Long before the first date is eaten, your table should make a great first impression. Here’s how to decorate for your iftar feast with stylish flair.
Simplicity is key
Since the focus of your meal should be giving thanks and appreciating what you have, it’s best not to make your dinner table too fussy or opulent. Instead, let your dinnerware do the talking with a mix of colors and motifs that add cheer to the table.
Keep it casual
Create a laid-back, casual atmosphere by mixing large platters with small plates, which are ideal for sharing good food around the table.
Bring some natural touches to the table with on-trend succulents or foliage for an unexpected alternative to flowers. Select smaller plants and scatter them, rather than opting for one large centerpiece, which can often block views and obstruct conversation.
A date in time
Dates have a deep symbolic meaning, especially during Ramadan, when they are the most traditional way to break a fast. Serve them in pretty containers and leave them dotted around your home and table, so that guests can help themselves.
Touch of gold
Muted gold napkin rings add a sense of occasion and a little sparkle to a pared-down dinner table.
Add an extra-special dose of illumination to your table and home with glass candleholders, which are both functional and beautifully decorative at the same time.
Few of us can resist sweet treats, cakes and cookies, especially if they’re beautifully served on porcelain cake stands or pretty trays. Arrange these at the center of the dining table once the main course is over and watch them disappear in no time.
Always offer some healthy alternatives to the sweet treats. Nuts are packed with the vitamins, proteins, fats and minerals your body needs to stay healthy as you fast. Stock up on non-salted nutty goodness and serve them up in interesting containers so guests can continue to nibble long after the plates are cleared away.
After you’ve cleared the dinner table, serve Arabic coffee and tea in traditional cups for an authentic touch. Later, set a corner aside and leave a teapot out, so guests can refill as and when they like.