December, 31, 2014

How to Plan a Moroccan Dinner Party

If you’re like me, you try to host fun dinner parties with a theme every now and then. With Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala, picking a theme is easy‚ Moroccan! Bring the flavors of Morocco to your next dinner party, and pair it with festive drinks, beautiful table décor, and excellent company. Here are our tips for planning a fun and exciting Moroccan-themed dinner party.

The Décor

Since marsala, the dusty, deep rose color of the year, works so perfectly with this theme, choose marsala table linen for your tables. This will create a lush looking background for the rest of the décor, and is muted enough to plan vibrant accents around without overwhelming your guests.

Use orchid or tangerine table runners, and gold plates and chargers. For centerpieces, use bunches of fresh flowers in rich, jewel-toned hues like wine, amethyst, mandarin and emerald. Set up tealights in filigreed candle holders, or place votives in small glass jars for a bit more warmth.

If you use votives, choose complementary colors and put them in clear glass to emphasize the bright shades. You can also use metal, lacquered lanterns with candles inside for additional flair.

Around the room, you can set up Moroccan poufs, a sort of ottoman-like piece of furniture, except instead of using them to rest your feet, you can place trays of flowers and candles on them for additional depth to the room.

If you want to create a unique environment, use large pillows on the floor instead of tables and chairs, and hang sheer curtains from the ceiling like a canopy.

Include a deep rose color for the decor

The Menu

Moroccan food is adaptable for vegetarians and omnivores alike, so planning a menu that suits everyone is easy. For passed appetizers, make lemon and coriander marinated olives, and sesame halloumi bites drizzled with honey.

For the main course, be sure to serve something like a chicken or lamb tagine with flavors traditional to Morocco, like almonds, apricots and olives. Side dishes can include Moroccan couscous and a carrot and beet salad with harissa‚ a spicy condiment.

Dessert can include a date cake with orange-blossom syrup, almond and peach tartlets, and almond crescent cookies. For drinks, serve mint tea‚ the most popular beverage in Morocco is green tea with mint.

Include honey or sugar, and if you want to create an alcoholic version of this drink, use a green tea liqueur, muddled mint leaves, and soda water shaken with sugar. You can also set out punch bowls.

Planning a Moroccan-themed dinner party is easy with BBJ. We have all of the table linen and accessories you need to create the perfect décor that will complement your menu perfectly.

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Photo Credit: Arthur’s Catering
Products Used: Russet Table Runner, Canyon Sunset Charger, Canyon Sunset Bread and Butter & Ivory Ashley Napkin