For a romantic, nighttime feel, use large pillar candles or tapers for Italian party decorations. Add floating candles in bowls of water as centerpieces. Sunflowers are native to Italy, and they freshen up any room, while small bunches of dried herbs infuse the room with an earthy fragrance.
For colors, focus on terracotta, eggplant, olive and poppy red. When trying to throw an Italian-themed party, a mismatch of decorations is capable of enhancing the overall look. Floral prints are popular and widely used in Italy. Avoid pulling out long-stemmed wine glasses, and provide guests with glass tumblers, which are both inexpensive and easy to store, as well as wash. Set up the table with open bottles of Italian wine on ice, so that guests feel comfortable serving themselves.
Look online for an Italian radio station, and let it play softly during the party. If possible, try to keep dinner indoors, and ask everyone to move outside for drinks. If this is not possible, open the windows to let in plenty of natural light.
As a party favor at the end of the night, make up small bottles of high-quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Sunflowers also make a charming addition to these bottles.