Have A Hafla!

 

A Hafla is a Middle Eastern Dance party, and everyone enjoys a party right? So have a Hafla! It can be held in someone's living room, around a campfire in the woods or maybe a private room in a restaurant, as long as there is Middle Eastern Dance, Music and Food. You might have a theme, such as scenes along the banks of the Nile, a Desert Oasis, a Sultan's Harem, an ancient Temple or maybe a Nomad's camp. You can decorate the space simply, with veils, rugs and potted plants. Feel free to ask the guests to bring something to add to the ambiance. It's the enjoyment of the participants that should be the focus. Shared experience builds a sense of community, and it's the gathering together of people that creates shared experience.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

GAMES

You can have a dance contest with the usual categories:

Or unusual categories:

The Middle East should inspire prizes. They can be provided by the host of the Hafla or the host may ask each attendee to donate a few dollars towards the prizes. Remember to take guests financial status into consideration and keep the cost of the prizes appropriate. Or you can require each guest to bring a prize stating a limit on cost.

Some Prize ideas:

Or donated services:

Other entertainment which is fun:

 

MUSIC

 

AMBIANCE

 

FOOD

 

RECIPES

(For more recipes see http://www.recipesource.com/)

Black Olives with Feta and Olive Oil

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Moroccan Spiced Olives

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Basic Hummas

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Mrs. Arazie's Syrian Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmas)

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Corun's Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

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Vegetable Couscous

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Greek Croustade

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Baklava

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Instant Russian Tea

My mother made this every winter and it is now a solid family tradition. I don't know where she originally got the recipe, but I bet most American Baby-Boomers have had some version of this. I'm adding this here because the spices are all favorites in the Middle East and I think everyone will enjoy this nice hot tea.

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