So, I have a secret to share. This dinner party table decor idea was inspired by my assistant’s 21st birthday. It all started with some wine, wine glasses, and Olive Garden dressing that was given to me by the Olive Garden at the Mom 2.0 Summit. But then this post grew as more bloggers joined in. So not only will you get Italian dinner party styling inspiration but you will also have some wine choices from Moscato Mom. Let’s waste no more time and jump straight into the most adorable table decor ideas from a beautiful and talented 21-year-old.
ITALIAN DINNER PARTY STYLING INSPIRATION
Can you smell it? Rich and delicious pasta sauces cooking on the stove and freshly baked bread in the oven. All these wonderful foods need a beautiful table to be placed on! This is where we come in. These ideas are so simple and easy that anyone can do it. Let start with the centerpiece.
Let your centerpiece carry the flavor of Italy with some herbs, flowers, and grapes. Start with a base like our white cake plate. HERE is one that is very similar if you need one. Then add a garden pot full of traditional Italian herbs and throw in a few small flowers for color. The herbs we decided to use were sage, basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, lemon balm and lemon grass. I found these at Trader Joe’s. They came as a set in one pot which was very convenient. Next, we added a white and red tea towel around the pot to give it some more character. You can find them HERE or at an Ikea store. Finally, we placed some different colored grapes to add more flavor, pun intended! 🙂 Now that the centerpiece is finished we asked ourselves what an Italian dinner is without candles?
TABLE DECOR: CANDLES, JARS & PASTA
The table would not be complete without some candles to add to the ambiance. We knew we wanted to add some pasta to our table decor and clear glass jars seemed to be the ticket. We rummaged through my pantry to find all the different shapes and sizes of pasta that would fit into the jars. If you need some mason jars, you can purchase them HERE. Then simply add a little piece of twine around the top and a tapered candle or votive candles. HERE is where you can find tapered candles and HERE for votive candles. As a side note – the wax will most likely drain down into the jar, but it came out real easy with all the pasta. Last, sprinkle some pasta randomly around the table.
Something about a red and white check tablecloth just screams Italian dinner! So, when we started searching Amazon for a tablecloth, we fell in LOVE with this Sweet Scalloped Checkered Tablecloth. Isn’t it adorable!
BROWN BANNER PAPER TABLE RUNNER
When my assistant started planning the table design, she showed me another model that had used banner paper. Let me encourage you to purchase a good size roll and use it when you have parties. HERE is a link to buy some. We used it as a runner, but on Mother’s day, I had used it for place mats. There are so many things you can do with banner paper. We decided to do some hand lettering on the banner paper with a chalk marker and a black sharpie. Love how it turned out and clicked HERE if you need a chalk marker.
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I must confess that I do not own one single white plate, so we borrowed these from my assistant’s parents. Aren’t they beautiful? You can find some just like them at Amazon HERE! I think it is about time I get some myself because they are perfect for this Italian-inspired table and so many other table designs. Well, enough about me let’s talk about the table.
After you place your plates, add some of your silverware or you can purchase these by Oneida at Amazon for your event. We love this silver set because they are called Michelangelo, like the Italian artist. You can buy them HERE. And lastly, you will need wine glasses. We decided this would be a good place to give the table some old fashion character, so we selected different wine glasses. This is another way to keep everyone’s glass recognizable. After dinner, you rise with your drink, and because they all look different, you don’t have to worry about drinking out of someone else’s glass.
We can’t take credit for this beautiful idea because there are many options on Pinterest. However, they were so cute and adorable that we couldn’t resist making our own. Here is how my assistant made them. First, she collected the corks. We had a friend who had all the corks but if you want to purchase some recycled corks check them out HERE. Then she had her daddy help by cutting them in half. Next, she glued the cork pieces together with a glue gun. As a finishing touch, she glued on a few green leaves. We thought they were so precious that we decided to use it as decoration with the wine bottle.
RED WHITE CHECK GARLAND
What is a party without some delicate lights strung across the room? Add some red and white check fabric, and you get an awesome ambiance. The garland was another super easy thing to make. We used green Christmas lights, then cut red and white check fabric into 9″ by 1 1/2″ strips and tied them on. It was that simple and looks like a million bucks! The garland was the icing on the cake for this Italian dinner party. If you need Christmas light, click HERE or for checkered fabric click HERE.
Believe it or not, I am not a wine drinker so selecting wine for my dinner guest is a little challenging. If you’re like me, then check out Moscato Mom’s post about her Top 5 Best Moscato Wines. This post will make your life so much easier. The wine bottle we have in the photo was another gift from the Olive Garden and just happens to be Moscato Mom’s number 2 best Moscato wine. And let me add that it was very good if you like sweet wines. According to Moscato Mom, you can find this wine at just about any grocery store.
Now, believe it or not, there is one more ingredient, and that is music. Thanks to Best Buy, who graciously gave me a Google Home while at the conference, we got to enjoy some sweet Italian music during the dinner. I simply said, “Hey Google, play music Italian” and that is what she did! She played it all evening while we visited, ate and tasted some Moscato. Because it is so small in scale, we were able to incorporate it into the design on the shelf. It was perfect and so easy!
Well, the table is set and the birthday girl is happy. Her Italian dinner party styling inspiration table turned out fantastic! Dinner was delicious, music was fantastic and we all had a blast. We even surprised her with tiramisu topped with an Italian flag. She found the flags HERE for the dessert. She just didn’t know that the dessert was for her. Just another detail to make this event perfect!
TIME TO PARTY!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KASEY!!
What’s your favorite detail from the Italian dinner party table?
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