According to Wikipedia, “a bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding. The custom originated in the 1890s and is today most common in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.”
Today it was my pleasure to participate in showering a young friend in anticipation of her upcoming wedding. I received the ultimate compliment when the bride’s friend who was keeping track of presents (for thank you notes later) listed me as “Aunt Fawn”, and then asked which side of the family I was on. The bride was a high school coworker of my daughters many years ago; the girls introduced their mothers, and we bonded over scrapbooks. The person who wrote “a friend is a gift you give yourself” was most certainly describing us.
A well-done bridal shower is a truly magical event, as it reflects the joy and anticipation of the upcoming wedding, but purely focused on the bride-to-be and her mother. And this one was masterfully done, from the tiniest detail of the decor to the delicious brunch buffet (and, of course, the presents).
Next up: The wedding. I can hardly wait!