A Tapas Party in Brooklyn

Here are some pictures from the Tapas Party that we were invited to attend.  The night could not have been more festive, fun & delicious.  It was a seated dinner for 40!  FORTY!!  IN BROOKLYN!!!  That is a huge feat, people. 🙂  Sometimes those long, narrow brownstone apartments can come in handy.  It was amazing to all be seated around the same table with so many dear friends (especially since many of us here don’t even have tables :).

If you’d like to throw your own Tapas Party (which would also be so dreamy for a New Year’s Party) – here is what my friend did:

1.  Send Invitations by mail or email.  Linsey is a graphic designer & designed these…I just loved them (by the way, she does freelance work!)

2.  Assign guests to each bring some Tapas.  Plan on several small plate courses.  We had 10 courses which worked out so well.  You can assign a few appetizers, a couple of “main dish” tapas, fruit & cheese, and a few desserts.

3.  Ask guests to make sure their Tapas are easily servable…think self-contained finger foods that are also fine to eat at room temperature.  The idea is that there shouldn’t be a lot of prep & warming up during the party.  It’s more about sitting and enjoying the conversation.  Food can be prepared or baked individually or just contained in endive leaves, wraps, muffin cups, plastic cups, or on sticks.  Our first course was sweet potato & apple soup in a champagne glass.

4.  Have a printed menu at each place.  This was helpful so we could know which course was next.  As one course would be finishing up, the next couple would get their tray of food ready and then begin serving the next Tapas.

5.  Use PLACEMATS (she had gorgeous paper ones)….. because…..

6.  After each main section of courses, ask one side of the table to slide down 4 seats.  (The placemats slid down so easily and it was very doable.)  The next time it’s time to switch, have the other side of the table slide down 4 seats instead.  This way you get to enjoy conversation with just about everyone there.  This is a MUST!  We switched 3 times, and it made the evening so fun!

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  1. Carin December 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Looks fantastic! And I'm totally impressed they managed to seat 40! I threw a Lucia dinner on Saturday and had trouble seating 10 adults (and a few children who weren't supposed to be there haha).

  2. battleinfertility December 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    LOVE the ideas, especially the sliding of placemats!!

  3. heidelade December 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Mara, I want to see the menu! What a lovely idea. And what a very polite way to say adults only, I'm going to be using that… 🙂

  4. Tamra December 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    One of the things I love about NYC-ers is that you're not afraid of small spaces! There's this idea out here in the Midwest that you can't have people over if your house is too small. Well, our 1947 house is pretty tiny and we LOVE having people over! Plus, we have this great backyard. Summer BBQ party, 75 people invited. Love it!

  5. Molly December 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    This makes me want to live in a big city. And throw fancy parties. Really. You guys need to stop doing that. 😉 I love this idea and the sliding down 4 seats. I can't stand having to talk to only the people right next to me the whole time. And it's always terrible for the people at the ends of the table. Love this idea. We may have to try it soon.

    Tamra–(Hi!) We live in a tiny duplex and threw a big BBQ in October. Tons of people came. We had people sitting all over the floors, kids running everywhere. Now I want to throw big parties in small places all the time!

  6. erin m. December 15, 2011 at 1:05 am - Reply

    I love the idea to have everyone slide down throughout the evening. I'll have to remember that if/when I ever host a dinner party!

  7. mara December 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    TAMRA – YES! Small spaces don't hold us back here. It's kind of awesome & liberating that no one cares. 🙂 We always say we're glad we learned it here, cause in other places it can be hard to have that attitude.

    MOLLY – You are awesome for going for that huge BBQ! That seriously sounds cool. See – a BBQ is something we can't really do here. I guess we all have something unique about where we live.

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