For the readers who read last week’s post, I know they’re anticipating a recap of the Bridal Shower I hosted for my sister this weekend, and guess what…you’re all in luck.
I’m posting a little later than normal I know, so I apologize. I have an excuse though!
(Well sort of..)
You see, it turns out I’ve become quite the little “Celiac Celeb” on campus.
I actually spent a good chunk of my week working with another Bradley student on a project for her COM 360 class. I was interviewed about my knowledge of Celiac Disease and the Gluten Free lifestyle, especially as a college student living on my own. We even did some video shoots at the grocery store and in my apartment cooking a G-Free meal for her, so I’ve procrastinated quite a bit, but in a good way!
But I digress…here’s the info you really want to see/care about:
The shower itself was a great success! We had a lot of fun, and everyone really seemed to dig the “bee” theme which was definitely exciting.
Guests showed up at 11 on the dot, and we ate before we began any of the actual shower shenanigans.
As I said last week, we had two egg dishes, an array of muffins, fresh fruit, and biscuits with honey and preserves to follow suit with the theme.
The egg dish on the left was dairy-free, gluten free, and paleo! It was made up of egg whites, coconut milk, spinach, zucchini, squash, broccoli, mushrooms, and turkey sausage. It was my personal favorite! It was light and had some of my favorite spring veggies in it.
The dish on the right was much more hearty than the other, but also gluten-free! It contained hash browns, cheese, tomatoes, peppers, sausage, green onions, and Vidalia onions with a hint of salt, pepper, basil, and parsley!
Both were a hit!
To pair with the eggs we cooked up some cranberry orange and lemon poppy seed muffins, along with my mom’s famous chocolate chip banana bread – always a crowd pleaser.
We originally were going to do blueberry, but my mother wasn’t too impressed with recipe and opted for the cranberry orange.
None of the above were gluten free, but seeing as I was the only one there with allergy needs I didn’t mind. [let’s be real I was running around the whole time anyways!]
I did however load up on the fresh fruit – on its own and in my mimosa…
After the brunch portion of the day, we headed downstairs for some shower activities. Notice I say activities and not games. I hate shower games.
Instead, I thought a craft would be fun, and it also served as part of the favor so a double win for me.
Guests were given a mug filled with a mini jar of honey, tea bags, and a bag of “bit-o-honey” candies that they could decorate with paint pens. I provided them with stencils and examples so they could have an idea of where to start. They all turned out great. The Duncans [my mom’s side of the fam] are apparently closeted crafters. Who knew?
Aside from the mugs, guests could also fill out an activity card. This was a hoot. The card had marital advice, tips, and even got the gang drawing pictures of the bride and her fiancé.
We also had a date jar and the guests came with recipe cards to give to jen, as well!
One of the best parts of the day is that we got to include my New York side of the family into the mix. My mom and sister skyped the gang, so they got to see what we were up to and what my sister got gift-wise.
After the opening of the presents (and breaking 6 ribbons – good thing she wants a big family), the family and friends chatted for a bit over my honey vanilla cupcakes, and then parted ways.
The cupcakes turned out great, by the way. I used less powdered sugar than I did in my trial run and it was so much easier to work with. I even brought some back to campus, and shared them with a few friends and got rave reviews.
All in all, I’m so glad everything went well, and that my sister had such a great time.
Only 31 more days til this bride-to-bee says “I do”, and I can’t wait!