Barbara’s daughter recently got married and because we share and do for each other out of love and deep friendship, I volunteered to host the Bridesmaids Brunch at my house the day before the wedding. Have any of you heard of a Bridesmaids Brunch? It was new to me a few years ago when I helped serve and cleanup at one Barbara was hosting and naturally the discussions leaned towards old traditions, forgotten traditions, and things that just aren’t done much anymore. Oh, I know in some circles there are lunches and brunches and dinners the whole week of the wedding, but those didn’t happen in any of my circles. There was a bridal shower, a rehearsal dinner, the wedding and that was it! So, this tradition was all new to me and I thought I’d share the experience with you.
First, a formal invitation is sent out. The guest list is provided by the bride with consideration to whom is coming in from out of town. So, see – right there – it’s not just the bridesmaids! But, it is all girls and only girls!! The bride’s female family members are all invited. Special friends, honorary grandparents, second moms, dear friends not in the wedding party are all part of this festivity. We’re having 23. That includes me and Sylvie who is helping with all the food, drink, etc.
I dont have a big house, but I can arrange the furniture to have wide open spaces to put the tables. White table cloths; white china, silver if you’ve got it; silver tea and coffee service; and pretty, white flower centerpieces. No way do I have all this stuff for 23!!!
Barbara is having a 90th birthday party for her mother, at her house, two days before the wedding as the whole family will be here for the wedding Here’s where the fun comes in! We share!! I’m borrowing the 30 cup coffee maker from my D.A.R. chapter (needed for both party and brunch). I have 2 tables and I got one from Barbara and one from Sylvie. I have 18 white plates and got 8 more from Barbara. I have 10 chairs. I got 6 from Sylvie and the rest will come from Barbara after the party. We’re serving quiche – 4 additional nice pie pans from Sylvie and 2 cake servers. Candy theromoter over to Barbara’s. Spillpat and sugar cubes back over to Barbara’s. I have eight white coffee/tea cups & saucers. Barbara has a beautiful collection of Victorian type ones – those added a nice touch of color to the tables. Then…everything has to back to it’s rightful home!
Here’s the menu:
6 kinds of quiche (Note to self: Don’t forget to make little identification cards for each one.)
Banana and pumpkin bread
Dipped strawberries, chocolates, cookies, brownies and heart shaped lollypops.
Water, OJ, tea and coffee
After brunch some of the girls headed out to get manicures and pedicures. We cleaned up and got ready for the rehearsal dinner. The girls were 14 years old to a feisty 90! With the help of friends this was a huge success!
Note to self: This friendship and sharing thing is working out pretty sweet!!