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!