Wedding Showers are a good time to help out the new couple with gifts to set up their household. One helpful idea is to outfit the newlyweds’ kitchen with all the small tools and supplies that one needs to cook and bake. This list was compiled to provide a list of inexpensive but necessary items that will be affordable for everyone. Those who want to spend more can buy several items. Not included in this list are bigger ticket items like pots and pans and small appliances.
When buying utensils for cooking look for ones that specifically say on the packaging that they are heat resistant. There are many new and beautiful silicone and nylon utensils that are made to use in high heat situations.
Brides don’t often put these smaller items on their bridal registry so it might be helpful for the hostess of the bridal shower to keep a master list for everyone or maybe even create an online registry at one or two of the large big box stores like Target or Wal-Mart for the guests to use.
Serving spoons – several large ones
Spaghetti serving spoon
Rubber spatulas in various sizes
Wooden spoons in various sizes
Pancake turners in a couple sizes
Magnetic knife strip
Bag clips in various sizes
One Touch Can opener
Liquid measuring cups – glass pyrex
Dry measuring cups
Small mixing bowl
Medium mixing bowl
Large mixing bowl
Salt and Pepper shaker
Handmade napkins for everyday use – a couple dozen
Hard boiled egg slicer
Hand potato masher
Cutting boards – several sizes
Refrigerator food containers
Paring knives – several
Ice cream scoop
Non slip shelf liner
Packages of various scrubbing pads and brushes
Bag of shop towels
Waste baskets and bags
This is the Best Part of the Gift
To go along with the kitchen theme have each guest come with their favorite recipe to present to the bride. Decide ahead what the format will be and buy a binder that will accept them all neatly. This can be made ahead or assembled at the shower. Take advantage of the great scrapbooking stores for supplies and papers.
Instruct each guest that each recipe should contain a short paragraph about family and food or a memory of a family gathering or event that was particularly meaningful. Other ideas would be a quote or poem about family, food or hospitality.
Of course cook books are never complete without some great photographs of food. If you can take a picture of the prepared food for which you are providing the recipe, all the better. If you don’t have the time to do that then take some other food related photos.
You might consider a photo that would head up a section of the cookbook.
Don’t forget the sections of food and cooking tips that include:
Things your mother taught you
Common substitute ingredients
Take a look at the cookbooks in your kitchen for ideas and references to determine what kind of information and sections you want to put in your customized cookbook.
I guarantee your friend will always treasure this wonderful cookbook not only for the recipes but for the great stories and pictures that you include.