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Wait Until You See This Italian Dinner Party Menu!

Wow” your guests with this delicious, yet simple, Italian dinner party menu! We’ve got easy recipe ideas you’ll love from the cocktail to dessert.

Do you enjoy hosting a dinner party?

We sure do!

In fact, we’ve co-hosted thirteen virtual dinner parties over the past year!

What’s a virtual dinner party, you may be wondering?

Well, it’s a ton of inspiration for you!

Each month we collaborate with some of our favorite blogging friends from all across the country to create a new dinner party theme.

You can check out all the themes we’ve done so far at the end of this post.

We share ideas for decorating a special table, creating a centerpiece, and a delicious menu that includes a specialty cocktail, appetizer, main dish, side dish(es), and a dessert.

Seriously, everything you need to host a fantastic dinner party, all at your fingertips!

One of these days, we are really hoping that we’ll be able to get together in real life with all our co-hosts.

That dinner party would be epic!

This month, our theme is an Italian dinner party.

After all, Italians know how to cook (and eat) truly delicious food!

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

I know I say this almost every month, but AnnMarie’s centerpiece might just be my favorite that she’s ever done.

The best part? It would be beautiful in your dining room any time during the year.

Anne is the cook in this duo, and her side dish recipe this month is a copycat from one of our favorite local restaurants.

Here’s a sneak peek of the menu we’re sharing with you

Collage of Italian foods to serve at an Italian-themed dinner party.

Each dish looks more delicious than the next, don’t you think?

The key to all our recipes: we try to keep them simple, with bonus points for make-ahead dishes!

After all, you want to spend time enjoying your guests, not working in the kitchen.

Welcome to Our Dinner Party Group!

If you’re new around here, we’re Anne and AnnMarie, two moms who are lucky enough to be besties and neighbors.

Two bloggers holding a wood bowl with fresh rolls and a serving dish of Brussel Sprouts for an Italian themed dinner party

That’s Anne, holding the bowl of Brussels sprouts, and AnnMarie is serving up some amazing rolls with Italian dipping oil.

We work together to share simple and budget-friendly ideas for decoratingrecipesDIY projects, and tips for life with older teens (and beyond!).

You can read more about us and our families over here.

And we would love to learn more about you! Be sure to say “hi” in the comments below and tell us where you’re visiting from.

But that’s enough about us!

Let’s take a look at our Italian dinner party menu.

Appetizer: Easy Italian Bruschetta

Serving dish of Italian bruschetta topping next to a plate of crostini with the topping on a wood table for an Italian dinner

One of our favorite easy appetizers has got to be bruschetta.

Our friend Michele, from Vintage Home Designs, is sharing her super fresh bruschetta recipe this month.

I’ve already got the ingredients for this appetizer on my shopping list for next week!

Cocktail: The Best Peach Bellini

Two glasses of peach Bellinis sitting on a stone wall next to fresh peaches.

Have you ever had a bellini?

It blends peaches and prosecco, two of our favorites, for a pretty and refreshing cocktail.

Our friend Stacy, from Stacy Ling/Bricks’n’Blooms, is sharing her family recipe for a delicious bellini.

It’s a wonderful way to begin an Italian dinner party before the wine begins flowing!

Main Course: Simple One Pan Skillet Lasagna

Stainless steel skillet filled with Skillet Lasagna on a serving board.

Lasagna might be one of my favorite Italian entrees, but it can be a little labor-intensive to make.

Our friend Jen, from Midwest Life and Style, has a wonderfully simple One Pan Skillet Lasagna recipe for our dinner party this month.

Not only is it tasty, with just one skillet required clean up after your meal will be a snap!

Side Dish: Crispy Parmesan Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Bowl of crispy air fryer Parmesan Garlic Brussels Sprouts on a table next to a wooden bowl filled with fresh dinner rolls.

For most of our lives, we didn’t like Brussels sprouts.

Then we went out to dinner with friends one time and tried them a whole new way and now we order them almost every time we go out to eat!

Anne created a copycat recipe from one of our favorite restaurants and if you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts either, we hope you’ll give these a try.

This recipe was devoured leaving just a bar bowl at the last dinner party we had!

Dessert: Frozen Limoncello Dessert

Frozen Limoncello Dessert garnished with fresh blackberries and sliced lemons on a dinner table.

Have you ever had Limoncello?

It’s a smooth, sweet Italian liqueur often served at the end of a meal.

Our friend Rachel, from The Ponds Farmhouse, has created a real treat for a frozen dessert featuring Limoncello and toasted coconut!

We can’t wait to give it a try with a low carb twist.

More Entertaining Inspiration

Be sure to check out all our entertaining menus. Just click on any of the links below for more tasty recipes.

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

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Saturday 26th of February 2022

Your email the other day with your first impression of Brussel sprouts made me laugh...that is mine too! But you made this dish look and sound amazing. I'm going to have to give them a try!


Monday 28th of February 2022

Hey Jen! My husband and I still shake our heads every time we sit at a restaurant shoveling Brussel sprouts in our mouths like it's our job. LOL Who ever would've thought they could actually taste good?! Even my son requests this recipe when he's home from school. I hope you like them too!


Saturday 26th of February 2022

These look delicious and I can't wait to try them! Pinned!


Monday 28th of February 2022

This is definitely my favorite veggie recipe right now. I hope you enjoy them too!