The Best Shower Gift…Ever!


So you’re the mother of the bride…what to give your daughter for her bridal shower?  When my daughter first became engaged, and I was overwhelmed with the thought of all the parties and festivities, the shower was what I feared most.  Admit it, we women judge each other on our creativity and generosity in gift giving.  Think back to your children’s birthday parties.  Didn’t you admire the mom who gave the hottest new toy, the gift that was wrapped the coolest?  And didn’t you want to be the one admired?  I sure did, but rarely was…

Then I had an epiphany.  I would give a shower gift from the heart, and I’d ask my own mother to help.  I decided to compile a group of recipes from my mother, mother-in-law, grandmothers, aunts and cousins.  Then I had another “Ah Ha” moment.  I would ask Maggie’s fiancé’s family to contribute to the recipe collection as well.  It ballooned from there.  I received recipes from his mom, dad, grandmothers, cousins, aunts, and uncles.  What I loved, was that the receipes were in in the cook’s own handwriting.  I even had one from my grandmother who was born in 1910!


My mother assembled it all, and put the recipes in a book.  She actually used a scrapbook, including silk flowers to dress it up and laminated the recipes.  Maybe you’re a neat cook, but my girls and I are not.  The lamination will come in nicely to wipe up spills.  🙂

Above Photo: Rob and Maggie, my son-in-law and daughter  —  Patty Cloherty Photos

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Somewhere along the way, it wasn’t about the ‘coolest gift,’ but a give of love, tradition, history.  I had tears when Maggie opened it, and she did too…Yes…it was the best shower gift…ever…

Please enjoy the three photos of the recipe book.


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