Preparing for an upcoming Italian family reunion can be very tedious and tiring—especially when it comes to finding the apt venue, sending out invitations, and even more with the preparation of food! As what people would usually say, food is central to any gathering. Hence, it is very important and crucial to plan for the perfect menu, especially when you are hosting an Italian Family Reunion.Italian family dinner The Proud Italian

Planning for that perfect Italian menu is very rewarding in many ways while enabling you actually to save time and money when done rightly. 

Make an effort to paint the right atmosphere

When you envision a goal, the very first step is committing yourself to it. This is also true in planning for an Italian Family Reunion and consequently planning the perfect menu. At this point, you should be asking yourself what kind of reunion it would be and determine the overall “feel” of it. It could be a solemn and formal kind of reunion, or a happy, outdoors one.Italian dinner table, the proud italian

Knowing what the reunion would be is essential since the food will actually depend on it. Think whether you are aiming for organizing a wild party or holding a quiet thanksgiving dinner —your Italian family reunion could be somewhere in between, or close to one of those extremes. 

Make a strategic shopping list 

By now, you may have already chosen what food is apt for that reunion atmosphere you decided to achieve. Your menu may have included playful baguette strips with a ricotta-based sauce, or the classic spaghetti meatballs, paired with the finest wines. Whatever the Italian menu is, making a shopping list and preparing it strategically can make a whole lot of a difference in time and effort savings.woman holding a shopping list in a supermarket, The proud Italian

List the ingredients (by type or category) on a sheet of paper, and decide on the best day or the most convenient store to do the shopping.  It also helps if you know the layout of the shopping mall, and even when that grocery mall hauls fresh vegetables or meat, so you can keep things a lot tastier.

Evaluate your menu 

When all is set and done, and your family has consumed the sumptuous meal you have prepared for them, don’t forget to let them critique it. This actually helps you to make an even better menu for the next family reunion.italian food the proud italian

On the other hand, it also lessens menu planning when the need arises again because of your experience, coupled with guided evaluation and feedbacks. When you plan for that next perfect Italian menu, you will rest assured that it will be much better.

All in all, think straight, be organized and strategic, and don’t forget to have fun! It’s a family reunion, after all. 🙂