Continued from Centerfold
So you and your friends just want an excuse to dress up and have some fun. Here's a glam theme that relies mainly on little extras to make your invitees feel loved.
The set-up: Go on...make some cute little personalised invitation cards. You can have them printed out like business cards with the date, time, and venue on them, or make some cool graphic cards that you can e-mail out.
Spruce up your drawing room, and keep the lighting low and intimate. Lamps are a good way to achieve this, and we also recommend floating candles in bowls, and scented candles in little clusters on the side tables. Incense sticks are also an option. Get some elaborate floral arrangements to place at the entrance and in the dining room; nothing adds more freshness to the atmosphere.
Set little finger bowls around the seating arrangements and fill them with light munchies and hors-d'oeuvres, so that the guests can have something to munch on as they converse. If you have a bar at home, well and good; if not, set up a makeshift one, and serve up some fun and fruity mocktails.
Since you're splurging on this party, see if you can hire a DJ, or bribe the teen in your family to shuffle the music. Also, hire a professional photographer, who can capture some Kodak moments that will make great mementos for your party later on. It'll also give everyone a reason to get dressed up for a house party.
The get up: Somewhere between regular sit-down dinner and wedding glam.
The menu: Well, this one is up to your particular tastes. You can either order out, or try some of our earlier published recipes, but serve it in style.
Recipes of mocktails by Tommy Miah
2 cups milk
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Combine the milk, maple syrup and ice cream. Put in blender and blend until frothy.
2 cup sugar
11/2 cup orange juice
11/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup water (boiling)
1/2 cup of pineapple juice
1 bottle of ginger ale
Dissolve the sugar in the water and allow to cool.
Pour in a punch bowl and stir in the fruit juices with 1 1/2 pints of water.
Mix well and add the ginger ale and ice cubes.
Serve and garnish with fruit slices.
1 oz. strawberry / raspberry syrup
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
Put syrup, lemon juice and powdered sugar in a glass.
Pour inl the glass filled with shaved ice.
Add enough water to fill glass and stir well.
Decorate with a slice of orange, lemon and a cherry.
Serve with straws.
Activities: With a DJ in the house, dancing is one option. You can arrange for pair-off games where you divide your guests into teams of two and get them to accomplish a certain task, like acting out something, or singing a duet, or dancing a number. Finally, there's the countdown to the New Year, and this year you'll probably be ending the count with a kola-koli session and 'Eid Mubarak' wishes.
Music: While the dinner and the get-up are formal, let the DJ disco reverse the ambience. Purple fog and kaleidoscopic lights…it is time to get down wild and dirrrty.
1. Temperature- Sean Paul
2. Hips Don't Lie- Shakira
3. Sexy Back- Justin Timberlake
4. Drop the Pressure- Mylo
5. Jadoo- Habib
By Sabrina F Ahmad &
Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky
Photo Courtesy : Tommy Miah