Alhamdulillah Eid day was lovely, with family gatherings, meals together and lots of presents for the babies. I was so busy I didn't get many photos, so these are a mix of mine and Shutterbug Sisters pictures.
I started the day early by beginning preparation for lunch and cooking a traditional sweet breakfast of vermicelli cooked in milk (Sevaiya) as well as a snack that my husband used to have on Eid in Pakistan - channa chaat (chickpeas, tomato, boiled potato and onion with yoghurt and spices).
We had decorated the night before with banners and balloons. I always wait for the babies to come down in the morning because their reaction is just so beautiful to watch. I remember when Gorgeous was tiny and would come down in the morning and would just in awe of the balloons:
This time round it was Baby, although she seemed more confused than anything else:
We spent the night before making these sweet tubs. After the ridiculous amounts of sugar that the kids have consumed in previous years, I made them a bit smaller this time. The stickers are these ones from theMuslim Sticker Company which I have been using for the last three years but still have plenty left.
This pot of Lahori style kheer (rice pudding) was made the night before, my husband looks forward to it massively for Eid. Thank God I only have to make it on Eid because it takes about 4-5 hours to make and a few minutes of taking your eyes off it to burn and get ruined.
Everyone was invited to mine for lunch: my parents, siblings and their families and my uncle’s family. On the menu was lamb curry, chicken curry, pea pilau, salad, mint chutney and tandoori chicken. I was anxious about cooking for everyone as my mum usually does Eid lunch, but a bit of planning ahead and prep the day before meant lunch was ready on time alhamdulillah.
Fashionista Sister made us chocolate cupcakes for dessert:
The afternoon was spent hosting neighbours, clearing up after lunch and napping because our bodies are still in Ramadan mode.
We just managed to get up in time for dinner at my Uncle's, where the whole family met up again. We feasted on good food and reminisced with the older ladies. The guys watched Euro Cup football. Alhamdulillah a sweet, happy and blessed Eid.