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Vintage-Rustic Lemons & Lavender Theme

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Tuscany Style Tabletop

Thought we’d send you off into the weekend with a healthy dose of sunshine… and this vintage-rustic style “Lemons & Lavender” theme is just the thing! It’s full of warm, sunny inspiration for everything from spring/summer bridal showers and weddings to a special Easter or Mother’s Day brunch!

Dreamed up by talented ladies: Cortnie of Canvas & Canopy Events and Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events, this party is sprinkled with charming details like place settings topped with tiny bundles of lavender, chairs adorned with lemons & olive tree branches, and a make-your-own ice-cold Limoncello station!

Tuscany Style Tabletop

Read on for lots more sunshine-filled pics and party details…

Tuscany Style Tabletop

Tuscany Style Tabletop

Tuscany Style Tabletop

Tuscany Style Tabletop

Tuscany Style Tabletop

Tuscany Style Tabletop

Tuscany Style Tabletop

Tuscany Style Tabletop


“With the warmth and sweetness of the Mediterranean sun in mind, Cortnie & Vanessa wanted to create a table that exuded the scents and senses of the European countryside. A rustic, white wrought-iron table & chairs set served as the charming foundation for this sunny tablescape. The tables were draped with vintage yellow linens, and centerpieces consisted of iron baskets & vessels from Found Vintage Rentals, which were filled to the brim with fresh lemons, limes & lavender. Vintage finials were the perfect accent to the simple, chic arrangements by Renae’s Bouquet.

The menus were designed with illustrations of lemons and lavender printed in soft pastel shades, and each place setting was topped with tiny bundles of lavender. For a fun twist on the traditional place card cameo, oval-shaped tags were tied onto clusters of lemon and olive tree branches that hung on the back of each guest’s chair.

For a creative and refreshing signature drink idea, a “citrus bar” offered up icy Limoncello and garnishes of mint and raspberries. Want to bring a taste of Europe to your ‘festa del sol’? Make your own limoncello at home with a few simple steps by The Food Network!”

MENU DETAILS from Petros:

Petros Horiatiki Salad
Vine-ripe tomatoes, cucumber, Epirus feta- the mother of all feta, Volos olives, avocado, onions, capers, EVO* and oregano*

Karpouzi Salad (the colorful salad pictured above)
Fresh watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, Epirus feta, manouri cheese, drizzled with Greek honey, mint and EVO*

Feta Crusted Colorado Rack of Lamb
Our Signature Dish – served with tomato olive jus and sauteed garlic broccolini

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  1. Nicole @ Tradewind Tiaras March 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    My 10th anniversary is this November, and I was imagining an Italian inspired decor (mostly to go with the wood-fired oven I built in the backyard–whenever we entertain we always serve awesome pizza!), and if lemons were in season then, I’d be all over this design! Even so, there’s plenty of lovely inspiration to take from this.

  2. mallory March 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    i want to eat that up!!!!

  3. Rowaida Flayhan March 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    In love with this party, a real Tuscany style inspiration. Love the details Beautiful! Wish you a wonderful weekend Jenn!

  4. Michelle March 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Beautiful as always, I always love Vanessa’s work, she is so talented. Well done ladies, this is lovely. x

  5. buy lemons March 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    What magnificent photos. Whoever took these is exceptionally talented.

    I think part the wonder of “fresh lemons” is the live enzymes in fresh lemons.

    I was wondering if anyone knows if it makes any difference whether I use Eureka lemons or Meyer lemons or Lisbon lemons? Any opinions on that? Where I live we don’t have easy access to fresh lemons but I can get them if I go online and Google “buy fresh lemons online.”

    The nice thing about that is that if you order direct from the orchards, the growers pick them right off the trees and ship them direct — a tip I learned from my cousin in North Dakota. This way I get fresh lemons picked from the tree without all the time sitting in cartons, trucks and warehouses.

    Madelyn G.

  6. Marisol March 12, 2011 at 7:32 am

    So Pretty!!

  7. Sarah @http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/ March 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I love how the drinks look!- Sarah http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

  8. Tamara Guida March 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    One of my favorite parties to date! I want to be a guest!

  9. Laura March 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    love this. so cute, lemons + lavenders!!

  10. Jo March 13, 2011 at 7:41 am

    The food looks amazing, and everything is beautiful and so sunshine-y! Can’t wait for spring to show up around here.

  11. Sabina March 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I love having lemon in my beverages. It invigorates me.

  12. HiLLjO March 14, 2011 at 5:20 am

    What a lush combination. Not only a great color combo, but smell as well. Looks like there was some good tastes, too!

  13. Vanessa March 14, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Simply Stunnin!

  14. woman March 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Magnificent pictures. Looks Yummy. This is really cool.

  15. Amber March 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    This is so…sophisticated! It’s clean and fresh. And looks effortless. Perfection.

  16. Andrea Tablescape March 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    You were featured on Tablescape Times Three today! :) -Andrea

  17. Sarah Smith March 25, 2011 at 9:50 am

    The lemon aid with the raspberry looks so pretty!

  18. Georgea April 7, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I absolutely love this theme for spring- so bright and delicate. I want to throw this party too!

  19. priyanka July 7, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Heyy I love the themes showcased here for all occassions. Im looking to host my bridal brunch party for friends and family and was looking for a theme for this occasion.
    Venue would be partially open wid a bar set up with plans and greenery around.

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