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Dinner Party Ideas: The Making of a Moroccan-Inspired Table

moroccan-inspired dinner table mood board

moroccan-inspired dinner table mood board

Ethnic cuisine is still the most popular dinner party theme. People likes it because it is easy to organize and get the look based on the menu you plan to serve.

Your tabletop should set the tone of your dinner party. Start by selecting the dinnerware and table linens. Since you probably do not wish to invest in plates and serving dishes that you will use only one time, it is best to opt for dinnerware “inspired by” versus the real thing.

I created a Moroccan-inspired mood board composed of  tableware that you will be to use over and over for both indoor and outdoor entertaining. Typically, guests eat with their hands at a Moroccan feast. This is not a popular custom for us. Therefore, I went with the standard place settings. You can still serve each dish family style in big serving plates, fish trays or tagines.

moroccan-inspired table

The Jali Lattice Dinnerware, as suggested by West Elm’s stylists, have the right vibe. Plates and bowls are sold by pack of 4. Complement the table with a few truly Moroccan metal bowls that you will find at a speciality shop.

I also like the modern feel of the Chase Blue Plate layered with pool blue Max dinnerware from Crate and Barrel (top picture). For a casual look, pair it with the amber or the turquoise dimpled glassware series. You can put flowers in recycled glass jars as simple centrepieces.

+ Jali Lattice Dinnerware Salad plates and bowls $34 USD, Dinner plate $47 on sale at West Elm
+ Hammered Small Dish Bowl $5 USD | $5.19 CAD at West Elm
Chase Blue Plate $5.95 USD | $7.38 CAD at Crate & Barrel
+ Max Pool Blue dinnerware on sale at $59.95 USD | $74.36 CAD at Crate & Barrel
+ Dimmed Glassware set on sale $ $13 – $32 USD| $13.44 to $33.08 CAD at West Elm
+  Recycled glass jars on sale $ $19 – $29 USD| $19.64 to $29.98 CAD at West Elm



Inspiring Outdoor Rooms and Lighting in Domino magazine

outdoor rooms and bedroom on domino :: havana lamp :: moroccan globe lantern

Summer is here. The last two issues of Domino magazine featured amazing outdoor rooms and lighting.

Outdoor entertaining requires more than a cool outdoor kitchen. The new essential is an outdoor lounge. Here are a few ideas to create an incredible outdoor space.

Modern Bonfire

No one can deny how much fun it feels to sit outside around a bonfire. This modern version mixes with classical touches. You can see a more ornate version of the green glazed ceramic table I shown you in my Moroccan Dinner Party theme.

Three oil lamps with the same shape as the fire pit show an attention to details. This is a great example of the art of repetition.

Havana Outdoor Lamp

The look of tall modern lamps illuminating the backyard is second to none. Many models exist for the home interior. Now, upscale manufacturers produce outdoor version.

The Havana outdoor lamp can light ample spaces. It is very efficient for your backyard since it nicely defines paths, perspective planes and depth of field. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) selected it for its permanent collection. I love it!

Safety Issues

The cutest lamps we can find for an event are sometimes indoor lamps. You can use indoor lamps for one night but make sure to hook them to the power supply with outdoor plugs. And use them if and if they forecast no rain.

These amazing amber and pink Moroccan Globe lanterns are available at Mosaik. These lanterns become more impressive once they are lit.

Outdoor Bedroom

Here is something that we do not see often done other than in magazines. This urban camping seems a great compromise if your partner is not ready to do camping in nature.

It feels very out of Africa. Sleeping outside sounds divine on a hot day with a breeze.

For more inspirations, check out the outdoor rooms gallery and the outdoor lighting gallery available on the Domino’s Web site.

>>> Sourcing:
Buy online: Havana Outdoor Floor Lamp at YLighting – price: $672 USD
Buy online: Moroccan Globe Amber glass lantern at Mosaik – price: $79 USD for 10 inches, $99 for 12 inches
Buy online: Moroccan Globe Pink glass lantern at Mosaik – price: $79 USD for 10 inches, $99 for 12 inches
Bonfire, Havana and Moroccan Globe: photographed by David Tsay for June/July 2008 issue of Domino – rights reserved
Outdoor Bedroom: photographed by Paul Costello for March 2008 issue of Domino – right reserved


Moroccan Outdoor Party Theme and Menu

moroccan menu, patio lantern and outdoor decor :: take it outsid

Watching the first episode of the third season of Take It Outside gave me the idea of a Moroccan outdoor dinner party.

I give a high mark at Kelly Deck for the way she divided that backyard. Eight people easily sit on her custom made bench. It would be cool to have the space to build one on my own backyard.

The Décor

Stock plenty of cushions on the sofa and lay down a few large round cushions so people can sit on them.

Create a vibrant tabletop full of jewel tones. Prefer the earthy feeling of ceramics. Mix mosaic patterns with solid plates and bowls. As you can see from the tea picture at the bottom, you can mix lots of rich hues.

If you cannot find any Moroccan inspired dishes, I propose you check out the Sausalito dinnerware collection. Despite its Mexican influence, the colors of the collection harmonize well with this theme.

Use the Green Garden Stool at Pier1 imports as a garden seat, a small end table, a plant stand or as a display table. Hanging several Moroccan style patio lanterns create the right atmosphere. Berber Company carries a nice selection in case you cannot find patio lanterns in your neighborhood.

The Food

I found the prefect menu on My Marrakesh. Chances are you already know about Maryam, an American blogger now living in Marrakesh. Maryam served this menu to a group of decorative artists visiting Peacock Pavilions, her family’s soon to be open boutique hotel in Marrakesh.

This typical Moroccan menu is simple to cook. More importantly, it sounds delicious. It is made of:

  • Fresh mint tea
  • A few salads as starter
  • Chicken tagine with artichoke hearts, olives from the garden, and freshly shucked peas
  • Moroccan couscous, made with seven vegetables and an onion-cinnamon concoction on top
  • Chilled watermelon for dessert

Her pictures give you practical clues on how you should present the food. I like the blue and white plates. The tea glasses look stunning.

Learn more: Nina and Al’s Outdoor Entertaining Lounge on Take It Outside
Buy online: Green Garden Stool at Pier 1 Imports – price: $99 USD
Buy online: Moroccan Patio Lantern at Berber Company – price:144 USD
Buy online: Sausalito Dinnerware collection at Pottery Barn – price: $32-$139 USD
Menu: Peacock Pavilions: And please have seconds…. [My Marrakesh]