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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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