Celebrating the Dottoressa

10 May

Micol, niece of Dani and Massimo, earned her Masters degree yesterday in Firenze. She thought the family was going to celebrate in a restaurant in Cortona, but a beautiful surprise luncheon awaited her, hosted by her aunt and uncle, in their garden – a perfect Tuscan setting.

Massimo and sons left about 7 am for Firenze to be at the graduation ceremony. In the meantime, the “work crew” arrived early to assist Dani, who had been working tirelessly for about 10 days for her niece’s party.  These photos, with prosecco, were taken AFTER our work was complete!

Massimo, Len and Francesco (no photo) took care of the outside work,

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while Lori and I assisted Dani in the kitchen.  She even made garlands for the women to wear.

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Lucky was assigned look-out duty, and would alert us to their arrival.

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Daniela wanted everything to be perfect, and perfect it was.

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Even the sun cooperated.

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The hostess was ready for her guests

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who arrived around 1:30.

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Time for champagne and family photos…

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And finally time for lunch, which included lasagna, eggplant, stuffed tomatoes, grilled sausages and beef ribs.

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After we couldn’t eat another thing, Niccolo treated us to some music.

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Some joined in,

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others relaxed,

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and some of us kicked up our heels.

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My favorite photo of Dani and Massimo!

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After cutting the cake,

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Micol took to the mic to thank her relatives not only for the day, but for a lifetime of support.

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Dani, I think all agree your party was a gift Micol will always remember.

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Congratulazioni Dottoressa,

Dottoressa

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And salute to three beautiful generations of your family!

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Ciao,
Judy

 

14 Responses to “Celebrating the Dottoressa”

  1. Mari Louise May 10, 2016 at 4:46 PM #

    What a wonderful celebration! So special–yes, Micol will surely remember this for a very long time. Great photos–the one of you and Len is very special.

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    • blogginginitaly May 11, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

      Thanks! and just to clarify, my favorite photo was not os us but of Dani and Massimo.

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  2. Sandy Holswade May 10, 2016 at 6:24 PM #

    I honestly don’t know what to say it all looks so fabulous! One thing is certain – I want some of that food!! What a beautiful family and celebration. Congrats to Micol. Your pictures are fabulous which I’m sure she will treasure. Now, pass me a plate please. Oh yes, and I’ll have some champagne too.

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    • blogginginitaly May 11, 2016 at 8:47 AM #

      Thanks, Sandy, and how I wish I could pass you a plate and a glass too!

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  3. karenincalabria May 10, 2016 at 6:31 PM #

    Beautiful!! It looks like the set for a “foreign” film! And even with all the wonderful photos of the food and beautiful setting, “Lucky” managed to steal the show!

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  4. Jane Gately May 10, 2016 at 8:45 PM #

    How wonderful! Beautiful setting, amazing selection of food and a lot of smiles. Looks like a fantastic day!

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  5. Florence Larsen May 10, 2016 at 8:49 PM #

    Wow – beautiful !!! So charming and artistic settings !

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    • blogginginitaly May 11, 2016 at 8:49 AM #

      Judy like the movies, only real, and you are right – really beautiful!

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  6. Jean Mathieson-Guest May 11, 2016 at 11:28 PM #

    I wondered where you and Len were. I might have guessed you would find a party 🙂
    Looks like you got great weather too!
    I also like the picture of you two.

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    • blogginginitaly May 12, 2016 at 3:52 AM #

      Thanks – always good for a party! And for the photos, I meant that the one of my friends dancing was my favorite, not the one of us…but thanks!

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  7. Sandra May 12, 2016 at 11:10 AM #

    Beautiful!

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  8. Royce Larsen May 13, 2016 at 11:45 AM #

    Thank you for the insight
    It must have been special to have been included!

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    • blogginginitaly May 13, 2016 at 1:12 PM #

      Yes, it is always special to be included in family functions. We met Micol 3 years ago when she spent the summer in Cortona, so it was great being with her again and also meeting the rest of the family.

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