4 Easy Steps to Plan the Perfect Event!

Jennifer Colonna, the Event Coordinator of the year at our restaurant in Coronado, is offering some fantastic tips for planning the perfect shower! Read on for easy steps and wow your family and friends with some ideas a picture-perfect ladies luncheon, bridal shower, baby shower, engagement celebration!
1. Location. Location. Location: Stunning Views of the San Diego Bay and Downtown Skyline

Here in Coronado, private dining is available for parties of 8-175 guests.  We house two private indoor rooms and two beautiful outdoor private patios, all with gorgeous bay and downtown skyline views.


2. Theme: Create a theme to coincide with your venue and the bride’s personality

Luckily, at Il Fornaio, our décor is has more of a Tuscan feel with neutral colors, making it easy for any theme to be incorporated into the event. You aren’t stuck with any one in particular, either – we’ve hosted beach themes, parisian theme, retro theme, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, among others.

Our indoor rooms offer high ceilings with breathtaking views of Coronado Bay, creating an atmosphere of elegance in our private dining room with seating for up to 30 guests.


3.  Décor : Keep it simple

Whether it’s customized menu cards, printed napkins (check out Seaside Papery), beautiful centerpieces (check out Root75 here in Coronado), these added details are inexpensive and make the event a notch above.

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4.  The Perfect Added Touch:  Added touches that are easy to do keep an event memorable

Try hosting the event with signature cocktail, mimosa bar, dessert bar or any “Pinterest worthy” DIY idea.

Every time I host an event I always have my guests greeted with a glass of Champagne or Prosecco. This instantly sets the tone of day; it makes your guests feel special and puts them at ease the second they walk in.


Our Coronado restaurant as well as all our Italian venues with event space welcome the opportunity to plan your next private dining occasion!  See you soon!



  1. Jennifer’s recognition as Event Coordinator of the Year is well-deserved. She always has a smile on her beautiful face and is the hostess with the mostess at the Tuesday Night Tastings!

  2. Il Fornaio says:

    Thanks Denise! We think she’s something pretty special too!