paella party!

Happy weekend!

I hope you have something special planned for this weekend, even if it is simply to take some downtime with the loves in your life.  The chill in the air has me seeking out new recipes especially for entertaining.  A few weeks ago I hosted a group of six for a dinner party and wanted to serve something family style.  After perusing my treasured recipes, I decided to go with a seafood paella.  Such a crowd pleaser and perfect for an early fall dish.  To be completely honest, I had never made a paella and was a bit nervous to experiment on my friends, but it was easy and absolutely delicious.  I went with a recipe designed by “Top Chef” Hosea Rosenberg of Jax Fish House which included fresh seafood, herbs and just enough chorizo for incredible flavor which made it a hit.

Because you can’t really make the paella in advance {you can prep the seafood and vegetables in advance but it has to cook as your guests are arriving}, I made sure we had some starters to get the party started while the paella was finishing up.  The menu came together nicely and allowed for a well paced relaxed evening of delicious food & wine. We kicked off the soiree with a sparkling sangria and then moved to red wine which I highly recommend.

Part of the challenge with entertaining is sourcing the ingredients which takes some planning.  Below is an overview of what I found to be necessary essentials for a successful evening which includes some not always as readily found ingredients.




1| Sangria pitcher

2| Hand painted Spanish tapas plate

3| This Marqués De Riscal Reserva Rioja compliments the menu perfectly. It is on the light/medium body side with hints of red currant, cedar and vanilla and was a big hit amongst my guests. I will continue keep this wine as a staple in my wine refrigerator.

4| The Big Book of Tapas would make a great holiday or hostess gift {on sale via Gilt}

5| Paella Pan You don’t need an expensive paella pan, you need one that is properly shaped and sized to handle the dish that will last you many paellas.  I borrowed on from my mother exactly like this one.

6| Paella Rice I had trouble finding this at whole foods so I picked it up at Sur la Table.

7| This saffron is fabulous, it took a few strands to make the dish.

8| This porcelain and acacia wood serving set  is perfect for serving olives, cheese,  peppers & tapenades

9 | Blue fringed striped napkins  {currently on sale}.

recipes:  sparkling apple sangria | Tomato gazpacho with almonds | Seafood paella {I omitted the chicken}

Have a beautiful weekend!

About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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