Each person had their part to play in order to make the surprise a success. TDP gave the toast, Margaret arranged for sparkling cider for the guests and orchestrated bringing in the unexpected guests. I kept Margaret apprised of the timing of the meal, so the celebration could happen after their meals were finished, but before they ordered dessert.
Customers from other tables lingered after their meal, so that they could take part in the soiree. When it was time, I brought my father to the dining room, where he was met with a standing ovation and a lovely toast.
|Guests during the Blackbird Festival|
|Tomie DePaola & Piero after the toast|
|TDP, Rosanna, & Piero|
It was an entertaining end to a great evening.