Hello, lovelies! So glad the festive Fri-Yay is here. It has been nothing short of a mad week for me at work. It was only last night that I started planning my Diwali weekend, looking for quick and easy recipes, figuring out when to have the family over, and only then, finally got around to decor. Decor can be a nightmare if you haven’t planned ahead. It can be a bigger nightmare if Halloween and Diwali fall on the same weekend. So if you are looking for last minute ideas, give this a read and you should be able to have a picture perfect house – inviting and ready for Diwali-een!
Pumpkin Diyas - I have quite a few pumpkins lying around the house. Inspired by a decorate-your-pumpkin craft table to at work, I have decided to decorate all of mine with glitter. Give the pumpkins a coat of mod-podge before you dip them in glitter. And don’t let yourself stop at glitter; stick some pom-poms, paint something, or if you are extremely crafty, try carving an Indian design and putting a tea-light candle in it. It will make the most perfect Diwali/fall lantern.
Fall leaves thoran - Spot any green leaves around you? This isn’t the time for green leaves and you probably will not find lush mango leaves either. So tie those fall leaves in a string and make a thorna for your front door. You can even use different shades of orange to create an ombre effect.
Pinecone floating Diya - We all have a collection of pinecones. I am finally putting mine to good use by floating them in glasses of water to make a bed for the floating candles. You can throw in some food color to give the water a cool effect. These make the cutest center-table pieces.
Ravana string lights - Halloween may be about skeletons and skulls, but Diwali is far too auspicious for that. However, you can still get spooky with Indian characters. Print and cut out the ten heads of Ravana and stick them on to your string lights or windows. I am really excited about this piece because I get to introduce my non-Indian friends to the evilest character in Indian mythology.
Serve orange treat - Finally, for the food, go all orange! Make dry snacks like coconut burfi or jalebi with a tint of orange food color. You can offer these as treat gifts or pack them as return favors. You can also work an entire menu around tandoor items (for starters), tomato pulao ( main course) and of course gajar ka halwa (for dessert).
I am having a simple Diwali - Halloween weekend while using these simple ideas to spend some quality time with the family.Happy Diwali-een folks! I hope these ideas help you celebrate and enjoy both festivals.
P.s - I will also be working on my Halloween costume this weekend. Follow me on Instagram to find out what I am going to be this year!