How to Throw a DIY Bollywood Party

DIY Bollywood PartyColour. Shiny things. Sparkles. Luckily, all these can be found inexpensively or better yet—made. To put together a Bollywood party of your own, you just need to get creative, and get over the less-is-more attitude. . .that doesn’t apply when it comes to a Bollywood party!

One of my cousins recently got married, this past weekend, in Calgary. As with any traditional (or semi-traditional) Indian wedding, there are tons of different ceremonies. That means that there are lots of different venues, different occasions and different decorations to plan. Venue rentals, fashion and all the other necessities are already costly, so it’s a good idea to be frugal when it comes to the décor.

Too much is just enough

Bollywood is famous for producing colourful, shiny films. Whatever the occasion for your Bollywood themed party, be sure to decorate with plenty of colour!

With everything you’ll need for decorating your Bollywood party, try going to a dollar or craft store. My cousin and her sister (her bridesmaid) hit up Michael’s and the local dollar store, for most of their decorations. Saris, which are traditional Indian clothing, are typically very colourful—perfect for decorating. I’ve used saris (which are 6 yards of fabric long) to decorate tabletops, walls, and ceilings. In the picture above, you can see that saris were draped on the staircase banister.

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Happy Memories Lemonade Stand

It’s hot out. You’re thinking nothing could possibly quench your thirst and give you some sort of respite from the never-ending heat. Oh look! Your friendly neighbour has set up the perfect spot to gather and get to know one another. They’re serving pink lemonade (your favourite!), have umbrellas set-up to protect you from the sun’s rays, and there’s good music playing.

Jolly good! Does it get any better than this? Happy memories are being created, right here! As an introvert, I like to have something in my hands, like a drink or something to snack on, when I’m getting to know someone. It’s too hot out for coffee (my favourite beverage), but lemonade? Oh, yes please! My favourite colour combination is mint and salmon, which I used in the image below, in several variations. I can just picture huge trees with lots of green leaves on them, dogs and kids running around in the backyard. . .lots of laughter, and a cool breeze.

 Sigh. I often dream of that kind of a weekend, as I sit here in my apartment in Vancouver. I so crave a lively home surrounded by people I love.  I hope to have my family living close to me soon. 

Happy Memories Lemonade Stand

The Vancouver Home + Design Show Prize Pack Giveaway

It’s that time of year – when you can go to one spot and gets tons of home and design ideas to help you renovate and redecorate your place. The Vancouver Home + Design Show is coming soon, and I’m really looking forward to it! I am especially excited to see my two of my favourite designers, Colin and Justin.

Here’s a bit about the The Vancouver Home + Design Show:

The Vancouver Home + Design Show is where it all comes together for any home improvement project! With big names like Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan, stars of Cottage Life TV’s Colin & Justin’s Cabin PressureBryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan, and culinary master Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, plus local design and foodie favourites, more than 325 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn.

The Vancouver Home + Design Show

Because I know you’re looking forward to getting lots of ideas and inspiration for your home, I’m pleased to be hosting this giveaway where you can enter to win products for your home and tickets to the show:

Grand prize ($280 ARV):

Hand Shower Rail

Hand Shower Rail from Save More Plumbing

Runner-up prizes:

2 sets of 2 adult tickets to the Vancouver Home + Design Show (2 winners)

How to enter:

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You can tweet daily to get additional entries. Giveaway open to Vancouver area residents only (or those willing to travel), as the Vancouver Home + Design Show is located here.

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DIY Painted Easel Project

This easel was found at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for only $10. I love that it was donated by someone who didn’t need it anymore, found a new home in my apartment, plus the money I spent went to Habitat for Humanity.

This easel came to me unfinished and a bit rough looking. . .perfect for a DIY makeover! The first thing I did was lightly sand the easel. I then used Minwax’s Wood Finishing Cloths to add a bit of stain to the easel. You can read about my process and see the post stain before image on my Being Tazim blog.

I wanted to add a bit of colour to the easel to make it look more interesting, so I used Frog Tape’s new Scallop Shape Tape to mask out some sections on the leg and front part.

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY Vintage Paint Refinish on Chairs

I’d heard about Chalk Paint in the past, and seen the different completed projects online, but I wasn’t sure how well the paint would work for me. Turns out, it’s easy to re-finish and revitalize vintage furniture with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint! With the French Linen colour I got, I thought I’d paint one of the vintage church chairs I bought from The Habitat for Humanity ReStore last fall.

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