Apparently, when you have a blog called “kimzkitchen”, new people associate you with “Kim the Caterer”.
Until they meet me.
Then it’s probably “Kim the worthless-around-town-without-Siri-parallel-parking-klutz-who-has-funny-kids-and-talks-funny-crazy-caterer. Girl.”
But before they knew me as that ^^^^^, some new friends in our new church asked me to jump in and help out last minute with the food for a baby shower. I was eager to connect in some way. Although, maybe not so eager to put my tiny kitchen to the test. I ended up being able to delegate all of the food prep, except for 4 dozen mini quiches or so, so it wasn’t too bad! And, another new friend let me borrow her predictable-oven. So I didn’t have to exercise faith in mine quite yet.
First off, the space we were able to use. Uhhhhh-mazing. It belongs to one of our churches – there’s a couple different plants up here in the city – this building was gifted to the one a few neighborhoods away from the one we go to. And it lived up to all of its 100 year old charm! The old wooden folding chairs, the exposed beams…
I mean, is there anything that wouldn’t look good in this room? We served a menu based on the mom-to-be’s favorite foods. The only thing we left out was her favorite french toast casserole. I think I’ll have to bake her one after baby girl gets here. I blame my tiny kitchen oven on that oversight. What’s nice about the food at this shower, is that most of it is store bought. The granola for the yogurt parfaits was homemade, but doesn’t have to be. The doughnuts were store bought, the fruit was rather no-bake – hee hee. The quiches were baked but not too hard at all. (Recipe coming next week!)
My favorite addition to the shower food table set up was my new drink dispenser! The mom-to-be mentioned she loved mason jars, so I tried to incorporate as many as I could. She also has a passion for all things vintage, so bringing out my grandmother’s old mason jars for drinks made total sense. This drink dispenser fit the rest of the decor just perfectly, and worked better than any of my previous ones. The fact that it’s glass and the nozzle thingy is super well-made (with no leaks!) definitely helps my adoration of it.
There were a few stations set up around the room for decorating a diaper – so mom can see something interesting in those middle-of-the-night changes. And a wishes and wisdom tree for mom to take home and display in the baby’s nursery.
I loved watching Michelle, the mommy-to-be enjoying herself so much with her own mom. What a special moment for both of them.
Michelle’s mother in law gave her a copy of a book Michelle’s husband wrote in 4th grade, “Sam the Indian Boy”. There wasn’t a dry eye around.
Everyone left left with a tea bag – just in time to brew for the cold weather!