How to Throw an Arabian Party

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Create an Arabian market atmosphere for the party with authentic Turkish hookahs and Morroccan trunks.
Create an Arabian market atmosphere for the party with authentic Turkish hookahs and Morroccan trunks. (Image: Big silver turkish hookah on red carpet in front of red sofa image by Alexey Kozhevnikov from Fotolia.com)

The best Arabian parties provide an exotic mix of mystery, sensuality and tradition worthy of lasting one thousand and one nights. Research the rich history and culture of Arab countries, such as Morocco and Saudi Arabia, and Scheherazade’s Arabian Nights tales to add an authentic depth to the event. Serve traditional foods, such as hummus and couscous, play alluring Arabian music and create luxurious niches to lure guests into lounging like sheiks in their harems.

Things You'll Need

  • Small marquee tents
  • Jewel-toned scarves and drapery
  • Persian carpets
  • Jewel-toned pillows and poufs
  • Hookahs
  • Jewel-toned candles (varying sizes and heights)
  • Moroccan-style lanterns
  • Moroccan serving tagines
  • Arabic tea services
  • Belly dancers

Set up small marquee tents as lounge areas around the perimeter of the event space. Embellish the interior and exterior of the tents with drapery swags and scarves. Lay Persian carpets down inside the tents, then fill them with piles of embroidered, silk pillows and Moroccan-style poufs.

Place a hookah on the middle of every table as an authentic centerpiece. Embellish each hookah with an assortment of taper, pillar and tea candles to illuminate the tables. Suspend Moroccan lanterns inside the marquee tents and above the dance floor for a lighting solution with an authentic touch.

Serve a sit-down meal of spicy, traditional Arabic cuisine from authentic tagine, a Moroccan serving pot. Finish the meal with authentically-prepared Arabic tea and coffee from Arabian-style tea services.

Hire belly dancers to put on a show during dinner, then mingle amongst the guests once the dancing begins. Ask the dancers to give belly dancing lessons on the floor and impromptu performances for guests lounging in the tents to add ambiance and energy to the event.

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