Father’s Day is time to celebrate the most important man in your life — your dad! So, this Father’s Day we broke away from more traditional gift ideas and gave him something he would really enjoy. We decided to do a surprise Father’s Day picnic in our own backyard. It is a known fact that all men love home-cooked meal and outdoors, we decided to combine the two and made it a fun-filled Father’s Day outing with his favorite people, his family. Here are some photos…
“Every Child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~Pablo Picasso
The years have gone by so fast and I can’t believe Samay already turned six years old last November! I am excited to be finally posting his paint-themed birthday party that we hosted a few month ago. Since we have been hibernating last few months, I may just blame this delay on the polar vortex! Whatever it is, better late than never as the saying goes.
Just like every child, Samay loves to paint with his wet colors and paintbrush. My son’s idea of a paint-themed birthday party came about a couple years ago through his quest of learning and his determination of mastering every skill introduced to him. Learning truly is his passion and hobby!
To may super star: May you live your life with happiness and contentment. You have brought me pure joy since the moment you entered my life. Each day I’m reminded of the treasures you bring into my world as I watch you grow, absorbing the world around you, inquisitive an delighted to learn. You are what bliss looks like in a little boy. You inspire me everyday, in so many ways. Each day is special and every moment is precious because of you. The best parts of my day are your joy-infused smiles, tight hugs, sweet kisses, and when you suddenly put your little hands on my face and say, “You are my heart, Ma.” I live for that love and affection!
Here are the masterpieces of our little Picasso’s! I especially loved the idea of teaching kids the basics of painting one subject, in this case a gum ball machine, and seeing how they each added their own creative spin to the painting. Fun and colorful! What’s not to like?
A Little Pumpkin is on her way… let’s shower mommy-to-be on this autumn day!
Two weeks ago on a beautiful Sunday morning was my sis-in-law’s girls-only surprise baby shower. It was orchestrated by her dear friends Ajal, Samtha and myself. As we were tossing ideas on what theme to pick, it just came to me – Little Pumpkin!!! So darling for this time of the year. I had always wanted to style an Autumn-themed party since New England has the best foliage around. I totally wanted to take advantage of New England’s gorgeous natural backdrop, so I ran with it! We did orange, brown and of course pink and a slight rustic decor.
How could you not have this as the backdrop? When we first decided on the theme using my brother and sis-in-law’s backyard, the tree was still nice and green but we knew it was only matter of time that we would have a bright orange tree as part of our natural decor.
A crisp autumn day set the tone! A beautiful setting, beautiful weather, beautiful friends, beautiful mommy-to-be, beautiful everything… I wish to go back to that day, everyday!
Lanterns, pumpkins and autumn leaves. Ahhhhh! It truly looked and felt heaven on earth!
On the menu — we decided to do baby-size food. We had some autumn treats and delicious Indian brunch items along with pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider. The lip-smacking brunch menu was put together by my sis-in-law’s amazing friends.
And here are some photos of all the lovely ladies who made the shower even more beautiful.
We decorated baby pumpkins and played baby pictionary. So much fun!
We sent all the guests home with caramel dipped apples.
I can’t wait to meet that sweet baby girl. November can’t get here fast enough! I love you guys, Congratulations again!
Printables – Stacy’s Sweet Stuff
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” ~ Saint Augustine
I am fortunate to have an amazing sister-in-law in my life, for many different reasons. She and my baby brother are now expecting their first, a girl (I can’t even hide my excitement!), and I had the incredible honor of styling their baby shower.
Traveling has been a huge part of their lives together, I don’t know anyone else who loves traveling as much as they do! These parents-to-be have really traveled the world, so a Travel-themed shower was the perfect way to celebrate their “precious cargo” soon to come! They both deserve to have the shower of their dreams!
Welcome aboard to Bina and Chintan’s baby shower. Sit back and enjoy the journey.
Can you all believe this is a CAKE??? It was done by very talented Michelle of Cake.
And here is one more shot of the most AMAZING cake by Cake. See how they matched the cake with centerpieces (suitcase).
Thank you so much who all came to their baby shower. It meant so much to my brother, sis-in-law and our family that you were able to celebrate this special day with us. It was a marvelous weekend filled with festivities… I still can’t brush this big grin off my face! :)
THE WORLD AWAITS YOU LITTLE ONE!
Today my sweet Saheli turned EIGHT!!! We celebrated her July birthday in June before school ended. It was the smallest birthday party we have ever hosted as we are in a small temporary townhouse but it turned out super cute and fun! It was stress-free and a lot of fun to plan just in 10 days. :) I am taking a break from a normal post today to write my daughter a letter. Since she loves to read, it only seems fitting to write this post directly to her.
My precious daughter,
Eight years ago today, you made your grand entrance into this big world. In some ways, it feels like those eight years have absolutely flown by, but in other ways, it feels like you have always been here and I simply can’t remember what life was like before you were a part of our lives. It’s so cliche but you are growing up right before my eyes… It’s cliche because it’s true.
My sweet girl, I love your kind, generous, compassionate and nurturing spirit. You are loving and caring, and always seem to find creative ways to help others. You are the perfect blend of wonder, warmth, joy and love. You are the best grocery shopper helper I could ask for. You love to play outside and draw and swim and cook and giggle… oh how you love to giggle.
You are this beautiful little soul. From you I have learned patience, I have experienced family, and I have evolved. I am a better person for having you in my life. You are my daughter. My sweet, precious gift. For you everyday, I strive to live up to those words “You are the best Ma ever!” I hope every now and then I hit the mark! I love you to the moon and back!
May you continue to be completely and totally you. May you know how deeply and truly you are loved… by me, by daddy, by your brother, by your family. May you dream big dreams, and have courage to follow them. May you know you will always, always, always have a place to call home.
Happy Birthday, my beautiful baby! I love you forever and always!
Here is where the inspiration for the “Gray Chevron and Peach flower” party came from… My daughter woke up one morning (2 weeks before school ends), pulled out her hair band from her dresser, put it on our throw pillow and said, “Ma, here is an inspiration for my birthday party and I think you’ll do a fabulous job!”
These are few of my first finds…
Getting the Birthday Girl ready…
Here is the most delicious and amazing cake by Karen of Bisousweet Confections
And here are the cutest and delicious cookies by Melissa of TSCookies
Thanks to my helper, my sweet sis-in-law for entertaining the girls all afternoon.
Well, he did it! My little brother Ronak has graduated from medical school. I’m so very proud of him. It was such a great weekend spending time with family and celebrating his accomplishment. The day couldn’t have been more perfect. Gorgeous weather, great family, delicious food and loads of fun!
Here is the whole Sweet Table done in a fresh but sophisticated color palette of blue and white chevron pattern (my personal favorite pattern this year) with a pop of black.