Hooligan cat party at the Box

2014-10-08 00:00

ONE hundred mums, daughters and grannies cleared their social calendars just to attend Skabenga’s 10th birthday celebration at uMhlanga’s Oyster Box Hotel yesterday.

Skabenga, which means “hooligan” in Zulu, is the resident cat at the hotel. He wondered onto the property 10 years ago and never looked back.

The hotel’s Pearl Room was simply decorated with a long table in the centre overflowing with colourful sweet treats.

Kids helped themselves to mouth-watering toffee apples, chocolate lollipops, bright pink, blue and green macaroons as well as mini red velvet cupcakes.

The shindig, which began at 9 am, catered for all the guests with mums sipping on tea and nibbling muffins while their kids went for the sweeter delicacies.

Skabenga, who was recently diagnosed overweight, made sure that his guests were entertained. In one corner boys and girls got their faces painted, in another, they were pampered with hair and nail treatments.

Taryn Miller drove all the way from Kloof to bring her two daughters, Erin (4) and Lia (1), to celebrate with Skabenga. Miller said her sister, Katherine Meier, who lives in uMhlanga, told her about the party. Miller said, “My children love cats so they wanted to celebrate the day with Skabenga. They had so much fun.” Andrea Jamieson from La Lucia said she read about Skabenga’s big day in the local newsletter. Her daughter, Gabriella (5), picked out her party dress last week. Jamieson said, “This is everything she loves, Mickey Mouse, a princess theme and cats. It’s a dream come true for her.” Gabriella bought Skabenga a gift, a tin of tuna, but she forgot it at home.

Little Aariya (4) was twirling in her blue Princess Elsa dress when we spoke to her mother, Samantha Bugwandin from uMhlanga. Bugwandin got up at 6 am to get ready for the do.

Bugwandin said, “She wanted to look like Princess Elsa from the movie Frozen so we got her the dress and she is absolutely happy. She did sand art, had her face painted and got her hair done. I’ve also had fun.”

Nishan Jagathpal from Izinga Ridge took time off work to bring his daughters, Aara (4) and Zehra (3).

Jagathpal said, “Well, I wanted to enjoy the day with the girls. This is their second time but they still had loads of fun.”

Oyster Box Hotel general manager Wayne Coetzer said, “It’s been a great morning, we all sang for him.” Coetzer said, “We really went all out to make sure that he had a great birthday bash.” The birthday boy was nowhere to be seen, “I think he was shy today, maybe it was all that noise,” said Coetzer.

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