Ladies’ Luncheon Part I

DJ’s mom hosted a bridal shower for me on a rainy Saturday, with help from my maid of honor and one bridesmaid.


Friends came! Quite a lot of them. 23, I think – but that number may have included me. The thing nobody warned me about (although I kind of knew) was that the generosity would be totally overwhelming.

DJ’s mom, K, and M worked really hard. Party planning is a real job. They tied forks and napkins in turquoise tulle, and even matched M&M’s to the color scheme. DJ’s mom must have spent hours shopping and cooking, and M was everywhere. Carrying gifts, gathering plates and glasses, offering to refill punch cups – I don’t think she sat down for hours.

K arranged roses and carnations in mason jars with raffia wraps, scattered around with candles in more mason jars. She baked white and strawberry cupcakes with white or pink frosting and tiny wedding bands on top. She even made a playlist of music she knew I’d like.

It was beautiful.

I felt incredibly lucky, even before we touched the giant pile of gifts in the hallway.

My mom wanted to give me lingerie “for the wedding night.” After a short conversation with her it seemed like we were on the same page. Some kind of sweet nightgown or slip, time of actual wearing TBD. Like this:

So I wasn’t surprised to open a box from her to find a pile of white silk.

Nightgown! More see-through than I’d like, especially to open in front of DJ’s young cousins and my grandma – but, okay!

Robe! Ah, that addresses the see-through issue.

But wait, there’s a second box. The card said “from Mamoo and Papa,” my grandparents. Both gone for years now. My mom started to tear up, so I assumed that this was a deeply sentimental gift.

I’m a deeply sentimental girl. Lower lip quivering and all. So you can imagine my surprise to find…


XL, transparent bloomers. What do you think about that, Julia?

(To be fair, XL is probably the correct size. For me. In BLOOMERS.)

Really. True story.

(All photos from my camera except the nightgown and bloomers. Source unknown for the nightgown. Bloomers here.)