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Date: Friday July 1st, 2011

Time: After soccer match btwn Italy vs. Germany

Venue: Piazza in Nocera Terinese next to the church

Food: Penne pasta, sausage and wurstel paninis

So after our big game, the Italians couldn’t hang around for a drink because they had to go home take showers and cook for our “Pasta and Panini Party”. This was our version of the “Dress Rehearsal Dinner”.  I would like to inform everyone that we actually never even had a dress rehearsal.  I would like to think of this party as a “Getting to Know You Party”.  We had friends from N.Y., Miami, Puerto Rico, D.C., Austria, Holland and Germany come to partake.  We invited our families and friends to join us for not just food but for beer, homemade wine, and cocktails made by my friend Carlo.  Shaken not stirred.

My cousins Roberto and Salvatore and their friends all helped out with the setting up of the tables, cooking and cleaning.  I want to thank all of them for doing that for us. I want to also thank my cousin Angelina, for letting us use her big refrigerator and bar.

Our chief pasta chef.

First in line!!

While we eat pasta the sausage cooks.

Back for seconds!

i Tedeschi

Caroline and my sis have secured their spots.

Jen seems to think the pasta is good.

Napoleone trying to convince Sean to eat Peperoncino.

Sis and I are used to eating like this in our family!

Christine in Calabria.

His Italian name is now "FLAVIO".

Over at this table I think Christine and Flavio are waiting for the sausage paninis.

Our top chefs need a break though.

The sausages and wurstels are going quickly.

Looks like "i gemelli" (twins) have been hogging up the sausage paninis all for themselves.

Ive seems to have gotten his hands on a panino as well.

My lovely Aunt Angela with my sis-in-law, Doris.

NOT sure what these three are up to. Can't be good with Judy around.

AJ and I with maybe 1/10th of my family.

Our wonderful bestman (in blue) getting ready for next day's ceremony.

Carlo creating a ruckus behind the bar. Cocktails anyone?

Brotherly love!

Me and my cousin Ciccio. Who flew in from Abu Dhabi to be with us.

A little serenade to end the evening.

La marescialla con il mio amico Carlo.

Time for our crew to pack up and go home. Thanks guys.

VENUE: Maria’s Bachelorette party in Nocera Terinese.  Behind a bar on the beach.

DATE: Thursday June 31st, 2011.

TIME: Til the wee hours of the morning.

I wanted to post more “illicit” photos but I was asked by several friends not to post on Facebook or post period.  So as to thank my cute younger cousins I will publish a few so they can see. There are a lot more photos floating around in my friend’s cameras.   I have a magnificent group of female cousins. I do have to give a BIG GRAZIE to my two male cousins, Settimo and Andrea for helping to build the “private” fence around our party.

My bachelorette party was perfect.  There was an amazing energy from all the beautiful woman in my life. I will tell you though that we did have a few incidences and guest appearances, for example -  a  “double-sided” contraption of some sort, Boom Boom shots, yummy mini rice balls, a Calabrese-style police officer stripper (who may or may have not been a distant cousin) and an ambulance to top off the night.

The Peruvian side of my family in da house! Including my 84 year old abuelita.

My cousins made me my special veil. Pasta shaped as______.

It's always a better party when my sis is around.

And it gets even crazier when one of my besties is with us! Must be the latin blood.

What the heck is my Aunt pointing at?

Hmm..now I understand what she's pointing at. We had a limbo contest.

My custom made cake. Some hot Italian actor whose name escapes me. My cake was delish!!!

Love these girls.

My cousin who was half of our Wedding Planning Team.

BEFORE....

and AFTER a Boom Boom shot.

I want to assure their husbands that they didnt participate. Only innocent by-standers.

Theme of the night.

My Bachelorette organizers. Thank you for a fun-tastic party. BTW- I have no idea where that tie came from.

Last women standing!