5 steps to plan a Ramadan iftar at home
Celebrating iftar at home symbolizes a coming together of social, cultural and familial aspects. It symbolizes blessing and celebration through sharing of food and eating together. Nowadays it also acts as a bridge-building exercise across cultures as invitations for iftar are extended to neighbours, colleagues, friends and clients from other faiths too.
Planning to host a Ramadan iftar at home is not as simple as it sounds. Executing a successful iftar party is more than just hosting a party. It needs specialized event planning which helps to highlight and celebrate the tradition.
Hafla puts together 5 easy steps that will help you plan and host a party that is cosy and memorable.
The essence of a Ramadan iftar party is food. Having guests over to break the fast means that you must have multiple choices of food and beverage. You can start with the traditional offering of dates and water and then proceed with an elaborate and sumptuous meal. Buffets work best when you have to cater to various tastes and preferences. Select one of many buffet menus or meal options on the Hafla website to get a wide variety of iftar party menu ideas like leafy greens, protein-laden meats and carb-heavy bread. These come with an array of beverages that can be consumed over the evening for hydration and a dessert bar for those who crave something sweet.
Add a traditional touch with majlis style seating
Iftar events turn out best when organized according to the Ramadan theme. Depending on your gathering, you could either rent low majlis style seating to be set out on the floor on carpets, a high majlis seating arrangement with coffee tables and two-seater sofas or even the lounge seating package. The lounge seating arrangement, though traditional, adds a contemporary touch to your set-up.
For an outdoor iftar party in the garden or on the terrace, hire an Arabic tent as a centerpiece for added theme effect.
Light up your space with Ramadan themed décor
Nothing complements a Ramadan iftar set-up more than Ramadan styled décor. Ramadan decoration ideas include lighting up corners with Arabic lanterns, arranging Ramadan Mubarak décor on tables placed strategically near the entrance or setting up a dramatic crescent-shaped moon installation in your lobby.
Outdoor Ramadan decoration ideas can be very effective at night. Canopy styled lighting on the terrace or in the garden changes the entire look of your space. Add strings of fairy lighting, place Arabic lanterns on tables or suspend them from trees or the ceiling to add glamour to your iftar party.
Liven up the atmosphere with entertainment
Hiring an entertainer for your iftar party brings a festive atmosphere to the event. Keep it traditional and choose between oud and kanoon music to liven up your party. Hafla’s catalogue of oud and kanoon players is well-chosen and comprehensive.
Be a gracious host and present return gifts
Send guests back from your iftar party with a small token. The perfect choice for an iftar party return present is a gift box with dates, but items like chocolate dipped dry fruit also fit the bill. Hafla’s gift box page offers you a choice of flavors, box sizes and bundle offers. Browse through the page to select the perfect return gift for your event.
Follow these steps – take some help from Hafla and get your iftar food online, as well as tips for Ramadan home decoration, seating arrangement options, entertainment ideas and return gifts. Organize an enjoyable and memorable iftar party for your friends and family.