My beautiful daughter, Emily is getting married next month. Her sister and I planned a kitchen themed bridal shower. The invitation talked about how Emily loves to cook and that she will be cooking for a very long time for her growing family so we may as well make it fun! Party goers were encouraged to bring a fun kitchen item that they love in their own cooking.
We had the party at Shyanne’s house, since she lives closest to everyone. My children watched Martha Stewart when it was on television every morning growing up, and it shows. Little signs decorated the space.
Shyanne spray painted green wine bottles gold and placed mums in each. Balloons captured the attention and smiles of our baby, Ayla.
I made strawberry shortcake on sweet biscuits (recipe to follow), Seven layer dip with tortilla chips, and roll ups (tortillas spread with cream cheese and topped with green chilies then rolled up and sliced). Shyanne make cupcakes, and ricotta and peach bruchetta, and little tea sandwiches. The table was beautiful and inviting. Cardboard cake holders glued to sturdy plastic cups acted as stands.
Drinks were set up on the island. Raspberry juice and sprite in one pitcher, coconut rum and juice in another. I brought a gallon of sweet tea. Every one helped themselves to finger foods and drinks and met new folks and talked. The kids were adorable playing together.
Shyanne printed out three games for us to play. They were all quizzes about the bride or the bride and groom. It was a lot of fun guessing things about who kissed who first, who is the best dancer, does the bride like coffee or tea better, and so on. Small succulents acted as the prizes since that is one of the themes of the wedding.
We had everyone write out advice for the new bride and share it. There were some very inspirational words. Young girlfriend’s advice as sound as the women that were married half a century. It was a lot of fun and made us all nod and strive to be better partners. Those went into a sweet picture album.
An Instapot, box of Corningware, breadmaker, immersion blender, knife set and cutting board, pressure cooker, and cookie sheets later, the young bride was inspired to start cooking.
It was such a wonderful time with family and friends to celebrate a profound new chapter in our daughter’s life. A wedding is an amazing event and celebrating and preparing the young bride is the community’s honor. We are very thankful for our “village”. To help the young couple is a pleasure and being together is always special.
Sweet Biscuits and Strawberries
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine,
1 3/4 cups of flour
2 Tablespoons of sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of olive oil (I use lemon infused olive oil for half)
2/3 cup of milk
Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
Top with a sprinkle of sugar, whipped cream, and chopped strawberries mixed with a little sugar.