When I go to NJ to visit fam, it's guaranteed to be a good time filled with tons of food and lots of laughing. This past weekend I hit up the Garden State for my cousin Theresa's bridal shower, and I can say it was once again a success in the food and fun department. There's just nothing like visiting family, especially when they are as hilarious and fun as mine. Not to brag or anything.
Here's a trip down Jersey lane:
I got to see my cousin's little babe, precious diva child Serina. Her clothes are always so fantastic, the girl dresses better than me.
Ter's wedding shower was a fabulous occasion. There were 60 (yup, 60) people at the shower, unlimited vino, freaking delicious food and so many presents you could barely walk around the room. Yup, sounds like your typical Italian family wedding shower - I should know, I was fortunate to have one similar myself back in the olden days when I got married.
Let's talk about my favorite part of any event, the food. As Mr. Fo says, I have a secret fat kid inside of me. I should seriously weigh like 400 lbs. Who knows, maybe one day I will. If he's lucky.
We started of with delicious bruschetta topped with fresh mozzarella. If you've ever been lucky enough to eat in NJ, you know their mozzarella cheese is worth every single delicious calorie. And as my mother says, "There's nothing like a Jersey tomato." This bruschetta was like what bruschetta dreams are made of - fresh, crisp and the perfect amount of garlic.
Then there was a salad that I didn't take a picture of, because it was a salad.
My favorite course, and the entire reason I even go to NJ (kidding, sort of) was the perfectly al dente pasta. This was pasta with vodka sauce, and the picture doesn't accurately show how much pasta I housed. I also didn't take a picture of the BREAD BOWL it was served in. (I'm totally kicking myself for not taking a photo of this btw.) I mean, carbs served in carbs? Is this heaven?
Pasta was followed by a choice of meat entrees which all looked delicious as well. I had the veal, which I always make a point to get because I never make it at home.
For dessert there was of course a beautiful cake, but one of Ter's aunts made homemade cookies for each table. I had way too many. Aren't they delicious looking?
I was also sitting next to some preggos so I was able to have their champagne. Score!
I loved the shower favors - a wedding cake cookie and heart shaped measuring spoons. How cute!
And for Ter, she had basically an entire department store of presents. I must say, she opened them with great speed. I was impressed.
Ter also had a "Wishing Well." I'd never, ever heard of this and all my family was shocked. Apparently the Wishing Well is a tradition where your shower guests give you small gifts to "start stocking your kitchen." i.e. Spoons, small kitchen gadgets, even cans of soup back in my moms day. This particular wishing well had been in Ter's family for 50 years!
Here I am with my beautiful cousins including the bride in the middle!
It's always good to see my double cous, Lauren.
After the shower we looked a little different as Ter and I had a sudden urge to go in a friends pool...in our clothes. Ter's fiance got a sweet action shot of me jumping in.
Hey, you only live once, right?! Why not jump in the pool with all your clothes on!
So the big question remains...have you ever heard of a Wishing Well at a shower? Everyone thought I was crazy because I had never heard of this! Help a sister out!
Have a GREAT week!