Halfway through the evening, party goers came together for a short ceremony headlined by my brother-in-law performing original songs, one among them entitled "Cloud of Witnesses."
Next, several guests read selections pertinent to the occasion. I especially enjoyed the reading given by a friend's daughter in Spanish. I didn't understand the text, but she was entrancing and adorable and it felt so right to be listening to
an authentic Spanish speaker.
After this presentation we all got floating lanterns with rice paper covers which we decorated and set afloat in the swimming pool. I drew
pictures of our father, father-in-law, and grandmother and wrote comments assuring them that I had appreciated the lessons they had taught me in life.
As this party
was also meant to be a wedding anniversary celebration as well, there, of course, had to be a fabulous cake. The Tre Leches three-tiered cake with amazing whipped cream frosting from a local bakery was supurb, and every last piece was eaten, which is
often not the case with cake.
Sunroom leading to the pool area where we floated rice lanterns.