If you love throwing Ramadan dinner parties, it’s likely you already know the importance of hosting with style. We previously caught up with Qatar-based, Bahraini royal Sheikha Raya Al Khalifa as she revealed her festive wardrobe of kaftans and covetable collection of accessories for the Holy Month, and now, the mother-of-two exclusively shares her hosting and decorating tips with Style.com/Arabia. Read on to learn more about Sheikha Raya Al Khalifa’s style, thoughtful design details, and the home décor she simply can’t resist.
On Festive Home Accents
My favorites are my Les-Ottomans pillows; brass, star-shaped serving trays; and dainty teacups that come with individual silver, star-shaped saucers from Ecru. My marble pineapple bowls make for a beautiful setting, either filled with sweets or flowers picked from our garden.
On Finding Décor Accessories
H&M has beautiful brass accessories and easy rugs, and Ecru has a bevy of home goods that I can’t resist. I’m a fan of Spoonflower.com—you can order fabrics as well as peel-and-stick wallpapers and design your own patterns or browse through other designers’ prints. It really adds to the ambiance. Our Islamic, geometric-print wallpaper was such a success last year, it never came down.
On Creating an Inviting Ambience
During the Holy Month, we live in a temporary villa within a shared compound with the extended family. This allows us all to entertain freely every night. As we often get together, I like to really make an effort to create something special. I usually add LED lights in the garden, hang lanterns off tree branches, and set up candle arrangements in my garden room.
I always like to have the smell of amber lingering from a diffuser. As it is hot, I have some 4711 cologne left out for guests to splash on to feel refreshed after their meal. I also like to have cuisine options in my menu offerings for guests, and I find a self-serve style more relaxed.
Learn about Sheikha Raya Al Khalifa’s Ramadans style and favorite accessories for the Holy Month here.