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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/10/2010

New party trend? The Bahraini ambassador hired a henna artist for her fete; maybe you should too!

By The Reliable Source

Hadia Abul-Qasim at work at Bahrain's National Day reception at the Ritz-Carlton. (Tony Powell for the Embassy of Bahrain)

So you thought your holiday party was special because it had a chocolate fountain. For a grand reception celebrating her country's National Day, the ambassador from Bahrain Houda Ezra Nonoo provided her guests with a henna artist. (Also, a lavish buffet of lamb, fish, saffron risotto. And: a chocolate fountain.)

Guests arriving at the Ritz-Carlton ballroom were intrigued by the woman at the back of the room bent over one wrist after another in intense concentration. Was she a palm reader? When they came closer, they saw that Hadia Abul-Qasim was painting intricate black designs along any willing arm. A line of women quickly formed. The ambassador told us the henna artist has been a popular fixture at her parties for the past few years. Does she get herself decorated? "I just don't have the patience," Nonoo said, "to let it dry."

By The Reliable Source  | December 10, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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She is fantastic! Do you have any contact information for her? I'd love to hire her for a friend's henna ceremony.

Posted by: jsid | December 10, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

yeah, they were doing this at a dot-com bash I attended in San Francisco in 1999. Big whoop, DC...

Posted by: patriciawsf | December 10, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Are you suggesting San Francisco might be more hip than D.C.? Controversial! ;)

Posted by: The Reliable Source | December 10, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

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