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Creative Italian Dinner Party: DIY Table Setting Ideas That Wow

Let’s transport your dinner guests to Italy. These creative Italian Table Setting Ideas are sure to wow your guests. Learn how to throw an Italian-themed dinner party with budget DIY ideas and soothing blue and white tableware.

I love using blue and white on my tables, and I was inspired to create a blue-and-white theme when I discovered an Italian tile table runner featuring lemons.

The colors reminded me so much of our trip to Italy and really gave me so many creative ideas for DIY projects. Therefore, this might be my record for DIY projects on one table setting.

Blue and White Italian Table runner with Italian Inspiration and DIY Boxwood and lemon Topiary.

Supper Club – Italian Dinner Table

If you are joining us for the first time, we are a group of friends who love to entertain, and when entertaining in person wasn’t recommended last year, we started a virtual supper club in January 2021.

We choose a theme for our dinner tables each month, which we post on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Next, we each share a recipe to complete the meal on the 4th Saturday.

Although the theme is the same, I love seeing each person’s interpretation of it and how they make it fit their decor style.

I know you will love joining us each month for our Supper Club. In case you missed the January table, you can still see Creative Winter Tablescape Ideas.

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We were fortunate to have traveled to Italy a few years ago, and it was our favorite trip ever. I loved the landscape: all the vineyards, lemon groves, olive trees, and cypress trees. Not to mention the food, the amazing architecture, the outdoor cafe, and I could go on and on.

Thinking about the cypress trees inspired the DIY Boxwood & Lemon topiaries I designed for the Italian Dining Table.

DIY Boxwood  & Lemon Topiaries for Italian Table. Repurposed magnolia wreath with lemons

In addition, I wanted the entire room to have an Italian feel, so an existing wreath was repurposed with lemons and garland for the wall behind the table.

Full view of dinner table with Italian Dinner Party Theme. blue and white dishes, lemon accessories & DIY Boxwood Topiaries

The beautiful table runner from Italian Summers was an Etsy find, and it inspired the blue and white table setting with lemon accents.

In addition, I found some gorgeous napkins with a tile pattern, but the price was a little hefty, so instead of ordering them, I made some tile-inspired, painted Flour Sack Napkins myself.

You can see links to all the DIY projects represented here at the end of the article.

DIY napkins on Italian Table Setting. blue and white dishes, lemon accessories and thrift store tableware.

More inspired ideas

I was on a roll with the lemons, and since it was my turn for the Dessert Recipe, I discovered many Italian recipes that call for limoncello. That’s when I found that you could make Homemade Limoncello.

What Italian dinner party theme would be complete without Limoncello? You can see the recipes and learn more about this Italian Liqueur.

Don’t worry; I’m sharing the recipe for Frozen Limoncello Tart. I promise it’s one you don’t want to miss.

Italian Themed Dinner Table blue and white dishes, lemon accessories and thrift store tableware.  homemade Limoncello

Italian Dinner Table Centerpiece

Although the Boxwood and Lemon Topiaries were made for the table, I also wanted a simple centerpiece that allowed guests to talk with each other.

Therefore, the topiaries were placed at the end of the table runner. The actual centerpiece included candlesticks, a smaller boxwood topiary, and a vintage brass tray filled with moss and lemons.

Italian Dinner Party Theme with blue and white dishes, lemon accessories and thrift store tableware.

A preserved boxwood wreath was placed around the pedestal of a milk glass cake stand, and then the vintage brass tray was sat on top.

Several vintage brass candlesticks rest in the tray alongside it, with the moss balls and lemons juggling for a spot.

I’m sorry, but these cute (brand new) lemon salt and pepper shakers were a steal at the thrift store. However, I did find these similar ones.

Italian Dinner Table Centerpiece with vintage brass tray, vintage brass candle stick, and boxwood topiary.

Blue and White Place Setting

Fortunately, blue and white dishes are one of my passions. Therefore, it was just a matter of pulling them out of the cabinet.

The dinner and dessert plates were previous HomeGoods finds. Although they aren’t Italian pottery, the colors work with the table runner.

Dinner Table with Italian theme with lemon accessories and flour sack hand painted napkins with lemon napkin rings

The chargers are a $2.00 Hobby Lobby find and work perfectly with the Italian Dinner Party Theme.

blue and white Italian Dinner Table with lemon accessories.

Other Italian Dinner Party Theme Tableware

The cute lemon dish is perfect for the olive oil and looks cute alongside the thrifted tiny martini glasses. They are the ideal size for a sip of limoncello.

In addition, the water goblets, wine glasses, and cutlery are also thrift store finds that I use all the time.

Italian Dinner Table Place Setting
Blue and White tableware including hand painted flour sack napkins.

Don’t you love the yellow pitcher? Yep, you guessed right, it’s another thrift store purchase from a few years back, and it’s Italian-made.

Well, I have some good news: the lemon napkin rings are new and so affordable. Aren’t they so cute?

Italian Dinner Party Table Setting for Supper Club with blue and white and lemon accessories.

Did you notice that even the wall sconces got a little lemon touch with a couple of leftover napkin rings?

You know that napkin rings and candle rings are interchangeable at my house!

Italian Dinner Party Theme - Supper Club Ideas for a festive winter gathering.

See Video Tutorial

Italian Dinner Table

A perfect way to beat the winter blues is to add a pop of color to help transition from winter blah to early Spring!

So, I hope you enjoyed seeing the Italian Dinner Table as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Italian Tablescape Italian Dinner table for Italian Themed Supper Club Dinner party.


More Italian Tablescape Inspiration

Hey, don’t leave yet! Next is Stacy from Stacy Ling, Bricks N Bloom, with her amazing Italian Tablescape in her beautifully remodeled dining room.

Be sure to click all the links below to see so many creative ideas.

Stacy’s 5 Simple Table Decorations for Italian Dinner Party / Michele’s Rustic Italian Dinner Party

Jen’s How to Host an Italian-Inspired Dinner Party / Simply 2 Mom’s How to Create an Italian Tablescape

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How To Throw An Italian Dinner Party with Creative DIY for budget friendly entertaining.
Italian Dinner table for Italian Themed Supper Club Dinner party.

Jayne via Chalking Up Success

Saturday 26th of February 2022

I've visited Italy many times and can say that I think you've hit the nail right on the head with your lovely lemon themed tablescape, Rachel! Everything is so pretty and easy to replicate!


Saturday 26th of February 2022

Jayne, I've only been once but this is what I remembered too. Thanks for your sweet compliment

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 26th of February 2022

Your Italian dinner party table is so inspiring Rachel. I love all the gorgeous colors and those lovely napkins.


Saturday 26th of February 2022

Kim, I really appreciate this.


Thursday 24th of February 2022

Such a beautiful table Rachel! I love the blue and white dishes and lemon theme. Those little lemon bowls are so cute!!


Friday 25th of February 2022

Michele, Thanks for your sweet comments.


Thursday 24th of February 2022

Oh my goodness! This is amazing. The blue and white looks so beautiful with the lemons. Just gorgeous!


Friday 25th of February 2022

Renae, It's so refreshing after winter.

AnnMarie - Simply2Moms

Thursday 24th of February 2022

The color scheme is so pretty for your Italian theme. And those DIY topiaries are just perfect! Can't wait to see your recipe on Saturday.


Friday 25th of February 2022

You will love it.