Ramadan is celebrated across the globe, and this year it falls between the 2nd of April and the 1st of May. Iftar is the (delicious!) evening meal, which is eaten just after sunset to mark the end of the day of fasting.
Ramadan is the perfect occasion to reconnect with family and friends and hosting an Iftar party is a fab way to share the love. From helpful to-do lists to sophisticated home décor, our guide is here to inspire you to host the dreamiest Iftar party. Get set for an evening of fun!
How Do You Celebrate Iftar?
Celebrating Iftar is all about embracing special traditions and spending quality time with your loved ones. These traditions might involve everything from wearing your fanciest dresses and smartest shirts to exchanging gifts.
Arriving on time is super important, so keep an eye on the clock to enjoy your Iftar meal at exactly sunset.
Getting to the dinner table ahead of time will give you plenty of time to catch up and exchange some smiles and laughter!
Create A Checklist
Hosting a dinner party requires some preparation and putting together a handy checklist makes the process run a little bit smoother.
Set a date, send out your invites, plan your menu, and most importantly, how much food you’ll need!
Being a host is often exciting and having a refresh of home accessories can boost your spirits even more! Celebrate in style and stun your guests with your finest glassware, tableware and cutlery. You’re sure to bag the award for host with the most.
Tidy Up Time
Welcoming guests to a tidy home not only gives you peace of mind but means you can maximise your space too – always sooooo satisfying to see once it’s done! Everyone has an individual cleaning process, but the easiest place to start is tackling that overflowing bin and disposing of any obvious litter.
Give surfaces a good clean with nifty cleaning products and blitz carpets with a vacuum, and your home will be gleaming!
Surprise your guests with beautiful scented candles and diffusers as they enter your home. We dare anyone not to love fruit-inspired Yankee candles and Nature’s wick candles – which make delightful gifts too!
Putting up Ramadan decorations is heaps of fun and will get the entire family in the festive spirit. Kids can get creative with arts and crafts and make homemade banners or buntings (for some more sparkle, we say go wild with balloons and streamers too!).
Beautify your home and make use of existing decorative ornaments by placing them in communal areas or directly on the dinner table.
Adorn your table setting with delicate dried, natural and artificial flowers. To create a charming ambience, we suggest soft pink bouquets or gorgeous pampas flowers. Dried flowers are a home décor trend we’re absolutely lovin’, and best of all, you can reuse them again and again.
Illuminate With Lights And Lanterns
There’s no better way to set a party mood than with elegant lighting. Wow your guests instantly with outdoor lighting draped across your patio and porch before welcoming them into your home. Create a magical atmosphere by hanging solar lights from trees or placing string lights across wooden decking.
Bring the decorative lighting indoors with luxury table and floor lamps and add some enchantment to your table with candles.
Tasteful Table Decor
When it comes to Iftar celebrations, there is always plenty of food to go around! Commemorate the special occasion by glamming your table up with elegant table decorations.
Opt for a vibrant colour scheme with our bold and brights trends, featuring colourful dining sets and cutlery. If you’re dreamin’ of a subtle colour palette go mono and minimalist with sleek accessories and for earthy textures, our rattan and jute trend is on-point.
Lay down your favourite tablecloth, topped with the best crockery and get ready to serve. Make room for stylish roasting dishes, that you can not only use for cooking but for serving too. And don’t forget to stock up on serving spoons – you’ll be needing them!
Dessert Table Of Dreams
The best thing about a dinnertime meal? The dessert that follows! Set up a dedicated dessert table and display all your delicious desserts so guests can grab as many as they please. We’ll be queuing up for seconds!
Before your get-together, set aside some time for afternoon baking and impress your guests with yummy home-baked goodies.
Create a statement with a show-stopping balloon arch and co-ord colours with your existing theme. A brightly coloured wall makes a fab backdrop or why not pop up some posters and bunting to revamp any plain canvases.
Label all your tasty treats so guests can pick to suit their palate (plus you’ll dodge any awks moments, like when chocolate chips are revealed to be raisins after a big bite) and have plenty of plates and spoons at hand – mmm, tempting!
Show Gratitude And Generosity
Ramadan is a season of giving and a great way to mark the end of your celebrations is by showing your gratitude and extending your generosity to others.
Take some time at the end of the evening and encourage family and friends to write a gratitude list of a few things they are thankful for.
Kids can get involved and put together a shoebox gift box to donate to charity. They can fill their box with toys or cosy socks to pass onto someone in need.
For any clothes you’d like to recycle, check out our Take Back recycling scheme that works to support our Tickled Pink charity partners.
For more inspiration on family entertainment check out our how to host the greatest games night and fun at-home movie night ideas.