I’m posting my photos from our Moroccan Bridal Shower now and will link these up for Tablescape Thursday later in the week on Susan’s Between Naps on the Porch Blog. I’m traveling back to L.A. from Seattle tomorrow for a funeral on Wednesday and won’t be around the computer much. I’m staying at my condo in Camarillo until Monday the 20th when I fly back to Seattle and finish off my scheduled time here.
My daughter and I decorated our deck gazebo on Sunday for a Bridal shower for her friend Kristen. Katie is in the wedding in August. We decided on this theme because Kristen has enjoyed this culture and has taken Belly Dancing courses. It took Katie and I a couple hours to decorate the gazebo.
Here’s what we started with. The pile of stuff in the top photo are things I’ve accumulated from Goodwill and other thrift stores with this theme in mind. Yards of fabric and window scarfs are inexpensive second hand for the amount of fabric you get. We also used large tablecloths we had on hand that worked in with the colors.
This is the final result. The Bride to be was so pleased and “blown away” at what we created in honor of her.
We could have used a lot more safety pins then we had but ties really came in handy as did the good ole stapler.
I prepared Rack of Lamb with Ina Garten’s recipe from her Barefoot Contessa Parties book. The mustard mixture that coats the racks seasons the lamb so well. I’ll share the recipe later. I also made basmati rice with almonds and raisens. The salad we served was with persian cucumbers and a persian salad dressing.
Because Kristen is gluten intolerant we found a gluten free brownie mix and prepared the brownies and served them with rasberries and a chocolate sauce.
As dessert was served the winds whipped up and the rains came down followed with thunder and lightning. The girls evacuated to the family room for opening presents and some nice hot tea.
Thank you for visiting. I hope to get around bloggyland on Thursday after my travels and the funeral. Blessings!
On Thursday you can see more scapes at Between Naps on the Porch.
Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.
25 thoughts on “Moroccan Shower and Tablescape”
I don’t know how you do this all the time and make it look so wonderful but you have a knack for this. Excellent 🙂
Oh, now that IS a party! I love all the decadence and splendor…wonderful theme and food–such fun! Looks like everyone else thought so too. :o) Thanks for sharing, Ellen ((HUGS))
What a setup! I am thoroughly impressed with all the details. You and Katie did a great job. Will be praying for journey mercy for you.
I seriously think you need to open a business that does this kind of stuff. You are amazing!
Ellen, that is such a delightful event you planned. And you even cooked a Moroccan themed meal to go with it – perfect!
What delightful details you were able to conjure up with thrifty finds. I like the springy color theme.
Oh Ellen B.,
now I’m going to have to go buy one of those gazebo’s so I can create my own theme…what fun you two have and the cherished memories you make for your friends and family. Life is full!
xoxo Cori G.
Wow, that is really magical! I’ll bet the bride-to-be felt very special that you and your daughter did all that for her. Looks like fun was had by all.
Oh. My. Goodness. I LOVE this! You guys did such a beautiful job.!
How lovely, Ellen! What a way to make the bride-to-be feel special!
Wow, how pretty and yummy looking!
wow, what a tribute to the bride-to-be. Great job and the food looks great too. you serve a great reminder that to really pull off a great event you gotta plan and have it in mind as you go thrifting and collecting the weeks to come before the big day.
Wonderful and so creative. You went to a great effort and the result was fantastic!
What a wonderful idea! Love the colors. Great inspiration! Be safe in your travels.
Hi Ellen, this looks like so much fun!!! So creative….love it.
What a FUN party… love your tent and the food looks delish!
OMGosh…this is AMAZING. Just beautiful. I can see why the bride was so impressed. You did a magnificent job!
WOW..what a setting! What a memory to hold close for MANY years!
What a beautiful tablescape, I really like the theme! You really did a lot of work and your food looks delecious. Very creative and inspiring. :O) Mary @Boogieboard Cottage
You did a great job! They look like they are having so much fun, and the food looks wonderful..
That looks amazing! What a pretty shower for your daughters friend. Lots of good food too.
Wow! This is just fabulous! Love it all! Food looks delish too!
What a transformation! Great job on everything!
This is certainly amazing! Looks like you had a great time — I’ll bet you hated to take this all apart – I hope the rain didn’t ruin it. Great fun with your post.
I am really impressed. It looks great. And the food looks amazing too. I am a bellydance teacher and I want to start doing Learn-to-Bellydance parties and I was looking for inspiring ideas on WordPress. This is definitely one of them.