Breakfast in jammies

Saheli turned ten last weekend. TEN! It’s a number that is hard for me to wrap my head around when it’s used in reference to my first-born. Ten years ago she was brand new, and I was a mother for the very first time. Ten years from now she will be twenty, and I will be an empty-nester with two kids in college. It’s gone so fast, but sometimes it seems so long ago. I look at babies and toddlers now and I hardly even remember my kids being that young. If these last ten years have gone in a blink of an eye, I can’t even imagine how quickly the next ten will go. The thought of my daughter going off to college and living her own life is tough one to swallow. But for now, at least I know, she is still a kid. I try to savor and cherish every moment I have with her. I still get to tuck her in at night. I still get to squeeze her and kiss her any time I want. I still get to drive her around to school and after-school activities (all day, every day). She still needs me. She still fills up my nest with sunshine. And I am so grateful to be her maa.

She asked for a slumber/pajama party to celebrate her 10th birthday this year. Since I’m generally not a fan of sleepovers (yet), I tried to steer her another route. It worked this time and I am hoping to (eek?) out another few year or so. We’ll see. :)

We decided to have “Breakfast in jammies” party combined with Zumba and it was a hit! She wanted mint green, peach and gold for the decorations, which I thought turned out amazingly beautiful! Soft yet glam! For the cake, she chose crepes cake instead of a traditional birthday cake, as crepes is one of her favorite breakfast items. Instead of a traditional breakfast tea or milk, she wanted a bubbly peach and mint drink. Followed by breakfast was a fun Zumba party. They had such a blast!

These amazing images were captured by the very sweet and talented Malini. We will cherish these photos for a lifetime.

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Photos: Malini Varadarajan

Zumba: Itsy FITsy

Crepes cake: MA-France

Pajamas: Li Li Fox Boutique

Mimosa Bar Bridal Shower

(Here it is, my long awaited blog post from a bridal shower I styled last summer!)

No matter how small, how simple a bridal shower is a must! It is a time to celebrate and honor the bride-to-be.

To me, it doesn’t get better than a Mimosa Bar when it comes to bridal shower brunch! Spring is full of celebrations, and mimosa bar overflowing, with sweetness and color, makes a great refreshment station. Besides it’s stunning display, lets guests design their own colorful cocktails while offering low-maintenance serving option for the hostess. Juice and fruits bring so many beautiful colors to the table. The only decor you need is some sparkly touches, some candles and a pretty cake!

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Magic Show

Abracadabra!! Allakazoo!! Our sweet little guy is 7 and it’s surely a magical number! This is the third year in a row that he has chosen the theme for his special day, and he has quiet a magical imagination. It was definitely fun planning a good time to celebrate another fun year.

A classic magic themed birthday party is a super fun theme, especially for kids. The mystery of magic is fascinating, it stimulates the little guests’ imaginations and get them into the mood for an unpredictable event. One of the best decorations and an activity is the magic show itself so we hired a magician for the entertainment.

Ta Da! Here are some magical photos by Sunil K Bonam

 

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Father’s Day Picnic

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…

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Paint Party

“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?

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Autumn/Little Pumpkin Baby Shower

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.

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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!

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Lanterns, pumpkins and autumn leaves. Ahhhhh! It truly looked and felt heaven on earth!

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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.

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And here are some photos of all the lovely ladies who made the shower even more beautiful.

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We decorated baby pumpkins and played baby pictionary. So much fun!

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We sent all the guests home with caramel dipped apples.

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I can’t wait to meet that sweet baby girl. November can’t get here fast enough! I love you guys, Congratulations again!

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Vendor Credits:

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Travel Baby Shower

“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.

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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!