Christmas is here and you’re ready to celebrate. From the twinkling lights that glitter on the streets, to the fantastic food that awaits, and the prospect of spending some quality time with friends and family – there’s nothing quite like that festive feeling!
Bring some excitement into your festivities this season by adding a touch of Spain, a splash of colour and a little spontaneity. Here’s a few ways to add some extra flair to your party that will have your guests talking long after the last glass is finished.
Small is good
From olives to pickled vegetables, morsels of cured ham and bold cheeses, fried calamari, prawns and spicy meatballs, tapas is a cuisine of its own. And a Christmas table lined with tapas is the perfect way to wow your guests with something colourful and unexpected, and add fun to every bite.
One of the great things about tapas is that you can do most of the prep the day before. It’s also a great way to get creative with your serving dishes – the more colourful bowls and platters, the merrier!
Tapas is perfect for nibbles in one hand, a glass of Campo Viejo Reserva in the other, and keeps the conversation going. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to finish each tapa in two bites. Any more can be messy.
When serving tapas, small plates are better and easier to hold onto, and stock up on cocktail napkins too. You can serve things like olives and spiced nuts at the same time – fill up patterned bowls and pile them high for people to help themselves.
Décor that dazzles
Apart from the delicious food and fragrance wafting through the door, vibrant red, yellow and orange decorations are the first sign to your guests that a lively party awaits.
Have fun with setting the table. Capture the festive flair of Spain by offsetting Christmas colours with patterned bowls, gold-toned cutlery and orange or yellow plates so your dishes stand out.
When it comes to decorating your home and wrapping gifts, be bold with the red elements, then, add splashes of colour with bright blooms and evergreen touches to complete the holiday fiesta look. And by adding fairy lights everywhere, your party will feel like a magical night in Rioja.
Entertain with ease
Navidad is a wonderful time for celebrating and having fun with the ones you love. You’ll already have both the conversation and bubbles flowing – we recommend Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva to really make your gathering sparkle – and all that’s needed is the right music make the vibe as merry and as bright as your décor.
To keep the vibrancy and energy flowing, we’ve curated a Campo Viejo Christmas playlist that will fit any occasion you’re opening your doors to this December. Follow it here.
No Spanish Christmas meal would be complete without a glass of bubbles. For an occasion like this, bubbles like our Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva and Campo Viejo Cava Brut Rosé are a must. Want a touch of colour and Spanish flair to your Christmas? Make sure you’re stocked up before your party by clicking here.
And for hot beverages on cold nights, why not offer your guests a soul warming café con leche (coffee with milk) or a Spanish hot chocolate?
Dulces de Navidad (Christmas sweets)
You already know Spain does savoury brilliantly: hams, cheeses, olives and all the other salt of the earth flavours. But we also have a sweet tooth for mantecados and polverones: cakey, biscuity sweet morsels.
You can also finish your Christmas fiesta with another popular and tasty option: churros con chocolate. These sugared Spanish style doughnuts are crispy and golden on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Dip into a rich chocolate sauce for the ultimate indulgence.
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself and have fun! After all, it’s part of the reason we all love to invite friends and family to share in celebrations.
So, unwind and relax, take time to appreciate being in the company of loved ones. With a few Spanish twists, you can make your spirits brighter and create an extra-special, magical Mediterranean-inspired Christmas for you and your family. Feliz Navidad!