So in the end I sat with my sisters the night before and made paper flowers. I cut shapes, Shutterbug sister assembled and Kooky Little Sister arranged artfully on the walls (the watering can and the shower of flowers were her touches)
The Eid banner I made a few days earlier for Eid:
Shutterbug is careful and quite good at taking the time to do something bitty quite carefully. So she was tasked with making the rainbow fruit kebabs:
The sweet table was hilarious. We started right with the table cloth colour and floral napkins and then somehow lots of random colours crept in.
Those halal jelly cherries were seriously good, but nobody seemed to like the fruit shaped colourful sweets in the glasses, we ended up saving them in a food bag and giving them to bratty kids knocking on our door on Halloween. I doubt they would have eaten them either.
In future I might have a sweet table with fruit and artfully arranged vegetables on it. I don't think Gorgeous really needs more sugar than necessary...
Saying that, one thing I noticed about this party that was different to previous years was the lack of screaming, wailing kids running riot around the house. When we set the food out to eat, it went very quiet and I started to wonder what the kids were doing. I went to check and found Little Lady with the girls and two bottles of cola and their plates of food eating and talking, like normal people. The bots were sitting on the stairs talking and eating their own food. I realsied that the kids had grown up, the girls were no longer groups of 3, 4 and 5 year olds, but a gang of 9-13 year olds, some of which were training to become alimah's or scholar's mash'Allah. The older boys were old enough to leave at home and the rest are computer game mad and spent most of the time sneaking off with their mothers phones and playing games.
Everyone bought food and it was fabulous. I was too busy serving and eating to take pictures. Below are tandoori chicken, pakora's, cheese and onion slices, chappal kebab.
One of my lovely Somali friends bought a great big tray of the most delicious, moist carrot cake. I served some to my husband after the party and he tasted it warily. He absolutely loved it and kept asking for more of that "Somalian Halwa".
I did dress up in this gorgeous outfit from Gul's Style which Kooks bought for me. Not a very good pic, but it was a long tunic with sharara or flared full trousers which look like a floaty skirt.. I matched lots of sparkly, colourful bangles which caught Darling's attention.
It was a nice party and it went on for hours as people came and went. Insh'Allah next year I'll be used to being a mum of four, will have a better routine and will plan the next Eid party a bit better.