packaging. Linda D’Sa, Gail Pereira, Cicely Noronha for making the tea, setting up the snack plates and looking after every detail in the royal kitchen. Bernie RaymonddeSouza for taking the photos (view at www.goatoronto.com) and to Bosco D’Sa and AJ DeMello for running the bar. To all the additional helpers who set-up and tore-down thank you.
Thank you to Ashley and Dr. Lorna DaSilva for donating two tickets to the charity concert and to all the anonymous donors who donated lovely gifts. A very special thank you to all of you who donated to the G.O.A. Fort McMurray Fundraiser and to Glynis and Fleming Viegas for taking care of all the details.
Keep sipping that Tea.