Fall is a great time to host a dinner party. Summer vacations are over. School is back in session. The world’s focus is turning towards hearth and home. Why not enjoy the change of season with a gathering of family and friends? Don’t be intimidated at the thought of a dinner party. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Football-themed Dinner Party

Whether it’s high school, college or pro, football rules the fall. Why not kick off the season with a football-themed dinner? You could host a dinner party over Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend or during the fantasy football draft. Of course, game day is always a good reason for a party.

To get everyone in the mood, send out football-shaped invitations. Be sure to tell everyone to wear their favorite football gear. As your guests arrive, hand out index cards with football trivia questions. Trying to answer the questions is a sure way to get the party started. (Make sure you have the answers!) Whether you want to serve a traditional game-day menu or a perfectly grilled steak, be sure to open a bottle of 7Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.

Farewell-to-Summer Dinner Party

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop. Before you put away those summer things, invite your family or friends over for an indoor picnic. Throw out a picnic blanket or two and add some camp chairs. Have everyone wear sunglasses and flip-flops in addition to their favorite summer outfit. If your grill is still available, try one of these grill recipes from Lehigh Valley. With 27 recipes to choose from, you’re sure to find the right menu for the party.

If grilling isn’t an option, try a traditional picnic menu: Fried chicken, watermelon and feta salad, corn on the cob, and brownies with ice cream. If you want, go all out and create a sundae bar. Say farewell to summer with a bottle of 7Cellars Chardonnay. It may not be a fall wine, but it is the perfect way to say good-bye to summer.

Fall Food and Fun

Fall is an excellent time to have a dinner party featuring fresh produce from a farmer’s market. There are plenty of choices: squash, late green beans, and even corn on the cob. Don’t forget cabbage, carrots and new potatoes. For menu ideas, check out these 25 recipes from Southern Living. Nothing goes better with the tastes of fall than a red wine like 7Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bring fall inside with colored leaves, decorative squash, or baby pumpkins. If you have crafty friends, you could host a pumpkin painting party and use the painted results to decorate your home.

Fall is not complete without caramel apples. Whether you make them ahead of time or set up a dip your own apple dessert bar, caramel apples are just the right ending for a fall dinner party.

And don’t forget: as the trees change colors and the leaves begin to fall, celebrate the season’s arrival with a glass of 7Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.