Sharon and Tony have been married less than a week but I’m already planning their next wedding celebration a week from today. It reminds me of when Mom used to tell me we celebrated my birthday like the president’s. I was an only child so I got a birthday party with my friends, another with family, and then another with just Mom and Dad.

It’s the same with the wedding couple. Between all of Tony’s family and friends in Ohio, our Pennsylvania friends where we lived when Sharon was growing up, and our current community in Connecticut, Marquand Chapel and the Old Bank Building just weren’t big enough to hold us all. Plus we realized how difficult it would be for so many to trek to New Haven the week before Christmas.

So in the coming weeks Tony’s parents are hosting a reception in Cleveland, and we’re throwing parties in New Hope and Darien.

I was tempted to serve my old favorites at these parties, and then I thought better. Instead I’ve created a few dishes just for them that I’ll be sharing with you over the next week. Since Sharon and Tony are heading to Spain for a couple of months after graduation, I decided to go with that theme.

Today I’m sharing one of the appetizers—Tapas on a Stick. I’ve found that big blocks of cheese, long sticks of charcuterie, and heaping bowls of olives look stunning, but people tend not to eat it. For Sharon and Tony’s party I’m skewering them instead. Plus I like getting all those tastes in one bite. And look how attractive they are—just like that couple we’re celebrating!

Tapas on a Stick

Makes about  2 dozen

If your olives are packed in brine, drain them and then drizzle with a little olive oil before skewering.

1 block (a generous 5 ounces) Manchego cheese, cut into 24 small bite-size squares
1 stick (a generous 5 ounces) cured sausage such as chorizo or Italian, halved or quartered  lengthwise (depending on circumference) and sliced thin
24 large pitted Spanish green olives
24 large pitted black olives, such as Kalamata

Working one skewer at a time assemble in the following order: sausage, olive, cheese; repeat with another piece of sausage, a different colored olive, and second piece of cheese. Serve. (Can be covered and set aside at room temperature a couple of hours before serving.)