How to Host the Perfect Iftar and Sohour We’ve compiled some tips that will make your iftar and sohour an enjoyable and a memorable gathering this year!

Iftar

If you happen to love playing host, then you probably feel the excitement of hosting iftar weeks in advance. However, it can be challenging to plan for it while fasting, so here are some tips to help you prepare an amazing iftar, while remaining energetic.

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Prepare dates, water and milk on a side table for people to feel comfortable to break their fast till the food is laid out. This will help them get a quick boost of energy and make them feel welcome enough to roam around and help themselves, rather than waiting to be served.

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During Ramadan, many people like to break their fast with dates and milk; then, perform sunset prayers before having their big meal. A thoughtful gesture would be to prepare an area with prayer rugs for those who would like to stick to their routine.

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Because fasting means you haven’t eaten all day, keep in mind that it’s essential to have food prepared that will help ease the digestive system back into its normal function. For starters, always have soup prepared with a side of salad. This is a healthy way to avoid shocking your system.

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For the main course, it’s important to include the necessary daily intake of carbohydrates, vegetables and proteins. Make sure to have  a plate or two of vegetables, as well as a rice or pasta dish. For protein, you can keep it healthy by preparing a plate of grilled chicken or meat.

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Then, comes dessert! Everyone needs sugar for energy after this long, exhausting day of fasting, and what better way to satisfy your cravings than by indulging in kunafah and basbousa? When hosting a gathering, it’s extremely important to have traditional desserts prepared for people to eat, while having tea or coffee and tuning into their favorite show.

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For your enjoyment as a host, it’s best to invite different groups of friends on separate days. This will allow you to enjoy the company of your guests, and they will also feel more comfortable if the event is not too crowded. And keep the beverages coming!

Sohour

Sohour is our justified guilty pleasure. You eat all night and wake up feeling grateful for doing so. After all, it’s what keeps you energetic all morning, while you work and get stuck in traffic. If you are planning on hosting sohour for family and friends this month, then here’s what you need to know…

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Unlike iftar, your digestive system is now back on track and is ready to take on whatever you eat. However, sohour food can be very tricky; your choice of food determines whether you will be hungry or thirsty the next morning.

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To help your guests have a productive day after your sohour, try to avoid offering salty dishes. Also, avoid serving fried food as this will leave your guests thirsty the next day. A perfect sohour should consist of dairy products, such as labneh and yogurt, as well as beans. These dishes are filling and will keep your guests energized from dawn till dusk.

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While we don’t recommend eating sweets regularly for sohour, you should have a side table for desserts and tea when hosting a sohour gathering. Some people like to indulge in sweets after sohour rather than after iftar.

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If you happen to be hosting the sohour gathering in your backyard, then a screen setup is a must! Whether it’s iftar or sohour, people like to watch television at all times during Ramadan.

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Last, but not least, if your guests want to help you out with serving food and clearing the plates, let them. It will make them feel more comfortable and less like guests.

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