I love preparing tapas tables. It’s trendy, it’s different, and it’s fun. Guests really enjoy the variety during cocktail events, or any function for that matter.
To make it easier for you, you can buy the marinated items and spreads at the shop. It will be more expensive, but it will save you a lot of time. You don’t have to have all the items mentioned below, but the more variety you have, the more interesting the guests will find your table.
If you do decide to make all the items yourself, follow the links below for easy recipes.
Sun-dried tomatoes in oil
Sweet potato shavings
Italian olive baguette
Microherbs, fresh rosemary and fresh basil
Cheeses & Biscuits
I usually buy the biscuits from Woolworths. They have a better variety. I would recommend the rosemary, plain, as well as the salt and pepper biscuits.
When it comes to choosing cheeses, the options are limitless. The most common, and most affordable are Cambozola, Camembert, Brie, Chevin goats cheese. If you want to go a bit more fancy, Lanquedoc, Roquefort, Chevre Roue, Saint Albray.
When it’s time to do the layout of your table you will ask ‘where do I start?’ I usually start at the one side, top corner. Put down one of your marinated item bowls, place bread slices around it, and them some cheese. Then start laying out the other items from there. In the end, you want to fill all the empty areas with grapes, strawberries, nuts, and sweet potato fries. The aim is that there should not be one open space on your table.
Fresh herbs are always nice on a tapas table. You can also put them down first, and start building your table around them. Have fun!
It’s easy to over cater on a tapas table. You don’t know how much people will eat. Tip: people don’t realize how much they actually eat, because they nibble all the time. Buy enough biscuits to fill them up. You can always use it again and it won’t go to waste.
The biggest challenge is to keep the table looking presentable throughout the event and to keep refilling the items so it doesn’t look empty. I would suggest that if you are the host, get someone to look after the table for you. This can be a full-time job, and will keep you too busy, and away from your guests.