How to Throw a Tapas Party
Tapas in BarcelonaHave you ever wanted to throw a party? Yeah, you and
every one else, right? Boring! You're looking for some different ideas.
How about a combination of a Swedish Sm?rg?sbord and a Spanish buffet? In
Spain this is called a Tapas Party, otherwise known as a movable feast. A
Tapa is a small sample of a meal entr¨¦e. In some cases it is a Tapas, a
sampler platter of several entr¨¦e items. Tapas are simply part of the
lifestyle in Spain. In the US this is a new fad. Sometimes these are just
snacks to soothe the Hungry Horace between lunch and the usually late
Spanish dinner, an assortment of tapas very neatly fulfills the bill of a
complete meal of its own, through one with many stages and, often, many
stops along the way.
1Decide whether you want to hold this in one place or whether you want to
be genuine and go from house to house or club to club. Whether you go out
to restaurants or do the party in-house you will need to set up your
2If you decide to make the movable feast, unless you are in Spain, you
will either have to call ahead to the restaurant(s) and order a menu or
simply order small portions of appetizers when you get there. If you have
an accommodating restaurateur locally you can plan the entire party at
3If you go to restaurants you will want to set a dollar amount and an
idea of what your menu should be. The idea of the tapa is a small
appetizer or an hors d'ourve platter. Many restaurants will accommodate a
party if you make arrangements for your type of party. Timing fits into
everything. Part of the fun is to find a series of restaurants,
preferably of different types of cuisine, within walking distance. You
would go to the first, enjoy your small meal, enjoy some music, dancing,
fellowship, then you would simply move to the next restaurant in line.
You can do the same type of party moving from home to home.
4Arrange your stops. If you are going out, many places will arrange a
sampler of entrees if you make it worth it to them. Bring in enough
people and purchase items from their ready five-dollar menu.
5If you decide to hold your party at one place set up a ballroom or a
dining hall with tables set up tables throughout the room, each decorated
with items and colors fitting the cuisine or the nationality of the fare
at that place. Make the tables a circle around the room with a dining
area decorated like a side-walk caf¨¦ theme with room for a dance floor
in the center.
6Set up a menu. Decide upon which recipes you want and whether you will
go international or simply make several items with various methods.
Spanish on one table, Italian on the next, Greek on the next, American on
another, Mexican on yet another, English, Traditional Irish, etc., or a
New England Clam Bake on one, Southern on another, Southwestern on the
next, Tex-Mex on yet another, etc. The varieties are only limited by your
7If using a buffet set up a set of tables with samples of appetizers, or
Tapas, from different countries or different genres of cuisine. In Spain
most public houses offer free Tapas with your drinks. This is not so in
many countries. Hence the Sm?rg?sbord.<
Will you serve alcohol? If so, then you want to arrange the logistics of
transportation in advance.
If you're walking from one restaurant to another, plan for the order so
you will all be in the same place on time, and observe safety with the
Make it a theme party. Add an international flair. Add music for dancing.
The options are limitless.