Day 2 began at 6pm with a service on the ballroom terrace, overlooking
the beach and the ocean. 180 guests gathered at Gran Melia, Daois
Cove to celebrate Pastor Ghandi’s Birthday! Guests stopped at the
photobooth with a custom backdrop (with the birthday logo) to take
their pictures before going to sit for the service. Gran Melia
provided soft drinks and cold towels to keep guests cool during the
service. The programs designed by MP were placed on each chair and
each guest was provided with a custom fan, with “The Ghandi is 50”
engraved on the fans.
The service lasted about 2 hours, with prayers, hymns and an uplifting
exhortation followed by a cocktail hour and then dinner.
Dinner was soooo much fun! Pastor Ghandi’s friends who have known him
for years got to ‘roast’ him. To our surprise, he got them back in
the end with a roast of his own!!
The menu cards, also featuring the birthday logo, were designed by MP.
The food and cake by Gran Melia was absolutely delicious!! There was
sooooo much food! All the guests were stuffed! But that didn’t slow
them down. Guests danced into the night as DJ Sodex was on the 1s and 2s.
It was 4 am by the time the last song was played. What a fun day!!
The 3rd day began with a tour of Spinalonga. An island officially
known as Kalydon. It used to be part of Crete but was carved out as
its own island during the Venetian wars. Our tour guide also told us
that the island used to be a leper colony between 1903 and 1957. You
can imagine the reaction, many ‘ahhhhhh’s’ at the revelation. We had
a great time. Dj Sodex did a fantastic job on the boat while we
enjoyed soft drinks, snacks and icecream.
We returned to the hotel later in the evening to have dinner. Pastor
Ghandi thanked everyone for coming and we were so touched that he gave
us a shout out for planning the event. It was another fun evening of
great food and great conversation.