This event was all about celebrating culture and femininity. I didn’t know the gender of my baby but I wanted to host an event where the women in my life could gather together and celebrate the beauty of pregnancy and excitement of bringing a baby into this world in an intimate setting. I am truly blessed with amazing friends and family who did there bit to create a day that was everything I could ever imagine and allowed me to simply relax and enjoy.
The theme was An Indian Summer, where a tropical feel was teamed with Indian style ornaments, shell garlands and lots and lots of colorful flowers. The day included a traditional Indian ceremony where all the guests tie red string to my wrist to give the baby and I blessings. My mother in Law who is Indian makes a lot of effort to teach the family about Indian traditions and celebrations such as Diwali (festival of lights). I hope that my children will be able to enjoy these traditions for years to come and learn about their culture and heritage.
The guests all sat together to create flower garlands for our wrists. This was a unique activity that not only complimented the theme, but gave everyone a chance to be creative and of course have a bit of a laugh.
The menu was an eclectic mix including a huge anti paster board with cheeses, cold meats, nuts, fruit, olives and dips put together by my talented mum for entrée. For mains we had a combination of hot and cold sandwiches, chickpea curry, traditional Indian roti and samosa. For desert we had the stunning orange blossom, rose water and pistachio layer cake, home made pear and cardamom mini cakes, and a home made Indian yoghurt slice. The menu was inspired by spices used in light tropical refreshing ways. This was teamed though out the day will a punch recipe especially designed for the theme by a friend, including star anise, cinnamon, rose water, pomegranates, mint and white rum for the alcoholic version topped with edible flowers.