My husband and I hosted a family get together a few weeks ago, and I wanted to try something different. I always try to test my new recipes / set ups / etc. on family first :)
As usual, I prowled Pinterest to get some ideas flowing. I decided on a 'tapas' theme. Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers and snack-like foods, usually served in Spanish cuisine. I didn't follow the Spanish theme, but I did go with a wide variety of appetizers - some homemade and some store bought (gasp, I know).
I won't post all of the recipes in this post, but I do want to show the setup I went with. I love breaking out all my platters and serving accessories for gatherings like this. When serving several dishes at once, I find it easiest to lay everything out first and then label. This is because I tend to move things around quite a bit before settling on one set up.
I used craft paper on the counter for all of the serving dishes to sit on top of. I LOVE this idea I got from Jessica Stout Design and JLM Moments. I had some leftover craft paper from Christmas gift wrapping, so using it for this was a no brainer. It makes for easy clean up, plus I could have some fun with labeling the foods directly on the craft paper.
Please ignore the fact that I took these poor quality photos after the food had been picked through. I totally spaced taking the photos at the beginning :)
Where space was a tad limited for labeling on the craft paper, I used my mini chalkboard stands. I bought these from Etsy a couple years ago and love them.
Foods served include:
- sundried tomato and grilled chicken flatbread (store bought)
- goat cheese, red onion, and sundried tomato flatbread (store bought)
- breaded shrimp
- mini crab cakes
- asparagus and bacon bites
- feta and onion bites
- chicken pot pie bites
- veggies and dip
- chips and salsa
- pita chips and hummus
- cheese and salami
There you have it, my first tapas party. My favorite thing about tapas is that everyone can try at least one of everything without overeating or feeling too full. Everything went over very well, so I have a feeling we will be doing this theme a lot more in the future!