How-To

What to Bring to an Italian Dinner Party

You're invited! Now what? Show your host a little love with one of these thoughtful gifts.

  1. Dipping Oils

    Bread with Dipping Oil
    Bread is a staple at any dinner party, so come prepared! Cook up two or three dipping oils for friends to try. Mix olive oil with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper for a traditional dipping oil. Or, stir together olive oil, parsley, thyme, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper for a more herbaceous twist.

  2. Artisan Cheese

    Blue Cheese
    Visit your cheese specialist friends at Hy-Vee and discover a new Italian cheese to share with your friends. The origin of the cheese will be a conversation starter and a way to get everyone to experience something new.

  3. Fresh Flowers

    Flower Bouquet
    Always welcome. Always appreciated. Show your hostess your gratitude with a fresh boquet. Plus they help liven the decor and lift the mood of the party.

  4. A Rare Cookbook

    Stuffed Shells
    Find an old traditional Italian cookbook filled with authentic Italian recipes. Offer to help prepare one of the traditional dishes for the next party.

  5. Wine or Spirits

    Wine Pour
    Something as simple as bringing a bottle of wine won't go unnoticed. Pick up a bottle of Prosecco, Chianti, or Limoncello that can be enjoyed during or after dinner.

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    Olives

    Olive Tray
    If you're like us, then you're all about appetizers and snacks. Bring a variety of olives to munch on during the beginning of the party. Your host (and the other guests) will thank you.

  6. Italian Chocolates

    Dark Chocolate
    Chocolate is always welcome at parties—especially if the party is also serving wine. Pick up hazelnut-flavored chocolates to stick with the Italian theme.

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