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World Connect Morocco Celebration

Zohar Productions was proud to be a part of World Connect’s Morocco Benefit Dinner. The event benefited women and children in the developing areas of Morocco.

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The event featured authentic Moroccan dancers and musicians, a spice market, a rosewater perfume greeting, Moroccan mint tea service, a traditional waterman, henna, and a keynote speech given by Richard Gere.

The event was held inside the Liberty Warehouse, located in Brooklyn, New York, right across from the Statue of Liberty.  Guests arrived at the venue via water taxi, where a Moroccan band and dancers were waiting to meet and greet them.

The event was a huge success for Zohar productions and World Connect. Guests were enchanted by the elaborate decor and authentic Moroccan experiences. Take a look at some of the fabulous photos from the event below!

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Henna Parties

Henna has been at the core of celebrations throughout history. It is an important tradition in many cultures, and is used in over 60 countries today.

Henna is a flowering plant that is found in the dry climates of the Middle East and parts of Africa. However, henna is more commonly known as the dye that is made from the plant and is used to create temporary tattoos. The dye can also be used to dye hair, fingernails, and fabrics. The dye stains the skins with colors ranging from pale brown to dark russet red.

There are many ways to mix and prepare henna, and each family has a unique recipe that has been handed down through generations, along with secret henna styles and henna designs that have been in the family for hundreds of years.

The history of henna began thousands of years ago and is still growing today. The art of Henna has been practiced for over seven thousand years in both the Middle East and Africa and in recent years has gained popularity in Europe and  North America.

Indian henna

People receive henna tattoos at henna parties, which celebrate a magnitude of events. Henna party ideas include weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and bar mitzvahs.

henna application on hand

In India, brides have henna designs painted on their hands and feet on the day before their weddings with beautiful, intricate designs. Henna designs, also known as Menhdi, can include paisley and geometric designs with elaborate flowers that cover a large amount of the hands and feet.

Middle Eastern henna is used for more than just weddings. For instance, pregnant women have designs painted on their ankles and bellies to protect them throughout childbirth.

Pregnant henna

henna on foot and hand

Moroccan henna  designs tend to be more geometric in their design than the flowery style of Indian henna.

Moroccan henna

Jewish Moroccans have their own henna designs for weddings. During the traditional henna party the day before the wedding, a member of the family smudges henna into the palm of the bride and groom or places henna balls covered in glitter on their fingertips to symbolically bestow the new couple with good health, fertility, wisdom, and security. Frequently, a ribbon is tied around the smudged ball of henna on the palm in order to darken the color so the henna lasts longer.

henna balls

henna ribbon

henna blob

Henna designs continue to be used for various party occasions in many diverse cultures. These intricate designs are representative of each of these cultures and also serve as a popular source of party entertainment.

Henna 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 more about henna!

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June 14, 2013 · 9:03 pm

Hiring Exotic Animals for Your Special Event

We are frequently asked to provide exotic animals for our well-known Moroccan and Arabian Nights theme parties. Although, having an elephant, camel, monkey or snake charmer at your party is an exciting prospect, there are several things you need to take into consideration before you do this:

Indian Royal Hoda Elephant from Zohar Productions

  • Do the animals come from a reputable and reliable source? Are they healthy and well groomed? Do they have USDA papers and inoculations required by law? Do you need a permit to exhibit the animal? The rules on this vary from town to town and from state to state. Some communities have no laws regarding exhibiting an animal and others require an officer from Fish and Game to be present during the party. Be sure you check this out well in advance of your party because, if you need a permit, the paperwork may take a few weeks. Some locales do not allow contact with the animal and a barrier or stanchion must be between the animal and the public. In other places this is not required and you can have contact with the animal. It is always at the trainer’s discretion whether or not to allow this depending on the crowd and the disposition of the animal. In most cases, this is not an issue, but safety is always of the utmost importance. You want to hire a responsible trainer and a friendly animal…

Snake Charmer from Zohar Productions

  • So, are you hiring a “party animal” that loves people and attention? An animal that is not nervous around loud music, flashing cameras and lots of activity and excitement? What about the personality of the trainer? Do they love their animal and know how to keep it happy for several hours of continuous picture taking?

Costumed Gibbon from Zohar Productions

  • Speaking of pictures…how photogenic is the trainer and the animal? Will they be dressed in colorful, beautiful costumes? Guests will undoubtedly want to have pictures taken with the animal. Those photos should be as picturesque as possible. For an Arabian Nights theme, you will want costumes to match. Most trainers do not have their own costumes, so costumes will need to be rented, custome made, or supplied by your event planner. If you are spending $750 to $5000 for an animal, you want those photos to be fabulous!

    Camel from Zohar Productions
  • Last but not least, let’s talk about something that is not usually discussed, but is a very important consideration. What if the animal has to “do their business” during your party? This could be a real downer if not planned for in advance. A knowledgeable trainer will feed the animal far enough in advance to try to prevent this from happening…but this kind of accident can’t always be prevented.

  • Here are a few suggestions: for a camel or elephant there should always be a second trainer on hand who can handle clean-up duty. They should bring a shovel, broom and receptacle that they can keep tucked away and out of view unless it is needed. A bale of wood shavings is great to absorb moisture on cement surfaces (you don’t want to see dark colored puddles on the ground). A carpet of astro turf is great when the animal is on your manicured lawn and you don’t want brown spots left after the party. The astro turf blends right in and can be removed leaving the lawn in pristine condition. Riding into a ballroom on a camel or elephant is tricky and the time spent indoors should be kept to a minimum. Be sure you check with the venue to see if they are OK with this! A monkey needs to wear a diaper, so be sure you have this hidden under a costume.


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