Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Safa's Arabic Alphabet Aqeeqah



This past weekend we hosted my daughters aqeeqah party. Usually it is done immediately after the birth of the baby but we chose to hold off and do it when she was about 3 months. Alhamd it was a beautiful event. I wanted to share with you all the details of the party and how I decorated on a low budget! It actually was really easy but of course took a lot of my time mainly because I have a newborn at home. This really could be done in a weeks time. The theme I chose was an Arabic Alphabet theme that I came up with after seeing "monogram" theme parties on pinterest. I was really excited when I came up with it since it really wasn't don't before. 

 Backdrop

So for the backdrop I kept it pretty simple since the desserts would be the main show. I bought his frame from IKEA in white and painted it gold. I painted Safa's name myself in Arabic by copying a picture I found online. I then used table covers and taped them to the wall for the background. I then used IKEA curtains to finish it off. To add some color, we added flowers to tie back the curtains and balloons on the sides. 

Backdrop Cost: $70
 24.99 (IKEA Frame) + 8.99 (Costco Table Covers) + 19.99 (4 IKEA Curtains) + 15 (Paint & Other Accessories) 


Dessert Table

I chose to go with a pink, white and gold theme with a hint of polka dots. So first the actual desserts. I got the cake made from a friend. Cupcakes and cake pops were from Sweet Escape Cakes. Cookies were from Top That Cookie (they finished in seconds!) I also made extra cupcakes with my sister in law to fill the table. We also made chocolate covered pretzels. Lastly, I added some jars of candy. Most of the plates, jars and cake holder my mom already had at home (somehow moms have everything, yay!). We made the cake pop holders with styrofoam and gold wrapping paper. The desserts were definitely the items I splurged on--only because with a newborn I wouldn't be able to make everything myself. 

Dessert Table Cost: $500
400 (Desserts) + Plates & Containers (50) + Other Accessories (50)




 

Centerpieces 

Last but not least and the most fun to do were the centerpieces! We had 25 tables so the Arabic Alphabet was perfect! I painted each vase with an Arabic letter and polka dots. I saved some money by buying these plant holders from IKEA vs. actual vases that would of been way more expensive. The mason jars I used elmers glue and glitter on the inside instead of the outside. I liked it better inside as there was less of a mess everywhere! I bought fake flowers from Michaels. Normally each flower bunch is 6.99 but I waited for the sale when they were 40% off and used coupons buying only a few at a time. Yes, sounds painful but definitely saved a lot! I also got table runners from Pakistan for really cheap as it was just fabric cut into pieces. In each frame I found a word with each letter and matched a hadith or Ayah with it. For above, I did Saad is for Safa. "Indeed As-Safa and Al-Marwa are among the signs of Allah (2:158)".

Centerpieces Cost: $335 ($13.5 per table)
70 (IKEA Plant Vases) + $20 (Mason Jars) + 33 (Frames) + 75 (Michaels Flowers) + 7- Table Covers + 65 (Table Runners)

 


Hope you liked it :)

Sania 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

5 Spring Somethings Already in your Closet

Spring is finally around the corner! I'm definitely really excited for this weeks warmer weather. I love living on the east coast with four seasons but it's definitely difficult to keep transitioning every few months. Also..not wanting to give in to all the latest trends! I'm definitely trying to shop less and use what I have from season to season by just adding some staple pieces. We definitely have been consumed by fast fashion by just wanting to buy buy and buy! After watching the runway and this years spring collections, I put together 5 things that are trending this spring but are already in your closet! And if they're not, they are good basics to have for the future. 

1. Sneakers
Dress: H&M // Coat: Boohoo // Scarf & Shoes: Zara // Bag: H&M
You've probably seen this trending everywhere. We all had a white pair of converse, kids or adidas in our closet somewhere. I did buy these during the winter. I usually wait a season or so to see if trends are here to stay and sneakers definitely are! You can invest in good ones such as adidas or nike but if you don't have the budget for it then definitely get these from Zara. H&M also have similar ones. They're comfy and my favorite part--super versatile. You can wear them on joggers, jeans and even dresses like I did here. 

2. Denim Love
Top & Shoes: Target // Coat: Boohoo // Purse: Zara
I know you have a denim or chambray top in your closet. This is a spring staple that comes back every year. This year I was able to get in a much longer form. I prefer not to wear short tops so you know I was really excited when I found this at Target. Again, this dress is also really versatile.

3. Romantic Feels
Dress & Jeans: Forever 21 // Scarf & Bag: Zara // Shoes: Steve Madden
My go-to piece for spring summer is a maxi dress. And the fact how easy it is to find long sleeve maxi dresses is quite amazing. Do you remember the days we wore sleeveless maxi dresses with cardigans? Wow--I do not want to look at those pictures! This spring, its all about the romantic-victorian feels. Maxi dresses, lace, bell sleeves and so on. If you don't want to buy, just pull out last seasons flow maxi dresses!

4. White Out
Top: Forever 21 // Jeans & Bag: H&M // Shoes: Zara // Necklace: Aldo
White Button ups, tunics, long shirts were a common scene on the runway. We all definitely have some form of a white top. Pair it with some cute accessories and prints and you're ready to go!

5. 90s Sporty
Skirt & Bag & Shoes: Zara // Bomber Jacket: H&M
Lastly, the sporty look was everywhere! The tomboy inside of me is beyond ecstatic. This is one of my few purchases for this season. Short or long bomber jackets are everywhere and easy to find. I personally love long ones so it covers the behind ;) Mine is from H&M!