Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Baby Sweater

I have a very dear friend who just became a Grandmom for the third time…a precious and beautiful little baby girl named Eva. 

In September, I attended her daughter’s baby shower held at the Rittenhouse Tavern on South 18th Street in Philadelphia.  The restaurant is located in the historic Wetherill Mansion, one of the last surviving grand private mansions built on Rittenhouse Square, now home to the Art Alliance of Philadelphia.  It is a lovely venue with the most magnificant stained glass window at the top of a grand staircase.

The room was decorated in a very sweet yellow duck theme...

...and the cake was not only completely adorable (polka dots and bows...what could be better!?), but also completely delicious. 

The menu was extraordinary. Among other things, we enjoyed…

…Roasted Baby Beets with Goat Cheese, Pistachios and Vinegar

…Pancetta Wrapped Figs with Caramelized Honey and Blue Cheese

…Roasted Scallop Salad with Fennel, Arugula and Grapefruit

…Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Grainy Mustard Sauce

We did the typical showery things and presented the mother-to-be with gifts one of which was the gorgeous handmade baby sweater (shown above) that an aunt made from a pattern handed down from the family’s matriarch. 

The pattern is quite worn and for good reason….it has served as the guide for  many other sweaters made for other lucky babies!

Here is a more readable version on line.

Congratulations to all...she is one gorgeous baby!


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