Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Tree Fiesta

This was the brainchild of Kate and Mary three years ago. A fundraiser to benefit local schools, it consists of members of the ex-pat community signing up to design a Cristmas tree of whatever ilk - anything goes! and bringing it in to Cafe de Flores for a silent auction.
On Thursday, Dec 10, a crowd of eager locals arrived to sample the sumptuous creations of Alex while making choices and bidding on their favourite trees. Dennis was the busy mixologist and you can't not try a cup of Mary's rich and foamy Eggnog.
This year there were more than 30 trees on auction and while people fought to be the highest bidder, waitpersons strolled about offering tasty appies. After an hour or so, the bidding sheets were collected, winners were announced and folks happily paid up and went home with an 'interesting' tree for the season.
For my tree I used a small 24" pretend fir tree and decorated it with homemade chocolate rum balls and peanut-butter balls which with visiting friend, Barb's, help I wrapped in bright red and yellow cellophane. We added a bit of tinsel and there it was - done. It went for a good price and managed to survive the evening intact - not a ball missing.
I was the lucky winner of Rusty's copper coco palm with one lone coco (red marble) in the sand beneath it. At approx 1 foot in height, it is exactly the right size for my space and will certainly not blow over in the wind. The fundraiser met its $10,000 peso goal toward ceiling fans for the primary school which will be installed next week.

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