It's no secret that we love parties, but what you may not know is that we love creating and planning events, too.  That being said it should come as no surprise that we eventually would like to expand our business into event coordinating, styling and catering ... but that is a ways down the road.  We are just growing our baby business for the time being.  Once in a while, however, we like to flex our chops and throw a party for friends.  

This hot summer weather inspired thoughts of warm and dreamy Italian evenings, and we loved the idea of dining al fresco, under the stars, and enjoying some gelato while sipping prosecco and aperol spritzes.  We collaborated with Milan-born, Toronto-based stylist, Daniela Turani (Instagram: @dani2dani) to bring the evening to life, and Toronto photographer Andrew Soule (Instagram @AndrewSoule) to capture the details.   


 Party et Cie - Summer Party Details

The table was laid out with a natural linen table runner, strewn artfully with cream coloured Italian ruscus, light pink lisianthus, thryptomene, olive branches, and rosemary plants.  Daniela used a mix of brass candlesticks with cream taper candles and black pillar candles to light the evening.  

Party et Cie - Italian Summer Evening Dinner


For the table setting, we used black ceramic plates as a base, and then layered with natural linen napkins, gold cutlery, rose gold coupes and Party et Cie's Harlow & Grey Muse Abstract plates and Goddess cups.  We then added menu cards, and a small gift box for each guest containing some sweet Italian treats, wrapped up with Party et Cie's Rose Gold Metallic Cotton Italian Ribbon.

Party et Cie - Summer Italian Dinner


Party et Cie - Italian DInner Menu

Party et Cie - Menu


Party et Cie - Summer Party Appetizers

Party et Cie - Summer Italian Party Cake

Party et Cie - Italian Dinner Party

Party et Cie - Summer Italian Dinner

 Party et Cie - Summer Italian Dinner


Party et Cie - Menu References and Translation


Aperol Spritz

House Aperitif - Daniela Turani's own recipe


Caponata with Toasted Bread - Daniela Turani's own recipe

Prosciutto and Melon - from the book, "Three Times a Day - Simple and Stylish" by Marilou & Alexandre Champagne.  We used the recipe, "Melon Bites with prosciutto, nuts and cilantro" but substituted parsley for the cilantro, and omitted the aleppo pepper.

A Selection of Italian Salumi

First Course

Orecchiette with Ricotta - Daniela Turani's own recipe


Little Gem Lettuces with Fresh Herbs and Basil Vinaigrette - we used What's Gaby Cooking's Simple Basil Vinaigrette recipe, and tossed it with little gem lettuces and mixed fresh herbs. 

Second Course 

Roasted Chicken with Herbs, Anchovies and Rucola - we used the recipe, Zuni Sheet Pan Chicken from the book, It's All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow, but the recipe can be also found online here.  


Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Cream and Lemon in Syrup - we used Epicurious' Lemon Olive Oil Cake recipe, and Missy Robbin's Lemon in Syrup recipe from her book, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...Life: Recipes and Adventures from My Home Kitchen.


Sgroppino - Daniela Turani's own recipe.

Coffee and Espresso


A Selection of Italian Wines


Party et Cie - Credits

Event Coordinating and Catering: Party et Cie Team and Daniela Turani

Event Styling: Daniela Turani

Photographer: Andrew Soule -

Sourcing: Party et Cie Team and Daniela Turani

Flowers: Coriander Girl and Martin's Flowers

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