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After a busy drive in La Romana, walking into Villa Collection at the intersection of Calle José María Imbert and Ave. Juan Bosh was like a fresh, spring breeze. After all, that was the intention — the relatively new store that opened in December was decked out in Easter colors and spring flowers. Shades of pastel beckoned me into the friendly environment, welcomed even more by an affectionate hostess. Moraima Mirambeaux had invited the ladies of Café de la Leche to get to know her new location and celebrate spring with a floral headpiece. Everyone happily complied.
Bright dresses and blossoming headwear soon filled the home décor and furniture store. Ladies sipped on mimosas and sangria as they browsed the spring /summer merchandise, many oohing and aahing over plush sofa seating and well decorated dining tables. Café de la Leche is always a fun monthly event to bring attention and aid to the Hogar del Niño, and it’s distinctly lovely that each month it’s celebrated in a different location. Plus being in La Romana, we saw many new faces join the party!
Susana Joa from Chinois catered the event, offering a delicious selection of the restaurant’s small dishes that included egg rolls, shrimp ceviche, shrimp tempura and sushi, as well as pastelitos and croquetas, while Moraima herself baked an array of desserts and laid them out in quite the adorable Easter spread. Artisan chocolates by Luis Miguel Badoato and his wife were an added compliment to the occasion for those of us who can’t get enough sweets! In fact, these heavenly chocolates were so expertly crafted they looked more like ceramic décor than edibles!
The Hogar del Niño once again had the generous contribution from all the ladies at Café de la Leche, and can continue to supply its Crib Room with the necessary nutrition needed for its over two-hundred babies. To mark the special occasion, Moraima gifted prizes to the “best-dressed headpieces” of the evening. In 3rd place came Karina Aristy, 2nd place Eunice Méndez, and 1st place to Patricia Proano! Their detailed and delicate headwear were intricately composed of flowers, feathers, birds, fruit, and caterpillars and butterflies! It was an excellent display of spring, and can’t wait for next month’s edition!
The following images were taken by Laura Perdomo at April’s Café de la Leche at Villa Collection in La Romana on Friday, April 7th:
and by Bryan De La Cruz of the awards:
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.
The organization also provides special schooling to over 75 hearing impaired and blind children, as well as a vocational school where over 235 students receive classes in different areas like: sewing; industrial preparation, installation and electrical maintenance; plumbing and management of computer office programs.