My brother Isaac and his wife Nakayla are having a kid. Ok, this isn’t just any kid, but the first one in our immediate family. This brings much excitement, and a need to have a celebration. My brother has a magnitude of friends that are in his same circumstance… Expecting. With the current situation, I found it only appropriate to have a Co-Ed Baby shower. Many times only women are invited to these celebrations, but let’s get real, it takes a village to raise a child. Why men are excluded from the celebration of showering gifts is really unknown to me. Everyone invited has a deep love and different role in raising the child that is within my sister in-law; why shouldn’t we all celebrate together?! Men are very important in the raising of a child as well!
I made a few simple appetizers, and a layered almond cake with fresh berries. We then opened the gifts brought and played games. In my opinion, the ‘shower’ should consist of people gathering together to celebrate the life inside, and overwhelm the parents with support and love. That was the goal I hoped was accomplished. There weren’t any tacky decorations or games geared to simply annoy guest, but a communion of fellow people who care about each other. Lawn games were offered (and well received) to interact with one another.
- Cheese Boards: Consisting of four different cheeses ( Blue Cheese, Jarlsburg, Gouda and a soft cheese “Seastack” from a local Creamery). There were some stone fruits and nuts that were added as well to each board to offer diversity.
- Hand made Parmesan Breadsticks wrapped with Prosciutto.
- Smoked Salmon
- Fingerling Potatoes with a Lemon Aioli.
- Aged Soppressata with bread
- Cucumber rolls with a Shrimp Ceviche and Avocado.
- A Bread Basket with Swedish Rye, French Baguettes, and my mother’s infamous rolls
- Shrimp Skewers with Asparagus, Bell Pepper and Sausage.
- Roasted Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto
- Antipasto Canapés
- Shrimp Ceviche Cups with Avocado and Cilantro
- Cucumber Rounds with Mozzarella, Basil and Balsamic Vinegar
- Fresh Figs wrapped with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto
- A selection of local hand picked local Beer and Wine from Norm’s Market was also served.
The cake that I made was the same base as I have used for the Norwegian Toscakake. I just separated it and layered it with cream cheese frosting and fresh berries. Everyone loves this cake and it is so easy to make! A lot of people who claim “I don’t like cake” (a really poor and unfounded statement) really enjoy this almond flavored sponge.
We ate food, refreshed ourselves and opened gifts. Now, it was appropriate to enjoy some lawn games. There was a game in particular which took over the afternoon, a Swedish lawn game called “Kubb” or “Swedish Chess”. Essentially, it’s a game divided amongst two teams to knock over the king in the middle. Somewhat complicated, but completely fun. Additionally, there was a Life-Sized Jenga game, along with a “Corn-Hole” game my brother Isaac brought. The corn hole platforms were painted with the Minnesota Vikings Logo. This was completely appropriate considering his (and every other Molstre’s) unreasonable affiliation with the American Football Team – They are all “High-Brow Members and Fans”.
And then the games commenced.
Everything landed splendidly and as a family, we are overly excited about this new addition. Isaac and Nakayla even revealed the name of their firstborn, ‘Hudson Isaac Molstre’. As I said before, showers are a simply a gathering to show our love and support, which I only hope was exhibited.
We will await my nephew with great anticipation!
I almost wonder why they didn’t name him Josh…