Stylish Décor For an Elegant Bridal Shower Tapas Party

Bridal shower tapas party

A Spanish tapas party! What a unique way to infuse your bridal shower celebration with an exotic, yet intimate feel. Capturing the right look is simpler than you’d expect. Just create the focus around a romantic, candlelit table for your closest friends and family. Set the mood with a palette of bold, rich colors. Then, bring in tasteful table decorations that also incorporate stylish guest keepsakes. Amidst all these, add unexpected elements for a fresh and creative take on a traditional tapas party. See our ideas below for stylish tapas party decorations!

Create a Luxurious Table Display With Surprising Touches

Table setting decorations in gold and red

Start with a table display that transports your guests to an evening in sultry Spain…with creative twists! Use a tablecloth of rich gold trimmed with deep red—echoing the warmth of a dancing fire, or the exciting costumes of Flamenco dancers. Contrast this opulent backdrop with natural elements in neutral tones and varied textures. Then bring in a melange of additional colors in the table accents, such as burnt orange, fuchsia, olive green, and even yellow and blue—with touches of ivory and white to set them off.

Amidst this rich setting, lay out quaint tapas plates reminiscent of a charming kitchen in Old Spain. The bright, folksy colors and one-of-a-kind handpainted designs of these plates bring an unexpected intimacy to an otherwise luxurious table display. And setting them atop chic oval dinner plates in pure white is yet another surprising blend of modern and traditional. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Craft a Centerpiece With A Fresh Twist

Table centerpiece using paella pan

In keeping with the tapas party theme, see what we used to hold a truly fabulous, no-flowers centerpiece. A paella pan! We simply took vari-colored leaves in green, orange, and gold tones and arranged them loosely in the pan—with the party favors for guests hidden amidst them like lovely “blooms.” Hint: Instead of a pan, you can also use a tray, box, or large serving bowl. And for the leaves, you may simply snip some bunches from your own garden.

Add candlelight and scatter fresh rose petals around the centerpiece for that additional air of romance. If you’d still prefer to have flowers, some budget-friendly blooms that would work well include carnations in red and yellow gold. And for a touch of “bling” on the table, you can rest the candles on mirrored coasters.

Wow Guests With Unexpected Elements

Faux roses in red

Bring an element of surprise to the table and have guests exclaiming over your decorating skills! Fortunately, this “wow” factor can be pulled off in budget-friendly ways in order to achieve a stylish yet easy look, as we’ve done here:

– Decorate each chair with a bright red cabbage rose—reminiscent of a señorita’s hair accessory. Hint: These faux roses are easily found in craft stores.

– Find a pretty tablecloth with a brilliant gold and red trimming. Hint: You can also substitute yellow for gold or use different colors of table linens overlaid on top of each other.

– Use shell or ceramic handpainted trays to serve up appetizers to guests, which add a unique style to the natural décor accents of the table.

– Set out an eye-catching accent piece, like this towering cone-shaped cover in bright red and gold for displaying some Spanish sherry, or Spanish wine in a fancy-shaped decanter or in a bottle with a distinctive label.

– Craft a table number decorated with beans and seeds—a sure conversation piece, with an eco-friendly flair as well!

– Use colorful Spanish salad plates set atop crisp white dinner plates. Adding these ceramic plates instantly adds a decorative touch to the table.

Present “Heart Warming” Favors

Tapas party guest favors

A fitting end to this tapas party? Savory Spanish cookies and confections made right at home, of course! Excellent choices would be peanut drop cookies, “powder cookies” (polvorones) made with almonds, cashews, or cinnamon, Spanish shortbread (mantecados), or almond nougat (turrónes). Package these sweet delights in colorful fabric-wrapped woven boxes in the shape of hearts—for truly “heart-warming” guest favors! And remember our paella-pan centerpiece? It’s the perfect showcase for these favors, with their different wrap colors in burnt orange, red, fuchsia, and olive perfectly complementing the table’s rich palette.

For more decorating ideas, you can add simple elements such as:

  1. Using vintage cans and bottles to create your table centerpieces.
  2. Adding postcards of Spanish flamenco dancers as your guest book table.
  3. Creating a tapas spread in your kitchen instead of a dining table for a self-serve display.
  4. Provide mouth-watering desserts and cakes like chocolate and churros, flan, and Magdalenas for a delectable sweets table.


  1. I just love how the strong colors of this table display practically jump out at you…but in a warm, inviting way! The total look is such an exciting deviation from the usual refined settings for wedding celebrations. Kudos to your design team!

  2. How thoughtful! What a nice comment 😀

  3. I love this idea. A tapas party is always fun to plan especially for a bridal shower! I’m thinking of refreshing sangria.


  4. Yes! It is actually quite easy to put together.

  5. Any tips for menu ideas? Where I live there isn’t much Spanish restaurants around. THank you!

  6. Great question. Actually, there are so many delicious possibilities. For example, shrimp gambas, calamari, and chorizos. Here are some nice sites that you can refer to for recipes:

  7. I am throwing a Tapas Mom’s Night Out this weekend. I love your table, but I had not planned on having a traditional ‘sit down’ meal. Any suggestions for creating a spanish decor and serving area? I was planning on having some of the tapas out throughout the party and serve remainder throughout party?

    We are having sangria and mojitos.



  8. For the table decor and serving area, consider Spanish-inspired decorations and serving pieces. A tablecloth made of a nice print in vibrant colors would be nice. Moreover, you can use traditional terra cota plates, which can be laid out beautifully amid floral displays consisting of red blooms such roses, carnations, or zinnias. Add some yellowy hues as well, that will contrast nicely with red. These flowers can be housed in tall glass vases or even pretty porcelain or clay decanters. I would also add Spanish-inspired serving pieces in colorful hues. To save on your budget, you can serve the drinks in stylish glassware. Then spice up the look with little drink garnishes.

  9. I love this table decor, it is beautifull and elegant. I am planing to decorate a party” Espana Viva” is the theme. Is a charity party that we make avery year. We are havin paella and sangria. I need to decorate 30 tables and the stage and bar, and it cant be expensive, because we work with donations to put everything together it is going to be in october. Any ideas?

  10. Hi, Marta! Sounds like a fun party to plan for…plus it’s a charity event, wonderful! To go with the paella you’ll be serving, you might have noticed that our tapas party centerpiece is just all leaves (very budget-friendly!) sitting on a paella pan.

    Then, you could display the sangria in shapely decanters (actually vintage bottles will do) on the drinks display bar. Then, add bright red cabbage roses as decorations…like a Spanish señorita’s accessories! You can see this idea in the 3rd photo in this article.

    Happy party planning!

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