|Here's everything you need for a great Italian-style get-together:
The Food, The Decor, and The Fun
|Depending on the size of your group, choose one or more dishes from each of these menu categories.|
Here are some ideas for decorating your festa table.
- Go red, green and white (the colors of the Italian flag) for tablecloths and napkins.
- Use Italian pottery, serving platters and dishes. Mix and match patterns.
- Place votive candles (white, or a combination of red, green and white) in small glass containers.
- Bundle bunches of aromatic fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, even parsley in small bud vases instead of the usual floral arrangement. Or combine herbs with such blooms as zinnias, daisies or carnations.
- Arrange displays of jars and bottles of olives, roasted peppers, vinegars and dry pasta shapes (store-bought or homemade) for colorful and use-again decorations.
Here are some ways to keep friends and family, kids and grown-ups, enjoying themselves.
- Sing along: Rent karaoke equipment and sing along to your favorite Italian crooners like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como and Mario Lanza and to popular tunes like "That's Amore."
- Old Fashioned Fun: Let the older folks teach the youngsters some old-world pastimes like the "tarantella" (an old-fashion folk dance common in Mediterranean countries) or horseshoes.
- Family Photos: Share photos, and reminisce, about the last family reunion, the summer's trip to Italy or ancestors who immigrated decades before.