Katie Raffetto Decorates A Fall Pasta-Making PartyAuthor:Lindsey Shook
My husband gave me a homemade pasta cookbook last year and we have been happily working our way through it by hosting “Pasta Sundays” at our house. We select a recipe and invite friends over to help with the kneading, rolling, stuffing, pinching, and cutting. Many hands make light work and the promise of wine and a delicious meal sweetens the deal.
This fall I am looking forward to pairing some of the rich dishes of the season with simple table settings, mixed with both natural and antique elements. This mixture of materials and textures is the same way that I approach designing an interior, it’s the layering and juxtaposition that make all the difference.
Flour + Water: Pasta Cookbook
This is a wonderful pasta making primer from one of my favorite Italian restaurants in San Francisco, Flour + Water.
Imperia Pasta Machine
The workhorse of most pasta parties is my hand cranked Imperia pasta machine, the Italian standard.
Crystal Glasses + Oaxacan Bottle Holder
When guest arrive, I like to have sparkling water, wine, and a cheese board ready. The pasta making process can take a couple hours, so I always make sure there are drinks on hand along with something for everyone to nibble on. Simple glassware keeps a casual feel and can be used for wine or water. The glasses from MARCH are beautiful in their simplicity and delicate enough for wine. I love how they pair with the Oaxacan bottle holder, also from MARCH.
Cheese Board by Tina Frey
Tina Frey’s work in resin strikes the right balance for me. It is beautifully hand made in a unique and durable material. Her cheese board and spreader look and feel great.
Barre Pitcher by Simon Pearce
I keep the Barre pitcher from Simon Pearce full of sparkling water on the table for guest to help themselves.
Astier de Villatte Pasta Plate
The autumn hues of fall cooking look great in simple white dishes. I love the rustic elegance of Astier de Villatte and their Grand Chalet Pasta Plate from Sue Fisher King.
A set of vintage silver flatware adds a lovely antique layer to your table in any season. You can set a beautifully eclectic table with these mismatched sets from Food52.
Florals by Natalie Bowen Designs
I love using olive branches throughout the fall and winter. They look fantastic in both small and large scale. Laying olive sprigs down the center of the table with candles can translate from afternoon into the evening. Natalie Bowen Designs illustrate this beautifully for this fall party at McEvoy Ranch.
Michale Verheyden Lighthouse Marble Candlesticks
The Michale Verheyden candlesticks with tall tapered candles anchor the olive sprigs without blocking the view of your guest across the table.
Linen Chambray Garcon Apron
Making pasta can get flour everywhere, so a simple apron is always hand. One of my favorites is this long café style apron from Bon Boutique in Tucson, a wonderfully curated shop with handmade and vintage items.
Pumpkin Torelloni with Sage and Pumpkin Seeds
My favorite recipe for a fall pasta making party is Pumpkin Tortelloni with Sage & Pumpkin Seeds. A dish rich in fall colors and flavors with a delicious little crunch from the pumpkin seeds.
For more inspiration, see Katie’s Pasta Sunday Pinterest board.
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