Enter the Arabian Night as we celebrate the Year of the Horse!

Guests arrived to this private residence to find themselves transported to Morocco.  Walking through a custom built Moroccan inspired archway and onto the lawn, guests were greeted by servers wearing colorful sashes carrying jeweled trays of hors d’oeuvres.  The mini tastes included culture samplings such as Braised Lemon-Saffron Chicken on Beet Chips, Mini Kafta Balls, Stuffed Grape Leaves and Turkey Bacon Wrapped Dates.  Beyond the cocktail area lay a luxuriously draped tent, customized with rich blue and gold fabric and accented with opulent hanging lanterns.  Guests were invited to take a seat at the hookah lounges around the tent or relax on the custom floor pillows and large wicker day beds.

A spice market was set just outside the main tent on a custom built Moroccan street scene, complete with fabric awnings, woven baskets and an inviting display of colorful spices.  This design piece served as a stunning back drop to the different Market style food options.  Guests sampled favorites such as Lentil soup, Eggplant Salad, Muhammara, Hummus and a variety of warm breads and crisps.  The main event was the Persian Torched Skewer station, drawing guests in with the scents of richly flavored meats and the heat of the flames.  Guests selected their torched protein of choice: chicken, lamb or beef, rubbed in a variety of spices.  Bowls of spicy mint yogurt sauce, polo rice with tomato and cucumber-olive salad served as fragrant side offerings.

Twinkling lights hung overhead, connecting guests from the main tent to the stations and activities encircling it.  The evening finished with the opening of a lavish Sultan’s Dessert Station overflowing with gold and mirrored trays of Turkish Delights, Baklava, Turkish Apple Tea and more. Amidst the savory and sweet delights, colorful cocktails flowed from the bar, tarot card readers revealed fortunes and belly dancers beckoned guests to dance the night away under the stars.

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014

Dobin - Year of the Horse - 2014