Arabian Nights Theme Party

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Dreaming of a magical night filled with stars, spices, and splendid tales? An Arabian Nights themed party might be just the thing you need to whisk your guests away to a land of enchantment and wonder!

Whether you’re planning a birthday bash, a family get-together, or just an excuse to have friends over, this theme is sure to dazzle. So grab your magic carpet, as these captivating ideas will make your Arabian Nights party absolutely unforgettable!

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Tips for your Arabian Nights Party

Throwing an Arabian Nights themed party is all about creating a vibrant, exotic atmosphere that captivates your guests the moment they walk in. Here are some tips to ensure your party is a magical escape into a world of Arabian enchantment:

Invitations that Intrigue

Start with invitations that set the mood. Use rich colors like deep purples, golds, and blues, and add Arabic calligraphy or designs. You can send digital invitations or handmade paper ones that look like ancient scrolls for a more authentic touch.

Setting the Scene

Decor is crucial. Transform your space into a Middle Eastern bazaar or sultan’s palace:

Inside a party tent full of string lights


  • Tents and Drapes: Use fabric drapes in lush colors and patterns. Set up tents or fabric canopies if your party is outdoors.
  • Pillows and Rugs: Scatter colorful rugs and cushions for seating. This not only enhances the decor but also creates a cozy, communal feel.
  • Lighting: Soft lighting is key. Use lanterns, candles, and fairy lights to create a warm, inviting glow. Hanging lanterns of various sizes and designs can particularly mimic a starlit desert night.
  • Enchanting Entryway: Imagine walking through a bejeweled, draped curtain at the entrance, setting the tone right from the start. Add some twinkling fairy lights and rich, colorful fabric hanging from the ceiling to create a mysterious allure.
  • Majestic Sitting Area: Transform your party area into a Sultan’s palace. Think plush cushions, low tables, and lots of throw pillows scattered around on ornate rugs. Rich purples, golds, and deep blues will make your space feel like it’s straight out of a fairytale!

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Dress Code

Encourage guests to dress according to the theme. Offer suggestions for costumes, such as flowing robes, turbans, headscarves, and belly dance outfits. You might even provide some spare accessories at the party for guests who arrive without costumes.

Music and Entertainment

Create a playlist with Arabic music to maintain the theme’s authenticity. Consider hiring live performers such as belly dancers or a group playing traditional Middle Eastern instruments. These acts not only entertain but also dramatically enhance the ambiance.

Arabian Nights Party Food

Serve up a feast worthy of royalty with these party food ideas.


A mezze platter

1. Mezze Platter

  • Hummus: Creamy chickpea dip with tahini, lemon, and garlic.
  • Baba Ganoush: Smoky eggplant dip.
  • Stuffed Grape Leaves: Filled with rice and herbs.
  • Falafel: Fried chickpea balls, served with tahini sauce.
  • Tabbouleh: Fresh parsley salad with bulgur, tomatoes, and mint.
  • Pita Bread: For scooping and dipping.

Main Dishes

1. Kebabs

  • Chicken or Lamb Kebabs: Marinated in Middle Eastern spices and grilled to perfection.
  • Vegetable Skewers: For a vegetarian option, use zucchini, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

2. Biryani

  • Chicken or Vegetable Biryani: A fragrant rice dish cooked with spices, saffron, and either chicken or a mix of vegetables.

3. Tagine

  • Lamb Tagine: Slow-cooked with dried fruits and nuts, served with couscous or bread.

Side Dishes

  • Couscous: Fluffy and seasoned with a hint of saffron.
  • Fattoush: Salad with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, radish, and crispy pieces of pita, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.


A tray of baklava
  • Baklava: Layers of filo pastry filled with nuts and sweetened with honey or syrup.
  • Basbousa: Semolina cake soaked in sweet syrup and topped with almonds.
  • Turkish Delight: Chewy, sugared cubes flavored with rosewater or citrus, dusted with icing sugar.


Turkish coffee and Turkish delight
  • Mint Tea: Refreshing and soothing, served sweetened.
  • Turkish Coffee: Strong and rich, traditionally prepared in a cezve and served in small cups.
  • Rosewater Lemonade: A sweet, floral twist on traditional lemonade.
  • Date Milkshake: A sweet, creamy drink blending dates with milk and a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

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Serving Suggestions

To enhance the experience:

  • Use decorative platters and dishes with intricate designs to serve the food.
  • Consider serving drinks in traditional glasses or ornate metal goblets to add an authentic touch.
  • Provide a variety of condiments like pickled vegetables, olives, and spiced yogurts for guests to customize their plates.

Arabian Nights Theme Party Games

Choosing the right games can make your event truly magical. Here are some fun game ideas that will keep your guests entertained and feeling like they’ve stepped into a whole new world!

1. Magic Carpet Relay

  • How to Play: Create “magic carpets” using small rugs or large fabric pieces. Divide your guests into teams. Each team member must stand on the carpet and shuffle from the start line to a turnaround point and back, then switch with the next team member.
  • Materials Needed: Small rugs or fabric pieces.

2. Genie May I?

  • How to Play: This is a variation of the classic “Mother May I?” game. One person plays the “Genie” and stands at one end of the play area, with their back to the other players. The players ask, “Genie, may I take [number] steps forward?” The Genie either grants or denies their request in creative and funny ways.
  • Materials Needed: None.

3. Treasure Hunt

  • How to Play: Hide “treasures” around your party area. These can be small favors, plastic jewels, or even themed items like miniature lamps. Provide clues or a map that lead to the treasures. You can make the clues as simple or as riddle-based as you like, depending on your guests’ ages.
  • Materials Needed: Treasures (favors, jewels, etc.), clues or maps.

4. Arabian Nights Trivia

  • How to Play: Prepare trivia questions based on Arabian Nights tales, Middle Eastern geography, culture, or history. Divide your guests into teams and quiz them. Use a bell or buzzer for teams to answer.
  • Materials Needed: Trivia questions, bell or buzzer.

5. Sultan Says

  • How to Play: This is a variation of “Simon Says” but with an Arabian twist where “Sultan” commands instead of Simon. The Sultan gives commands starting with “Sultan says” for actions to follow. If the Sultan gives a command without saying “Sultan says,” players should not follow it.
  • Materials Needed: None.

6. Belly Dance-off

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  • How to Play: Play some Arabian music and have a dance-off. You can bring in a belly dancer for a quick lesson before the competition. Encourage everyone to participate, regardless of their dance skills.
  • Materials Needed: Music player, Arabian music.

Arabian Nights Theme Party Outfits

When it comes to dressing up for an Arabian Nights themed party, the idea is to immerse yourself in the opulent and mystical allure of the Middle East. Think vibrant colors, luxurious fabrics, and ornate accessories that sparkle under the moonlit sky.

Here are some outfit ideas for both men and women that will have you looking like you stepped right out of a tale of “One Thousand and One Nights”:

For the Ladies: Queen of the Desert

1. Flowing Maxi Dresses

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Opt for long, flowing dresses in rich colors like deep red, royal blue, or emerald green. Fabrics that drape well and have a bit of shimmer are perfect. Look for dresses with gold or silver embroidery or beading for that extra touch of glamour.

2. Harem Pants and Crop Tops

For a more playful and comfortable option, pair billowing harem pants with a fitted crop top. Add a hip scarf with some shimmering coins to catch the light as you move. This outfit is not only stylish but also great for dancing the night away!

3. Belly Dance-Inspired Outfits

Channel your inner belly dancer with a bedazzled bra top paired with a sheer, flowing skirt. Accessorize with a headpiece, like a bejeweled forehead band or a flowery hair clip, to enhance the exotic look.

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4. Jewelry and Accessories

Go bold with gold or silver necklaces, dangling earrings, and stacked bangles. Don’t forget a dramatic headpiece or a scarf wrapped around your hair. Embellished sandals or pointed slippers will complete your outfit beautifully.

For the Men: Sultan Style

1. Robes and Tunics

Men can wear long robes or tunics in luxurious fabrics like silk or velvet. Colors such as maroon, navy, or black paired with gold trim are especially regal. A belted waist helps to add structure to the robe and enhances the silhouette.

2. Vests and Loose Shirts

Combine a loose, airy shirt with a decorative vest. Earth tones mixed with intricate patterns or a bit of sparkle embody the Arabian theme. Pair with comfortable linen pants for a look that’s both stylish and practical.

3. Turbans or Fez Hats

Accessorize with a headpiece such as a turban or a fez hat to really get into character. These not only add a great touch to the outfit but also keep you in full theme.

4. Footwear and Additional Accessories

Leather sandals or pointed shoes can anchor the outfit. Consider adding a large, ornate ring or a chain necklace to incorporate more elements of traditional Middle Eastern attire.

Mixing and Matching

The key to a successful Arabian Nights themed outfit is in the mix of color, texture, and luxurious details. Whether you choose to go full traditional or blend modern styles with classic elements, the goal is to feel festive and fit into the magical theme of the night. Don’t shy away from colors and accessories, more is more in this case!

Arabian Nights Party Favors

As the night ends, send your guests home with a little piece of the magic. Here are some ideas for party favors your guests will love.

Miniature Lanterns

Small, ornate lanterns are perfect as they not only fit the theme but also serve as beautiful décor items your guests can display at home. Choose lanterns that can hold tea lights or are purely decorative.

Customized Spice Jars

Fill small jars with a mix of spices used in Middle Eastern cuisine, like cumin, cinnamon, or a custom ras el hanout blend. Label them beautifully and include a little recipe card for a dish or spice tea.

Essential Oil Roll-Ons

Essential oils with scents like jasmine, rose, or sandalwood can be a luxurious and soothing favor. Choose oils that are commonly found in the Arabian region to keep with your theme.

Turkish Delight

This sweet treat, known for its powdery, soft texture and variety of flavors, makes for a delightful favor. Pack a few pieces in ornate boxes or tied up in a small, sheer fabric bag.

Beaded Jewelry

Beaded jewelries in various colors and designs

Hand out small pieces of beaded jewelry like bracelets or necklaces. These can be crafted in rich colors and intricate designs reminiscent of Middle Eastern artistry.

Decorative Glass Bottles

Small, colorful glass bottles can be a wonderful favor, especially if you fill them with fragrant oils, bath salts, or just leave them empty as a decorative piece.

Henna Kits

Small, simple henna tattoo kits can be a fun and unique party favor, especially if henna was part of your party’s entertainment. Guests can take home the joy of creating their own designs.


Craft some bookmarks that feature famous quotes or imagery from the Arabian Nights tales, such as magic lamps, camels, or palaces. This is a budget-friendly option that can still be very thematic and useful.

Scented Candles

Choose or craft candles that carry scents reminiscent of the Arabian nights, such as oud, amber, or incense. You can pair these with a small note explaining the significance of the scent in Middle Eastern culture

Now that you’ve got some sparkling ideas, it’s time to send out those invites and get ready for an Arabian night that your guests will talk about for ages. Remember, the magic is in the details and the joy is in the journey. Here’s to a night of joy, laughter, and a whole lot of Arabian magic!

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