Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Tuscan Evening


Tonight is pasta night at the house and thought why not, let's decorate!  I kept it a little simple this time and just focused on the food. Mr. Me ( my hubbby) and I enjoy Italian cuisine, and I always try to throw a little something in every meal that I plan.

My linens this time are pillow covers that I had picked up in Rhodes. The textiles were so colorful and warm and have not used them as pillow shams. They worked great for my table though. The hand detailed craftsmanship they do on these linens are just incredible!


The hand sewn beading on these shams are just amazing. Don't you think so? I had the chance to also buy a throw that matched these pillow shams, but for some reason I listen to my son who told me no.  What was I thinking!

My charger is dinner plates that I got at Khol's last year. I started collecting square plates and I needed every day dishes, so I started with theses. After traveling to the European countries, I have been inspired by the European, Tuscan look!

 The silverware is by Oneida and it is Tuscany

On top of the orange luncheon plate, I had individual cutting boards that Mr. Me  made for me. He is just awesome. I come up with a thought, plan, drawing, etc..... and he makes it for me! :)

We had started out our course with a cheese plate.

I had white grapes, Parmigiano-reggiano, Dubliner, and a Blueberry Cheese served with wheat crackers and Genoa Salami.
In front of each plate, we had our own EVOO that I took twine and wrapped each one. You could also use these as place settings and a gift to take home. Just place a sprig of rosemary and a name tag on each one. I didn't feel the need to do so with Mr. Me  and I this time.  I wish I would have though. This was for our bread dipping.

Napkin rings are actually curtin rod holders and the napkins came from Khol's this year.
Our main course was our Pasta Tubes in a Vodka Sauce. I cheated this time and bought my vodka sauce but I did doctor it up with some roasted fennel and pancetta. Heated up my sauce and put in the roasted fennel and pancetta. To make it a little rich and creamy, I added a container of mascarpone cheese. Plated and gave it a good helping of grated parm cheese and a swirl of EVOO.
I will let you enjoy the rest of the pictures.

I am linking up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Thursday Tablescapes. Please stop by and view some amazing talent!
I am also linking up with The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays. Make sure you stop by to get lost in the seanson!

You Ladies have a wonderful week and thank you so much for stopping by. Leave a comment and tell me what you think.



Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I love your pasta night table. Those linens really are stunning. What a great idea to use the pillow coverings on the table rather than for their intended purpose. So much more enjoyment that way. They reminded me of a crazy quilt that a friend of mine is working on (and has been for more than a year). Your little wine steward holding the bottle is so cute, and I love the addition of the pasta-filled apothecary jars. Very nice!

Wanda Lee said...

What a fabulous post, pasta night tablescape post!.., I especially love the linens and those lovely, pasta filled apothecary jars!~ Delightful!

Happy Tablescape Thursday!

Please do pop by for a visit sometime.

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

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Marlis said...

What a treat for me to have stopped in! First off, I fell in love with the whole ambiance. Your table is a work of art. I love your glasses! Great wooden serving boards. You certainly know how to serve dinner!

Jayna Rae said...

How cute! I bet you had a fun romantic evening with the husband.

Marigene said...

What a pretty the apothecaries filled with pasta. Your stemware is gorgeous.

Fuzzy Slippers said...


Kathy said...

This is wonderful. I love your clever use of the pillowcase and accessories - lovely pictures - whetted my appetite for pasta!

Kathy said...

Hello Andrea,
I shared your blog in my Inspired by YOU post. I love your use of the sham and accessories in your table setting. You have a very lovely blog,
you can find it here at
A Delightsome Life

Thank you,