Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Surprise Arabian-Themed Grad Party & A Giveaway!

Hey everyone. I've been a little MIA these past few weeks because I was busy vacationing it up in sunny CA! Surprisingly (and depressingly) enough, it was a lot more sunny back here in MI than it was for the week I was in CA. In fact, it actually drizzled a few times which is unheard of right now for drought ridden SoCal. My older sister and I were both visiting from the Midwest so we believe we brought the cold with us. -_- Oh well, that's not to say that we didn't have an amazing time, because we did! Nothing can beat family and friends and partaaays. (Scroll to the bottom for giveaway deets)

My baby sis, HajBaj, is graduating from UCLA in just a few weeks with a double major and all sorts of honors and extra curriculars. It's pretty obvious that the entire family is insanely proud of her. To honor her major accomplishments, mommy, older sis, and I decided to throw her a surprise party. We did some stealthy detective work and invited all of her closest friends from school and some from outside of school as well. Then we got busy planning all the details of this surprise Arabian themed party.

My majorly talented sister Mehwish, who also has her own blog at My Slice of Pizza, was the biggest asset to this event. Together, my mom, sister, and I made almost every decoration, food item, and dessert you see in the pictures. Here's a little breakdown of everything that made this party a success.

For decor, I painted these beautiful henna lanterns/ mason jars that my sister turned into beautiful floral arrangements. Additionally, we decorated the table with confetti and fake diamonds we had from previous parties. 

We pinned up a plain colored cloth backdrop and taped matching colored streamers and balloons on top to create the dessert table set up. 

On the menu was baba ghanoush, hummus, pita bread, zatar and cheese naan, olives and pickles, tabbouli, spanakopita, cheese and crackers, falafel, arabian meat and rice dish, roasted chicken and veggies, and alfredo pasta. Yummm. My mom, the chef, made all the food herself with a little help from us girls and her closest friends! 

For desserts, we decided to make all the dessert we loved most instead of following a theme. I supplied baklava from the most famous Middle Eastern bakery here in MI. 

My sister made this amazing watermelon fruit basket and to-die for smores cupcakes with graham cracker crust and marshmallow frosting. We also bought a few more desserts - cheesecake bites and cream puffs. 

Now on to the giveaway! I will be giving away one of these hand painted, henna lantern mason jars to two lucky winners. The giveaway will remain open until Friday, June 12th and I will announce the winners soon after on Facebook. 

To enter the giveaway..
- like my Facebook page here
- follow my Instagram account here @ bestofwardah
- comment below saying what color you would like (out of pink, blue, and purple) and that you've liked my FB page and followed the Instagram account.
- (optional) for additional entries - share the giveaway on Facebook and Instagram and tag Best of Wardah in your posts. Write a new comment with each new entry.

Don't worry, if you don't win, you can also buy them for an inexpensive price at my Etsy shop, Eggs by Wardah. Good luck!

I hope you've enjoyed this post and can take inspiration from it! :) 

Marya Bangee said...

Salaams! Love the vases, liked your FB + Instagram, and I want a blue one :)

Anonymous said...

You girls are so talented Masha Allah and congrats to Hajbaj! Were the naan and pita bread made or bought as well? If they were made, we need a recipe! :)

Unknown said...

The entire set up was beautiful! Ma sha Allah ��. I'd love the purple mason jar!!! Been following on Instagram for some time. Liked the FB page ☺️

Farhana said...

WOW..this is all so pretty, tabarak'Allah. I love how you did the backdrop with the balloons and streamers. :D


suds said...

I'd love the pink mason jar! FB and IG liked :)

Everydaynaseeha said...

Salaams, Sis!

What a gorgeous event! Ma sha Allah, you really did an outstanding job! Your attention to detail is spot-on!!

I've followed you, with pleasure, on both Instagram and Facebook and if I were to win, I would love the pink jar. I would love to use it in my photo shoots!

Shukran for the opportunity, Wardah!!


Sarah Tasnim said...

Hi! Liked your Facebook page and am following your Instagram! I like the blue henna vase! :)

Ask Nutritionista said...

beautiful! I liked your facebook page and instagram and I would love the blue vase!

Unknown said...

Salaam pretty lady! Like your fb page, but I don't have an instagram :( In love with the purple mehndi vase :)

stevenjared0853 said...

Love this giveaway and Arabian themed graduation party! Totally amazing scenes had been created for this event. I would love to recreate such indoor party scenes in my daughter’s graduation party that I am planning to host at best Los Angeles venues.

Unknown said...

Wow mouthwatering and very tasty looking recipe. I will definitely try this at home. Have you tried Pakistani Cooking Recipes I love all Pakistani Recipes and mostly the fish fry recipe.

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