Serve paella with tapas appetizers, a soup course, a sweet dessert, and wine or sangria. Since paella is a traditional Spanish dish, choose primarily Spanish dishes to go with it.
Start the meal with tapas. Choose three to five different tapas, and make enough that everyone can sample each dish. For the soup course, consider a cold soup, such as gazpacho, during warm weather or a hot soup, such as sopa, when the weather is cold. For dessert, consider flan if you want something cool or sopapillas with honey if you prefer something warm. When choosing a wine to pair with paella, take into account the ingredients in the dish and the flavors of the sauce.