Gray Chevron & Peach flower Party

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. ūüôā¬†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!

~ Ma

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!”

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These are few of my first finds…

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Getting the Birthday Girl ready…

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Here is the most delicious and amazing cake by Karen of Bisousweet Confections

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And here are the cutest and delicious cookies by Melissa of TSCookies

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Thanks to my helper, my sweet sis-in-law for entertaining the girls all afternoon.

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Ice Cream Parlor Party

It’s here again, the most anticipated day of the year for my darling daughter, Saheli! Yup, her 7th birthday… Really? I have a seven year old? That can’t be true. Another year has flown by and I’ve treasured every moment I’ve had with her. Every moment has been special, even the tantrums lol. She has been a little spark of happiness in our lives! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
 
Her birthday was a small affair again this year, low key with lots of fun touches. Hot summer days are just perfect for ice-cream parties, and that’s what she had asked for. All the kids had so much fun making their own sundaes, with all the toppings they could ever wish for! What fun way to cool off!
It’s time to start screaming for ice cream!!!
 
 
And here are some beautiful photos by Per Se Photography
Saheli and I had so much fun making these red velvet cakepops

Graduation Party

The caps have been thrown, the diplomas have been received, the speeches have been made. You know what that means… now it’s time to par-tay!

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‚Äôt 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.



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Favors (Ice Halwah) by Anvie Sweet Fusions

Mother’s Day Brunch

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not. ~James Joyce
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!!¬† Whether it’s your first or you’ve lost count, I salute you for doing the hardest and most important job on earth!

I have a confession — I love brunch parties as much as I love cocktail parties so when my daughter said, “Maa, I want to throw you a mother’s day brunch party” it was gift in itself.¬†Though it meant I’d do most of the work, who says there’s a “right way” to celebrate mother’s day?¬† I’m allowed to do what I love, and that is to entertain in style!

Here is a brunch table designed by my kids and executed by me. And thanks to my hubby for all the help in the kitchen, killer mimosas, AND those lovely jewels around my neck!



Pixie Fairy Party

All you need is Faith and Trust and a little bit of Pixie Dust! Fly on over to little Fairy Arshia’s beautiful Pixie Hollow! Your heart will flutter while viewing these images.

Wouldn’t you love to turn into a magical fairy on your Birthday? Every¬†little girl deserves to feel like a fairy… what little girl doesn’t love Pixie dust, fairy wings, twirling tutus and sweets?¬†Arshia loves all things pretty & purple, she had her birthday wishes granted by her mom, Ashima… so fairy party it was! She and her friends had a fairy fabulous time filled with fairy dust and crafts.

So without further adieu, stroll through the Pixie Hollow and enjoy all of the delightful details. All fairies welcome!
 

Budget-friendly Holiday Tablescape

Wow your guests this holiday season with a simple, elegant, budget-friendly tablescape.
Budgets tighten up when the holidays roll around… between buying gifts, throwing parties, vacationing and taking time off work, your decoration budget may be small or even nonexistent. Don’t let a small bankroll add to your holiday stress! No need to break the bank, be resourceful, use things around the house… you’ll be surprised how your tablescape will come together. Remember to have fun. It’s not about how much money goes into your tablescape but more about the creativity. Your friends and family will appreciate the time and care that went into the finished product more than an expensive, elaborate set up.
Simplest things like personalizing wine glasses can serve multiple purposes — you can use them as place-cards so that your guests have assigned seating, also, use them in place for wine glass charms so the drinks don’t get mixed up and more importantly your guests will feel extra special!
Tie a whimsical ornament in place of expensive napkin rings. It’ll be a great conversation starter.
Here is a simple yet elegant centerpiece… I borrowed some holiday ornaments from my Christmas tree and a silver snack boat that I had sitting on one of my end tables.
Last but not least, a gorgeous Holiday cocktail ~
1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Amaretto
3 oz Cranberry juice
1 Jingle-bell gumdrop

Fashionista in Paris

Ooh la la… A¬†“Fashionista in Paris”¬†themed celebration as¬†Mademoiselle Zara Elizabeth¬†Kai¬†turns 1!

So about a month ago, my lovely fashionista friend Chaitali who I went to elementary school with called me to help her style her daughter Zara’s 1st birthday party — of course I was super excited! She wanted to¬†take advantage and choose a Parisian-themed birthday party while she still has full say over her daughter’s birthday theme.¬†We chose a traditional Parisian color palette of black and light pink.¬†Chaitali has always inspired me when it comes to fashion,¬†so I thought it would be perfect to style a “Fashionista in Paris” themed party — it was only fitting! The party turned out fabulously! Little Zara was surrounded by beautiful petite pastries and more importantly, she was surrounded by people who love her.
Here is “la petite boulangerie” (small bakery) which includes gotta have French Macaroons & Ice Helewah by Zara’s super talented aunt Vaishy @Anvie Sweet Fusion
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