"Why limit happy to an hour?"
- W.C FIELDS
"Why limit happy to an hour?"
- W.C FIELDS
When life gives you lemons, host an Amalfi themed lemon party 🍋
If you've been following me on my social media for a while now, you've probably heard me mention my love for lemons maybe once or twice. So, as you can imagine, I was particularly thrilled when my client and I shared a similar vision and created an Amalfi Lemons themed party.
We had been working on this event for months, creating various mood boards, sketches, searching for fabrics that would resemble tiles found on the Amalfi Coast, looking for event furniture and prop rentals making sure we had everything we`d envisioned for the event.
Oh, goodness, I don't even know where to start!!
The number one step was to create the perfect invitation that would encompass the theme. We went for a green envelope and invitation card with an Amalfi scene on one side and the party details in the back, all written in Italian. We decided to accompany it with a side of traditional Italian Biscotti al Limone, or Lemon Biscuits, to bring in some of the flavours and scents of the region before the party.
The first and main component of the party was a big tent where everything would go. You know how unpredictable the weather is here and chances of rain are very much high. I was initially worried this structure would distract from the beautiful vegetations of the garden where we hosted the party. I immediately remembered the marvelously covered outdoor structures I´ve seen on the Amalfi Coast where it's all covered in branches, leaves and florals whilst complemented by its iconic lemon trees. I just had to recreate it, I had to.
Use these images to get an idea of what I'm talking about 😉
With green ropes, we created a net structure on the ceiling of the tent to then put various tree branches that we trimmed from her front yard. We then proceeded to hand each one of the lemons to the ropes using a thread for each one. The ladies invited were all in awe as it sure made for a breezy, colourful and very major component to the party. The perfect complement to the rest of the setting.
Next up we have our lunch table setting; placed right in the middle of the space. For the chairs and table, we opted for some white country style folding chairs and table to really bring out that laid back rustic Italian Coast vibe. Next up, were the table runners. The fabric was probably what we spent the most time looking for. We had already decided that the colour palette would be green, white and yellow with some slight touches of red and orange here and there. However, we wanted these table runners and napkins that bring out a huge pop of colour (and texture) to the tables, that otherwise would have looked a little too bland.
Next up, was the center piece. I decided that one long floral arrangement would work best for the overall visual. We stuck to our colour theme and included white and yellow daisies, mini roses, white astromelies, green foliage, and lemon wedges to adhere to the theme.
For each individual table setting, we decided that wicker chargers and cup holders would, again, make for the laid back rustic look we were going for.
And, what better way to reinforce our lemon theme than with lemon shaped dinner and salad plates 🍋🍋🍋
So, when it comes to cakes and dessert, normally my go to display would be to go with a big dessert table with many different types of sweets and a large central cake (Click here to check out my Marie Antoinette's Paris Party for reference). For this event, we went simpler and decided on a cake table, displaying three different cakes that would reflect our Amalfi Lemon theme in different ways. At it side, we had hand painted cakes. One displaying an iconic Amalfitan tile inspired by Dolce & Gabbana's majolica print combined with faux lemons between layers and the other one displayed the landscape of the famous Italian town of Positano, accompanied by a crown of red roses. In the middle, we had a semi naked cake decorated with lemons and the same flowers we used for our center pieces.
The drink cart was one of the major components in the design of the event. I spent hours designing, visioning what I wanted, searching on Pinterest, looking for the right props. I wanted it to feel like a traditional charming cart or drink parlor you'd see by the Italian Coasts. It would be something to reflect the culture and aura of the Amalfi Coast. With that being said, I knew I had to include the regions signature drink, Limoncello , and different kinds of refreshing lemon based drinks for the guest to enjoy. I used elements like branches, wooden trays, pallets full of lemons and mandarines at the bottom and red roses for a pop of colour.
At the bottom of the cart we had a tea tray with personalized lemon tea and chocolates that would be served to the guests after dessert. We also kept a little table at the side for water and ice.
You've probably heard me say before that the food should come first and foremost in any gathering, after the decor and ambiance of course. 😉 it was simple to decide what style cuisine we would be serving on the occasion. Since the Amalfi Coast is right by the Mediterranean Sea, we needed to reflect this in our menu. We started off with a traditional Italian Suppa di Mare with an assortment of Shrimp, mollusks, and clams.
The rest of the food was displayed at the buffet by the pool. These included Lemon infused Salmon, Caprese Salad, Pomodoro funghi fettuccine, and some fresh baked focaccia bread and grissini.
If you think about it, what form of transportation do you see abundantly on the Amalfi Coast?
One of my favourite touches that we added to the party was a red Vespa accompanied by a street sign under a floral archway. Another fabulous way of incorporating that quintessential Italian charm.
Finally, as you can see on some more pictures that I'm adding below, be filled every little corner with Lemon baskets, pallets, florals, wooden logs and branches. All to bring in more colour and texture into the scene.