A Rustic Italian Luncheon
I designed this classic Italian lunch as a pre-wedding celebration for a co-worker. The party was held at the office so we kept it on a budget with some simple details. A checkered oilcloth was laid over the conference table and linen curtains backed the garlands of pasta and rustic fabric bunting. I also potted fresh basil plants in tomato sauce cans for guests to take home as favors, which added a nice pop of green appropriate for the traditional Italian setting. Food was provided potluck style, and in great abundance... highlights included spaghetti & meatballs, garlic bread, bruschetta, 3 layer dip, olive oils and cheese straws, with Pelligrino to drink. To top it off, dessert included biscotti, chocolates, a raspberry tart and a tiramisu cake. Needless to say we had a fairly unproductive afternoon while nursing our food comas, but it worked out beautifully and our guest of honor was both surprised and thrilled.