Party Decor ideas for Diwali

Diwali is a festival of love and warmth that gets even more sparkling with the magic of diyas that light up the horizon. Diwali also brings together family and friends for celebration, cards parties and dinner. So this Diwali indulge yourself further by turning your diwali into a special decor moment.


Table SettingFor colours we recommend you either stick to traditional hues of sindoor red, haldi yellow and rani pink but in a complete modern avatar, keeping the prints simple and classy. Reflect the festive spirit on your dinner table as well. Go in for dinner ware that reflects the oriental sensibility, blend the two traditional hues of gold and silver to add panache to the celebratory meal…..Like making the tone on tone flower setting in a precious silver vase, a treat for the eye. Also set a colour coded card table infused with the sheen of silver. Strew an array of rich, colourful cushions to sink in and enjoy the gambling. Serve smartly in crystal and silver bowls.

Indian mithais are so integral to the Diwali experience. Set the spread well. Cover the table with a rich textile that you fetch from your treasure trove…A brocade silk throw will work as well. Spread small, silver foiled pieces of mithais made of dry fruits—they look the prettiest on a precious silver platter or brass platters. Add marigolds, the most auspicious flowers to lend a sense of vibrancy to this yummy setting.

Femina 2012
Femina 2012

Not all the décor changes need to be expensive. As much as we discourage bursting of fire-crackers, we love using them in décor. Stack a bunch of silver ‘phooljaris’ in flower vases along with actual flowers. Use old Diwali cards for a collage and place them on cards tables with lamination on top. This looks festive and is cheaper than more expensive table cloths. Don’t just use fairy lights for windows, use them is vases to create inexpensive lamps, use them along the table runner to give a Diwali effect. Be careful though, they get hot so use the ones with fabric coverings.

Mostly be safe and have fun. A very Happy and Prosperous Diwali to you!

By Kashvi Mahajan

Recycle, Revamp and Reuse Decor Products

Each time we think organic and eco-friendly we instantly think recycled paper, natural fibre like jute and other such material which is branded eco-friendly.All of which sounds good on paper but feels like a very tedious task to actually go ahead and incorporate in our lives. But, doing our bit for nature in terms of recycle and reuse may not necessarily be a tedious task or involve a major change in our lifestyle. Even small things can be done to recycle and revamp our space.

Here are a few examples of how you can reuse and recycle normal household items to revamp your space:

1.Left with single pieces of crockery and cutlery?

  • Fill the soup bowls and cups with wax to make your own candle’s, which can be remade anytime the was gets over. They make great display pieces and can be used on consoles/dining tables. To learn how check here.
  • Single left over forks can make for great note holders. Just hang them in the kitchen wall upside down to make note displays.
  • Left with single pieces of plates, convert them into wall art. Pick a wall in your house to display all these plate


2. Want to revamp your furniture?It does not have to be a long and expensive process, a few tricks and you can revamp it on your own

  • To change your headboard, you can use leftover fabric swatches to make a cushioned fabric panel. To see how click here.
  • You can also add fabric or paper at the back of shelves to give a new look to old cupboards and shelves. The same can be done on drawers
  • Cover your side-table top with a coloured mirror, this will instantly make the piece look new and good.
  • Have an old shed door lying around? Use it as a mirror frame and have a beautiful mirror as your living room center piece.


3. Other ideas to recycle, reuse and revamp your space

  • Left over wine bottles-Use them as planters and hang them on your balcony (you can do the same with old light bulbs). Else put fairy lights in them and make them a light display in your living room. Finally, you can also coat them with bright paint and use them as a cluster of vases in different colours
  • Make memory jars– You don’t have to spend a bomb to buy expensive accessories for your home. Simple food jars can be filled with momentos of your travels and places together to make interesting accessories, they make for great conversation starters as well
  • Handpainted ceramic tiles-All you need to do is add felt to the bottom and you have beautiful coasters ready for use.
  • Old car tyres– These can be used as base for your patio tables.Place two tyres on each other and keep two such sets at a distance. Simply place a sheet of acrylic on them and you have an outdoor table
  • Art work– This does not have to be an expensive investment, one idea is make panels of various sizes and cover them in fabric them place them on a wall. Else use old greeting cards in floating frames and place them on the wall.



Flower Power

Ok, so obviously hotels spend a lot of attention to their flower displays. Beginning from the entrance lobby to the restaurants to the room, most hotels have elaborate displays. The thing I have learnt and been told by a lot of experts is, that most of these displays are not that difficult to achieve and can add a lot of panache to any room. Here again we have a few experts from Small Luxury hotels of the World  (SLH) giving us a few tips

Fleming Mayfair, London, UK

Yan Skates, Director, Bespoke Flowers, Fleming Mayfair

Image Courtesy- SLH,Flemings Hotel

“Our flower displays change in design from week to week, to keep up the wow factor for our regular visitors. So that would be my first tip- keep changing your displays every time you entertain. We take inspiration from new quirky venues in the city, study interior magazines religiously and keep up with current exhibitions in town or when travelling abroad. Inspiration can strike anyplace and anywhere so keep a lookout. Shop windows can be another great source. Another tip- if you pick from the garden or have a limited budget, a small number of blooms have more impact if they are put individually in vases. The vases could be the same or a variety depending on your theme and décor.”Hansar Bangkok, Thailand

Khun Surasak Jaijumpa, head florist, Hansar Bangkok shares his step by step technique to create a flower arrangement for your home.

You will need:

– Variety of flowers of various sizes.( I have used long stem roses, alstroemeria, lisianthus, amaryllis and tulips)

– Medium sized glass vase

– Bundle of twigs- (I have chosen red wood)

– Fresh water


– Begin by cutting the wood sticks to the height of the glass vase. Next line the glass vase with smaller glass tubes*, if you do not have glass tubes at home you can use the wood sticks in place of this.

– After the glass tubes are positioned, put the red wood in between each tube to keep the over all display sturdy and provide a nice colour accent and texture to flowers

– After all the cut wood sticks are places, add some additional uncut red wood branches to give the arrangement some height

– Now fill the vase with water. You can use a syringe to squirt the water the keep the arrangement clean.

– Now, cut the flowers and begin placing them into the arrangement. Tip- start with the larger size flowers first and then fill in the empty areas with smaller ones. And you are done!

*These test tubes are easily available at any chemist or even some stationary stores.

Here is a DIY tip by me on how to create an interesting Flower arrangement

Photograph- Binaifer Bharucha

Instead of using just traditional vases, use various single pieces of sets. So these could include a few small vases as well as glasses and cups of various sizes. The thinner glasses/vases can be used for long single flowers and the wider ones for bunches of smaller flowers. Place these on a long tray and put them on a console or in a round tray on your round dining table. You can use ribbons and lace to wrap these vases/glasses. This is a perfect look for an outdoor party.  Add more quirky elements like colourful beads in the clear glasses. This looks funky and doesn’t cost much at all. So go ahead try it and let me know how it worked.

To check out more tips on how to create hotel style at home click here

Discovering the magic of sewing

Why don’t you spend the afternoon creating your own designer outfit or a personalised gift for that special someone?

The other day I got stuck in a traffic jam on Linking Road. For Mumbai people, that is really nothing strange cause well you are either stuck in peak hour traffic or non peak hour traffic, procession traffic, car/riksha/taxi stalled traffic, rain traffic, you get my flow. So anyway while I was waiting in the endless jam and making a few calls (which is the only time I actually get to talk without interruption if you can handle the honks in the background) my eyes suddenly fell on this new store called The Hab. It had this great window display and looked very colourful (which I discovered later was by internationally acclaimed designer Manish Arora), well either way more exciting than sitting in the endless jam. So I went inside without knowing what to expect. The Hab, shorter version for Haberdashery, as the name suggests is a one stop shot for all your sewing needs. It offers multiple choices in accessories like buttons, borders, zippers, beads,embellishments, threads, do-it-yourself kits and other miscellaneous items.

So I know sewing is not something everyone has been as fond of as I, but really spending a day at The Hab could change that for you. The Hab has various activity zones like a sewing demonstration zone, inspirational and self-learning zone, professional training and workshop zone, creating a unique learning experience. The store also displays the best Usha Janome sewing and embroidery machines with a team of sewing experts to guide you through the process while you engage in creating your customized item or accessory.An ideal destination for budding designers, creative talent and fashion aficionados, it also wishes to introduce sewing to home makers and children looking to cultivate a new hobby.The vast variety in its inventory and comfortable creative space makes it a perfect place to spend a wonderful fun filled creative afternoon.

With the launch of its first store in Mumbai, Usha International plans to encourage the art of sewing by introducing the Hab in other cities in the next few years. So next time you are out with your girlfriends or want to make a speacial personalised gift for your friends why don’t you stop by here and get sewing.