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How to throw a Tapas Party at Home

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Small plates of food with drinks enjoyed with friends - sounds like our kind of party! Here are some tips to bring Spanish Tapas to your next get together. Maybe even transport to Spain for the afternoon in our Spanish Cooking Classes.

Make a delicious spritz cocktail!

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SNACKS

Tapas is all about lots of small things to eat. Alleviate some extra time in the kitchen, gather up things like olives, Manchego cheese, Spanish hams (like Serrano or Iberico), pickles, Marcona almonds and other things people can graze on.

Mortadella sandwiches are cheap, quick and delicious.

GET IN THE GROOVE

Music can help transport you to a memory and help everyone get in the groove. Download some Spanish music, throw on some tunes & get into the Spanish vibe. Here are some Spanish artists to get you started - Enrique Iglesias’s Spanish selections, Mala Rodríguez, David Bisbal, or Rosalía. Booking a class with The Chef & The Dish? Awesome! Ask your Kitchen Assistant to share the Spanish Music Playlist.

Things like chips, olives, salumi, and small sandwiches are often seen at aperitivos.

IT'S NOT JUST SANGRIA

When most people think of Spain, Sangria comes to mind but in Spain this drink isn’t as common among the locals as one may think. The real drink many Spaniards enjoy tapas with is a Tinto Verano, which is 1 part red wine mixed with 1 part fruity soda like Fanta. Serve garnished with a slice of orange and enjoy!

Italian music can help transport where ever you are to Italy.

GET IN THE KNOW (OR AT LEAST TRY TO)

Seek out Spanish newspapers and toss them on your counter or coffee tables for guests to skim through just like they have in the bars in Spain. Part of the fun is seeing what you can comprehend. It makes for easy conversation and lots of fun when you translate what the article actually says.

Finding some Italian newspapers is a fun way to decorate for your aperitivo.

IT ISN'T TAPAS WITHOUT TORTILLA

Although it is made with eggs, the Spanish Tortilla is much different than a frittata and is one of the most commonly found foods during tapas. Try your hand at flipping a Tortilla or explore other traditional Spanish dishes in a Spanish Cooking Class. Learn about the difference between tapa and pinchos with our chefs in Spain who teach everything from tortilla to paella to papayas bravas. Think paella isn't a "tapa"? Think again! Learn more in your private class!