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Published On: Mon, Feb 26th, 2018

Tips and tricks for a Paella Party

The trick to hosting any party is fully immersing yourself into the theme of the event so that guests feel like they are walking into a different world when they arrive.

Getting creative is the goal for a paella party. But it’s not about going over the top with decorations as a paella party should involve simplistic decorations. You want to create a rustic Spanish environment with wooden benches and brushed metal décor.

There are so many paella party catering options as well that you don’t even need to worry about the food. Just focus on the drinks and decorations and the rest will be done for you.

photo/ Manuel M. Vicente

The Decorations/Furniture

As stated, it’s about creating a rustic environment for the paella party. A simple wooden table with either a wooden bench or stools is a great starting place. This sets the scene of a very laid back and low key event. There is even the option of having a low table and surrounding it with pillows and rugs to create a cozy atmosphere.

Now onto the table decorations and specifically starting with some kind of table cover. The basic wooden finish on the table will need some spicing up but it’s important to leave some of it visible to create the appeal.

A beautiful loth with Spanish, Moroccan or any other colourful and intricate designs would be the perfect fit. Topping this with some rustic candles and a centre flower piece will add the right amount of colour and effort without going over the top.

The Food

As stated before, with a variety paella party catering options it would be silly to go about making the paella yourself. These caterers are experts in making paella and Spanish tapas so you know the guests will enjoy it.

The most intriguing part is that many of them will make the paella right in front of you and your guests. This allows everyone to see what goes into the main dish and really become a part of the evening as it gets towards the main course.

When it comes to the choice of paella, there are a few things to keep in mind. Paella is a very traditional dish and therefore the ingredients used are traditional and depend on the location.

In light of this, to make the event traditional those situated by the coasts should choose paella with lots of fresh seafood. For those living more inland, the paella should consists of meats such as chicken, rabbit and chorizo.

Because these paella party catering companies often do some tapas options as well, these are a good idea to include keeping the guests happy whilst they wait. A few light, small options to begin with will reduce the likelihood of people becoming anxious as the paella draws near.

Drinks

This is probably the easiest part of the evening. Include some rose for guests but the signature drink should be sangria. This drink is super easy to make and can be done well before guests arrive and in large quantities.

It simply requires a combination of red wine, orange juice, lemonade/sparkling water and some cut up fruits (strawberries, orange, apple etc.) and it is made. A great drink for all guests that is simple and can easily be topped up.

Music

Whilst it is a laid back event, all parties should have some sort of musical background. Choosing something laid back is the way to go and try and find something that is written or sung by a Spanish artist.

This keeps it in line with the theme of the evening and also keeps guests fully immersed in the vibes of the party.

Author: Colin Steinway

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