I’ve been talking about our Valentine’s day dinner party for a few weeks now, and this weekend it went off without a hitch. I’m here today to show you a few key ways to throw your own Spanish party, and no need to do it on Valentines day – this would make a wonderful summer party idea as well.
Sure, a Spanish party is a bit obscure, but that is the reason I love it. People often wonder what Spanish food is and are overwhelmed by making the choices to throw a unique bash. Think of Spanish food as more Mediterranean than Mexican and you’ll be on the right track. Cured meats, olives, cheeses, almonds, and seafood are all great staples. I made this party about communal eating, flowing wine, lots of flavors and small bites to create a great and interactive party (please excuse my grainy photos – it was dark!).
When it comes to the food, it’s easier than you think to carry out. You don’t need to be a master chef, just pick a few recipes and try them out! I followed a few different tapas recipes from this site, including the Paella. The best thing about Paella is that you don’t have to serve it with any sides! It has rice, sausage, seafood, some veggies…. it’s a one pot wonder meal. If you’re not familiar with spanish wine, you can’t go wrong with a Rioja or Temperanillo
And for the fun stuff – the decor! Keeping the party palette in red, gold, and black is expected, but it helps to really support the theme. You don’t have to go overboard or buy anything cheap from a party store, all you have to do is add a few quirky touches – red roses, black pom poms, rich wood, and gilded gold. I created two easy and quick little DIYs to add personality to my party.
The entire night was rounded out with a sweet treat – heart shaped churros! The churro recipe I used was from Sweet Society and it worked perfectly (photo above)! We nibbled on churros and drank our mexican hot chocolate (obviously not spanish, but I couldn’t resist not serving it with the churros)! Loading up on sweets might have been the fuel keeping us up until 2am playing card games.
I’ve clearly been talking about the Spanish party for the last week now, but I haven’t heard too much from you guys! Is it a type of party you think you’ll try?