Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Take me to Tuscany

I can't believe that it's been a full week since I've posted anything- I feel like a terrible blogger! Last week was so busy between work and getting ready for our big Mother's Day/Birthday party that my husband and I hosted at our place, it was insanity. In the middle of the week I got the brilliant idea to clean up the grapevine in our backyard and buy and picnic table to put under it and so that's just what we did. My husband thought I was crazy but once the table got here, he saw my vision. I want to hang white lights on the ceiling of the vine and we still need to stain the table but that project is for another weekend.
Sitting under the vine seriously takes me back to my time in Tuscany that we spent at a vineyard. It's so peaceful, and cool under there and there's a ton of space too.

I made a pasta salad and had a couple of cans left over so that sparked this idea. I just wrapped some ribbon around the cans, hot glued it into place, constructed a bow, and filled it with baby's breath.

Here it is, our little sanctuary.

I found the cutest plates at the Christmas Tree Shop, they were too cute to not share. I'm such a huge fan of square plates and the damask design is so pretty too.

I didn't get many photos from the day but I did manage to get a photo of my delicious pasta salad in my gigantic pasta bowl that was carried home (literally) from Italy. We had quite the feast, there was a ton of food and then we had two cakes- a chocolate cake for Mother's Day and a cannoli cake for my grandmother's birthday. I can't wait to finish off our project and host more parties under the vine, it was so much fun.
Our Mother's Day weekend didn't stop there, we had bruch on Sunday too. And guess where we went?! Bentley's (the place where we got married)! The brunch was so amazing and again I regret not taking more photos. I had caramel pecan french toast, an omlette, some bacon which was all washed down with a lovely mimosa. Then for my second serving I had some chicken marsala and potatoes. It felt so strange being there again and the tables were decorated with the same pink napkins that we used at our wedding. I can't wait to go back this weekend for our anniversary.


  1. I love the idea of recreating a bit of Tuscany in your back yard - it seems so peaceful!

    I absolutely adore Italy - it's my favourite place to visit. My parents took me when I was 10, then I took hubby there for our first and third wedding anniversaries - and now I can't wait to take my kids there. I LOVE the food and scenery - I've been to Rome, Venice and Naples (Capri & Sorrento). After reading your description, I think Tuscany seems like a must-visit!

  2. I love what you did with your backyard! That pasta salad looks so delicious too. We also got married at a restaurant which is cool because then you can go back and visit anytime you want :)

    The Tiny Heart

  3. Wow it looks amazing! I can't wait to see how it looks like when your all done :)

  4. What a great idea, it already looks amazing!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  5. this is just so beautiful - LOVE this!!

  6. Looks lovely!

  7. What a fantastic idea! This looks amazing. The little white light bulbs will make it so extra magical-I think you'll be living out there all summer!

  8. Great idea! I am always thinking about ideas like this and my husband also thinks I am crazy at first. I think it looks great! It's going to look even better after you hang the lights on the ceiling!


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