Birthdays can be full of surprises, whether good, bad, or straight-up inappropriate. But it’s not usually grandma who comes up with the last. For Izabella Rivera’s 22nd birthday, however, it was her grandmother’s gift that made the most shocking statement of the night.
In a photo tweeted out by the birthday girl’s sister Ariana, their grandma is seen holding a bouquet of balloons that she kindly brought for her granddaughter, not realising the words the balloons say are, mildly inappropriate, to say the least.
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My grandma who doesn't speak English showed up with some birthday balloons for my sister... pic.twitter.com/0wIYXMgt1x— Almond Milk (@Arihrih) September 24, 2017
“My grandma who doesn’t speak English showed up with some birthday balloons for my sister…” Ariana tweeted, letting the words on the balloons speak for themselves.
Their grandma is from Mexico, Ariana tells Yahoo Lifestyle, explaining that a language barrier was the reason behind the mixup. While the family later found out that the balloons were given to her as a gag gift during a white elephant gift exchange, they were able to piece together that she assumed they said ‘happy birthday’ and ‘celebrate’ as many other balloons do. Luckily, the friends and family at the party had a good sense of humor about it, as well as grandma.
“At first we were shocked to read what was printed on the balloons but were immediately rolling on the floor laughing about it,” Ariana says. “[Our grandma] was initially confused as to why people’s reactions were so strong as everyone was laughing. Once we had explained to her what the balloons said she was definitely embarrassed and apologized to my sister, but there was no need because my sister loved them.”
It seems safe to say that the balloons were a highlight of the night, and that the Riveras’ grandma is pretty epic.