Riitta Palomäki’s 60th was celebrated in clear, end-of-summer conditions in the Calliola archipelago scenery. Riitta decided as early on as spring that she wanted to celebrate without any concerns for the arrangements. The only option left was the complete outsourcing of the party.
– After visiting Calliola with my daughter, I knew that this is the place. There was no way that I wanted to change the venue, even though all the weekends in August were already booked by then. I was a bit hesitant about organising the party on a weeknight, but luckily all the guests managed to make it, says Riitta.
The occasion started with coffee and snacks, and continued with outdoor games. After a few hours of pétanque, Finnish mölkky, and darts, drinks were served on the idyllic terrace of the Main Building. There were 16 relatives and friends, with an age range of early twenties to 70-year-olds. And each and every one enjoyed themselves as much.
– Dinner was served at the Venevaja. Our group included both gourmets as well as those with a special diet. The menu, however, was designed so that it was the same for everyone, which was particularly wonderful. We had duck, which was absolutely fantastic. And the entire atmosphere of the Venevaja with its candles and sea scenery, excellent!
All of Riitta’s guests stayed overnight at Calliola. The accommodation arrangements were customised individually according to needs. Calliola has accommodation facilities for up to 80 persons, e.g., single and twin rooms in the old Main Building, Villa Calliola, as well as various-sized solutions in the several Villas.
– For instance, two couples in their thirties stayed in one villa. Even though they shared the communal areas, both couples had their own privacy with their own bathrooms and bedrooms. The single guests were accommodated in shared accommodation with the same principle. And of course, there were also single and twin and double rooms available, as needed. All guests were provided with appropriate accommodation.
Riitta has worked in Finnish and multinational companies for 30 years, the latest one being Uponor. In addition to her birthday, Riitta, who was even been elected Director of Finance of the Year, celebrated a new stage in her life – a shift from a day job to becoming a board-work professional. Riitta, who is known as a woman of action, found it easy to leave her party arrangements in the capable hands of the Calliola professionals.
– I’m really pleased, things went promptly, and I was kept updated constantly as to the progress of the arrangements, and I didn’t have to worry about anything. I was able to just enjoy the celebrations, which were a success and were my kind of celebrations. Just what I wanted.