This summer I hosted book club at our house and after reading Beautiful Ruins, I knew exactly what my theme had to be. I ran with the idea of a Southern Italy theme and my super talented other book club members only made the pot luck end of the party even better!
I used leaves from my lemon tree in the backyard and laced them onto some fishing line to create the garland. The garland not only looked beautiful (and reminiscent of the citrus trees all over southern Italy) but made my house smell fabulous! I then added mini Mandarin oranges, lemons, and Mexican limes on each side of the garland. I added a bud vase on each side of the garland every foot or so all the way down. Pink garden roses worked well with the decor to add additional bright summer feel and make the side plates pop.
The buffet was filled with beautiful treats. I made a fun lemon honey naked cake as a center piece. We had a fabulous menu complete with a couple different pastas, green salad, an anti-pasta platter, homemade pizza, and the gorgeous cookies you see above. These cookies each have lines from the book, they we’re absolutely a show stopper brought by the multi-talented Dionne Christiansen of Nib and Pixel. For the drink service we had this seasonal mocktail and Italian sodas on the menu.
Last but not least, I downloaded a modern calligraphy font and printed out name cards for each attendee. I then slit the top of each lemon to tuck the place card holder in each, completing my place setting.
Key attributes to get my Southern Italy look:
1. Citrus garland along with, lemon, lime, and oranges scattered around
2. Taller bud vases with pink flowers (this adds a little height while stills hot enough guests can talk over them)
3. Lemon place card holder (use accent color for name cards)
While the book was excellent and I completely recommend reading it. Can I be honest? I joined the book club for the parties I mean fabulous right?!