Love Story -Kat’s Shower Tea
Next Saturday my niece, the first of ‘the grandchildren’, will be married. There’s something very special about weddings isn’t there? The chance to come together with friends and family and witness a couple’s public declaration of love. It’s brave. And wonderful. Families need these kind of occasions, I think. They are like life buoys that keep us afloat. (And of course, it’s also the perfect excuse to frock up!)
So yesterday we celebrated Kat’s shower tea. The decorating theme was pink and thanks to my girl crush on Rachel Ashwell in the 90’s, I can pull together a pink room in less time than it takes to chill a bottle of Moscato.
But what I love best about using vintage table settings is how they gather memories and whisper family stories.
There were pink and yellow floral platters belonging to mum.
These two characters who always sat on Nana Ruby’s dresser decided to make an appearance. They have only recently been reunited so you couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces!
And the white tureen that I used as the table centre piece once belonged to Flo – Kat’s great grandmother.
A banner with Kat’s new name hung in the entrance hall. We used vintage style lettering pasted onto paper lace doilies. Small wooden pegs held the letters in place. Too easy and so sweet!
Gifts were collected in a vintage case. Each of us had used a letter of Kat’s new name as inspiration for a present. It worked beautifully ( Thanks Martha Stewart) and the gifts were really creative.
A – Affection – heart shaped cake tins and decorationsM – measuring spoons
E – Energy – gas lighter for BBq’s etc
G – glass vase
I – Indian cook book
K – Knowledge. And this book -’1001 Place to Have Sex Before You Die’ is just the sort of information a young bride needs!
N – a (not new) tray – vintage style!
R – Relaxing massage oil and aromatherapy oil
Royalty ( Tiara and banner for Kat to wear plus a countdown of R gifts – one for each day this week.
Remembering – photo frame
S – Signature bear ( which we all signed)
Salad bowl and servers
T – Time for Tea – tea cup.
Therapy – massage oil
! – And the exclamation mark – a photo album from Kat’s grandma.
The food was delicious, the champagne flowed freely and a group of women, both young and old, (and everything inbetween) came together to wish Kat well as she begins the next chapter of her journey. Not all women though. There was Jake, Nicole’s beautiful little boy and Dad. I couldn’t help thinking how wonderful it was for Kat to have one grandparent from each side of the family to share her celebrations. John, Kat’s grandfather was a real character who adored his granddaughters. He was there in spirit- proud as punch. And our mum (who always loved a good party) was there too, somewhere amidst the laughter. It was a perfectly sunny day – both inside and out.
So to Kat and Mal, thanks for the chance you have given us to come together and remember just what is important.
“‘Love one another and you will be happy.’
It’s as simple and difficult as that.
There is no other way.