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An Italian-Themed Birthday With Tiramisu!


As I mentioned in a previous post, this year our eldest daughter had requested an Italian-themed birthday complete with one of her favorite desserts, tiramisu! The big day arrived, and we had a wonderful time getting ready for her birthday celebration! Tiramisu is a dessert I have always enjoyed in restaurants, but for my daughter’s birthday, I really wanted to learn how to make it from scratch.

I first started with this wonderful ladyfinger recipe from Ciao Italia. The next step was finding a phenomenal tiramisu recipe — after much searching, I found Ask Chef Dennis and his incredibly delicious recipe for tiramisu! I love that he also included a video tutorial for this delicious dessert!

Of course, I wanted to practice making the recipe a few times to make sure I got it right — and every time I made it, I found  it to be such a soothing recipe to prepare! There’s something about all of the gentle textures coming together while enjoying the aromas of fresh espresso, ladyfingers baking in the oven and the sweet essence of sabayon on the stovetop. Yes, I could go on and on about tiramisu, but I will simply say that this wonderfully flavorful and luscious dessert is pure genius! Now I find myself asking others if they’d like me to make them tiramisu — of course I’d be happy to share! It’s wonderful!

In the meantime, Jonathan and the girls set up decorations for the big party! Jonathan loves to create, but even more, he loves his daughters and always goes the extra mile(s) for all of us. This year he constructed a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (complete with lights) that stands approximately 5′ tall.


Additional Italian décor included murals from Jonathan


Grape-cluster balloons

and scooters in the colors of the Italian flag


Aviah’s guests enjoyed a trio of pasta dishes, homemade manicotti, ensalata and sparkling apple-grape juice after a fun-filled afternoon of laughter and bocce ball. The tiramisu and gelato were definite favorites, and you can be sure I will be making Chef Dennis’ Tiramisu Recipe again in the very near future!

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!



  1. Nicole

    Her birthday party looked amazing! Love the decor and the tiramisu looks delicious!

    1. Thank you, Nicole! 🙂 That tiramisu recipe is amazing! I think you would love it!

  2. Richard Crisman

    Great pictures, great decorations and food, and it looks like a very happy girl! What more could you ask for?

  3. Everything looks amazing, and the model of the tower of Pisa is something else! Wow!

    1. Thank you so much, Roberta! My husband will be very happy that you liked the Leaning Tower of Pisa … he loves to build and create! 🙂

      1. Then our spouses also have something in common! 🙂

  4. Hi Anna, the party decor looks beautiful, and I am pleased that everything went off so well. Your Tiramisu looks divine and I know tastes equally as good. When I do the stove top method, I use the identical recipe. I cheat with the lady fingers though. We have boudoir/finger biscuits here in South Africa which I buy, but now thanks to you I must make the ladyfingers!. Family and friends literally request that I please make this Tiramisu for occasions, so trust me, you will be doing the same. 🙂

    1. Hi Lynne! Thank you so much! 🙂

  5. You had me at Tiramisu! 😁

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, that is a fabulous Tiramisu recipe! 🙂 Chef Dennis is outstanding!

  6. Cute party Anna! Love the wall art, the leaning tower and the vespas! And I really wish I could have tasted that tiramisu !

    1. Thank you so much, Sadie! I wish you could have been there … I would have loved to have you try the tiramisu! 🙂

  7. I previously saw the murals and wondered where you got them. They are amazing! This party is second to none. What a wonderful way to make your little girl feel like a million diamonds! You’re great parents!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! 🙂

  8. Thank you so much for the shout out Anna and I’ve very happy to hear that you enjoyed my Tiramisu recipe!

    1. Chef Dennis, it is such an honor to share your wonderful recipe, and I sincerely look forward to trying more of them! Your Tiramisu recipe was greatly enjoyed by all!

  9. What a great family event, and your tiramisu looks terrific!

    1. Thank you so much, Darryl! 🙂

  10. That tiramisu proves you are a gourmet chef! 🍓

    1. You are too kind, Gail! Thank you! It was so helpful having the video tutorial on Chef Dennis’ website — made me feel like I was in a cooking class! 😉

  11. This was a wonderful event! How sweet that Jonathan is putting all of that creativity and effort into his daughter’s special day! I love everything about this party! The decorations are amazing and lovely and the menu sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this beautiful party Anna! happy birthday day! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynn! I wish you and your family could have joined us! 🙂

      1. oh I wish!! Really a lovely and beautiful event. I say event because it was quite amazing! You and Jonathan made a special memory, so special:)

        1. Thank you, dear Lynn! We’re getting ready for another birthday tomorrow! Lol. This time “Star Wars” 😉

          1. Wow fun times!! pictures needed! 🙂

          2. Absolutely! I’ll be sure to share pictures! 🙂

  12. Mary Vint

    Aviah had a wonderful party! Wish we could have been there!!

    1. Wish you could have come too! 🙂

  13. What a fabulous birthday party for your daughter! All the dishes you made sound scrumptious, and hats off to Jonathan, too. His artwork is stunning. Yout tirimasu turned out beautifully, Anna – homemade ladyfingers and all. 🙂
    I’ll hop over to Chef Dennis to check out his recipe. Mine is an ancient one I’ve had for years. Perhaps it’s time for an update.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Millie! We had such a fun time, and Jonathan will be so pleased you enjoyed his artwork. He loves to create! Yes, Chef Dennis does a marvelous job with his tiramisu recipe and he explains the process so well – it was very helpful to me! 🙂

  14. what a fun idea! I love that you went all out with the Italy theme 🙂 Happy belated birthday to your daughter!

    1. Thanks so much, b! 😀

  15. Eva

    This is so lovely!! I’ve been a bit away from blogs, but was looking forward to reading this, and I finally found the time to catch up. What a lovely birthday party! And you made yourself the ladyfinger biscuits, and that leaning tower is so cool! My goodness, I love it. As an Italian, I really love it 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Eva! We are greatly inspired by your beautiful country, Italia! It makes me so happy to know you enjoyed the photos! 😀

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