{Turkish} Party Theme...

can't go to Istanbul, Turkey like Matt Luer... create your own Turkish rehearsal dinner theme. begin with the ideas below ... {bath optional *}

Fantastic ideas to throw an exotic gathering

Mez Platter: Serve your quests the ultimate in Turkish mezes: grape leaves, roasted eggplant, sheep's milk cheese, olives, baklava.

Serving Platter: French Bull Istanbul pattern.

Tea Pot: Turkish tea is full-flavored and too strong to be served in large cups thus it's always offered in little tulip-shaped glasses. You can add sugar in it but no milk, and you can have it either lighter (weaker) or darker (stronger) depending on your taste. Turkish tea is made by pouring some very strong tea into the glass, then cutting it with water to the desired strength. Served boiling hot -- you have to hold the glasses by the rim to save your fingertips from burning!

Party Picks: Eye catching party picks to spear the delicious mezes makes for easy clean up.
Tulip napkins: Everybody thinks that tulips come from Holland, actually, tulips are native to Turkey & Central Asia. The botanical name for tulips, Tulipa, is derived from the Turkish word "tulbend" or "turban", considered the King of Bulbs. In the 17th century the popularity of tulips brought a "Tulipmania" to Holland, bulbs were sold by weight, usually while they were still in the ground and some could cost more than a house. Eventually the tulip market crashed as over-supply led dealers into bankruptcy and many people lost their savings all for this beautiful flower.

Scented rose petals: Keep with the sensual theme and spread these on the coffee table or even in the bathroom for that extra touch.

Antique looking mirrors: Finally a party favor to keep, your guests will always fondly remember your fantastic party.

For ideas on designing a Turkish menu, view the video below::

For fascinating facts about Istanbul Turkey, ...here's the video

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::find all of your organic tea needs here

::answers to your travel questions about Turkey here

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