Apertivo alla Milanese: Tabletop.

Remember when I did the ‘Enter the Dragon‘ dinner with secret supper club Once Upon a Table? Well they asked me to help out with a Milan inspired dinner on Saturday. I was happy to accept and excited to get into the theme!

Knowing that the Milanese are very discerning and fashion-forward (Prada, Valentino and Versace are all head-quartered there), I decided to go with a chic, black and white theme accented by shoes!

Luckily, my friend Kim has the most incredible closet and she lent me some beauties (and I mean BEAUTIES) from her collection.

Feathers and the bird cage were sort of a sub-theme.

I bought a bunch of fabric and lace at the Western Markets and then I used my hot glue gun to glue the ribbon to vases bought at the Japanese Home Store.

Over on the bar, I moved away from silver and did a little gold montage with my friend Kirsten’s wedding shoes.

Andrea, who works for Bastianich Winery and Ambroso Wines, nicely donated all of the wines and led us in a little education about each bottle he opened.

More pretty black shoes inside! I really loved how the shoes brought out the anemones’ black center.

I also made a circle banner with Fornasetti images, thanks to a great suggestion from Kim. I printed out plates from various sites, punched holes and strung them up. I thought the ladies faces went well with the shoes and the designer Piero Fornasetti lived most of his life in Milan.

Unfortunately, we got a bit of rain five minutes before the guests arrived so I had to move the table under the eaves… but it wasn’t too big of a deal and a good reminder to be flexible always and to have a back-up plan.

Don’t Angie’s pork meatballs look deelish?

And here everyone is posing with the shoes!

Tomorrow I’ll share the menu and the food prepared by the Once Upon A Table team, above.

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4 responses to “Apertivo alla Milanese: Tabletop.

  1. Wow, those are some a-mazing shoes!!
    You are so clever to think up all these things!

  2. Very fun, Tash, how creative you were. It turned out smashing!!

  3. Natasha, what an amazing job you did! So talented.

  4. I’m terrible at organizing parties. I’m just blown away by the amount of thought that went into this dinner. What a fabulous ideas to incorporate shoes into the decoration. Genius!

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