A Moroccan Themed Baby Shower {With Monkeys!} Part 2 – Food + Recipes

I shared Part 1 of the baby shower here, with the tabletop design, and activities.  Now, I’ll share the food tables and some recipes from our Middle Eastern-Monkey themed shower.
The lunch buffet was fun to do, and easy.  I layered some woven rugs on the table as our base, then laid out the food in woven baskets and spice-toned pottery.  Chicken Shawarma Skewers were placed on a bed of dried lentils, and smoked turkey wraps were “spilling” out of an overturned basket, and wrapped in parchment and twine.  A mosquito netting hung overhead for ambiance.  The rest of the menu was Mediterranean Couscous (recipe at the end of the post), Vegetable Samosas, Garden Salad, and Fruit.
  • The dessert & cocktail table was styled with layers of authentic Sari’s, a painted pedestal from India (held the drinks), a backdrop that matched our table runner, and hanging lanterns embellished with gold trim.
  •  Jessie of Fairytail Frosting decorated cookies to coordinate with the signs & candy wrappers that Jordan of Polkadot Prints had designed.  The cookies were delicious – I personally LOVED the brown sugar & spice flavor!
  • The hostess also made Red Velvet Cupcakes & Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes, which we topped with tiny plastic pacifiers.
  • Our signature cocktail was named, Pear o’ Monkeys” Mimosas, as it was a mixture of pear nectar and champagne – and soooo refreshing!
The menu was truly delicious and combined authentic Middle Eastern dishes with some American ones.  You should give the Mediterranean Couscous a try for any Spring or Summer party.  It’s a great pot luck dish!
Mediterranean Couscous
1 cup chicken broth  In 2-quart saucepan, heat broth to boiling. Stir in couscous; remove from heat. Cover; let stand 5 minutes.
3/4 cup uncooked couscous

1 cup cubed plum (Roma) tomatoes (3 medium)
1 cup cubed unpeeled cucumber (1 small)
1/2 cup halved pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup chopped green onions (about 4 medium)
1/4 cup chopped fresh or 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
In large bowl, place tomatoes, cucumber, olives, onions and dill weed. Stir in couscous.
In small bowl, beat lemon juice, oil and salt with wire whisk until well blended; pour over vegetable mixture and toss. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.
Just before serving, sprinkle with cheese.

Styling: Chris Nease – Celebrations At Home /  Photographer – Hunter Henkel Photography   /  Custom menu, labels, and candy bar wrappersPolkadot Prints; Facebook page   /  Custom CookiesFairytale Frosting; Facebook page

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. 2 Parts + Party + recipe… does this party get better?!

  2. I LOve this shower, it looks so tasteful!

  3. Piggy Bank Parties says:

    STUNNING! I love all of the different textures on the food table!

  4. Frog Prince Paperie says:

    Beautiful, DELICIOUS looking party. Definitely would have enjoyed this shower!

  5. Brittany @GreyGreyDesigns says:

    The graphics are TO DIE FOR. Also love the details on the lanterns!

  6. Enchanted Expectations says:

    Such an amazing party! You did a fabulous job

  7. Jessy@FairytaleFrosting says:

    WOW! This baby shower turned amazing! It is absolutely gorgeous!
    Thank you SO much for letting me a part of it.
    Excellent work!

  8. Amanda at Shindig says:

    What a unique and beautiful shower! Everything looks gorgeous!


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