I am so excited!! Today I went to the Italian shop with my mom and sister...it's an authentic Italian store called The Boot's Specialties. It's absolutely amazing! The owner Pasquale is also from Naples and he and his girlfriend are such nice and genuine people. I definitely recommend checking it out if you live in Cork! I filmed a little bit of it in tomorrow's daily vlog so you can see what it's like, they basically stock all Italian brands that we love and have always bought both when we lived in America and Italy. I love going there, they always offer us a shot of espresso and some Italian candies ;) In fact Pasquale pretty much poured the entire contents of the sweet tray into my mom's handbag...hahaha!
Anyhow, that's not the only reason why I'm excited. I'm excited because I bought my wedding favours!! I couldn't believe it when I saw them there. I purchased two packs which I imagine will be more than enough! I'm doing little chiffon baggies filled with confetti (sugar coated almonds, traditional Italian wedding favours) for every guest to take home with them.
Finally after a LOT of thinking I have decided what I want for my wedding centrepieces! As I've said before, our wedding "theme" is going to be quite simple, understated and elegant so I didn't want anything too tall or too fancy. Also, I'll be the first to admit that I am not a huge flowers girl! I don't really like floral prints, nor do I decorate my house with flowers...I tend to be more inspired by things like candles and lights. I also think these little "milk pail" lanterns with hearts on them compliment the style of the wedding really well so I'm going to go with a few of these per table, some with little tea-lights or candles in them and others with a few short flowers (all white and ivory). I think that will look so pretty! My sister bought this lantern in Powerscourt Shopping Centre in Dublin so I'm going to go see if I can buy them in bulk next time I'm there. I plan on bringing an extra suitcase when we fly to Italy and pack all the little bits and pieces myself. Even though I trust my wedding planners I want to feel like my wedding has our own touches to it and it wasn't completely done by somebody else! :)
Back to food :) While I was at the Italian shop I also picked up this amazing tin! It's so pretty and I couldn't resist...I plan on storing my makeup in here. At first I actually thought it had some kind of giant powder puff in it...but no, it's a chocolate cake! Hahaha!
Look how sweet all the little pictures are on the sides! I love it!
Finally I also picked up some Barilla ricotta and tomato pasta sauce (the BEST sauce I've ever tasted from a jar...it's so yummy!) and a tiny jar of anchovies. These are one of my favourite things to eat! Someday I'll teach you guys how to make a really simple and traditional Italian spaghetti dish with just anchovies, oil and breadcrumbs. My dad used to make it all the time and it is delicious!!
I hope you enjoyed my little food haul and wedding update! Let me know what you think!