A Spanish-themed party is a fun way to experience the Spanish culture. The rich Latin culture can come alive at your party with simple ideas. Incorporate delicious Spanish foods into your menu and decorate the party to set a lively mood. And it wouldn’t be a party without traditional Spanish music and dancing. So be creative, turn up the volume on the speakers, and have fun!
Serving Spanish cuisine is essential at a Spanish themed party. Traditional Spanish dishes include varieties of seafood, fresh vegetables, meat, and lots of spices. Spanish Paella (pa'e?a) is a traditional saffron rice from 19th century Spain. It consists of rice, beans, green vegetables, meat or seafood, and saffron and olive oil. Jamón serrano is another traditional Spanish dish featuring dry-cured ham. This is a great dish for parties because guests can easily pick up the cold, raw slices of ham. Also, serve Flan for a traditional Spanish dessert treat. This lightweight vanilla egg custard is a popular dessert in Spain. Another idea is a Spanish Tapas Bar, which includes an array of cold, warm, or fried appetizers. Guests can mingle and sample the finger foods without having to sit down for a formal meal. If your Spanish-themed party is for adults, then serve a variety of traditional Spanish wines. If you cannot cook a dish yourself, ask a friend who may know how to make it, or find a local Spanish restaurant that caters.
Use bright colors and set your party’s mood for fun and laughter. Using flags of different Spanish countries is a great way to add color and authenticity to your party. Hang a pair of maracas from your front door so when guests arrive, they can make some noise and liven up the room. Also, find a local party store and buy a sombrero for each guest. You can also hang sombreros from the ceiling or string them together on a line to hang in doorways. Party stores also have inflatable cacti and palm trees that you can place around the room. A string of green and red lights will add a fun touch to anything you put it on.
The Spanish culture is rich with music and dancing. A Spanish-themed party should be alive with music encouraging guests to dance and have a good time. Party stores have CDs with traditional instrumental Latin music. However, there are also CDs featuring modern pop culture artists who use Spanish music influences. You can also hire a live Latin band to play mariachi, flamenco, bomba or salsa music.
Some guests may know traditional Spanish dances; however, you can find a local dance instructor to teach guests. Use a large open space and create a dance floor. El Flamenco is a popular dance from the gypsies of Andalusia in the 15th century. El Tango is another fun dance that originated in Argentina. Guests will enjoy learning la Salsa and la Mambo, which both came from Caribbean influences. La Bachata is a dance from the Dominican Republic featuring guitar music. And the cha-cha-chá is a fun dance with a steady beat that guests will enjoy dancing.
- Photo Credit sombrero azzurro image by Giuseppe Porzani from Fotolia.com
How to Host a Mediterranean Themed Bridal Shower
Bridal showers do not have to consist of stuffy high tea and tiny finger sandwiches. A Mediterranean themed bridal shower is a...
How to Throw a Swingin' Latin Party
A Latin dance party is an opportunity for dancers to shuffle to the sounds of a variety of musical genres, including funk,...
How to Throw a Tapas Party
Tapas is a type of Spanish cuisine featuring a selection of small plates of finger foods, appetizers, snacks or small portions of...
How to Set a Spanish Table
Hosting a Spanish-themed party provides an exciting atmosphere that is colorful, festive and vibrant. Spanish-themed parties typically display bright and earthy colors,...
How to Decorate for a Cuban-Themed Wedding
Cuba is an exotic, sultry and sexy locale. For a couple seeking an exhilarating wedding reception that reflects the passion of their...
How to Decorate for a Tapas Dinner
Tapas is Spanish for “small plates.” An inexpensive and intimate way to entertain, tapas parties are appropriate for groups of all sizes....
Spanish Costume Ideas
Spanish-inspired costumes can be a fun and festive way to celebrate the Spanish culture. With a few ideas and a little creativity...
Traditional Spanish Party Games
Make your party a success by following two simple rules: First, have games that fit the theme of your party. For your...
Ideas for Spanish Wedding Table Decorations
Whether you wish to recreate your cultural roots or just want a Spanish theme for your wedding, the right table décor will...