Italian Themed Party Decorations

by Donni Jones, Demand Media

    Decorating for an Italian-themed party supper doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. With a little creativity, you can come up with several easy and inventive ways to dress up a home or apartment, banquet hall, basement or backyard for the event. Try some of these Italian-themed party decoration ideas.

    Tri-color

    Red, white and green are the colors of the Italian flag. Use them to inspire your party decorations. Hang several red, white, and green balloon clusters with crepe streamers in the same colors. Set groupings of red, white and green candles here and there. For the food table, buy a tablecloth with all three colors, or buy paper tablecloths in all three colors at a dollar store and arrange them to let all the colors show. Fill vases with red and white flowers, along with some greenery. Hang a big Italian flag on a wall.

    Location Theme

    Tuscany, located in central Italy, is famous for its picturesque country landscapes. The very popular style of Tuscan design makes use of colors reminiscent of the area's pastoral colors: gold and yellow to symbolize the sun, green for leafy trees, blue for the sky and brown for the earth. Incorporate these colors into your d├ęcor with balloons, streamers, ribbons, paper garlands, flowers, and tablecloths, and, if the party is outdoors, colored lights and a tent.

    Sightsee

    Turn the party venue into a fabulous travel destination by using several famous Italian landmarks as decorations. Buy posters of or have pictures blown up of the Pantheon, the statue of David, Mount Vesuvius, the canals of Venice, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and other attractions. Shop online for miniature figurines to use in a centerpiece or as cardholders to tell guests where to sit at the dinner table.

    Tie-ins

    Add finishing touches with accents, which can be as grand or as understated as you like. Rent decorative columns from a theater-supply or party-supply store to stand in the corners. Wrap them with ivy, vines and Christmas lights. Bring in little terra cotta pots filled with bundles of dried Italian herbs; you can give these to guests as party favors. And since food is an integral part of Italian culture, decorate with real or fake bowls of olives, loaves of bread, clusters of grapes, wedges of cheese and bottles of wine, oil and vinegar.

    About the Author

    Donni Jones has been an editor and writer since 1996. She has edited articles for and contributed content to numerous publications, magazines and online businesses such as FootSmart.com and KateAspen.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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