One of the most celebrated aspects of Italian heritage is Italian food. Planning an Italian-themed party should start with determining which food items will be offered, as well as what decorations will be used and what practices will be observed. It helps to determine who will be in attendance at the Italian-themed party so all aspects of the party are appropriate for the attendees. If, for example, children will be attending the party, wine should not be the only drink available. Remember that various attendees will have differing tastes, so it helps to prepare some safer, less adventurous dishes that everyone can enjoy.
Think about what kind of Italian-themed party will be most enjoyable. The party planner may, for example, want to create a party atmosphere that celebrates Italian culture in a general way, or an atmosphere that focuses on a particular region of Italy. A Tuscan-themed party, for example, will feature foods and decorations that mimic the look and atmosphere of Tuscany. A Venetian party will feature different types of decorations that more accurately reflect that area of Italy. A bit of research on the Internet will give the party planner an idea of which decorations, foods, and practices will suit each region of Italy.
When throwing an Italian-themed party that will involve the preparation and serving of food, think carefully about what foods will be served and in what order. Many authentic Italian meals feature several dishes served in a particular order; a pasta dish is usually included, as is a main course, then a salad dish, and a dessert. An antipasto salad is an easy dish to prepare that will give guests something to snack on if a full meal will not be served. Antipasto usually includes various types of meat, olives, peppers, and vegetables served over a bed of lettuce.
Another good idea for planning an Italian-themed party is to schedule the party in accordance with an Italian holiday or significant event. Many sports fans might benefit from planning an Italian-themed party during a soccer match in which Italy's national team will be playing. This gives guests built-in entertainment while they are waiting for a meal or simply conversing over hors d'oeuvres. Italian music can be played if no such sporting event is available, or an Italian movie can be played on the television. Otherwise, Italian decorations and foods will give guests plenty to enjoy during the party.