an event . in orvieto

When my husband and I celebrated our honeymoon, we opted for a month in Europe. One of the towns we visited along the way was a beautiful place called Orvieto. Known to Italians as the “green heart of Italy”, it is lesser known to tourists and is centrally located between Rome and Florence. It’s location, beauty and rich Etruscan history made it  a must on our list of places to see.

I recently came across some stunning pictures of a wedding that Artfool (now named Matthew Robbins designs) designed and executed in Orvieto. Having been to this beautiful place, I think they did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of this magical Italian town.

beautiful flowers from the artfool orvieto wedding

candy cart at the artfool orvieto weddingwine cellar dining table at the artfool orvieto weddingwedding ceremony at the artfool orvieto weddingchairs and stunning view at the artfool orvieto weddingrosemary pew decor at the artfool orvieto wedding

hot pink . not just for tarts . or little girls

When I was in Paris recently, I was tickled by the use of pink…in restaurant and hotel design. And, it was anything but girly. It felt fresh and bold. I like it. You know what I’d love? A male-centric event in pink. Now that’s fresh.

top row . left to right
. Amy Atlas
. The Children’s Place Association Gala via BizBash
. Jude Miller Flowers

middle row . left to right
. Beet Gnocchi via La Tartine Gourmande
. the g hotel, Ireland
. Merimekko Vancouver . Pieni Unikko fabric

bottom row . left to right
. Betsy Johnson’s house as featured in Elle UK
. Paper garlands via {frolic!}
. Pink Lilly Press via etsy

fruit and coffee . the perfect combination

In response to this post, Jaime over at It’s a Jaime Thing challenged me to come up with a raspberry & chocolate inspiration board. Admittedly, I’ve lightened chocolate to a soft mocha – but I find the combination fresh and perfect for the upcoming spring season.


(Clockwise from top left) Escada campaign Spring / Summer 2008; Bridal bouquet by David Stark; Image via Seeking everyday beauty & velvet strawberries; Gansevoort Hotel via The Contemporist; Sofa and cushions via here

inspiration board: tea party

I love the colors in this inspiration board – powder pinks, creams and minty greens. Very soft and delicate. I’ve been so hot to trot on doing a tea party, I thought I’d start with a mood board. Could be my British upbringing, but I love crumpets, wearing flouncy hats and drinking tea with my pinkie in the air…or perhaps just the thought. In any case, I think there are many ways to integrate the feel of a tea party into an event.


(top row) Tea cosy by GloamingDesigns via etsy – $15; Princess cake via miette – 6″ $30 or 8″ $50.
(2nd row) Tea tin by Jin Patisserie – $25; Dress via {frolic}; Mother of pearl picture frames via restoration hardware – $49 set of 3.
(3rd row) Table cards vases via cox and cox – £22 set of 8; Feather chandelier via moss – $5,750.
(4th row) Bouquet source unknown; Model source unknown; Green Tea Cheesecake White Chocolate Brownie (recipe) via Nook & Pantry.

Other Thoughts
1. (traditional) Go croquet – if it’s a smaller party, a game of croquet is oh-so-tea party. For rules of croquet, click here.
2. (fun) Hat making – set up long tables and have guests create their own tea party hats. Party Hats Inc. out of San Diego is one such company who can help facilitate this type of team building activity.
3. (nouveau) Picnic style – Lay out blankets, lots of pillows and picnic baskets for each setting…stuff baskets full of goodies like tea cookies, cakes and finger sandwiches and include a thermos for hot tea and a sealable jug for iced tea.
4. (connoisseur) Do a tea tasting. Let guests taste the different intricacies of unique tea blends. Help them understand the value of loose teas, how to brew them and how to best taste them.