How To Host an al Fresco Tuscan-Themed Lunch Party

Catered Sunday Lunch in a Private Tuscan Villa

Primavera in Italy calls for celebrations of the beautiful Spring-Time sunshine and cool breezes.  What better way to do that than with a 3-hour long lunch with friends and family out in the grounds!  One of my favorite pastimes in Italy is eating & Italians sure know how to throw a lunch party! Viene a pranzo da me!

Recently I attended a celebratory lunch that was catered and served poolside in a luxurious Tuscan Villa in the country-side.  Take these notes on how to accomplish a Tuscan Themed Lunch with friends and family:

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Wedding in Romania Bucharest Photo Essay

Wedding in Romania Bucharest Romania young Boy selling roses downtown

I was invited to a Wedding in Romania in 2013… This destination-wedding took place in the bride’s home-town of Bucharest, Romania.  Being able to experience Romania on this cultural level was priceless. We were honored to share this truly romantic special day with our very dear friends.   Weddings expose the richest cultures and customs of a society combining the ancient past with the modern present.

 

Wedding in Romania Bucharest, Romania Wedding - bride and groom

Bucharest, Romania Wedding – bride and groom see each other for the first time on the wedding day.

Wedding in Romania Bucharest, Romania Wedding in a historic Church

Bucharest, Romania Wedding in a historic Church. Bride & Groom & Wedding Party

Wedding in Romania Bucharest Romania, Interior View of Historic Restaurant, Caru Cu Bere

Bucharest Romania, Interior View of Historic Restaurant, Caru Cu Bere. The wedding’s rehearsal dinner was served in this fantasticly historic and delicious restaurant.

Wedding in Romania caru cu bere pork knuckle

The rehearsal dinner took place in the historic famous beer hall restaurant called, Caru Cu Bere. Their specialty is this most delicious pork knuckle served with many sides.

Wedding in Romania Bucharest, Romania Wedding in a historic Church. Bride & Groom First Dance

Bucharest, Romania Wedding Reception. Bride & Groom First Dance with Bubbles and Love.

Wedding in Romania romanian group dance in a circle

Wedding in Romania A view of the wedding group in an active Romanian Traditional Dance. The music accelerates and the dancers run faster in the circle. Its exhilarating and absolutely fun!!!

Florence Italy Points of Interest for a Walking Day Trip

View of the Duomo in Florence, Italy from the Tower in the Palazzo Vecchio

Florence Italy points of interest: Duomo, Uffizzi Art Gallery, Shopping, Bistecca ala Fiorentina, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Signorina, Living Sculptures… Firenze is a town enriched with history, art, fashion, & culture!  The following photos of Florence Italy Points of Interest were all taken in a single afternoon in a leisurely afternoon in Firenze, Italia.  Enjoy the beauty of Florence Italy.

Mannequin in the Store Window of Luisa Via Roma, the most cutting edge & exquisite fashion boutique in Florence, Italy. Luisa Via Roma Vetrina - Firenze, Italia

Mannequin in the Store Window of Luisa Via Roma, the most cutting edge & exquisite fashion boutique in Florence, Italy. Luisa Via Roma Vetrina – Firenze, Italia

Ponte Vecchio (The Old Bridge or the Jewlery Bridge) in Florence, Italy. Firenze, Italia Centro Storico

Ponte Vecchio (The Old Bridge or the Jewlery Bridge) in Florence, Italy. Firenze, Italia Centro Storico

Looking down from the Tower of Palazzo Vecchio at the crowd of tourists in Piazza Signoria Florence, Italy

Florentine Tourist swarming the square like little ants on the ground

 

Metallic Balloons Reflection in a Store Window of an exquisite fashion boutique in Florence, Italy. Fashion Boutique Vetrina - Firenze, Italia

Metallic Balloons Reflection in a Store Window of an exquisite fashion boutique in Florence, Italy. Fashion Boutique Vetrina – Firenze, Italia

 

Store Window of an exquisite fashion boutique in Florence, Italy. Fashion Boutique Vetrina - Firenze, Italia

Store Window of an exquisite fashion boutique in Florence, Italy. Fashion Boutique Vetrina – Firenze, Italia

Horse Drawn Carriage parked outside of the Channel Store in Florence, Italy. Chanel Firenze, Itlia

Horse Drawn Carriage parked outside of the Channel Store in Florence, Italy. Chanel Firenze, Italia

 

An Enoteca / General Alimentari in Historic Center Florence, a little bit of everything

An Enoteca / General Alimentari in Historic Center Florence, a little bit of everything!

An Enoteca / General Alimentari in Historic Center Florence, a little bit of everything

An Enoteca / General Alimentari in Historic Center Florence, a little bit of everything

Living Sculpture outside of The Ufizzi Art Gallery, Florence Italy.  This artist/living sculpture mesmerizes passersby and speaks to them through his eyes with a silent stare.

Living Sculpture outside of The Ufizzi Art Gallery, Florence Italy. This artist/living sculpture mesmerizes passersby and speaks to them through his eyes with a silent stare.

Living Sculpture outside of The Ufizzi Art Gallery, Florence Italy. This artist/living sculpture mesmerizes passersby and speaks to them through his eyes with a silent stare.

Living Sculpture outside of The Ufizzi Art Gallery, Florence Italy. This artist/living sculpture mesmerizes passersby and speaks to them through his eyes with a silent stare.

Bistecca alla Fiorentina / Florence T-bone Steak cooked Rare to Medium Rare / A FLorence Specialty

Bistecca alla Fiorentina / Florence T-bone Steak cooked Rare to Medium Rare / A Florence Specialty

Americans Put Ketchup on Everything!

Americans Put Catsup on Everything!

I was warned in advance, don’t sit beside any Italian Mamma at the dinner table; they will continuously shovel spoonfuls of food on your plate.  “Mangia! Mangia! Too skinny… you need to eat!”  It was the summer of 2003, one of the most scorching summers in Italy’s record the first time I met Grazia, my adorable Italian mother-in-law.  It was that night that I realized we Americans have a stereotypical obsession with ketchup!

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Life Works Best When We Prepare for the Unexpected

Life Works Best When We Prepare for the Unexpected.  The Path of Life is Unexpected

Did you ever really think your life would be what it is today? Did you plan it out to perfection only to realize the exact opposite of what you had always visioned? Trust me when I say, Life Works Best When We Prepare for the Unexpected.

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.Paulo Coelho

For my entire life growing up, I always imagined I’d do everything the same way that my parents had, the “happily ever after” parts of course.  I’d be married by 24, have 3 kids, a girl and a boy and whatever came next.  I would be a professional Artist Type.  My husband would be just like my father: humorous, charming, and a super loving Life-of-the-Party!  I would be the best friends to my kids & so wise, speaking honesty from the heart, just like my mother!  My kids would be exceptional in school and quirky artsy with Mohawks and colored hair.

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