After all the fun of planning baby Dora's shower,
it was time to actually welcome the guests.
Sweet baby's breath.
The soon-to-be parents
were with us in photos and spirit.
Ellen mixes our Kir Royale.
The ham and vegetable strata before going into the oven.
I wish I could have better captured this bowl
of jewel-like fruit prepared by Ellen. It made it easy to forget just how cold it was outside!
The Baker prepared a sour cream coffee cake
to accompany delicious muffins
prepared by Jane and Sheila.
Mom-to-be, Bonnie's favorite dessert is Derby Pie.
Diana found a recipe for Derby-like pie
and it was a beautiful offering--
not too beautiful to cut into though!!
Gathering around the computer to spend time
with Bonnie and Colin.
I think this rather blurry photo is a favorite of mine from the day.
The men came back from having lunch out just as we started to Skype.
Can you tell by the smile on his face that this is
And, at the other end of the party,
Here is Bonnie with her lovely bouquet.
(Note to self, clean computer screen next time.)
Bonnie and Colin open presents.
You can click on any of the photos for a better view.
This one is certainly worth the click to see
the puzzled look on Colin's face!!
He did say later that he'd had a swaddling session using a plastic doll.
He's in for a big surprise!!
We all had a grand time and can't wait until baby Dora arrives!!
I'll share the strata, coffee cake and pie recipes with you soon.
First, I'm off to sunny Florida with my sisters.
Andrew and Oliver will be in charge of fending for themselves.
They'll do a great job!