Friday, September 2, 2011

Party Girl: Under the Tuscan Sun.

Of all the places I’ve been in my short little life so far, Italy has no doubt affected me the most. One of the many things I brought back with me from living among the Romans for five months was an appreciation (more like infatuation) for a thin-as-can-be crusted pizza washed down with a couple glasses of wine. It was at this time last year that I was embarking on my Roman Holiday, so in honor of my second home and the weekend spirit I wanted to share a party that will make you want to escape with me back to Italy. Check out all the vino party details and the perfect outfit after the jump! File as happy weekend!

  • The party: Wine and pizza party for your closest friends.
  • The invite: Recreate the look of a wine bottle label- replace the typeface with party details. Email or send it out on nice cardstock for a personal touch.
  • The place: Find a local winery where you can rent out their storage space for a truly authentic feel. Bay Area residents, head straight to Napa or Pebble Beach for the best selection.
  • The table: Rustic, comfortable and inviting. Compliment all those dark woods and deep burgundies with pops of royal purple for the napkins and flowers. Low wooden boxes provide easy to transport floral arrangements and keep the flowers below eye level for uninterrupted conversation.
  • The food: You guessed it- pizza, pizza and more pizza! Try baking a plethora of different kinds of pizza; just keep the toppings fairly simple so that you taste the best of each ingredient. My favorite combinations include sliced fingerling potato with goat cheese and rosemary, classic marinara with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and a simple but quite delicious mixed Italian cheese with sliced bell peppers. Wash it down with copious amounts of white and red.
  • Just for fun: A couple bottles in, see if you can guess the type of wine you're drinking while wearing a blindfold; I promise it’s not as easy as it sounds! Give the winner who gets the most correct a case of his or her favorite wine.
  • To wear: Do as the Romans do and wear your best day-dress to the occasion; nothing fancy, just casual elegance. Oh, and don’t forget to wear your heels or at the least some wedges. Italians wouldn’t expect any less.
Jacket: Versace printed velvet motocross jacket $3395
Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim wool-crepe shift dress $625
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs Claude resin and glass collar necklace $260
Bag: Alexander McQueen brocade Swarovski crystal skull clutch $725
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Jerry 160mm lace up leather sandals $595

[Images via: Original invite via Pinterest customized by Margaret, wine barrels and table setting via Style Me Pretty, pizza via Pinterest, Napa Valley shot via Margaret, wine via Google, cheese platter via Pinterest, all clothes via net-a-porter, clothing board via The Margaret File's Polyvore]

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