So you are officially invited to Brook's Bambino Blast...
THE FOOD: Brook is a health nut and loves fruits and veggies, so I attempted to incorporate lots and lots into the menu.
Crostini's topped with blue cheese and walnut spread with a slice of pear.
Caprese minis. I am Italian...by heritage and by taste buds...so this one was my personal input into the appetizers. Made of mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes, the easy to eat appetizers were very popular.We also served spinach dip with crackers for those with less brave appetites (aka kids). Brook and my mom are hanging out with the apps waiting for everyone to arrive.
We set the buffet to be easy and fun to serve yourself a big portion of the flava-flav. Shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit salad, and what I like to call 'nutty' salad were all ready to go after the blessing.
The chaffing dishes held the mixed veggies and were located at the end of the buffet next to the chicken salad in croissant sandwiches and the 'katie-dids'. What is a 'katie-did'? Oh just a little something I invented. It is a butter biscuit with craisins rolled in. Then stuffed with thin sliced turkey, Havarti cheese and served with spicy mustard and cranberry sauce on the side. It was more an accidental invention to be honest. But even my boyfriend loves them (he warms em up) so I can definitely see them being a staple for parties to come!
The beverage table was loaded with tons of glasses, lemonade, unsweet tea for those Atkins-lovas, cran-rasp-lem-lime punch, water and of course, sweet tea (cause we are in the south!!!) Little tags adorning each pitcher let all the guests know exactly what they were getting into. And small tin buckets held the artificial sweetener and of course, a lime was floating around the table.
I barely got a shot of the 'sweetie pies' as they were whisked out the door. We asked if each guest wanted one - ten hands shot up. As the plates with the pies, ice cream and a strawberry were delivered, all the others were slowly added to the list to receive their own. I guess the ladies decided they weren't THAT full :)
And of course the candy buffet was a hit! Especially with the kids - one little girl filled her bag all the way to the brim - and she was even allergic to nuts! I am still trying to figure out how she did that! Probably those little scoops helped out, huh?!?
THE PRESENTS: The other activity guests could participate in while visiting with the pregnant lady was to visit the center table that held a dogwood tree. There is a legend about dogwoods that goes a little something like this: Long ago, dogwoods grew straight, strong and tall. Jesus was said to be crucified on a dogwood and after he died, the species changed into a gnarly sort, so that no person could be crucified on one again. The flowers bloom in spring (Easter is when Jesus was resurrected) and each blossom is white as snow (representing a clean heart) and dots of red (drops of Jesus' blood). It represents the forgiveness that we have because of His love and sacrifice.
Being a pastor's wife, I thought it would be the perfect tree to give Brook. We wrote notes of encouragement, prayers, blessings and well wishes on tags then fastened to the branches. When Baby Suter is born, they can plant it in their yard to commemorate the celebration of their child's birth and the hope that their little one will grow to appreciate how much God loves her. And every time they see it, they can remember those friends who are praying for their baby girl.
It made me so happy to see Brook's gift table loaded with tons of pressies. I missed most of the opening so I will have to go by later this week to ask her what she got.
These little girls were 'helpers' as she unwrapped. I only wish I could wear pink polka dot pants with pink crocs, a leopard headband and a fun top...oh to be 6 again!