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A fun and stylish group of family & friends gathered for a birthday weekend in Tuscany at the fabulous Borgo Finocchieto, a private estate near Siena in the middle of the sublime Tuscan countryside to enjoy intimate dinners and dancing until late.

As soon as I was booked by San Francisco based planner Laurie Arons, I knew that the weekend of events Laurie was planning for her clients would be very special.  Such attention to detail and imagination that Laurie is known for created three beautiful evenings, each with their own individual theme.

The first evening’s celebration started with champagne and caviar in the garden, followed by dinner in the Borgo’s courtyard.  The table had a beautifully subtle early Autumnal style with flowers and overflowing bowls of pomegranates and crab apples.

With a theme of La Dolce Vita and after cocktails on the lawn with a jazz band, the second evening was a relaxed dinner al fresco with the guests seated on benches under the Borgo’s pergola surrounded by the most enormous and fragrant rosemary bushes.  I had to lean over them in order to photograph the guests during dinner, so I returned to my room that night smelling heavenly!

The third and final evening brought a Venetian masquerade drama to Tuscany with bespoke masks made to complement each individual guest.  After drinks & traditional Italian antipasti in the courtyard, the guests dined inside the Borgo at candlelit tables filled with ornate candlesticks and sumptuous arrangements of blood red roses, ferns and blackberries.

Planner: Laurie Arons Special Events  |  Venue: Borgo Finocchieto  |  Table Design & Florals:  La Rosa Canina  |  Stationery:  Amber Moon Design  |  Calligraphy:  Anne Robin  |  Linens:  La Tavola  |  Candles: Creative Candles  |  Travel: Tuscan Dream