Saturday, 18 October 2014

Have a Fabulous Diwali:):)

It is time for a big celebration . Diwali is all about warmth and welcome. If you love to celebrate Diwali in real sense of style , think splendid. Setting up everything ready the day before Diwali  creates magic for you. On the day of the celebration you still have time to do things like dressing up in traditional wear, to crack crackers, to do a colourful rangoli, to light lamps and to visit neighbours....all in relaxed manner.

Diwali decors and a party at home needs a novel spin. Happy to share few Diwali decor ideas and party tactics . To begin with start with a colour theme. Colours like Red, Orange, Gold, Silver, Purple, Pink goes well for the season and the celebration. 

Create Vignettes by grouping of diyas, colourful candles, floating candles and flowers. If you miss the scent you can get fragrant candles that smell like Jasmine. Celebration like Diwali calls for the lavish use of fresh flowers. Try fresh flower decor for the entrance door. Arrange roses or other seasonal blooms in vases and keep them on side boards, centre  or coffee tables. I do colourful rangoli for Diwali using colours mixed in rock salt. Balcony can have a beautiful lantern and colourful display of lighting. A brass or a terracotta container in the balcony with floating candles and flowers adds an elegant festive touch.

To throw a party.... set up a drink station with glasses and beverage 
dispenser so guests can serve themselves or hire a mixologist. For the dinner...... set the table with a theme preferably fruits or flowers. For the terrace party set up a food station with the essentials like cups, spoons, napkins, tray, ice cubes etc. Good lighting is a must. Either you can have bright or soft lights. There is no such thing as too many candles. Votive s, pillar candles, Moroccan lantern adds beauty and set the mood. Play great music(soft numbers).

The return gift to the guests would be a box of sweets, chocolates,  dry fruits and nuts or any gift with a rose attached and hand written thank you card.  

With the delicious menu and with festive creativity, guests feel welcomed. Everybody is going to have a blast and a good time and the lady of the house have a great story to tell later.      

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A Fall Decor:)

Hi there...This is my first simple table top fall decor for the season.
The basket, succulent, pomegranates, candles and lanterns  forms a delightful display for the season and for the corner . Decors with fruits and small guards during this time of the year , tell us the richness of the harvest during Autumn.    

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Southern Lights (Deepavali)

 It is the same festival, yet it is celebrated in two  regions  for different reasons. In North India Diwali marks the return of Rama to Ayodhya after serving his fourteen years in exile. Deepavali in Southern India commemorates the killing of the Demon king Narakasura.

The people of Tamil Nadu in South India on the day of the festival wake up well before dawn to take an oil bath.  A ritual that is carried out when the air is pure. It is equivalent to a 'Gangasnan' (having bath or a dip in the holy river Ganges) and is intended to purify inner self. After the bath members wear new traditional  cloths and jewellery and a  bitter concoction called Lehiyam a digestive is taken to take care of rest of the day's overeating. Then people light  the  crackers to symbolise the killing of Narakasura. 

After lighting crackers and performing the puja, a heavy breakfast is organised which should ideally comprise Idli or Dosa. Most of the  people prepare Idlis with other side dishes. Savouries such as Murukku and Athirasam sweet are also prepared as  a must for Deepavali.

The house is decorated with Kolam (Rangoli) designs made of rice powder and Kavi (red oxide) are drawn at the entrance of the house. At some houses  colourful Rangolis are made in frontyards.  In the evening lamps (Diyas) are lit and the house is decorated with colourful lights. The celebration continues up to mid night with cracking of crackers and serving of delicious dinner.

Newly wedded couples celebrate Thalai (first) Deepavali at the bride's home a tradition that is followed for ages. Diwali festivities include fried, high calorie delicacies with liberal use of ghee, dried nuts and fruits as it symbolically marks the beginning of winter. 

Idea for Diwali decor with luxe blooms and brass-ware!!!!!  

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