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.
Can you smell it?
Rich and delicious pasta sauces cooking on the stove, freshly baked bread in the oven and a glass of wine glass of wine to sip while you wait.
All these wonderful foods need a beautiful table to be placed on!
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ITALIAN DINNER PARTY STYLING INSPIRATION
This is where we come in. We love creating simple and easy table decor ideas.
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.
For the herbs we decided to use were sage, basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, lemon balm and lemon grass.
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.
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.
Then simply add a little piece of twine around the top and a tapered candle or 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 for a tablecloth, we fell in LOVE with this Sweet Scalloped Checkered Tablecloth.
Isn’t it adorable!
BROWN BANNER PAPER TABLE RUNNER
Brown banner paper adds so much character!
Let me encourage you to purchase a good size roll and use it when you have parties.
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.
Now it is time for the final touches.
We added silverware that belonged to my mom. We love this silver set because they are called Michelangelo, like the Italian artist. Here is the exact same set as in the photo.
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.
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 to make them.
First, collect corks.
Then cut them in half.
Next, glued the cork pieces together with a glue gun.
As a finishing touch, add a few green leaves.
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.
CHEESE AND WINE
Believe it or not, I am not a wine drinker so selecting wine for my dinner guest is a little challenging.
These posts 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 or you can order it and have it delivered in 30 minutes.
Yes! You just read that correctly. Wine Delivery in 30 minutes.
GOOGLE HOME OR ALEXA ECHO
Now, believe it or not, there is one more ingredient, and that is music and google home or alexa by amazon is your answer.
I simply said, “Hey Google, play music Italian” and that is what she did! She played it all evening while we visited, and ate.
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!
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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.
TIME TO PARTY!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KASEY!!
What’s your favorite detail from the Italian dinner party table?
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