a shower of love…

Posted by susan on July 29th, 2010. Filed under: everyday adventures.

Three weeks ago I was surprised with my bridal shower. I’ve had a hard time writing this post because words really can’t describe how amazingly thoughtful it was and how overwhelmed I continue to be looking back on it. Every little detail had a huge amount of thought and sincerity behind it, and so much love.

The location was Nicholas Restaurant in Natick, MA. I spent most of my teenage years and my early twenties working at this former fried seafood, burger and ice cream restaurant most notably known for its Saturday night, old fashioned car shows with oldies music – Nick’s Ice Cream. Today, Nicholas Restaurant offers Greek-American dining in Boston’s Metrowest. It’s delicious and I’m not just saying that. I’ve compared their chicken kebabs to other popular Greek restaurants in the area and I genuinely think they have the best. Also, their roasted potatoes are incredible. And that’s coming from someone who knows a thing or two about a potato. I couldn’t have thought of a better place for such an important celebration.

One of the first things I did after being surprised was stroll over to the beautiful cake, which was from The Crusty Crumpet Bakery in Winthrop, MA. My family owns this bakery and the beautiful cake was made by Grant, my second cousin, who woke up very early that morning to have it ready for the shower. I’m not just saying this because it’s family, but it really was amazing. The cake was red velvet with cream cheese frosting.

Jenny made sure of it because we wanted that flavor for our wedding cake, but in an effort to go with the most simple and frugal offering, we ended up choosing a bakery that didn’t offer it. I was so happy it was included. I took leftovers home and Mike and I continue to talk about how much we need that cake back in our lives.

Bostonians, you need a cake? Call up Crusty Crumpet, seriously. Especially if you like red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Also, how beautiful is the design?

crusty crumpet bakery

My beautiful bridesmaids made the party favors from scratch and they embodied some of my favorite things in the world – wine and chocolate. They were thoughtful enough to add a label that brought tears to my eyes. And I loved the little specks of Philly sprinkled throughout.

favor for briday shower

My bridesmaids also made delicious desserts that matched my wedding colors.

bridal shower desserts

And they carried out a tradition of presenting a bottle of wine for every momentous occasions in life with a poem. There was no pulling from the internet though, they each wrote a poem that was sincere, thoughtful, witty and beautiful.

wedding gift wine basket

Also, instead of getting guests to offer us a piece of advice about marriage in a book, they asked guests to offer a piece of advice about where Mike and I should travel together as husband and wife.

travel tip book

One of the biggest surprises when I opened the book was that there weren’t just tips from my guests. There were tips from some of my favorite bloggers in the world. Lisa scoured my blog and the internet for my blog loves and contact information and asked if they’d offer a piece of advice to make my shower even more special.

I am so overwhelmed at how many of you contributed and like I said above, words can’t really describe how grateful I am. Thank you so much.

When looking back on my shower all I can think about is how blessed I am to have people in my life that love me enough to go through so much to make a day special.

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