On the weekend I had the honour and privilege of styling an event for a friend’s birthday party. She had travelled with me to Italy on my Design and Lifestyle Tour in May and Italy had rubbed off her magic on her, so much so that she and her husband decided to have a long Italian lunch/dinner celebration as their theme.

AN ITALIAN THEMED PARTY

HOW WE STYLED IT

We spent time sharing the vision for the day and deciding on the little details that make an event like this go from ordinary to very special. We collaborated on Pinterest where we shared a board of our ideas and design details, there were texts back and forth, phone calls and laughs.

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Michelle is a very creative ceramicist so she set about making hundreds of pieces of bespoke pieces for the event, including plates, bowls, and platters. It was these unique items that really made the tables come alive and add a touch of class and individuality. You can see the detail and artistry that has gone into each piece and honestly adding them to the tables was a game-changer.

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The table was topped with olive branches and fresh lemons and the arrangements were a combination of plants from the flower markets and the home garden. We kept the arrangements casual and rambling in the spirit of keeping the look uncontrived and simple.

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The furniture was a mix of timber and black trestle tables and chairs and honestly the black was so great as a backdrop to the crockery and flora on the table. I would use black tables again in a heartbeat. The large timber slabs were made by a local man at Michelle’s request and became the enormous antipasto platters. Now these can be used in Michelle’s ceramics studio and at exhibitions to display her work.

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The tea light candles were placed inside handmade ceramic votives which glowed into the night and created the most beautiful ambiance.

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It was a unique and special event to be involved in and I just loved every moment of the creative process. Thinking of having an Italian banquet theme? Why not take some ideas from here for your own party or consider taking our workshop to help you learn more. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.