Eid Mubarak!…Eid-al-Fitr 2019/1440

Wishing you all a lovely Eid and hope it’s been a fun celebration for you all!

I’ve had wonderful week of food, family and fun this Eid (which I’m sure will carry on onto the weekend for me!)

We had lots of guests over at my mum’s house for lunch (and dinner!) which meant an abundance of food, and lots of cheeky kids running around!

Here’s a peek at my Eid celebrations this week, I actually managed to put on some henna on myself for once, and everyone looked amazing all dressed up! And of course after a special month of Ramadan, we all very much enjoyed our food : )

Our Eid-al-Adha – Flowery dresses, twirling babies and rainbow balloons

We celebrated Eid-al-Adha this weekend, which was a special Eid for me as it was the first one for me after marriage, and meant that I could spend time with the family and also with my husband. We were invited to dinner at my eldest sister’s house, and also for lunch at my mum’s house the next day, so we had a busy dance card!

One of the best things about celebrating Eid is that it’s always a fun day, the family gets together from all over London (and Luton!) and there’s always good food. I love the spirit in the air as well, the younger children are excited about presents, sweets and new clothes, and the bigger kids (i.e. us) are excited about dressing up, good food and seeing all the babies!

Below is just some of the decor from my sister‘s house, which she always makes an effort to put up every year for Eid – I love the fairy lights and the rainbow balloons!

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The highlight of the day as usual was the beautifully cooked food, from both my mum and my sister (my husband left both houses rubbing his stomach and eyeing up more helpings he couldn’t fit into his stomach!) My mum makes it a rule to always have a feast for Eid every year, and she didn’t disappoint this year either – there was plenty of variety and plenty of curries, starters and sweet dishes!

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And of course, for Eid isn’t complete without some beautiful dresses, which I was spoiled with this year, as my mother-in-law sent me a beautiful set of outfits and my mum bought me a new outfit for Eid. My sisters and sister-in-law looked amazing on the day with their new outfits, and the nieces even more adorable in their party dresses which they spend the day twirling around in (I won’t bother mentioning the dress code of men of the family cos…frankly, we don’t look at what they wear) Here’s a look at some of the beautiful outfits we wore on Eid:

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My husband and I ended Eid day with dinner at his best friend’s house, followed by a sneaky late-night movie at the local cinema (which was actually very good!) The whole day was a warm, low-key gathering which was perfect for us, easy to relax followed by a vain session of taking photos in various angles!
I hope you all had a wonderful Eid and weekend, and if you don’t celebrate Eid then I hope you still see the beauty I do in Eid – not only an opportunity to spend time with friends, family and have good food, but also a chance to reflect on the year to come and to remember how lucky we are.

Journal Your Ramadan – Day #27: Decor

When we were younger,  we used to stay up late on the night before Eid to decorate the house with ribbons and balloons, which was always a fun part of getting ready for Eid celebrations. The last few years we haven’t really done this, although my sister always decorates her house amazingly with beautiful banners or balloons – below are just a few of the ones she has made over the years.

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This year I thought I’d have a quick look around in some party shops to see what decoration they had, which were mostly balloons, crepe, ribbons and err…some candles. I’m still debating whether to put some balloons up in the house, but if not, then my sisters and I will be plenty dressed up to decorate the house!

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The Pink, Green and Blue Party

My niece had a party a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the first time she finished reading her Quran, which of course, we did in true style with colour co-ordinated food and decor (the sweet bar, of course was our main eye candy!), complete with numerous children, plenty of chittering (the children), and a broken snooker table (the children again, well, the boys anyway). While my eldest sister made the scrumptious food, and another sister provided beautiful treats of cakes and cupcakes, I erm…made a balloon arch.

Here’s how to make a balloon arch if you ever want to try it for yourself (although the balloons we used didn’t have any helium so ended up being an up-side down balloon arch, despite a lot of sellotape):

1. Blow up balloons, and cut the length of wire you need – I used garden wire. Tie each end to something sturdy so it won’t move.
2. Tie two or three balloons together at the ends (I tied to because it was easier), then the doubled balloons using string, and tie onto the wire.
3. Continue fastening the rest of the doubled (or tripled) bunches onto the wire, and make sure to leave space between them so they don’t get too bunched up. It’s also up to you how you want the colour arrangements.
4. Secure each end of the finished arch onto where you want it (in our case the ends of the bookcase, but you can stick it again a wall in a traditional arch, or even over a doorway) and stick down using sellotape/bluetack/staple-guns/toffee.

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The party was great fun, of course, and our biggest success was the pretty rainbow fruit skewers kebabs my sister made which got eaten up very quickly (We did worry that the kids might poke themselves with the wooden skewers, but worry not, they’re sharper than we gave them credit for).  I can’t say the same for my sister’s Malteser/Chocolate Fingers which got abused throughout the party (some little fingers took some random maltesers and fingers, but left the cake), but the cake got eaten at the end too. Little Lady, Hostess of the party, had her own party by the end of it, locked in her room playing Truth or Dare and I don’t know what else with her own little circle of friends (we could hear how much fun they had every time they ran up and down the stairs!). At the end of the night, we were all very, very full, the cupcakes had been demolished, every room in the house had been trashed and the children all went home and presumably had a very good sleep that night.
And that’s how we party : )

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Eid Mubarak!….A Day of Food, Flowers and Family

We’ve had a busy weekend at the Harlequin household, starting with Eid celebrations, which began on Friday (not to mention the night-before shenanigans with last-minute shopping, mehndi being done out on the main streets and bangle shopping), and ended late into the night (complete with bowling, some questionable arcade game dancing and lots of coca-cola).

I think the best part was probably the two babies in our family being poked and prodded (in a nice way!) the whole day, and just looking, well, adorable.

So if you’re celebrating, Eid Mubarak! Here’s some eye candy to give a peek into what my house was like on the day, I completely forgot to take pictures of the presents (the boys all got socks and rubber-band guns. Don’t ask.), but we did get lots of pretty goodies and it was great to have the whole noisy crowd under one roof. With lots of cake, of course!

A Yellowy Baby Shower Suprise!

We had a supreez Baby Shower for my eldest sister, after much lying, denying and outright barefaced fake-ignorance, which resulted in a very suspicious sister. Thank god the whole family was in it (not without a few slips, apparently asking a group of women to keep a secret for a few weeks is a very tall order!) and manage to keep it quiet enough to have some element of surprise anyway. Apparently I’m not a very good liar, but I’m just gonna put that down to my sister’s hormones and not knowing what planet she’s on. Geez.

But, Ladies and Gentlebeans, it was tow-tally fun.  You can see her reaction here, well worth it. We had a yellow theme, with banners, streamers, cakes and favour bags (we had some seriously cute balloons too but they flew away. True story.) The best present had to be the deceptive-looking cake, which turned out to be made of nappies – made overnight by a very nice friend of my sister’s! There were plenty of games, fresh fruit, and fresh-cream cakes for all, to go with some seriously pretty flowers from my mum and a lot of yakkety-yakking by everyone.

So yes, a good weekend was had by all. If only those balloons hadn’t flew away, eh?

Airigami: Balloons and the Art of Bending Air

Airigami, described as the “fine art of bending air” shows an amazingly complex sculptures models made entirely from cleverly bended balloons. This innovative project, led by Larry Moss and Kelly Cheetle as well as a team of artists, the Airigami group has ventured into a range of ideas, including the Jurassic sculpures exhibition, the Airigami fashion ramp (consisting of garments made entirely from balloons!), and ‘masterpieces’ that has been recreated (such as the Mona Lisa below), as well as other ideas. I think my favourite theme would be the fairytale projects, which recreate well-know fairy tales with balloons, which the team are currently turning into a book. All in all, some wonderful ideas here, and it’s great fun looking through the different ideas that Airigami has followed.
You can explore more of Airigami designs at their website, and also follow the latest news on their blog.

Has anyone seen any of these? Which one is your favourite?

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