When close friend’s kids are old enough to get married, it feels a lot like when your own kid’s birthday candles exceed two hands and then both hands and feet, you wonder where the years went. It is the milestones of life—showers, weddings, births, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, and many others, which remind us of the importance of friends who have been there, helping us get to the milestones we celebrate. It is a priceless privilege to be called, friend.
In recent years, the bridal showers in particular have been something special, personal, and unique among our group of friends. There are no silly games or embarrassing antics, simply an expression of love for a family, their history, and their future. We have watched these kiddos grow up, prayed through their illnesses, heartbreaks, and dreams—many times praying for their future spouse as well. We rejoice over life lived, answered prayer, and the new life that is beginning.
Our most recent shower was for a dear friend’s daughter whose fiancé is from overseas. As emotional as it was for the mother of the bride to watch her baby become a bride, when the groom’s mother shared a few words through her interpreter (her son), every heart in the room understood. She bypassed any language barrier with her tearful embrace of a new daughter and the release of her son to be a husband.
It was something truly extraordinary to behold, the tenderest moment, and not a dry eye in the room. We felt like we were witnessing a flower open or a wild animal being born, something you can’t plan or rehearse. It must come from a yielded heart, ready to let their baby go and willing to love the spouse their son or daughter has chosen like a natural born child. What a precious gift to each of them! (I admit there are tears on my keyboard even as I type this.) This is the privilege of friendship, sharing such intimate treasured occasions.
Once the gifts are opened, rehearsal bouquet fluffed, and the tissues put away, of course, we get around to the food. It is a celebration, so there must be food! This is by no means an exhaustive list, simply a collection of recipes we have found to be ideal for showers or celebrations of any sort. Informal fare, intended to balance well on a lap and nosh while mingling. These menu ideas work any time of day, and there are lots of gluten-free [GF] options too.
Ham, Spinach & Gruyere Quiche by A Cozy Kitchen
Curry Chicken Salad Boats [GF] (make into sandwiches too)
Strawberry Bruschetta by Rufus’ Food and Spirit Guide
Classic Vegetable Tray with Blue Cheese & Ranch Dip:
Almond Lemon Honey Cake by The Urban Baker [GF]
Orange Ginger Tea Cake [Gluten/Grain-Free]
Triple Ginger & Coconut Scones [GF] (includes link to International Scone Week 2013)
Cream Cheese Fruit Tart with Almond Crust [Gluten/Grain-Free]
Banana Nut Bread Supreme [Whole Wheat]
Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart [Gluten-Free]
Chocolate Love Surprise Cookies by Savoring Every Bite
M&Ms & Mints in the colors of the wedding:
And even more ideas: