Put yourself and your guests into a festive Italian party frame of mind by decorating a room in red, white and green bunting, flags, balloons, banners and streamers. Include Italian-themed food such as pizza or spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread, lively music, trivia games and Italian costumes to enhance the party atmosphere. Decorate the front door with an Italian-themed cover to set the tone as soon as party guests arrive.
Anything red, green and white (the national colours of Italy) is the guide for gathering materials and decorations. Use Italian-themed paper supplies such as streamers, napkins and eating utensils, such as red, green and white plastic forks, spoons and knives. Find a red and white checkered tablecloth (plastic or paper) and add paper place mats with a map of Italy at each place seat. Purchase Italian party kits at such places as Oriental Trading (see Resources) or local party stores. Invitations can be handmade, resembling boarding passes to an Italian cruise or airline ticket for Air Italia.
Display an Italian-themed menu board with handwritten house specials to be served, such as pasta, pizza or lasagne. Place a few empty Italian Chianti wine bottles on tables. Hang travel posters and scenes of Italy, including cruise ships and land tours. Play CDs of Italian music or even language lessons. If pizza is the main entrée, set up a table for small "make it yourself" pizzas that can be baked in the oven in a short time.
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Have guests dress in Italian-themed costumes such as a chef, mafia gangster or a Venetian gondolier and have a prize for the best handmade costume. Create your own Italian-themed crossword puzzle on the Internet (see Resources), print out a copy for each guest or place them around the room with pencils. Leave a few one-time use cameras around the room to make a photo book.