A "market vendor" charms guests.
A live donkey and his handler add ambience. Having so much "marketplace" food in front of the animal props required deft handling.
A snake charmer and her friend say hello to a guest.
Volunteer hostesses serve as decor on their own.
An oversize Aladdin's magic lamp adds to the mood; it "smoked" thanks to dry ice.
Table cards feature an Arabic-style font, as did the invitation.
The entrance to the cocktail area beckons with plants and fabric in vivid fuchsia and tangerine hues.
The "hookah lounge" cocktail area features Arabic dancers posing in tableaux.
A henna artists shows offer her skill in the cocktail area. Fortune-tellers gave guests tales of things to come.
Another area of the hookah lounge. Tents with ottomans and lounge seating create special spaces.
A festive tabletop in the cocktail area.
Wait staff, also attired via eBay.
The stunning dining room, featuring dramatic swags of fuchsia and tangerine.
Moroccan lamps add extra detail.
Gold chiavaris are festooned with hip scarves on the women's chairs; many women later wore them while dancing.
The lavish tabletop.
Three different centerpieces alternate on tables.
And the third centerpiece.
Moroccan tea glasses serve as water glasses.
The menu features authentic dishes tweaked to suit Western tastes. It included a trio of mezze salads; b'steeya with spicy stuffed eggplant; lamb with couscous; melon and pomegranate salad; and Sheherazade's dream cake, with mint tea, baklava and Turkish delight candy.
The orchestra plays authentic instruments including a kanun, a riq and a katem.