Serving Latin cuisine is essential at a Spanish-themed party. You can stick to one country's cuisine or serve a little something from a variety of countries, using little paper flags from the different countries to identify the dishes. Here are a few country-specific dishes to consider: SPAIN Paella is a traditional saffron rice from the Valencia region, which is on the coast south of Barcelona. It consists of rice, beans, green vegetables, meat or seafood, and saffron and olive oil. Jamón Serrano, a dry-cured ham, is another traditional Spanish dish served cold in very thin slices. This ham can be part of a tapas bar that includes other small plates of cold, warm and fried items. MEXICO Put out all the ingredients so guests can create their own tacos or fajitas. Don't forget the chips, salsa and fresh guacamole. CUBA Add a little Caribbean flavour to your party with some dishes from the island. Ropa Vieja, which literally means "old clothes" is a delicious shredded beef served over rice. Arroz con Pollo is a chicken and rice dish that uses the same kind of rice used in paella. As a side, whip up a batch of black beans and rice. PUERTO RICO Monfongo is everywhere in Puerto Rico. Make this tasty side dish by mashing together twice-fried plantains with garlic, olive oil and chicharrones (fried pork rinds) or bacon. For desert, serve flan, a lightweight vanilla egg custard common in many Spanish-speaking countries.