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How to prepare the table for summer celebrations?

¿Cómo preparar la mesa para las celebraciones de verano?

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Summer brings parties on terraces and tables full of typical dishes from this season. In Spain, one of the most important feasts is that of early summer, commonly known as the Verbena of San Juan (celebrated mainly in Catalonia). It is a magical evening full of fireworks and good company. It is also the shortest night of the year.  If you want to celebrate a classy but simple San Juan night or any summer night at home, we show you how to prepare, our way, the table for summer celebrations.

Here’s a hint! Every summer table should be loaded with Jamón, Iberian cold meats and bread with tomato sauce on top or olive oil (as we like) to accompany everything. We’ll tell you more about this below!

Summer celebrations start at the table

A self-respecting celebration has to start at the table. At least, this is a truth deeply rooted in our Mediterranean culture; To learn how to prepare the table for summer celebrations, the first thing to keep in mind is that celebrating is synonymous with enjoying, celebrating and both things are closely related to a gathering of friends and family around a table, eating and drinking. And, of course, sharing joy, emotions and feelings. People must feel at ease around a table, and this usually happens because of a mixed of ingredients: good food, good company and an attractive colourful decoration.

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How to decorate the table for summer celebrations

Here are some tips and ideas for setting the table for summer celebrations. It can be useful for the magical night of San Juan or for any celebration on the terrace, in the garden, on the balcony or even inside your house. Whatever the occasion, the important thing is that it brings joy and freshness to your summer lunches or dinners.


For decoration, nothing better than flowers and natural seasonal fruits, such as cherries and grapes that go perfectly with cheeses or with a good table of assorted Iberian products. This time, we present you a table prepared by our Enrique Tomás team with fruits and some wonderful fresh white and yellow daisies that fill the table with color and light. In addition, we have added some wild flowers to enhance even more the idea of “summer party”.

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Cutlery and tablecloths

To set up this table we have dispensed with the tablecloth at the base. However, if you wish to use one anyway, we advise you to use neutral pastel colors and natural textures such as linen .This reminds us of those summer dinners that drag on while we chat quietly.

Forget about serving trays! In summer our looks become more comfortable and relaxed, right? Well, let’s do the same on our table, so that everything flows easily and we leave aside the full and traditional tableware. For this summer table, there is so much Jamón and lots of Iberian cold meats on the table, that we have replaced the trays with wood boards. This highlights the colorful food and turns it into the main protagonist.

Do you have any doubts about how to plate Jamón? Learn the best way to do this and the criteria to use when choosing the dish.

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The old fashioned way of a lantern in the shape of a candle, when it gets darker, will be the magical component for a night that has just begun. Decoration with candles is something that we love and will also help you create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

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How to include Jamón on the table for summer celebrations

A plate of Iberian Jamón is a must for any celebration. Iberian ham is unique in the world, there is no other like it because it can only be made from the Iberian pig, a breed that is raised exclusively in the Iberian Peninsula and with genetic traits that make it special and ideal for being a culinary delight. The exclusivity of the product makes it the perfect choice for any special occasion. It becomes the star of holiday tables like Christmas, birthdays, weddings, family meals or gatherings with friends.

Discover the role of Jamón ibérico in the celebrations and the following ideas of recipes with jamón that you like the most for your special occasions.

Typical Spanish beverages for celebrations

There is no celebration without a good glass of cava or if you are going to buy Jamón, maybe you prefer to pair it with a glass of wine Maridaje Enrique Tomás, either white or red according to your preferences or both so that everyone can enjoy with they fancy.

We tell you which are the most typical Spanish drinks! This way, you will enjoy the pleasure of combining the most typical dishes with their best companions. Some of them are: Spanish sangria, red or white wine, cava or vermouth. Which one do you choose?

Now that you know how to prepare the table for summer celebrations, have fun creating a simple summer table but with love and lots of color. Small details always make the big difference!

For Enrique Tomás the San Juan table is full of Jamón, cold meats, wine, cava, fruits, flowers and lots of creativity. And remember what we always tell you in general in Enrique Tomás, “when in doubt…. less is more!” leave the rest for another day because summer has just begun!

How to prepare the table for summer celebrations
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How to prepare the table for summer celebrations
We tell you how to prepare the table for any coming summer celebrations like the Verbena de San Juan or for any special occasion.
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Enrique Tomás S.L.
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