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A Moroccan Midsummer Night’s Dream Part I

Zohar Productions, A Nationally Acclaimed Event Planning Company,
Shares Their Expertise on How to Plan Your Own Moroccan or Arabian Nights
Themed Party This Summer.
This is part one in a three-part series.

Part I: Setting the Scene

Hosting a summer barbecue or pool party is fun for us all; however, coming up with an exciting theme party idea will surprise and delight your guests. Choosing an unusual theme, such as a Moroccan Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a refreshing change from your typical summer affair, and the first step to planning your Moroccan-themed event is to set the scene.

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 Important Elements to Consider When Setting the Scene

Location and décor are the two most important elements to consider when setting the scene for your Moroccan event. Once you have decided upon the ideal location for your party, such as a hotel, restaurant, or even your own home, transforming this venue with décor can be a trying task. Thankfully, do-it-yourself décor is a simple and inexpensive decorating option that will set the theme for your Moroccan Midsummer Night’s party.

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Create a Moroccan Vibe with Themed Décor

 Incorporating leather poufs and low couches for seating will create a truly Moroccan vibe at your event. Some of the best ways to decorate for a Moroccan Midsummer Night’s Dream theme include: bringing in bright and colorful pillows, adding low tables covered with Moroccan linens and floral or lantern centerpieces, draping the ceiling and walls, and hanging lanterns.

Embellishing on-hand furniture, such as setting out brass trays on low tables, is a budget-wise and resourceful way to introduce Moroccan décor at your venue. For even more Moroccan decorating tips check out a Moroccan Decor Pinterest Board.

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Next up: Part two of the three-part series will leave your mouth watering after reading the recipes and viewing the pictures of delicious Moroccan cuisine. In part three, prepare to be entertained by Arabian-style performances that could be featured at your Moroccan Midsummer Night’s Dream party.

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The Souk: A Middle Eastern Bazaar

A souk is an open-air marketplace found in Middle Eastern and North African cities. Souks were traditionally held outside, so that the merchants could easily unload their caravans and display their goods for sale. Over time, Souks became more than just a market to buy and sell goods; they also became venues for major festivals and became a popular meeting area for locals and travelers alike.

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In any village or town in the Middle East, you can find souks or Middle Eastern bazaars selling some of the finest crafts made by Middle Eastern artisans in the area. Each souk is unique and can have anything from Middle Eastern spices, to Arabian lamps and lanterns, to belly dancing costumes. Some of the most popular items, however, are Moroccan carpets and Middle Eastern blankets.

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In the countryside and in smaller towns, the people take turns as to which day of the week their souks should occur, which allows merchants to travel from town to town and reach more customers.

In larger cities, souks are held on a grander scale where entire blocks are set up for just one particular craft. The crowds at larger souks are vast, but with blocks organized by what they are selling, it is easy to find your way.

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Middle Eastern Souks are unlike stores in American where everything has a fixed price. Bargaining the price of an item is accepted and in some souks, required. You can bargain for any item, even cobras! The price displayed on an item is a starting point for the bargaining and gives the buyer an idea of the item’s value, so they know where to begin and end the bargaining. Merchants expect buyers to offer a lower price and with time and patience, you can get the best possible price for your item.

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It is always best to explore a souk or bazaar as much as you can before bargaining for an item. If you have a particular item in mind before you go to a souk, it is best to research it to the fullest so that you get exactly what you want at the best possible price. To get a better idea about the quality you are looking for visit authentic craft museums in the city first. There you can find information on your item and see the difference between the real thing and a knock-off.

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In the end, time and patience in the bargaining process as well as knowledge about the item you are bargaining for, will help you have an enjoyable time at any souk. Even if you don’t buy anything, walking around all the merchants and items is enough to make you feel completely in tune with the culture and daily life of the souk.

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Hookah Party Ideas

Hookah Resist…!

The practice of smoking hookah originated in ancient India. It was not only a custom, but also a matter of prestige. The rich and landed classes would gather around to smoke hookah and socialize. Centuries later, hookah has become quite popular in the United States and elsewhere as an exotic and popular focal point at parties. Pictured below are tented hookah lounges provided at parties produced by Zohar Productions.

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Hookah Pipes

Hookah or Shisha is a hookah pipe with a long, flexible tube that draws the smoke through water contained in a bowl.  A person sucks on the end of the pipe and smoke is carried through the tube to the person’s mouth.

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In India and Pakistan, the name most similar to the English  hookah is huqqa. Depending on locality, hookahs are referred to by many names, Narghilè is the name most commonly used in Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Greece, and Turkey. Narghile derives from the Persian word nārgil (meaning coconut, and in turn from the Sanskrit nārikela suggesting that early hookahs were hewn from coconut shells. Shisha from the Persian word shīshe meaning glass, is the common term for the hookah in Egypt and the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf (including Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia), and in Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen.

The origins of the hookah began nearly 10,000 years ago in the northwestern provinces of India along the border of Pakistan in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The first hookahs were simple and primitive in design and did not look like the hookahs that are seen today.

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When the hookah made its way to Turkey almost 500 years ago, it entered the upper class and became popular among intellectuals. Here, the hookah grew in size and complexity, becoming more similar to designs that are seen today.

Hookah came into Western culture when Lewis Carroll first wrote about a hookah-smoking caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865. After the book was published, hookah lounges sprang up in England and America, where today it is still popular to imitate the caterpillar by blowing rings and bubbles with colorful smoke. Hookah tents at parties are also very popular and are a great way to guarantee a unique and exotic party.

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Sweet scented tobacco is smoked in the hookah and comes in a variety of flavors. Some of the flavors are based on flowers such as rose and jasmine. Others flavors are derived from fruits like apple, mango and strawberry. There are also flavors such as chocolate, coffee, licorice, and even cotton candy! It is important to be creative in combining flavors in order to create a rich and complex blend.

Even though many centuries have passed since the hookah was invented, its  popularity remains, and it still bringing people together to socialize and celebrate special moments.

Hookah lounges at parties are available by contacting Zohar Productions at 800-658-0258 or info@zoharproduction.com. We have locations in NYC, LA, Miami, and Phoenix. Visit  www.zoharproductions.com  for additional information.

Watch this video to learn how to set-up a hookah:

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June 21, 2013 · 6:56 pm

Traditional Moroccan Tents

Tents have long been woven into the history and culture of the Morocco. Some tents were designed to withstand the Moroccan desert and decorative tents reserved for royalty.

The Bedouin tent has been a refuge for desert dwellers for centuries and is known as a “beit al-sha’r,” or “house of hair.” These tents were woven by soldiers or herders who ventured across the desert for long periods of time. They wove the tents from the hair of their sheep and goats into strips of coarse cloth known as “fala’if,” which were then sewn together. The colors of the tents were darkly hued, mainly due to the dark goat’s hair, which was occasionally streaked with sheep’s wool, giving it a striped appearance. The Bedouin tent’s only purpose was to act as a form of shelter from the desert.

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The tent was low with a somewhat flat roof to ensure it would not blow over by the desert wind. The tent’s cloth was woven loosely to allow heat dispersal, and the black color of the tent absorbed the heat, making the interior of the tent between 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the outside. The tent provided shade from the hot sun as well as insulation on cold desert nights.

The Caidal tents were reserved for royalty and were a source of entertainment rather than shelter. Caidal tents fulfilled any whim the royals might have, such as welcoming kings and sultans as they arrived in the kingdom. The tents were also set-up to entertain guests with sumptuous feasts, music, dancing, and entertainment exhibitions.  Caidal tents are still used today by the Moroccan royalty, but Caidal tents have also gained popularity among event and theme party planners worldwide.

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Caidal Tent

The Caidal tents were typically hand-made by a group of forty artisans who lived and worked together for a month. The artisans weaved with their bare hands, showing the history and unique tradition of the Moroccan people: past and present. The lush qualities of the tent reflected the labor of each artisan. The tent’s authentic character allowed them to become the home of extraordinary celebrations.

Although these tents are now used for many different occasions, their appearance has remained relatively the same.  The tent interior and exterior decorations symbolize authority, spirituality, and beauty.

Inside Moroccan Tent

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The most common combination of colors for the interior of the tents are the national colors of Morocco: red (symbol of power), green (symbol of the sacred), and gold (symbol of wealth). The exterior of the tent is white with a covering of black pineapple-shaped designs, which symbolize fertility.

The Moroccan culture is reflected in every aspect of its tents. When you step inside a Moroccan tent, you are stepping into more than a form of shelter; you are stepping into a part of Moroccan history and tradition.

Moroccan tent rentals are available by contacting Zohar Productions at 800-658-0258 or info@zoharproduction.com

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