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Host a Casual Tapas Party

Easy recipes and hosting tips for an inexpensive, Spanish-inspired gathering.

By Kate Merker and Sara Quessenberry
Tapas meal Bob Heimstra

If you're tired of shelling out at restaurants but don't want to give up your social life, invite friends over for a casual tapas party. These small Spanish dishes are easy to prepare and affordable. In keeping with the Spanish theme, serve sangria, which can be made from (cheap) red wine. Put a Gipsy Kings CD on the stereo (a copy of The Best of the Gipsy Kings is about $15 on, or download some flamenco tracks to your iPod (try Flamenco! by Pepe Romero), and olé, you've got an inexpensive fiesta.


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