Rula Talhouni of Glory Box Productions fashions an intimate Moroccan-inspired garden party.
Spring conjures up images of lovely blooms and flirty floral gowns, and this imagery is exactly what Rula Talhouni aimed to recreate for her intimate dinner party. The event was set in a private garden perched on a hill overlooking the scattered lights of Amman, creating a charming backdrop.
Rula was also inspired by Moroccan design, a style with roots in 11th century Moorish architecture and that is known for its blend of Islamic art, intricate calligraphy and decorative tile work. “I wanted to create a rich and cosy feeling for this gathering, so I chose a burgundy-and-orange colour scheme, which is an element commonly found in Moroccan style,” explains Rula. This warm palette contrasted nicely with the lush green of the garden setting and the complex detailing added an exotic touch.
As this was a small dinner party, Rula used one, long glass table to accommodate all the guests, who were seated in opulent gold chairs. Ruby red, fuchsia, orange and yellow rose petals along with candles filled the clear table, an idea which came to Rula after seeing Moroccan water fountains brimming with floating flowers. This impressive setting gave the feeling of dining on a bed of blooms.
The table was dressed with translucent glass plates and matching goblets that were inscribed with elaborate yet delicate patterns. Every plate was garnished with a crisp white napkin and a pink-hued or burgundy peony, and set to the right of each place was a small finger bowl filled with water and several drops of lavender oil. Petite silver vases overflowing with burgundy and fuchsia peonies were interspersed with small white milk glass vases filled with pink blossoms.
The feast was served buffet-style surrounded by dainty orange trees whose fruits left a sweet aroma wafting through the air.
Table lighting came in the form of small tea lights set in colourful glasses and Moroccan lanterns, both creating a lovely evening glow. Clear baubles holding small candles hung from trees and were lit at dusk to establish a romantic atmosphere. Lastly, as the late night chill seeped in, heat lanterns were illuminated to ensure that guests were kept warm and could fully enjoy the party.
Photography: Courtesy of Glory Box Productions.