Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Party #1: Shamus played football with The Christ Child and dated the lovely Breanne, who went to the protestant, do they call it public? high school. They graduated and he went to Gonzaga, she to the U. Soon she transferred back to Gonzaga and we came to believe what they knew and believed: this was forever. And now, they marry at St. Al's in a few weeks. We are all so very excited.

Bellemaison will host a bridal shower for Breanne this weekend, using the theme "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue." The Chows have been absolutely knocking themselves out making Breanne a scrapbook with that theme and thanks to the generous donation of old pictures from The Little One, one of those Catholic School Mothers who co-mothered Shamus and Breanne through Catholic grade school, we have a treasure trove of shots that will amaze and delight the bride to be.

The wedding colors are blue and brown and so we are weaving all hues of blue through the house with touches of brown here and there. The flowers in the dining room will be white hydrangeas and ferns with deep blue muscari and croci; blue hydrangeas and hyacinths and tulips in a pussy willow nest in the living room with paperwhites at the punch bowl in the breakfast room. Got some really good clear blue plates at Freddy's for $2.99 apiece and will use the white appliqued table cloth with the tiny, tiny stitches over blue flowers and birds. The Russians are coming for the annual springtime polish of the silver, so we should be all Gorhamed up around here. Least for another year.

We plan to divide the party into six groups and give each group six rolls of toilet paper, paper clips, scotch tape and a stapler and direct them to appoint a model and fashion a wedding dress. Adequately fueled by the lemonade and vodka punch, the results will be a clear indicator of spring, something that's lacking here in the PNW at this date.

And the menu. The menu will fall back on some of the traditional favorites here at Bellemaison. The back of the house is busy with the first party of the year as is the front of the house so we will use some tried and true recipes that don't challenge us and that people love; on this day, the girls at Party #1 will let their nutrition go for an afternoon, in celebration of love and spring and all that is hopeful. We can't wait! Viva la fat, salt and sugar!

Bridal Shower Menu

Passion Fruit Iced Tea
Vodka Lemonade Punch

Sour Cream Banana Bread
Orange Shortbread

Strawberries with sweet cream cheese
Savory Cheesecake
Dill and Cayenne Dip with vegetables

Lemon Waldorf Salad
Hot Chicken Salad
Tomato Salad

Tuxedo Cake
Iced Vietnamese Coffee

Ain't love grand?

The 'Kan EWA


Phil said...

I don't know if love is grand, but I do know that it costs a couple grand.

toadman said...

Love is definitely grand.. and apparently at Bellmaison, it comes with tasty tidbits and lovely decorations as well. Sounds fun!

JBelle said...

okay boys, I know you guys like pictures irrespective of what you say about the articles. So I added a few pictures, just for you. Happy Spring!

Lindsey said...

Sounds completely divine and wonderful. Congratulations to you all!

PDX Pup said...

mmmm. hot chicken salad. (insert drooling sound here)

toadman said...

Nice.. but what about the decor? You know, my own lovely wife does that sort of thing...from time to time...when she's not corralling boys or changing diapers...or cleaning house...or making dinner...or..well, to be honest... she really hasn't had a lot of time to do any real decorating.

Bree said...
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Bree said...

Oh how I miss your lovely stories. I will have to come back in here one day and catch up with them while the little bambino is sleeping. =)

Carla said...

Oh, I love celebrations and it certainly does sound like you know how to throw a lovely shindig. And the couple, you can just tell that they belong together. Love is definitely in the air.

treespotter said...

sweet. tho i tend to agree with phil there...

congrats tho, have fun!

Inland Empire Girl said...

Ahhhh! It sounds like a wonderful day. I love the color combination of blue and brown and I know those chows will decorate in perfect harmony. Of course I want the recipes. What a delightful combination. Back in the day when I had a shower hosted for me, my maid of honor's mother served hot chicken salad and it has been one of my signature recipes since. We will at least have to compare that recipe!!! Cheers and have a wonderful time!