Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Gluten-Free Bridal Shower

Last weekend my mother-in-law and I threw a bridal shower for a dear friend's fiance.

 She is gluten-free, so I had a good time planning a party menu featuring gluten-free foods!  Here's what we had:

Greek cucumber cups

Caprese sticks (drizzled with a balsamic reduction, bien sur!)

Salmon spread

Chicken salad

Gluten-free crackers (or phyllo cups, for the gluten-eaters)

Carved watermelon full of fresh, seasonal fruit (my father-in-law carves these--he even adds the flowers himself; cute)

Instead of a cake we served a smattering of little gluten-free treats--

Dark chocolate-covered almonds

Chocolate truffles

Almond-crusted mini-cheesecakes

Nutella dip

White chocolate-amaretto dip


Gluten-free chocolate graham crackers

My mother-in-law made 'wedding punch' and we also served Pellegrino to the low blood sugar types, like me, who can't drink punch!

My mother-in-law loves an 'around the clock' shower theme so that's what we did.  I assigned myself 9am, and gave the bride a poem plus a few morning treats--two pretty coffee mugs, amaretto coffee, chocolate, nice kitchen linens, a lemongrass candle, and a magnetized pad of paper (for the daily to-do list!).

The bride was beautiful and happy, and it was a treat to throw a party for her.


  1. Kate in VirginiaJuly 18, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Wow, everything is so beautiful and elegant and looks delicious! The flowers are just lovely. You have a gift for hospitality.

    I found your blog when you posted a link to your basement re-do in a comment at House Unseen. If it's not too much trouble, could you share the paint colors you used in those basement rooms, the blue wall color and the creamy color in the room with the tray ceiling? They are so pretty. Thanks! I'm enjoying your blog.

    1. Hi Kate! Thanks for your kindness! My mother-in-law is the one with the real gift for hospitality--she's always throwing a party!

      I will double check to be sure, but I believe that our aqua schoolroom/laundry room is Benjamin Moore's "Dolphins Cove" and that the TV/music room (with the tray ceiling) is Benjamin Moore's "Mannequin Cream." We have been very happy with the combo!