Hope chest: n. A chest used by a young woman for clothing and household goods, such as linens and silver, in anticipation of marriage.
I got married in May of 2004. In April, my bridesmaids through me a huge shower, that included many of my female friends and family. People laugh today that it was like a mini wedding without the groom. I received so many wonderful gifts that day, some from my registry, wine and martini glasses (yes, my friends know me well lol), lingerie, and more. But hands down my favorite gift that day was from my Mom. Not just because we're like two peas in a pod who occasionally drive each other crazy. But because she had truly put all her love and hopes for me in this new stage of my life into this gift.
The chest itself was one she bought at those "all unstained wood" furniture stores where you can choose whatever treatment or paint you want to put on the item. Being a decorative painter, she knew she could turn this into a hope chest for me.
She painted it a pale green and then put mine and DH's initials on the top. She also painted beautiful scroll embellishments all around the top and edges.
On the inside cover she painted our wedding date.
She lined the chest with cream satin and edged it with ribbon. She then included several items in the chest: a 1000 thread count sheet set monogrammed with our initials. I just might be buried in those sheets they are so wonderful. A set of very good quality baking sheets, measuring cups and spoons, and bamboo (wooden) spoons - things she calls staples of the kitchen. And a super-fluffy and luxurious bath towel set, also monogrammed with our initials.
All of those items are in current use, so not photographed here. But what I did when I returned from my honeymoon was to put some wedding keepsakes to store in the hope chest. I included one of the artificial Hawaiian leis we got on our honeymoon (Maui and Hawai'i), the tiara I wore on my wedding day,
An adorable wedding couple bear set from my maid of honor, and a wedding gown sachet.
Underneath all of this is the lingerie I received at the shower. There is way too much to count, and besides, mentioning it too much here might make my DH who sometimes reads this blog, ask questions like, "did you get all those flannel pj pants you wear now at the shower too?" Why go there, right?
Needless to say, this is without a doubt one of my favorite things. Handmade with love by my Mom for one of the most special times of my life.... does it get better than that?