Boston Event Spotlight: Moroccan-themed Party
PerkinElmer is an innovative leader in the scientific community who believes in creative ways to reward employees for their hard work and dedication to the company.
This year’s employee appreciation party whisked employees away from their desks to a colorful Moroccan open-air marketplace complete with cozy cabanas and the unique North African cuisine.
We partnered with Rentals Unlimited and New England Country Rentals to make PerkinElmer’s courtyard at the Waltham office into a relaxing, unique space. 300 employees enjoyed the summer weather as they reminisced about company accomplishments and future endeavors.
Exotic Eastern Décor
Vibrant red and orange serving bowls were as bold in color as the spice in our food. Metallic linens were scattered neatly amongst the exotic foods while towers of Moroccan spices and glass bowls of lemons and limes added another pop of color to the décor.
We accessorized with a variety of tagine pots traditionally used for cooking delicious meat and vegetable stews. Beautiful potted plants and candle lanterns completed the warm feeling of a lovely summer evening in the courtyard.
Calm Oasis Furniture
We used traditional Moroccan linens to drape around the cabana lounges. Low-lying furniture and bamboo chairs, which are typical in Moroccan homes, gave guests a place to mingle with colleagues while tasting some of the food or drinks.
The carved details in the coffee table were another unique addition to the furniture details.
Tastes of the East
Moroccan souks are open-air marketplaces that are famous for the assortments of fresh food. Wooden frames accented the vibrant orange menus at the souk held especially for PerkinElmer’s employees.
Moroccan Adventure With Appetizers
Here is the intoxicating sampling from North Africa and India that had guests wondering what may be in store for the main entrée.
- Grilled Naan
- Cucumber Raita
- Mango Pickle
- Cilantro and Coriander Chutney
- Ras El Hanout Hummus
- Harissa Edamame Hummus
- Zesty Lemon Date Spread
- Paneer Cheese
- Fresh Summer Vegetables
- Trio of Olives
Casablanca Market Stand
Surely guests smelled the delicious slow-cooked beef, lamb, chicken, salmon and fish awaiting them. We exemplified the tastes of Morocco with these dishes:
- Grilled beef and lamb kebabs with roasted grapes and cilantro chutney
- Zatar Chicken and Couscous Plate: Roasted chicken, preserved lemon couscous and tomato jam
- Salmon Tagine Plate: Grilled salmon, tomatoes, olives, raisins, almonds and jasmine rice
- Ras El Hanout: Chickpea battered fish, eggplant relish and saffron pearl couscous
Celebrating With a Few Drinks
Perkin Elmer employees had plenty to celebrate during their yearly appreciation party, which was the perfect reason to enjoy a cold beverage in the courtyard. Guests had a list of items to cleanse the palate of the spiced Moroccan flavors. In addition to sodas and sparkling water, our drink menu included the following list of wines and beers:
- Bella Sera Pinot Grigio, Italy
- Canyon Road Chardonnay, California
- Red Tree Pinot Noir, California
- Pacifico Sur Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
- Sam Adams Seasonal and Lager
- Harpoon IPA
Desserts of the Orient were the perfect way to complete a fun experience with colleagues at this event. Guests had a variety of exotic tastes to try, including:
- Orange Spice Cupcakes
- Baklava Tartlets
- Date Truffles
- Warm Moroccan Donuts
- Chocolate Mousse Shooter
- Almond Shortbread Cookies
BG Events & Catering prides itself on bold, creative events certain to provide lovely memories for you and your guests. If you are looking for a crew to style and plan your event, please contact us for a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!
Timothy Seeberg is a Senior Event Planner at BG.