A Moroccan Dinner Party Design in Kelowna, BC
It was an honour to create a Moroccan dinner party design for my parent’s 40th Wedding Anniversary in Kelowna, BC. The event was at their personal residence on the patio overlooking beautiful Lake Okanagan and Quail Gate Vineyard. The dinner party was an intimate gathering attended by immediate family & close friends. The lovely evening consisted of love, laughter, fantastic catered Moroccan food, and live music. It was an amazing evening! We were blessed to be able to celebrate with them and reflect on their past 40 years of marriage.
The Moroccan decor theme began with my sister requesting a long dining table on the patio. My parent’s like trying new things and are always entertaining, so the Moroccan design concept was easy for everyone to agree to. Of course, we also anticipated a perfect warm summer evening in Kelowna!
Being the logical interior designer daughter in the family, I managed to sell them on the idea that it would be a good idea to sit on toss pillows on the floor at their 40th Wedding Anniversary (and not their 50th;-). In order to get them to agree to this (like any designer would), I guaranteed that their friends and loved ones would be sitting on quality custom made pillows with feather/down pillow inserts and that I would also cover the patio floor in fabulous Moroccan patterned area rugs. Dress code immediately defaulted to ‘Summer Casual’ in neutral natural fibres.
I quickly did up a concept statement to help my siblings get on board:
To create a white & neutral modern and fresh Marrakesh environment to celebrate our parents 40th Wedding Anniversary. The decor will be in various tones of white, off-white, creams, dove greys, and charcoals in a rich assortment of mis-matched Moroccan patterns. Color will be brought into the party through the use of creative mixology beverages, moroccan food, floral accents (mainly succulents), and possibly dishware & stemware. Brass & Gold. NOT-SO Primary colour will be RUBY.
Ruby is the 40th Wedding Anniversary colour. To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled with this (unless it included authentic ruby gems, which the design budget didn’t allow for). I was told over and over again that I needed to incorporate ruby, yet it was the fresh modern Moroccan concept I wanted to achieve. So, I figured that succulents had shades of ruby in and that would have to be our floral of choice. Later on I did add fresh raspberries in the stemware:-).
The evening could only be made perfect with all the family & friends there that joined us!
Inside, the fabulous Moroccan designed dessert table was created by my talented sister-in-law, Colleen Loewen. The table included an 7′ long layout of arabesque shaped sugar cookies in white & soft gold that set the backdrop for the fantastic 2-tiered fondant cake & dessert pieces. The wedding couple sliced the cake at the end of the evening.
*To my parents who have been supportive & loving my entire life in everything I do. Thank you for extending your grace and love to my husband and children as well!
Moroccan Interior Design & Event Decor: Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design, Canadian Interior Designer
Moroccan Dessert & Cake Design: Colleen Loewen, Kelowna, BC
Photography Credit: Lindsay Nichols Photography, Calgary, AB