A Very Caffeinated Affair

If you know me you know I love my coffee. There are few foods and beverages that I am selective persnickety about, coffee is one of them. I am spoiled. I admit that. I have had coffee in Italy for years. I know what it should taste like. I know what it should smell like. Look like. We owned a Saeco Magic DeLuxe that we adored. I very rarely would drink coffee outside of my home because it just didn’t measure up. We pushed that button on our beloved Saeco every morning, afternoon and some nights for years. Until, sniff sniff, she went kaput. It was a sad day until our new SAECO XELSIS arrived.

Is that not the sexiest piece of counter art you have ever seen? I can’t even refer to it as a machine. It’s entirely too beautiful. And this baby isn’t just a looker, oh no he’s smart too. Insanely smart. So smart one you’ve customized it to your liking at the touch of your fingerprint he’ll produce a piping hot cup of your choice of NINE beverages in the blink of an eye. This brainy beauty pretty much does everything but the dishes.

I planned an entire dinner party around this beautiful beverage maker. When I needed inspiration for the table settings I turned to the best source possible, Martha Pinterest.  There I was inspired to make espresso dyed napkins (which btw would go a lot smoother if you didn’t purchase stain resistant napkins sigh) and place card settings that are made by dipping coffee mugs into espresso and then pressing them into your butcher paper table cloth. Creating the perfect circle for you to hand write your guests name in.

Just a note, your hands will stain and smell like espresso for the next 24 hours. Not that that’s a bad thing just don’t be alarmed should you try this. To finish off the table, we simply filled an Illy coffee bean tin with fresh flowers (tip: cut the stems low so your guests can see each other without having to bob around tall centerpieces to speak to each other).

Now that the table was all set it was time for the food. We started off with an appetizer tray of Castelvetrano olives and a selection of cheese and crackers. You can never go wrong with olives and cheese. Then it was onto our menu:

Apple, Cherry & Walnut Salad – Serving piece featured provided by Villeroy & Boch

Espresso Rubbed Steak


Apple Cherry Walnut Salad
Hasselbeck Potatoes
Steamed Asparagus

To end our meal we enjoyed espresso from the SAECO XELSIS (our personal barista) just the way each guest requested it.

Now who wants to come over for coffee?


Disclaimer: Saeco provided me with an Saeco Xelsis Digital ID for review and a stipend for my dinner party. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.


  1. 1

    That is one amazing machine! Wish I could have been at the party, the food and table looks perfect!

    • 1.1

      Thanks Angie. It is amazing, you would LOVE it! Wish you lived closer too! You’d be here all the time xoxo

  2. 2
    Lisa Bailey /

    Great post. What a wonderful product and sexy!

  3. 3

    Ooh, me, me, ME!!! Love me a good cup of coffee too. And I adore the espresso-dyed napkins…

    • 3.1

      Thanks Tara come on over! I just love Pinterest. So many great ideas. The napkins were a big hit, they were the perfect color and obviously smelled great!

  4. 4

    It looks like a blast! Great decor 🙂

  5. 5

    This looks so fun! And dying your own towels, such a fabulous idea!

  6. 6

    Love the machine, we have one, too. Love the party and recipes.

    Who came to the party? I’d love to see their faces … the joy of coffee. I love how it makes people happy!

    Great post, Paula!

    • 6.1

      Isn’t it amazing? Love it. We had several couples and one family come. I was so busy being hostess and making sure everyone was fed and trying to be in the moment myself to get many photos. But yes our friends had a fantastic time. Hard not to when you’re enjoying coffee like this!

  7. 7

    Okay, now I am beyond disappointed I didn’t get to come! The party food looks amazing, and of course, so does that machine!! Saeco…must find one of my own!! How awesome would that be in my shiny new kitchen??
    Great job!

    • 7.1

      I told you it was going to be awesome ; ) You absolutely need a Saeco in your life.

  8. 8

    I want to come! This looks so beautiful…you’re amazing, Paula!!

    • 8.1

      Julie I wish you lived closer! We could have coffee all the time (and of course food there would always be food) xoxo

  9. 9

    Espresso-rubbed steak? Wow, sounds like my kind of breakfast!

  10. 10

    Brilliant! I Love everything… the seaco, villroy & boch, espresso steaks, taramisu and the dyed napkins. What a lovey affair!

  11. 11

    WOW! I want to be there! That table setting is absolutely beautiful.

  12. 12

    Brilliant dinner party! I especially love your table setting – the napkins, placecards, everything is just cute as can be.

  13. 13
    Lora /

    Ma non mi hai chiamato! This is my kind of a dinner party-gorgeous and delicious, Paula:)

  14. 14

    Oh my heavens, I am in love. What a fun party!

  15. 15

    humm this dinner looks so yummy!

  16. 16

    Loved the idea of a coffee themed dinner party. LOVE the idea of having coffee together even more! Someday, Paula… in the meantime, know that I’m enjoying my Joe right along with ya! 🙂

  17. 17

    LOVE THIS!!!!! Espresso dyed napkins, WHAT?!?!?!

  18. 18

    Hi Paula – wow that is some awesome machine!
    Love the napkins, and your table is totally charming!

  19. 19

    Darlin’, your party looks like it was so much fun, everything looks gorgeous and delish! Have to say those “caffeinated” napkins are going on my must make list.

  20. 20

    To answer your question…ME, ME, ME!!!!! Looks beyond fabulous, love!


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