As I was beginning to set out the pieces and parts today for the Spanish party I told you guys about a couple of weeks ago, this little theme came together quite nicely and is sure to be pretty once it’s all together.
I want the party to reflect the passionate romance that comes to mind when I think of flamenco, but the warm, communal, rustic sense that you’re in the spanish countryside (side story, I actually went to a flamenco in Spain 15 years ago and didn’t appreciate it nearly as much as I would now… hindsight…). I’m going to make a centerpiece entirely of red roses, which is very ‘Valentine’s Day’ but it’s also what I think of when I think of flamenco – see the correlation?
Onwards… I want my friends and guests to be relaxed, comfortable, and in the robust Spanish mindset. What I love so much about planning parties is trying to create a feeling. To transport someone from the usual and to almost instill an unawareness of what lies outside of the event… to transport someone for a night.
To do this, I’ll go overboard on the red roses, cue the spanish guitar music, pour glasses full of temperanillo, and create a table full of approachable, communally served tapas and paella.
I’ll use a mixture of warm woods like in Grandiflora’s Malena Appetizer plates and utensils and Esselle’s birch candle holders along with some glittering gold vases, terra-cotta tapas dishes, and lots of red roses. Guests will get a big shot of sweetness at the nights’ end with my spicy hot chocolate dippers and some churros!
We’re definitely one step closer to seeing this party in action! What do you think so far?
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