The Art of Receiving Guests

How to celebrate at home, Italian-style

Hi, I'm Italian. My name's Loretta. I'm very fond of house party planning. I'm convinced that celebrating at home any important moment of our life and holidays is magic. Why? The atmosphere we are able to create can leave good memories in all our guests. This is the gist that has always encouraged me to do so.
Think of this: my husband fell in love with me during my usual wonderful Greetings' dinner at Christmas ;)

bon ton, Italian galateo
Loretta's etiquette

This is the most important section of TheItalianTaste website. Our site was created to help you in planning:

  • - Christening, Confirmation, Communion and Wedding parties
  • - formal and informal lunch or dinner party
  • - the holiday season
  • - spring, Easter, Valentine's Day, International Woman Day, Carnival and summer celebrations
  • - Halloween with fairy tales too
  • - retirement party
  • - graduation party
  • - housewarming party
  • - vernissage
Well, what do you have to know in planning a house party?

As you can understand easily I created all my recipes for planning a lot of menus dedicated to important occasions. But you'll be able to find traditional Italian recipes in the same sections too if you want to plan a traditional Italian menu for your evenings with friends.
In the same way my husband and I created a lot of Italian wine cards so you can read all the sensorial qualities of the wine we pair and suggest you for every menu.

For the most exigent of you, those who want to leave your guests breathless there is Only-Members Area.
With the small sum of 20 euros you'll be free to visit it for a year. What is there in this area? menu cards, placeholders and inviting cards with the same theme, my best table setting ideas, my tastiest recipes and more


Rules of etiquette (Good manners) but many common-sense tips to overcome successfully small and big difficulties

Inviting cards

A lot of editable patterns for all your occasions to choose and free download

Menu cards

A lot of templates, ready to write your courses and personalize them. Free download.

How to plan a ...

How we Italians plan a BBQ party, a cold dinner, alfresco dinner, a ceremony menu, a meal, ...

Home decorations

I created a lot of DIY home decor for Christmas, Easter and spring, Carnival, Halloween. Besides handmade decorations to prepare gifts for you and your friends and relatives.

Setting the table

A lot of ideas for Christmas, Spring, Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Carnival ... included centerpieces and placeholders.


Made with fresh or silk flowers you'll be able to find a lot of centerpieces but there are other ideas with different items to make your table more beautiful. Discover these new ideas ..


Each table has a sign next to place set. Sometimes it is not necessary to do great things, just a ribbon of different colors next to each place with a little card on which you have to write your guest's name. We have also templates very easy to print and fold.
Remember that guest's name should be written with a fountain pen and by hand on the placeholder for a special touch in informal setting too.