1. A Moroccan style table setting (via Camille Styles)/ 2. Moroccan Print dress (via the Iconic)/ 3. Moroccan party invitations (via Impress in print)/4. Colorful pillows (via Elle Decor)/ 5. Emile Henry Tagine. / 6. Purple Lantern / 7. A recipe for moroccan lamb and date tagine (via The Pretty Blog)/8. Moroccan tea recipe (via Honestly Yum)
Whilst I was sorting through old holiday photos on my computer today I came across a set of pictures I had taken whilst visiting Morocco with my parents a couple of years ago. Seeing the photos again brought back a lot of wonderful memories from that trip and for a moment I almost felt as if I was back in Rabat; exploring the local markets, getting lost in the old laneways, and drinking litres of delicious mint tea. It also gave a me huge craving for Moroccan food of course which in turn set the theme for my next dinner party!
If you’d also like to throw a Moroccan-inspired dinner party at home here are a few ideas to get you started:
Moroccan interiors are often very colorful so don’t be afraid to decorate your house using items with different patterns and colors. Jewel tones such as ruby red, amethyst purple, sapphire blue, emerald green and amber yellow will complement each other well and will also work with the Arabian theme. Adorn your table with bright flowers and accessories as well as a few candles placed in Moroccan style lanterns. You could also scatter cushions and bean bags around your living room for people to sit on.
For an extra wow factor, drape pieces of soft fabric over your entrance way, ceiling or furniture to recreate the look of a Bedouin tent (You can usually pick up ‘end of roll’ pieces of fabrics for very cheap in fabric stores.) A Moroccan style tea set would also look very pretty as a table center piece.
Food & Drinks
Start the evening with a simple Mezze platter made of dips, bread, grilled vegetables, nuts and olives. Follow with a traditional chicken, lamb or vegetable Tagine served with couscous. For dessert, offer your guests some mint tea accompanied by stuffed dates, spiced oranges or almond cookies.
People don’t usually drink alcohol in Morocco but should you chose to, you could offer your guests some wine or a refreshing cocktail to have with their food. Aromatic wines or lemon based cocktails usually work well with Moroccan dishes (as does beer).
Here are a few recipes to help you design your menu:
- Harira soup (tomato and red lentil soup)
- Moroccan salad with cilantro orange dressing
- Lamb Kefta brochettes
- Chicken tagine with apricots, chickpeas and almonds
- Classic chicken Bastilla (Moroccan style chicken pie)
- Vegetable tagine
- Lamb and date tagine
- Ghoriba (cookies)
- Sliced oranges with cinamon, sugar and orange flower water.
I love the above dress which features a Moroccan inspired print but any colorful dress would work perfectly for a Moroccan themed party.
Every party calls for a playlist! Search for Moroccan inspired playlists on free websites such as 8 tracks or spotify. If your budget allows you could also hire a belly dancer to come and entertain your guests or even teach them how to dance!