The primary reason for our trip was to meet G's family and friends and celebrate the marriage with them in Brazil. The party occurred in a delightful setting, a formerly abandoned country home which now is rented out for just such occasions.
The party invitations stated the beginning time as 9:00 p.m. so the family members arrived at 8:30 p.m. just in case someone showed up "on time," though G predicted that the first guests would arrive around 10:00. She was right. The first non-family guests arrived at 9:50 and by 10:15 all 80 guests were seated at the 10 decorated tables in the gardens facing the elevated patio which would become the stage for the band. As guests arrived orders were taken for beer, Caiperinhas, Caiperoskas. sodas or mineral water. Promptly at 10:30 the recorded music began and the caterer began serving the Churasgo (spit-roasted loin of beef, sausages, chicken breast, and the delicacy:chicken hearts. The spits were carried by servers and sliced onto a community plate at each table: no vegetables, rice or other accompaniments--just meat and drinks. Only at 2:30 in the morning did the band take its only break--following 3 hours of music-- while other food was served: several types of rice, a crunchy farofa with bacon, and some green cale-like salad. After everyone had filed by the food table--set up just behind the band--the table was removed and the band began to play for another hour and a half.
A memorable party and an occasion to experience celebrating Teresina style.