Jun 10, 2011

Italian Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions

Viva Italia!  Alison from Viva La Diva Events created this table to showcase a new exposed-brick filled private space. With the help of cake designer Heather Leavitt from Sweet Heather Anne, she created an Italian Tour de Force.  I always talk about bringing inspiration in from surroundings. I am inspired every day living in Manhattan. I have let you into a couple of my favorite spots for inspirations here and here.  For Heather, her inspiration came from Italian architecture.  She was inspired by a pattern on a dining set from anthropologie and weathered terracotta pots. The backdrop is magnifico. An Italian courtyard was hand-drawn on a chalkboard backdrop. How great is that?  Adding the lights was such a simple and creative way to make it feel more authentic. Pistachio, blood orange, and browned butter and sage macarons added pops of color.  Beautiful.

Photography by Jessica Johnston.

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  • michelle

    I love the flowers on the cake & cookies. It’s lovely!

  • gorgeous! the color palette reminds me of my vacation in the isle of Capri, Italy. and the macarons are to die for! the cake is so beautiful! and the chalkboard scenery is amazing! such inspiration! thanks for posting this!

  • The colors are amazing! I really love the feel of this party!

  • Very Stunning. The background is amazing and the colors used, spectacular! WoW!

  • Wow! This is a stunning post!! And what a dramatic color palette! Really lovely.
    I adore the hanging glass “vases”.

  • Love this cake!! Wow! and the little flower bud vases hanging…so elegant and charming! Nice job!

  • Stunning! Love the colors and the lighting.

  • This is absolutely stunning! I love the drawing on the chalkboard. Gorgeous!

  • How stunning! I just *love* that chalkboard background, and the courtyard lights were an inspired touch. And that cake, oh my, that cake.

  • Angela Willis

    Is the hanging clear vase with the sweet pea, a clear glass ornament?

  • Hi Angela! The hanging clear vase is similar to an ornament. I borrowed them from the floral designer on this project (Passionflower); however, I have used similar versions before for events and and purchased them on CB2.

    Thanks to everyone for all your kind words! We had so much fun doing this – and now I’m craving a trip to Italy and baked goods more than ever. 🙂

    Viva La Diva Events
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Thanks so much everyone! We had a blast putting this together!

    The scene on the chalkboard was actually inspired by Fiesole, though I took some artistic liberties to give it the feel we were looking for. The whole table was a treat for me, as I was able to reminisce about the fabulous time I had studying abroad in Italy. Maybe I’ll have to go back for some fresh inspiration. 😉

    Sweet Heather Anne

  • This is a beautiful color combination! The chalkboard drawing is such an interesting decor touch. I love it all thank for the inspiration.

  • The chalkboard background is amazing! Love this…so beautiful!

  • This is so original. I love how the colors and the backdrop come together. Simply beautiful.

  • I love everything featured here, and the backdrop..marvelous, enough said.

  • This is truly spectacular! Love that cake!