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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.

photos + styling © cake. 2011

Etta (October 20, 2011 at 7:55 AM)  

Beautiful and very Italian style :-)
Etta..from Italy!

Tara (October 20, 2011 at 8:40 AM)  

Love this! It will be perfect for a birthday celebration for someone in my husband's extremely Italian family.

Rachel (October 20, 2011 at 8:41 AM)  

This all looks so good - I love Italian!

Michela (October 20, 2011 at 9:14 AM)  

Very Italian style! The garlands ​​of pasta is absolutely delicious! From Italy

Jordan - Polkadot Prints (October 20, 2011 at 1:28 PM)  

I love making everyday into special. Top job to pull that off in an office!

Cake. (October 22, 2011 at 9:59 PM)  

Thanks for the sweet comments. Means even more coming from Italians!

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