My niece’s first communion

My niece’s first communion was the main reason I was traveling home last month. I am her godmother and wanted to be part of the ceremony.

I arrived home on Saturday afternoon and the communion was on Sunday.  We had a small breakfast at my parents’ house before we got ready for the church service at 11 a.m.

I honestly can’t say too much about the ceremony, the church was packed and we were seated somewhere in the back and couldn’t see anything that was going on at the altar, but I assume it was a nice ceremony, ha. I heard some laughs and the pastor tried to make the service suitable for children.

If I dare say so (and I am sure you’re going to think I am biased), but my niece was the most beautiful girl that day. She wore a non-traditional white Dirndl-style communion dress with a light green apron. And just look at her hair! My sister really knows how to do perfect up-dos.


We headed back to my sister’s house after the ceremony and everybody got some champagne or mimosas. The weather was pleasant enough and we were able to be out in the backyard during the day.

One of the take aways for the day: there was WAY too much food. But who am I to complain? It was all delicious and I was on ‘vacation’, so I was not counting calories (not that I really do that on a normal day).

The lunch buffet was partially catered by our favorite local Italian restaurant.  We had tomato soup, fish, pork marsala, grilled vegetables, rosemary potatoes and scalloped potatoes and as dessert, tiramisu, my dad’s homemade ice-cream with strawberries and whipped cream.

Every German celebration includes ‘Kaffee & Kuchen’ in the afternoon and there were 7 cakes and pies to choose from. I tried 5 of them, please go ahead and judge me now.

The dinner buffet was prepared mostly by my parents: a variety of pickled antipasti, salads, pickled salmon, turkey and pork, bread and herb butter. Delicious!


It was a wonderful day and I was so grateful to spend precious time with most of my extended family.


  1. Beautiful! So special that you could be there.

    1. Thank you. It was really special.

  2. I love your nieces hair and dress – so cute. Very glad you were able to celebrate with your family (even though I missed you in Yellowstone).

    1. I know! It was such a hard decision to make ;)

  3. Wow! beautiful little lady, and the hair and dress also. Looks like you all had a great event :-)

  4. She looked so lovely and her hair was just gorgeous! I have a little god daughter too, is so nice to have that connection with someone :)

    1. Yes, it’s great to have that connection… especially as I don’t have kids of my own.

  5. Looks like a really nice day with your family :)

    Lieben Gruß

    1. Yes, it really was! Danke, dass du mal bei mir hier vorbeigeschaut hast :)

  6. Your niece looks lovely! The flowers in her hair are such a nice touch. Looks like you had a great time.

    1. Thank you. It was really special.

  7. Your niece looks adorable! I love her hair do! Your sister is talented! I could never do that! Sounds like such a fun gathering and the food looked amazing! That dessert table spread is amazing!! Yum!! I’m so glad you were able to be there for her special day!

    1. Thank you for being happy for me. It was very special indeed.

  8. What a wonderful celebration! Greta looks so beautiful!

    I remember going to pick up our new puppy, Greta (many years ago) and I mentioned coming the day after because it was my husband’s birthday. The next day, we arrived and the owners of Greta’s doggy parents had a big party laid out! It turned out it was his wife’s birthday also! So we had a buffet, coffee, and so many cakes I cannot even recall. It was a great way to start new puppy ownership!

    1. Thank you so much, Maribeth.
      We Germans do love to celebrate with food, don’t we? :)

  9. That hair do looks amazing!! And I have to admit, the cakes make me drool… I am so glad you got to go and spend this time with your family!

    1. Thank you, it was amazing!

  10. Awww, your niece looks so beautiful! I love her hair – it’s gorgeous. I’m so glad you were able to be with your family on this special day!

  11. She is just an absolute gem! And all that food looks AMAZING.

  12. This is so beautiful, her hair! <3 <3 <3

    And the buffet, always going to be a highlight for me. ;)


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