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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!).

olive recipe

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.

napkin rings flamenco napkin ring

spanish flowers





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?


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  • Great ideas! Instead of the traditional Christmas fare, my extended family began a tradition a few years back of “Christmas Around the World.” We pick a different country each year and cook an over the top meal. We even sing Christmas songs in the native language, which is always interesting. This past year was Spain, and we made paella, which was incredible! 🙂

  • I love this whole concept.
    You carried it out beautifully!

  • This party sounds so fun! I love the idea of small bites to munch on and an overall theme tied together through a few simple elements. It makes me think about how I could spruce up future parties of my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Looks lovely! That is a lucky group of people enjoying a meal like that. I am not always a fan of roses but they look great with the Spanish theme.

  • Love this post! The napkin rings are awesome, and churros are such a flashback for me in junior high!

  • This look beautiful !
    Well done on the successful decorations and the food looks amazing too! You can tell a lot of work went into this and I am sure your guests loved it ! The napkin wraps are a great idea

    Great Style!

    Victoria x

  • This party is really beautiful! I would love to host an evening with this type of focus. Thank you for sharing!