Last Ramadan, my husband and I set out to plan a fun & festive dinner party for our friends observing the month of Ramadan.
What is Ramadan, you ask? Here is a crash course in Ramadan 101 taken from www.howstuffworks.com (…yes, I know, very official):
- “Every year, more than one billion Muslims around the globe observe the importance of the month of Ramadan. This time of the year is a time for reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims show their devotion to God by fasting, or abstaining from food.”
- “Ramadan is an important time for Muslims, not simply because it helps develop a closer relationship with God, but also because Ramadan is a time to think about those who are less fortunate. Another goal of fasting for Ramadan is to experience hunger in sympathy for those without food. It is a way that many Muslims learn thankfulness and appreciation for what they have.”
During the month Ramadan Muslims must fast from sunrise to sunset. This year, Ramadan falls in the middle of summer which means fasting from 4-ish to 9-ish for us Michiganders! That is a loooong time without food, water, or COFFEE, which is why we wanted to do something extra special for our friends
I went on the web in search for some cute decorations and dinner party ideas but came up short. I was looking for something modern and whimsical that my little boys could relate to but anything I found was very classic and ornate. I decided to take matters into my own hands and create homemade decorations and wanted to share with you… you know, in case you wanted to try it too!
I decided to go with a bright green color scheme and incorporated some blue highlights. Every guest had their own place setting, complete with a “Drink Me At Sundown” water bottle :) I used nice quality paper products purchased from Party City so that I wouldn’t have hundreds of dishes to wash.
For dinner we had a combination of homemade and restaurant purchased Lebanese food. The menu included fattoush salad, taboulli, hummous dip, eggplant dip, marinated grilled chicken, cinnamon rice topped with lamb, and herbed roasted mini potatoes (I should post the recipe for that soon).
Individual sized fruit trifles were topped with a sprig of fresh mint to keep with the green theme. I used plastic disposable water goblets from GFS to serve. I’ve also seen similar cups at Party City and Dollar Tree. I tied on mini plastic spoons, also purchased from GFS.
Homemade coconut macaroons topped with maraschino cherries -> Click for Recipe
I added star sprinkles to the rice crispy treats to keep with the celestial theme.
Tissue flowers & star cut-outs were used to decorate this dessert table arrangement.
I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of the room decorations :( In all the commotion of the day, I misplaced my good camera. Luckily, a friend brought their camera so I was able to at least capture some pictures to share! To decorate the house, I strung green lights throughout the room and made tissue paper pom-poms in green and blue. You can get the instructions for the tissue poms from www.marthastewart.com. I also hung a homemade “Happy Ramadan” banner and strung moon & star cutouts throughout the room.
I have attached a FREE Ramadan Iftar Collection printable PDF to help you create a similar party yourself! Just click on the picture below to view the file and instructions!
If you would like some customized treat labels, drop me a line in the comments field with your menu and I’ll email it to you
Update: You can also download free Eid Al-Adha printables -> HERE