Remember the fundraiser dessert table I mentioned last week? Well, here are a few pictures... the theme for the evening was Tuscan. Sal, the beloved honoree of the evening, was Italian and used a tuscan color palette throughout his home so the theme was very fitting to him. I used photos from a trip to Tuscany a few years back to steer my inspiration. I put a couple pictures together as an inspiration board... sunflowers, yellows, lemons, cypress trees, rolling landscapes. Enjoy!
I thought my floral arrangements turned out nicely in the tiered basket and stacked bushels. In addition to the sunflowers, I used faux lemons and grapes from the dollar store.
I made everything except these beautiful macarons. (I figured trying them for the first time while on assignment wouldn't be the wisest choice!) I bought them from the delicious La Cuisine Bakery in Branford, CT. One little tidbit I have to share... the garnish atop the mini vanilla cupcakes are chocolate covered sunflower seeds. I love when little details like that come full circle to really drive the theme home.
Here are the amaretto tiramisu on dessert spoons and limoncello mousse cups. I used a chocolate mold to make the little lighting bolt shaped garnish.
These are marscapone tarts with blackberry and almond garnish and Nutella pineapple. Look at those cute skewers I found at the party store - I just love them! I cubed pineapple, piped on a circle of Nutella and topped with chopped hazelnuts. See the card holders? I thought they were reminiscent of all the cypress trees and topiaries I saw in Italy. I added a little sunflower detail to the base.
And finally, this "sunflower" tower is made up of chocolate covered Oreos and yellow tissue squares. A very simple dessert made special though presentation. The display is not my original idea. I saw it on the ever-amazing Rebecca Thuss website. Once I saw it, I knew I was going to use it for this table. It was so fitting to the theme and a great way to add height to the table. When you have 600 pieces, you have to go UP!