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How to Host a Tapas Party With Recipes and Menu Suggestions

Deborah Neyens is an attorney, avid gardener, and cook who believes food should be sustainably grown, lovingly prepared, and joyfully eaten.

Tapas are great for parties and get-togethers. Here's everything you need to learn about how to host a great tapas party.

Tapas are great for parties and get-togethers. Here's everything you need to learn about how to host a great tapas party.

If you love to entertain with food and wine but don't have the time to plan and execute a formal sit-down meal, look to the casual dining of Spanish tabernas for inspiration for your next dinner party. In bars across Spain, friends meet over glasses of wine or sherry and nibble on small plates of simple, yet delicious food. These little plates, called tapas, are ideal for an interesting and informal meal.

With just a few simple tapas recipes supplemented by items you purchase, this is an easy dinner party to pull off. You'll serve your selection of Spanish tapas buffet style, so there's no need to set a table. Pair your tapas menu with Spanish wines (there are many good buys available). Light a bunch of votive candles—as many as you can find—and turn on some soft Spanish guitar music to set the mood. The wonderful food and relaxed ambiance will make for a memorable party.

Small dishes of seafood, like these sizzling shrimp, are popular on tapas menus.

Small dishes of seafood, like these sizzling shrimp, are popular on tapas menus.

What Are Tapas?

Tapas are said to have originated in the bars of Seville, in Spain's Andalusia region, where they remain a nightly tradition. The word tapa translates to "cover" or "lid" and the earliest tapas were slices of ham, cheese or bread laid across patrons' sherry glasses to keep the insects out. If the tapa was a bit salty, all the better; it would stimulate thirst so the customer would drink more.

Tapas now encompass any hot or cold dish that can be served in small portions. Tapas can be as simple as a few nibbles like almonds, olives or bite-sized morsels served on cocktail sticks, or more substantial dishes made with seafood, meats and vegetables. Small rounds of toasted bread with a variety of toppings also are typical of tapas menus.

Planning Your Tapas Menu

To keeps things interesting, you'll want to have a variety of different dishes. Plan some hot, some cold, some nibbles and skewers, and some with a little more heft. To keep things easy on you, plan to make a few dishes yourself, including a few that can be made a day or two ahead of time, and pick up the rest at the market.

Many supermarkets across the country like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's now stock a good selection of authentic Spanish cheeses, sausages, cured meats, and other products. Also check smaller gourmet and specialty stores in your area. If you can't find what you need locally, there are many on-line resources from which to order.

Serving the Meal

Lay out your spread buffet style for optimal grazing. Arrange small plates in stacks so guests can serve themselves. Also supply cocktail sticks for spearing food and cloth or paper napkins.

Drinks

Don't forget the libations. A chilled dry Fino sherry is traditionally paired with tapas in Spain, but any sort of Spanish wine would be fitting for your tapas party. Spain is best known for its robust red wines, Rioja and the longer-aged and more pricey Rioja Reservas and Gran Reservas. These are particularly well-suited to meat dishes. Also look for Spanish reds from the Ribera del Duero and Navarra regions. For brisk, dry whites that pair well with shellfish, try wines made with the Verdejo grape. For something a bit sweeter, look for Chardonnay-based wines from the Catalonia region.

Another beverage option for your party is a pitcher of sangria, a sparkling wine and fruit punch with origins in Spain. Sangria is especially good when the weather is warm and pairs well with spicy food. There are as many variations of sangria as there are of wine itself, and any ingredient is optional.

On-Line Sources for Spanish Foods

The Spanish Table: Offers a variety of Spanish products from meats and cheeses to olives and tinned fish.

La Tienda: Offering authentic Spanish food from small family producers, including ham, chorizo and sausages, cured beef, and cheeses.

Despaña Brand Foods: Despaña makes its own chorizo and morcilla sausages, but also imports a variety of authentic Spanish food, including artisan cheeses and dry-cured seafood specialties.

La Española Meats: Offering a variety of imported Spanish products but most famous for their meats.

Menu Suggestions

Select items from each category to give your guests plenty of variety and a generous selection of tapas to make a complete meal.

Tapas to Make

Choose two or more items from this list. The shrimp can be prepped in advance and finished quickly as guests arrive. The others can be made ahead and served at room temperature. Recipes are found below.

  • Sizzling shrimp
  • Tortilla española
  • Mushrooms with garlic
  • Tomato salad with capers
Tortilla española

Tortilla española

Tapas to Purchase

Round out your menu with as many items from this list as it will take to feed your guests. A good rule of thumb is to have 2-3 dishes for every 4 guests. Make sure your menu includes at least one fish or shellfish, one cheese or meat, and one vegetable dish, and a huge basket of crusty bread slices.

  • Charcuterie platter: Choose 2 or more of the following Spanish cured meats or sausages: jamón serrano (cured ham), lomo embuchado (dried cured pork loin), chorizo, salami, cecina (salt cured beef). Bring to room temperature 20 minutes before eating. Add thinly sliced cantaloupe.
  • Cheese platter: Choose 3 or more of the following Spanish cheeses: manchego (classic Spanish sheep's milk cheese), cabrales (blue cheese), mahon (a sweet, creamy cow's milk cheese from Menorca), roncal (sheep's milk), garrotxa (goat's milk cheese). Add thin slices of quince preserve (found in specialty stores).
  • Mixed marinated olives
  • Smoked almonds
  • Dried cherries
  • Platter of oil-packed fish like anchovies, sardines or tuna. Add chopped chives and pickled peppers.
  • Mixed pickled vegetables
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Olive tapenade

Tapas Recipes

Wow your friends with these beautifully simple dishes that taste as good as they look.

Sizzling Shrimp

Do the prep work ahead of time and finish the dish as your guests arrive. Make sure to have plenty of crusty bread on hand to mop up the delicious juices.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 pound raw shrimp, peeled
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • Lemon wedges

Preparation

Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 1 minute, stirring. Add shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until shrimp is cooked through. Stir in white wine and cook until alcohol is evaporated, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in parsley and salt to taste. Serve with lemon wedges.

Tortilla española

Tortilla española

Tortilla Española

This Spanish take on an omelet can be made ahead and served at room temperature. You can make it using just potato, onion and egg, or add colorful vegetables for a mosaic look.

Ingredients

  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets and stems
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped orange bell pepper
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Preparation

Steam the potato and broccoli until crisp-tender, about 5-10 minutes. Set aside.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a 10- or 12-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet. Sauté onion and pepper until tender. Stir in potatoes and broccoli.

Pour beaten eggs into the skillet, stir and tilt pan to spread eggs evenly over the surface. Turn heat to low, cover and cook until eggs are set, about 12 minutes. In the mean time, preheat the broiler.

Uncover the pan and finish for 2-3 minutes under the broiler until top begins to brown. Turn out onto wooden cutting board and allow to cool to room temperature. Use a pizza cutter to cut into wedges to serve on a plate or small cubes to serve on a cocktail stick.

Mushrooms with garlic

Mushrooms with garlic

Mushrooms with Garlic

This dish may be served warm, but if you allow it to cool to room temperature, the flavors will intensify.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and cut in half (or quarters if very large)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Preparation

Hear oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and sauté until tender, 5-10 minutes. Turn heat to medium-high, add garlic and stir for one minute. Add mushrooms and cook until they start to release some of their liquid. Add wine, thyme, half the parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are tender and some wine remains in the pan, about 15-20 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in remaining parsley. Transfer to serving dish. Serve with crusty bread or toothpicks.

Tomato Salad with Capers

Serve this as a topping for toasted bread rounds (crostini). Top with paper-thin slices of manchego cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leafed parsley

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss gently. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Can be made up to two hours in advance and kept at room temperature until serving.

Music to Get You in a Tapas Mood

Comments

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 23, 2018:

Just what I need for cottage season especially because we love a drink of chilled sherry before dinner. The recipes and sources are very useful. I have bought from La Tienda and was very satisfied. I want to check out the other sources you placed here.

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on September 04, 2015:

We have a lot of Spanish restaurants here in my country, Ms. Deborah. My favorite tapas are mushrooms sauteed in butter and garlic, and quesadillas.

The sizzling shrimps sure look yummy! I'd like to taste them someday.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 09, 2015:

Thanks, colorfulone. I've hope you've had a chance to try out some of these recipes by now.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 09, 2015:

Deb, what a wonderful menu this is for a party. Its near lunch time here, but I need to eat now. This all looks and sounds Delicious!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on January 08, 2015:

Thank you, amazmerizing. I agree that Spanish tapas would go very well with your favorite South American dishes. Enjoy!

amazmerizing from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA on January 07, 2015:

Ah finally something new for me to try out... and omg we already love Latin flavors from South America... I think they will blend well together! Great Hub!!! ;)

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on July 10, 2014:

Thanks, Chitrangada. I hope you give these ideas a try.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on July 10, 2014:

Thanks, Dianna. Please let me know how your party goes!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 09, 2014:

I was attracted by the picture on HH!

Your ideas are worth trying. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub! Voted up!

Dianna Mendez on July 08, 2014:

I don't know How I missed this wonderful post. I came across it as I was searching for recipe suggestions. Great idea for a party we are having this weekend. Voted up and more. Sharing!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 13, 2013:

Thanks for reading and commenting, epbooks. What is your favorite tapas restaurant in Vegas?

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 12, 2013:

Awesome hub- love the ideas. Tapas and tapas restaurants are becoming increasingly popular here, so it's nice to see many of the recipes for the exact dishes they serve. Thanks for sharing!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on June 06, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by again, vespawoolf.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on June 06, 2013:

I have never been to Barcelona, Kalmiya, but it is on my short list of places to visit in the near future. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 28, 2013:

I came by to check out this interesting Hub again. Now my mouth is watering for Spanish tapas! I'd like to do a cheese platter that includes manchego, one of my favorites, along with mixed, marinated olives and your sizzling shrimp. Yum! Love the photos and layout of this Hub. Thanks!

Kalmiya from North America on May 15, 2013:

Tapas are so great! I had the good fortune of being in Barcelona, Spain and they have bars where you can order a glass of wine and some tapas. I had a potato pancake type snack. It's great when you want something quick and tasty to tide you over! Voted up.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 17, 2013:

Thanks for the update, Denise. What tapas book did you purchase? Would you recommend it? I'm always looking for new cookbooks for my collection.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on April 09, 2013:

Deborah-I saw the recent comments here and had to add my update. I just recently bought a Tapas recipe book and can hardly wait to give the recipes a try. Of course, I'll be adding the suggestions you have here as well. Still a very UP/U/I/A hub! sharing.

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on April 09, 2013:

Good luck with the mushrooms and sherry. Hope you enjoy it.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 09, 2013:

Thanks, wabash annie! Please let me know what you think of them after you've given them a try.

wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on April 09, 2013:

Your hubs are so very interesting but wanted to thank you for describing all of the wonderful tapa recipes. I can't wait to try them!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 09, 2013:

Hi Sue. Thanks for the comment. I've never cooked much with sherry, but will try that instead of white wine next time.

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on March 30, 2013:

Great hub, good information here. I normally put sherry in my Champiñones al Ajo instead of wine and these days never ever put anything other than potatoes and onions in my Tortilla Española (this was after my Andalucian friend nearly fell over in horror when I told him I sometimes put peas or other vegetables in - he said that was a frittata!) I just love tapas but get disappointed when I visit one of those Tapas bars that are part of a chain. The food is not authentic Spanish at all. Once again great hub; voted up and shared.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on March 28, 2013:

Thanks, Au fait. You are right; there are many different types of cuisine that would be amenable to a small plate approach. Dim sum comes to mind, but that may be a bit more work to make. Glad you stopped by.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 24, 2013:

It all looks delicious and the best way to have friends over with the least amount of work, leaving more time for you to enjoy the party too. Love the music. Great ideas, and one could plan a party on this same order with a different theme/type of food, etc.

And congratulations on this being a Hub of the Day!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on February 19, 2013:

Thanks, FullofLoveSites. My husband doesn't much care for mushrooms, so I only make this dish when we have guests. But I love it, especially on crostini.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on February 05, 2013:

Wow, the mushrooms with garlic looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing these great ideas, might have this party theme for a change! Up and useful and interesting.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on February 05, 2013:

Thanks for sharing, Midget. I hope you're now planning your own tapas party. : )

Michelle Liew from Singapore on February 03, 2013:

Wow, wish I'd come across this earlier! You've certainly made me hungry. And I love the idea of such a party.....the food is not difficult to prepare. Thanks for sharing the recipes!! Passing this round.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on January 08, 2013:

B. Leekley, I love your idea! Definitely no need to limit the concept to Spanish food. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on January 02, 2013:

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites. Sounds like a very good idea for a dinner party or for a have a bit to eat and drink after the play or concert is over party. And no need to limit it to its Spanish roots. Why not tampas fusion? For instance, Minnesotan tampas could include fried pan fish with wild rice, wild berries medley, grouse with asparagus, and so on.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on December 04, 2012:

Thanks, unknown spy. Glad you enjoyed it!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on December 02, 2012:

this hub is sooo good and perfect!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on June 03, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Danette. Unfortunately, my husband hates mushrooms, so I don't make that recipe unless I'm having a party. But that's a good excuse to have a party, I guess. Cheers.

Danette Watt from Illinois on June 02, 2012:

Wonderful Hub, I can see why it got Hub of the Day. The mushrooms looked great, I love garlic. Voted up and across except funny.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on May 30, 2012:

Thanks, Angela! I hope you find time to host your tapas party soon. And when you do, please report back and let me know how it goes. Cheers!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 30, 2012:

I have ALWAYS wanted to do this! Thank you so much for the cheat sheet! :) I am so hungry after reading this though. Have a great day!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 21, 2012:

Thanks, alocsin. There is so much you can do with a charcuterie platter, especially if you have a good place to get interesting sausages and cured meats. Then it becomes really easy to pull together. I appreciate the comment and votes!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 20, 2012:

An excellent idea. I like the charcuterie platter, especially with the chorizos, one of my favorite foods. Voting this Up and Useful.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 14, 2012:

Thanks, HawaiiHeart. They are delicious and pretty easy, too. Give them a try!

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on April 14, 2012:

What a great idea! Those mushrooms sure look delicious!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 14, 2012:

Thanks, Audrey. These make great snacks or appetizers, or put several together for a whole meal.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 14, 2012:

Yum! I love snacks and tend to eat them as often as I can! These just look scrumptious!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 14, 2012:

Thanks, Rebecca! Glad you enjoyed it.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 14, 2012:

Boy am I hungry after reading this! Those pics are awesome. Great job! Congrats on this HOTD jewel!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 14, 2012:

Thanks, Daisy. There are lots of delicious vegetarian tapas. Another favorite of mine is patatas bravas, which is potatoes in a red garlic sauce.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on April 14, 2012:

Deb,

I can certainly see why this article was chosen as a HubPages *Hub of the Day*...congratulations!

Thanks for including some vegetarian tapas. I'm definitely going to make some of those.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 14, 2012:

Let's do it, Sunshine! Thanks for the comment.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 14, 2012:

I'm ready for the party whenever you are!:)

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 11, 2012:

You are welcome, Denise. Maybe I should have dim sum theme for my next dinner party hub!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on April 07, 2012:

Deborah-thanks for the Dim Sum reminder...I do remember reading that on many Chinese menus!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 07, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by, Laura. I hope your next dinner party is a big success!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 07, 2012:

Thanks for the comment and compliment, Denise. So many cultures have a version of this cuisine. The Chinese version of tapas is dim sum. And I think there is something so romantic about soft Spanish guitar music in the background during a candle-lit dinner.

LauraGT from MA on April 07, 2012:

Eating tapas style is my favorite - I love tasting little bits of things and sharing! Thanks for the great ideas and packaging it all so nicely. I will definitely try this at our next dinner party. :)

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on April 07, 2012:

This is a great hub-attractive title, eyecatching photos and well written, informative content. I know I learned something-I was mistakenly under the impression the tapa party came from the Asian culture.

Congratulations on the hub of the day selection-well deserved. :) BTW--familiar music. I have one of the Gipsy Kings albums. I love anything Spanish and have always enjoyed the sounds of the Spanish guitar.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 04, 2012:

Thanks, Thelma.

Brian, a topic for a future hub, perhaps?

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 04, 2012:

Thanks, jpcmc and homesteadbound.

Ishwaryaa, I love Spanish food and wine, and was fortunate to eat at some great Spanish restaurants when I lived in Chicago, but that's about where my knowledge ends. I really need to travel to Spain someday. Thanks for the compliment!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 04, 2012:

Thanks, pstraubie and John Sarkis. John, I'd love to get to Cuba someday. I spend a lot of time in the Florida Keys and love the Cuban food there. And mojitos ... mmmm.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 04, 2012:

Thanks, urmilashukla, pedrn and Claudia. Claudia, that's a great observation. It can be as easy or complicated as you want to make it. Those piquillo peppers are great, too!

Brian Slater from England on April 04, 2012:

Thanks for asking Deborah but no I haven't up to yet.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 04, 2012:

Wow! It looks so delicious. Thanks for these tips on how to make a Tapas Party. Great hub. Congratulation on the hub of the day. Voted up and useful.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on April 03, 2012:

This is an extremely well-written hub! I tried Spanish food before (I made Gazpacho & pan con tomato). I have heard of tapas. You have a great knowledge of Spanish food and culture. The photos look delicious and the recipes sound good! You are a great party-planner and an amazing host! Your guests are v. lucky! Congrats on another Hub of the Day!

Thanks for SHARING! Useful & Interesting. Voted Up.

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on April 03, 2012:

This all looks so yummy and is laid out so very nicely. Now I'm hungry! I can't wait to try these. Congratulations on hub of the day. It is a good one!

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on April 03, 2012:

The sizzling shrimp sounds yummy!

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on April 03, 2012:

Great hub Deborah!

I love tortillas. Actually, we Cubans call omelet tortillas just like the Spanish do. So if you ever go to Cuba and start craving Mexican food, do not ask for a tortilla or you'll get an omelet...

Voted up and congrats!

John

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 03, 2012:

I am so glad that I read this after I came home from dinner out...these are mouth watering offerings you have given us. I love the whole 'tapas party' idea; what fun and the story behind it will be even more intriguing ...thank you for sharing this...I can't wait to try this out...

Claudia Tello from Mexico on April 03, 2012:

Tapas are very diverse and can be easy or complicated (like the Tortilla Española), but there are so many tapas to chose from that we can make a not to overwhelming right balance for entertaining. I particularly love grilled asparagus or pan fried "pimientros de piquillo", it can't get easier than that.

Sandi from Greenfield, Wisconsin on April 03, 2012:

Congratulations on hub of the day! What a great hub! I love Tapas but have never tried serving them at a party. I love the recipes and the pics as well as all the resources. Thanks so much for SHARING!

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on April 03, 2012:

Great Hub. Look so delicious!Perfect pictures. Voted up!

Congrats on achieving Hub of the day award.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 03, 2012:

Thanks for all the great comments, K9keystrokes, Debbie, Arlene, Pamela and Prasetio. I hope you all get a chance to try these. They're great for a party or for eating all by your lonesome. : )

(And thanks for the b-day wishes, Debbie.)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 03, 2012:

Wow...it sound delicious and I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and share with us. I really enjoy your recipe. Take care and rated up!

Prasetio

Pamela N Red from Oklahoma on April 03, 2012:

I have heard the word tapas but never knew what it was. I learned something new. Great idea for a party. Finger foods are always a hit because they are easy and people don't even have to get a plate unless they want to.

Arlene V. Poma on April 03, 2012:

I could see myself making these tapas and celebrating all by my lonesome. What a great introduction to tapas through your Hub and photographs!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on April 03, 2012:

Oh Deborah this is wonderful I love Spanish music and food..

Awesome hub and very useful

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

voted up

Debbie

India Arnold from Northern, California on April 03, 2012:

DeborahNeyens~ My Dad has always called me a "grazer" because I am a huge fan of small finger foods. So this hub is right up my alley! I would rather a meal of these tasty morsels than a big feast. Thank for sharing some really great Tapas recipes,...I can't wait to try your sizzling shrimp!

HubHugs~

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 03, 2012:

Thanks, Brian. I think I'd be able to come up with some really fabulous hubs if I ever actually get a chance to go to Spain! Do you write about your trips?

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 03, 2012:

Thanks, writtenbylv, ruprect, ComfortB, dbuddhika, Victoria Lynn, and Eileen!

Peggy W, I love that story! Reminds me of when I ordered steak tartar in Paris. Thanks fo the comment and votes.

Brian Slater from England on April 03, 2012:

We always look forward to having tapas when we go to Spain or any of the Spanish Islands, Voted up and congratualations on HOTD.:)

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 03, 2012:

I would love to take that trip, Debbie. Thanks for the comment!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 03, 2012:

This definitely can be a low-budget party, eatforcheaper. Eggs, potatoes and bread are inexpensive and can provide a good base for the meal. If you don't want to spend money on shrimp, substitute spicy meatballs in tomato sauce for less.

Eileen Goodall from Buckinghamshire, England on April 03, 2012:

Fab, we love tapas must try some if not all of these, thank you so much.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2012:

No wonder that this made HOTD. Congratulations! Great sounding recipes, information and photos.

We still smile when we think of a good friend of ours who once went to Spain and ordered a couple of tortillas to accompany his already ordered meal. He was thinking that they were the Tex-Mex kind and he was shocked to get a couple of large omelet type dishes. He did not want to show utter ignorance so ate and ate and kept eating! Ha!

Voted up, interesting and useful. Thanks!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 03, 2012:

Great hub and great pics! Looks delicious! Congrats on Hub of the Day!

dbuddhika on April 03, 2012:

Oh mmm, I will try this soon & great recipe

Congrats on getting Hub of the Day.

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on April 03, 2012:

I may never host a tapas party, but I sure do love these menus.

Congrats on being the HOTD, and thanks for sharing!

ruprect on April 03, 2012:

That looks good - I want some right now :)

writtenbylv from Atlanta, Ga. on April 03, 2012:

Great Hub and easy ideas to start the spring out just right! Thanks so much. :)

Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on April 03, 2012:

Great Hub and it allows us to bring a little of Spain to our homes and friends. My favorite part of visiting friends in Spain was sitting with them outside at a local cafe with a good wine and several delicious tapas.

eatforcheaper from London on April 03, 2012:

Hi, this is a fantastic hub! I love to throw dinner parties and I must say I've never done a Tapas party! I've had BBQ ones and parties when people each cook a dish but this is a great idea as well. As I'm about eating for less, I'm pretty sure that this can be done on a great low budget! Thanks again!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 03, 2012:

Thanks to you all for the congratulations and comments. It was fun to wake up this morning to find that this is the Hub of the Day!

Jools, now you are making my mouth water by mentioning some of those other dishes. Patatas bravas with garlic aioli - yum! And those little meatballs - albondigas, I think they're called. I have a great recipe for them, too. Sadly, I've never been to Spain, but it's at the top of my list!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on April 03, 2012:

Thanks, Simone! Can't believe you've never had tapas. You must remedy that soon! My party plan is very doable. Thanks for the comment.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on April 03, 2012:

Congrats on Hub of the Day. Bookmarking this for future reference.

taw2012 from India on April 03, 2012:

Congrats for the hub of the day. I feel to try Tapas....your description makes my mouth water.........

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 03, 2012:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! I knew I loved this hub!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on April 03, 2012:

We go to Spain or its Balearic islands almost every year for our holidays and we eat a lot of tapas - I love their meatballs, stuffed japapenos, mixed olives and patatas bravas. Your tortilla looks delicious by the way, I'd happily eat the whole thing! Voted up, great hub.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 03, 2012:

Congrats Deb on yet another wonderful HOTD!:)

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 03, 2012:

Congrats for the well deserved the Hub of the Day accolade.

Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on April 03, 2012:

I am coming to your next party. The food presented here is so delicious and inviting!

raakachi from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India on April 03, 2012:

Tapas - a different and easy to make and easy to serve dishes of varaities being given in nutshell. yummy! utterly butterly delicious. Thanks for sharing. voted interesting!

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on April 03, 2012:

Lovely! I am bookmarking this. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful tapas!!! Bon Apetit!