There's nothing like swaths of exotic fabric to transport guests to distant lands. For a big group, pop up a bright tent that transforms the backyard into an outdoor dining room. If you're hosting a more intimate gathering, try hanging yards of sheer fabric as curtains or room dividers...add pillows and poufs on the floor for the coziest souk-inspired setup.
There is just something completely magical about khaimas (tents) & lanterns. One of my favorite solutions comes to us from Raj Tents in Torrance, California. They rent stunning small and large tents in rich colors, perfect for setting an Indian/Persian/Moroccan style mood. (wedding planning blog)