Guests arrived at the studio via a carpeted walkway, lined with small Moroccan lamps lit with candles and then entered through an arch of thousands of chandelier crystals.On the sides of the crystals were faux-painted brass panels with Moroccan lamps.Once you entered the workrooms, the walls were hung with jewel-toned fabrics, hiding all of the tools and machines with which David makes his spectacular furniture. A standing candelabra lit the way, and there were tables with little finger cymbals for everyone and a small stage area for the belly-dancer. Lanterns and lamps, some of David's own design, hung from the wooden ceiling beams.The main workroom's centerpiece was a sitting camel from Bug's extensive collection of light-up holiday display pieces, surrounded by dozens of votive candles. All around the perimeter of the room were huge lounging pillows that Bug - a seriously talented gal - had hand made. A full bar was tucked into a corner and hors d'oeuvres lined the table.
The library/office and showroom were also decorated, with a statue of a nude wearing a small bolero and a fez.The food was Moroccan specialties, as well as familiar favourites including some of the most delicious roasted vegetables I've had in ages.
It seemed that almost everyone at the party had come in costume, from nearly naked belly-dancers and fez monkeys to a completely covered woman in a full burka. People had either pulled their costumes from clothes that they'd picked up on trips to Morocco or had purchased on-line, or had hand-made out of sheets, pillow-cases and a Williams-Sonoma tea towel!
Mr. Big. The Fez Monkey. Flip and Mr. Williams-Sonoma. The Little Drummer Boy and the Shepherd. The Knight Templar & Snake Man. The Tin Man and a Genie. The Little Drummer Boy and Me. Ali Baba. The Chorus Line
Everyone left with wonderful memories of a fun evening, as well as a specially-mixed CD of Middle Eastern music. Thanks so much to David and Bug for inviting me and Mr. Big. It was just great!