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A glass of wine and a good meal is one of my must haves. Keep reading for recipe inspiration for planning your next dinner party with friends.

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Fig Bruschetta - Lucea Row Prosciutto Tomato and Olive Spaghetti - Lucea Row Wine at Sunset - Lucea RowImages via KT Merry, Half-Baked Harvest,White On Rice Couple & Tartine and Apron Strings

I love pasta and Italian food in general. Here are some recipe ideas to get you started for the perfect fall fête.

1.  Cheese, Olives and Charcuterie Platter – This one’s really simple, no cooking required. Assemble a mix of your favorite cheeses – my personal favorites are Roquefort, Gouda and brie. For the charcuterie, Prosciutto di Parma, a soppressata (dry-cured sausage) and an artisan salami go well together. Add some fresh Italian or French bread and a nice Dijon mustard.  Olives and roasted almonds are a nice accompaniment.

2. Wine – I am  red wine drinker, regardless of what’s being served. My fvavorite is Cabernet Sauvignon. Try the Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon, recommended by Food & Wine as one of the 50 wines you can always trust. I love a nice, light rosé, and the Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé, is well known for it’s flavor. I usually chill rosé in the fridge half an hour to an hour before serving.

3.Spinach, Artichoke and Brie Crêpes with Sweet Honey Sauce – I love crêpes, especially crêpe au Nutella, but for dinner a savory crepe is the way to go. I love this recipe from Half-Baked Harvest. The art of crêpe making can be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of flipping them, it’s a breeze.

4. Fig Bruschetta – This recipe is super simple and easy to prepare. Grilled bread with a bit of olive oil, Ricotta cheese and figs! Ad pecans and thyme for flavor. Check it out at White On Rice Couple.

5. Prosciutto, Tomato and Olive Spaghetti – La pièce de résistance is a simple and delightful spaghetti dish. Pasta with Parmiggiano-Reggiano, fresh tomatoes and some butter for flavor? Yum! Check out the full recipe on Tartine and Apron Strings.

Let me know how your recipes turn out and if you have any of your own you’d like to share. For more ideas on planning a dinner party, head on over to Pinterest to see my Celebrate board.

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