Joana Ricardina, a great-great-grandmother, recently commemorated her remarkable 107th birthday with a fabulous Barbie-themed party.
Born on 2nd May 1916, in the midst of World War I, Joana has witnessed a century of life’s joys and challenges. She proudly boasts five children, nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
On 7th May, in the tranquil village of Vila Geraldo Cerqueira, situated east of Brasília, Brazil, Joana’s milestone birthday was celebrated in extravagant style, adorned with all things pink and Barbie-inspired.
The centenarian made a grand entrance to her party, emerging from a life-sized Barbie box, eliciting awe and joy from the gathering of 35 guests. Pink balloons, delectable treats, and meticulously arranged table decorations enhanced the festive atmosphere.
Expressing her delight, Joana exclaimed, “My birthday was simply beautiful! I felt like a little Barbie doll inside that box.”
With an infectious spirit and an eagerness to seize each moment, Joana expressed her desire to repeat the festivities if she reaches her 108th birthday, exclaiming, “If I’m alive next year, I want to do it all again, with everyone here once more.”
The brilliant concept for the Barbie-themed celebration was conceived by Joana’s great-granddaughter, Jacqueline. Aware of Joana’s love for vibrant celebrations and her penchant for the color pink, Jacqueline embarked on planning an unforgettable event.
In an interview with local media, Jacqueline shared, “My great-grandmother is a spirited individual who eagerly embraces life and revels in celebrations.” She added, “As early as January, she looked at me and said, ‘It’s getting close, isn’t it?'”
Upon Jacqueline’s inquiry, Joana revealed that she was referring to her upcoming birthday. Recognizing the significance of the occasion, Jacqueline playfully suggested that they might not organize anything special. However, behind the scenes, she meticulously orchestrated the decorations and surprises.
Jacqueline reflected, “Given her fondness for pink, I conceived the idea of a Barbie-themed party since she also loves dolls.” The festivities were kept a secret from Joana until the day of the celebration when Jacqueline urged her to don a beautiful pink ensemble, raising her suspicions ever so slightly.
As the festivities unfolded, Joana was ecstatic with every aspect of the celebration. However, her absolute favorite was the giant doll box, where she frequently posed for photographs with her delighted guests.
The remarkable Barbie-themed extravaganza stands as a testament to Joana’s zest for life and the enduring joy she brings to her family and friends.