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Back in October (see the post here) I was invited to attend a retreat with some lovely fellow bloggers in Sonoma, California with Fortessa Tablesware Solutions and the release of their brand in Williams Sonoma. We were treated to some delicious food, a cooking class, and a spa treatment. All things I in no way mind. I ended up falling in love with the folks at Fortessa and, as you know I’m a lover of plates and such, so yes, I fell in love with their line of dinnerware. They’re elegant and sophisticated, and because they are restaurant quality, sturdy too. And you just can’t go wrong with a classic white. They sent me a box of their square dinnerware and I couldn’t help but think of all the other square things that I love, including but not limited to…licorice all sorts, so we just had to throw a licorice all sorts/square themed party. Had to.

I learned through planning this party that licorice all sorts is a divisive topic. Go ahead, try it if you’re into debates. Black licorice is a staple in Denmark so I didn’t really think twice about it, but man, mention it to a group of women and it brings out all the opposing feelings.Licorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams Sonomalicorice-all-sorts-party-with-fortessa-at-williams-sonoma-7

Along with the square dinnerware collection from Fortessa, which included bowls, dinner plates, dessert plates, and serving ware, they included their beautiful and hard to break glassware from Schott Zwiesel. While I was in Sonoma they demonstrated just how hard to break these glasses are by throwing them in down along the floor of the stretch hummer while we used to travel from the airpot. Ba! That was a first! Both throwing glasses on the floor and being in a stretch hummer. I used their stemless wine glasses for this occasion to bring down the level of fancy a bit. It is a licorice all sorts party after all.

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We made a series of DIYs for the party, which we’ll be sharing with you in upcoming posts. These include: the all sorts licorice tablecloth (swoon!), all sorts licorice cake, all sorts licorice drink stirrers, all sorts licorice napkin ring holders, all sorts licorice garland and all sorts licorice name tags. Don’t forget! We made all sorts licorice gift wrap last year. Take a lookie here!  Licorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams SonomaLicorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams SonomaLicorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams SonomaLicorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams Sonoma

Now, let’s talk about the flatware, because I also love flatware. We used their Bistro Herringbone place setting. So heavy and wonderful to hold. Things you didn’t know about me: I love testing out flatware. And these ones are gorgeous to hold. Licorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams SonomaLicorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams SonomaLicorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams SonomaLicorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams SonomaLicorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams SonomaLicorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams SonomaLicorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams Sonoma

These glasses! So so pretty.Licorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams SonomaLicorice All Sorts party with Fortessa and Williams Sonoma

Once again, you can find all the gorgeous table top settings at Williams Sonoma.

Check out a few of the other bloggers who attended the event and the parties they created with Fortessa dinnerware:

Coco + Kelley

Sugar and Charm

Love and Lemons

Intimate Weddings

Waiting on Martha 

Green Wedding Shoes

Style Me Pretty

Wedding Chicks

Once Wed

Photos and styling by Brittany Jepsen

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fortessa. The opinions and text are all mine.

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