How to Celebrate National Italian Food Day at Home

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Michael Angelo's. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hey guys! Happy National Italian Food Day!! Is there a better food day?! We love any reason to have a themed party or get together, so today we are sharing 5 ideas for celebrating National Italian Food Day at home. And we couldn't just celebrate National Italian Food Day with food, we wanted to incorporate ideas to celebrate different parts of Italian culture.
1. Serve delicious Italian food. Well you obviously have to have delicious Italian food, but we have good news for you. You don't have to work hard in the kitchen all day to have that homemade Italian food taste. Michael Angelo's is here for you as they have affordable meal options and you don't have to sacrifice on that homemade taste or ingredients you trust. We love that they don't use fillers, preservatives, and any other additives. We had their Three Cheese Baked Ziti, Lasagna with Meat Sauce, and Chicken Parmigiana, and they were all so tasty. So head to your grocers freezer section and pick up one of their meals for your Italian Food Day. To find the closest store that sells Michael Angelo's, look at their store list here.

2. Decorate for the occasion. We had fun decorating our kitchen nook with the Italian flag colors. Having beautiful decor can elevate a dining experience even when you are eating a frozen meal. We pulled out this red and white checked table cloth that we had purchased at a vintage store and designed our table around it. We also used some red and white cloth napkins we already had, along with a green and red kitchen towel for serving. (It's actually a Christmas towel, but no one needs to know!)

3. Pair it all with a bottle of wine. You can't have Italian food without having wine. Grab yourself a bottle of Chianti, so you can stay true to your Italian theme. It'll pair perfectly with whatever Michael Angelo's meal you decided to serve.

4. Invite your friends. Italian food is not meant to be eaten alone. We have friends who lived in Italy for 10 years and one of things they always tell us is how they always had people over to share a meal with. We love using food as a way to people's hearts. This is actually something we've decided to focus on this year- using our home as way to develop relationships with people in our church + community. Food is a great way to get people over!

5. Watch a movie. To fully round out your Italian experience, watch a movie celebrating Italy and the culture. We love to watch movies that transport us to different places and into the experience of different cultures, so this would be a great time to do just that! If you need movie ideas, I love this list of suggestions from The Culture Trip.

What's great about celebrating National Italian Food Day is that even if you haven't planned anything for today, you can just run to the store and grab a yummy meal from Michael Angelo's and make it as simple as that.

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