In Lusaka, bridal showers or "kitchen parties" are a big deal. This is probably true in other parts of the US also but not really in Bellingham. I've heard a lot about kitchen parties since living here, and every Saturday if you are driving around Lusaka you can see signs hanging for different parties - they are painted letters on a large white sheet and you see them flapping in the breeze all over the place.
But in over two years of living here, I had never actually been invited to a kitchen party before. I think the crowd of Zambians I've gotten to know just aren't doing them so much. That's why I was pretty nervous when my friend Martha not only invited me to her sister's kitchen party, but asked me to be a speaker! Wow, was I in for a party!
Here I am above with Martha Kangwa and her daughter Twapalwa, and Peggy Mlewa. We are all wearing traditional citenge dresses. And don't they look fabulous!