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How to Create a Beautiful Italian Themed Tablescape

Hosting a dinner party? Everyone loves Italian food! Check out these tips to create a beautiful Italian themed tablescape for your gathering.

It’s that time of the month!

Our virtual dinner club party is here!!

And this month is a good one…

It’s an Italian dinner party!

I mean seriously, who doesn’t love Italian food?

We sure do!

But I’ll be honest with you, I was a bit worried about creating an Italian themed tablescape.

Italian food…easy!

Italian décor…umm not too sure about that one.

All I could think of was red & white checked tablecloths with faux grapes hanging from the chandelier. LOL

A quick search on Pinterest put my mind at ease and helped me create a plan for my Italian style tablescape.

If you’ve been around our blog for a while you may know that we started this virtual supper club with some of our blogging friends last year.

I can’t believe it’s been over a year already… time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

And that’s just what we do each and every month when we get together with our friends Stacy, Rachel, Jen, and Michele…have lots of fun sharing our tablescapes and recipes with you.

Wait until you see everyone’s gorgeous Italian themed tablescapes at the end of this post.

You can also check out my previous tablescapes for even more inspiration at the bottom of the article.

But no dinner party is complete without an amazing menu! We’ve got Italian dinner party recipe ideas from the cocktail through dessert.

If you’re joining us from Jen from Midwest Life & Style or if you’re new to our blog…

Hey there & welcome!

two woman holding bottles of wine in front of Italian themed tablescape

We’re AnnMarie (dark hair) and Anne (lighter hair), the two moms behind this blog.

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But that’s enough about us…let’s talk more about this month’s theme… and my Italian tablescape!

What Did I Use to Style an Italian Tablescape?

table setting supplies stacked on dining room table including plates and glasses

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Now that I’ve been styling tablescapes every month for the past year, I’ve collected a few fun staple items.

Although, I’ve used my own dishes, stemware and flatware for most of my tables, it’s fun to grab a few new things too.

This month I found those super cute mini round acadia wood cutting boards at Hobby Lobby.

Unfortunately, they’re out of stock online but you may be able to find them in your local store or check these out.

The ticking striped linen napkins, from one of our favorite stores Piper Classics, coordinate perfectly with the rest of the place setting pieces I used when styling my Italian tablescape.

How To Create a Neutral Centerpiece

glowing candles surrounded by greenery on middle of dining table next to vase filled with olive branches

The first step in styling a tablescape is to create a beautiful centerpiece for your table.

For this Italian themed table, I decided to put together a neutral centerpiece that would not only be perfect for the dinner party but also for everyday décor in my dining room.

candles lit in centerpiece of tablescape

Greenery and candles set the stage for this centerpiece but the faux olive branch stems are the star of the show.

What’s better than olive branches for an Italian themed dinner party?

You can get all the details of exactly how I created this centerpiece here.

How to Set Each Place Setting

Italian style table setting in dining room

I set the table with pieces I already had like my water hyacinth round charger mats.

These are a bit larger than a regular size charger so, I usually add another charger on top of the seagrass.

For this table, I added a matte black metal charger that compliments the water hyacinth beautifully.

Then, I added my every day dinner and salad plates with a striped napkin in between.

view of place setting with wrapped roll on mini cutting board

On top of each plate, I placed a small round wood cutting board as a bread plate.

A small square bowl to the left of the plates for an olive oil dipping dish.

I pulled out my silverware box that I keep stored away for special occasions and set the table with the flatware we received as a wedding gift.

small bottle of Pellegrino next to place setting

How fun are these little glass bottles of San Pellegrino?

The sparkling water bottles and two wine glasses complete each table setting.

What’s an Italian Themed Table without Bread or Wine?

roll wrapped in tissue on mini cutting board with sprig of rosemary on plate

An Italian themed dinner party has to include bread and wine…am I right?!

I dressed up small crusty rolls, I bought at the grocery store, by wrapping them in Kraft colored tissue paper and tying them with string.

Setting the rolls on small cutting boards and adding a sprig of fresh rosemary not only looks pretty, but is a necessity to an Italian dinner!

oil vinegar and spices on wood pedestal next to bread

And you can’t have bread or rolls without some olive oil dip.

I found Italian olive oil, Italian balsamic vinegar and Italian herb salts in Home Goods.

Did you know Home Goods is a great place to find some unique food items?

bottles of red and white wine on table for Italian themed party

Don’t forget the wine!

Whether you are a red or white wine lover, there is an Italian wine for you.

You can easily find Italian wine in most stores…I found these right in BJ’s wholesale club.

How to Decorate a Dining Room for an Italian Dinner Party

side board with word art above on wall

Don’t forget to add a bit of your dinner party theme in other areas of your home.

I have two small sideboard console tables in our dining room.

I added a few decorative glass bottles with an olive branch on a wood charger tray. And few extra bottles of S.Pellegrino within reach of the table.

rolls in wood dough bowl on sideboard with mirror

A wood bowl filled with extra rolls is placed on the other console table.

Since this sideboard is a little larger, I like to leave space there for the food.

dining room table in middle of room with windows to right and china hutch behind
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More Italian Tablescape Ideas from Our Friends

Next up on the tour is our friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse.

You’re going to love her charming blue and yellow tablescape reminiscent of the Amalfi coast.

Be sure to click each of the blog names below the photos to get even more inspiration for your Italian style table.

Are you’re a blogger and you’d like to join our virtual dinner club for a month leave us a comment below or contact us here.

If you’ve missed any of our previous tablescape ideas just click the link for even more inspiration:

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!

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Wait Until You See This Italian Dinner Party Menu!

Monday 20th of June 2022

[…] You’ve got to see how beautiful everyone’s tables look this month. […]

michele/vintagehomedesigns

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Beautiful table! I loved our theme this month!

Anne

Monday 28th of February 2022

AnnMarie really did an amazing job with her table this month! I loved seeing how even though there were some similarities with her, you and Jen, you each still had so many unique touches that made the theme your own!

Helen

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Love your table setting best!

Anne

Monday 28th of February 2022

Hi Helen! Thanks so much for stopping by our blog and checking out AnnMarie's Italian-themed tablescape! You are too kind and made both of our day with your sweet compliment. I hope you have a beautiful week!

Renae

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Your tablescape is oh so pretty. I love all of the details.

Anne

Monday 28th of February 2022

Hey Renae! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out AnnMarie's tablescape! We really appreciate you. Have a wonderful week!

5 Simple Table Decorations for an Italian Dinner Party - Stacy Ling

Thursday 24th of February 2022

[…] Simply 2 Moms […]