Let’s face it, if anyone knows how to live the sweet life, it is the Italians. With gorgeous fields and delicious food, Italians are known for valuing time spent around the table with those they love. Warmer weather is peeking just around the corner and you’ll be looking for excuses to just celebrate life. What better way than with a Tuscan-inspired party that encourages guests to linger and enjoy? Here are some easy ideas for hosting one:
For Italians the word “mangia” is both an invitation and a demand. You can’t have a Tuscan-inspired party without the perfect party foods! The best thing about Italian dishes is they are communal and hearty. You could simply cook a huge pasta dish, a big Neapolitan pizza, or simply put out a spread of cured Italian meats. For dessert, make some homemade gelato or Italian cannoli for the perfect party foods.
Aside from plastering Italian flags everywhere, you can get super creative with your centerpieces. Colored pasta looks fabulous in glass vases. You could also use cleaned out tomato cans placed on top of a red gingham tablecloth for center pieces. Your party will be prettier than the Tuscan sunset. Well, almost.
Of course any true Italian appreciates a fine wine, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your beverages! Instead of sangria, try making a pitcher of homemade limoncello to really get the party started!