I am back in the mountains this weekend to celebrate my husband's birthday and the fall season is definitely in full swing here. The leaves on the trees are beginning to change colors creating the most gorgeous fall landscape and there is a crisp chill/snap in the air. In any event, this atmosphere has totally gotten me in the mood for some fresh fall entertaining! As I begin to shape my fall entertaining repertoire, I wanted to share my initial picks for favorite entertaining essentials this season. A great mix of classic and fresh, these items will have you ready for entertaining this season!
Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
With notes of ripe blackberry, black currant, herbs, cocoa and a velvety finish, Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon makes for the perfect wine to enjoy during the Fall season. This wine pairs beautifully with an array of delicious cheeses (see this post) and it's full body profile makes it an ideal pick for cozying up to a fire during these cooler months. A definite crowd pleaser amongst my friends and family, you will love sipping this wine during the Autumn season.
Did you know that figs have two in-season periods each year? The first in June, known as the "Breba" season, only lasts a few weeks. The second season, known as the "New Wood" season runs from August through October, so we are currently in the midst of peak fig season! The most common type of fig is the Black Mission Fig, followed by the Brown Turkey and the Green Kadota. I love figs because they are rich in taste, accompany a cheeseboard beautifully and compliment my Fall wine pick (see above) perfectly. For more information on figs (storing, preparing, etc...) check out this page from Whole Foods.
Leopard Cocktail Napkins
This is the craziest thing because I would say that my taste tends to be on the classic side with a predominantly solid color palette. However, recently I have had a hankering to add a little leopard to my life. Whether it be these fab smoking slippers from J.Crew or these gorgeous Caspari cocktail napkins, leopard is my neutral this season. It adds an instant touch of fun and I am not kidding when I say that you will be shocked at how well it pairs up with a variety of colors and patterns (yes, even red tartan!). For an instant touch of chic this season, I highly recommend incorporating a little leopard print into your entertaining repertoire.
A new season definitely calls for a fresh cheeseboard! I have always loved the olivewood aesthetic when it came to finding casual and slightly rustic serveware. Recently while perusing the aisles of Sur La Table, I came across this Italian Olivewood Slice Serving Board and instantly fell in love ( yes, love for a cheeseboard!). The thick weight and earthy color tones make this board the perfect addition to any fall party and great for serving up a flight of tasty cheeses or charcuterie in style. This olivewood slice board is a serving piece that will instantly freshen up your entertaining repertoire with a unique rustic flair!