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.
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.
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.
A Rare Cookbook
Find an old traditional Italian cookbook filled with authentic Italian recipes. Offer to help prepare one of the traditional dishes for the next party.
Wine or Spirits
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.
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.
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.