Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Wonderful Time Was Had by All!

A week ago today in the afternoon, my friend, Debbie, hosted a kitchen shower for Catherine. Debbie prepared a lovely 3-course tea which everyone enjoyed so much that the afternoon almost slipped away before any gifts were opened!

The first course included tiny fritattas, delicious chicken salad tea sandwiches with smoked almonds, and cucumber rounds dotted with smoked salmon.

Then Debbie spoiled us with scones that were served with clotted cream, and a choice of lemon curd or strawberry jam.

If that weren't decadent enough, the final course was Swedish cream accompanied by a choice of orange cinnamon biscotti, Russian tea cakes and chocolate truffles.

She also, of course, served several kinds of tea, including one that she found in the International District of Seattle that "bloomed" into something that looked like a flower and was an herbal tea.

A little "spice" was added to the afternoon with two games. First, everyone guessed the total years of marriage represented by the guests. Ranging from 0 (Debbie's 8 year old daughter) to 56 years, the grand total was 345 years! Then Debbie passed around a dozen mysterious baggies of "white stuff" that is used in the kitchen. Oh my, it's a good thing that jars and boxes have labels on them. Interestingly, the guest who won that little challenge with a score of 8 was formerly a medical technologist!

Only then did Catherine get to open her gifts. She received some lovely things, including each guest's favorite recipe. And just for fun, I gave her a paper chain with 34 links to rip off until the BIG day arrives. It should be bit shorter by now!

*The photos were taken by Brent's sister, Susan, and as a result missed having her picture taken. Thank you, Susan!


Rian said...

Oh, what fun! A regular Martha Stewart Debbie is. How could you possibly decide between lemon curd and strawberry jam!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate! Sounds like a good time was had by all. :-)


Micki said...

What a fun time you all had!

Plays with Needles said...

Only a month away!!! You better rest up!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Judy,

OMG!!! What a menu!! I LUV scones with jam and cream. Not exactly something that Weight Watchers would encourage but I'd willingly walk a few hours more and hit the gym a few more times that week to make up for it.

The pink flowers that appear to be the table centerpiece are beautiful and I was wondering what they were?
They are exquisite!!

I would have liked to have seen that tea that "bloomed" into a
flower in the cup. That would
have been something special.

It looks as though it was a truly
wonderful celebration and another
great memory to look back on leading up to the wedding.

Re: 7 things...

You've certainly lived in a
few places Judy. Makes me feel
boring 'cause I've never lived
outside of Southern Ontario.

Too many books??? Is that

I love Girl Guide cookies,
but just the ones that are
either chocolate or vanilla.
I don't care for the mint ones.

My DH Phil's grandmother lived
to 102 as well. Several of my
Mom's aunts in England lived
into their 99th year.

I love these questionnaires.

AHA!! Now I see which Lizzie
Kate you stitched for the
wedding!! Very cute. I like
the very lovely tray that you
put it in.

We're going to have an incredible
Easter weather wise here. Spring
has arrived and we're going to
have temperatures in the mid 70's.
Unbelievable!! Nearly every year
we have some type of snow storm
at some point in April but so far
the moisture in the long range
forecast is rain. Fingers crossed
that we'll make it through the
month unscathed.

Prairie Thistle said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time.
I love tea parties.

Gerry said...

Gosh, I can't remember the last time I had a tea party! It sounds (and looks) like you had a wonderful time. I know my mouth is still watering over the menu - YUMMMMMMMMMM!

Thanks for visiting. The snow is gone, it's warming up, and my yard work is screaming at me! LOL.

Take care.

Linda said...

What brilliant ideas you had for your special gathering. I must take notes...... :-)