Whisk your guests away to an exotic land of bold colors, Mediterranean flavors, and arabesque design.

What, no palace courtyard? Start by looking for a simple space to use as a blank canvas, then dazzle your guests with many layers of intense color—midnight-blue and luminous-green silk tablecloths, vibrant china and napkins, and candles in brilliant ruby, blue, and olive hues. Tablecloths and napkins, Nancy Angel for Angel Threads, angelthreadsnyc.com. Chairs, candelabrum, and all flowers, TFS, tfsstudio.com. All fabrics, B&J Fabrics, bandjfabrics.com.