Aarya Mittal’s first birthday party had everything you would expect for a celebration of its type – balloons, cake, presents and party hats.
But singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to this bubbly one-year-old were a surprising collection of guests.
The Mittal’s chose Edenfield Family Care Ramsay as a venue for their special occasion, leaving an open invite to all residents.
“I think we are in a position where we can share our happiness with others,” Aarya’s mother Kanu Aggarwal explained.
For my daughters first birthday we just threw a grand party, but at the end of the day it was a materialistic thing.Kanu Aggarwal
“This time I just thought that maybe we should share our happiness with others so that it can be double, especially with those people who just need a bit more support.”
With plenty of friends in Australia but no family, Ms Aggarwal said they can sympathise with residents who may feel isolated at times.
The Mittal’s hope their children can learn from the experience when they are old enough to understand.
“When he is bigger we will show him ‘look how we celebrated your first birthday’, and I hope he gets some inspiration from that,” Ms Aggarwal said.
“Sharing is caring. Sharing of happiness, sharing of moments and things with other people.”
Over 40 residents gathered for the party where the family supplied birthday cake, as well as coffee mugs for party favours.
Resident Judith Klinberg was one of many residents who described her afternoon as “simply lovely”.
Even without the afternoon tea, it just brightened the place up.Judith Klinberg
Edenfield Family Care Ramsay Lifestyle Coordinator Colleen Rigden said the unorthodox party was something different for the residents to enjoy.
“They rang and said they wanted to have a birthday party here, I thought well we’ve never done that before but we will try and see how we go and it worked out well,” Ms Rigden said.
“The school down here comes and sometimes childcare comes, or we go there. But logistically its a bit hard, so just having the small group turn up rather than a great big group was really good.”