Mixing business with pleasure
This morning, Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the fabulous Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild overlooking the sea in Cap Ferrat, built by the Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild in 1905 as her winter residence, opened for an exclusive pre-Christmas gathering to the Monaco Business Women Association (Association Femmes Chef d’Entreprise de Monaco – AFCEM). In a cheerful atmosphere in this splendid mansion, women happily mixed business with pleasure, both networking and making new friends!
The program for this sunny day started with a visit of the splendid salons of the villa that came to life through the acting of a troupe of artists in époque costumes, who interacted with the visitors wandering around the rooms and bringing back the spirit of the Baroness who had a passion for art. A professional guide enthusiastically provided interesting information about the villa’s architecture, her extravagant owner and her distinguished guests. It felt like traveling back to another era in the Cote d’Azur.
Christmas is in the air
Caterina Reviglio Sonnino, presented her Christmas table 2017 in the Dining room of the Baroness. She explained the golden rules of the art of the table, from the choice of tablecloth and napkins glasses, plates and cutlery, to the flower decorations and candles. And not to forget the printed Menu that becomes a wonderful souvenir for the guests as well as a useful tool to remember what you served at a specific event. She did not miss any detail, encouraged everybody to use their creativity, and emphasized the importance of always having the wellbeing of your invited guests in mind. The decorated table in tones of grey looked classy and festive, with little Christmas trees decorated with roses and white shinny lights. The ladies enjoyed getting plenty of ideas on how to prepare their holiday table.
But that was not all, as Cinzia Cicolella shared her passion for flower arrangements with a demonstration in the villa’s Grand Patio to everybody’s delight.
After a champagne toast AFCEM President Hilde-Haneuse Heye made a brief presentation welcoming the friends of the association coming from Italy and France and thanked everybody involved in the organization of the event. Caterina announced “Madame est servie” inviting everybody to gather in the main banquet salon for a delightful lunch that culminated this enjoyable visit. (Photo below: Lunch at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild @CelinaLafuentedeLavotha)
“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” Melinda Gates