No Italian-themed party would be complete without pizza, pasta, and plenty of green and red decorations. "Transport" your party guests to Italy using authentic decor and a fun Italian theme. Browse second-hand stores and antique shops for vintage Italian-inspired posters and pictures. If you are holding a dinner party, choose food-related decor themes, such as wine and grapes. If you are feeling creative, make your own decorations using red and green fabric and paint.
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- Red and green decor, such as streamers and balloons
- Grape- and wine-themed decor
- Italian flags
- Checkered tablecloth
Decorate your home or party venue with red and green decor, which are symbolic of Italy's national flag. Buy red and green streamers and balloons from your local party supply store, such as Party City (see Resources), and hang them throughout the party space. If you are planning a dinner party, create place mats to resemble Italy's flag, and use vases of red flowers, such as roses, as table centrepieces.
Choose a pretty, rustic Tuscan countryside theme for your party. Set up natural wood tables and chairs, and use a country-inspired lace tablecloth. Use potted herbs, such as lavender and thyme, or vases of wildflowers as your table centrepieces. As a tasty touch, set out bowls of olives for your party guests to snack on until dinner is served.
Use wine and grapes as the inspirations for your Italian-themed decorations. Host an elegant cocktail party, serving wine in hand-painted glasses, along with a variety of cheeses. Decorate your wine glasses with charms to personalise them for your guests. Purchase a string of grape-shaped lights, and hang them around doorways.
Turn your kitchen and dining room into an "Italian bistro." Use red-and-white-checkered tablecloths on your tables, and decorate with pretty olive-oil and wine bottles. Hang pictures of Italian icons, such as Frank Sinatra and Rudolph Valentino. For a whimsical touch, wear a red or green apron and chef's hat when serving dinner.
For a casual get-together, transform your party space into a relaxing "Italian coffee house." Set up several small tables and chairs to host intimate conversations, and present your guests with "menus" featuring several types of lattes and dessert items. Hang vintage Italian movie posters on the walls, and use candles and dim lighting to cast a glow over the space.
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