Friday, February 27, 2015

Hosting the perfect #WorldCup2015 party at home


India is a cricket crazy country and World Cup 2015 is here! Indians reading this I know I don't need to tell you that, but you need to go on reading this post cause most of you do not know what it takes to throw a good World Cup party at home. Trust me, I am talking out of experience. There ae very few parties that I have attended that have been nicely planned. Very basic things get messed up is what I have seen, so here are some really simple and thoughtful tips that will help you throw some really good parties this World Cup!

1. Timing is everything
Since the World Cup this time is happening in Australia, the match start timings are ranging anywhere from IST 3:30 in the morning to 12 in the afternoon. The most ideal here would be a lunch party as it would be simplest to manage. Also weekends would be easier. So check the schedule and plan a party on such a day that everything falls together and so does a match between 2 countries that everyone will enjoy!

2. Location within the house
Knowing which area you are going throw the party will make a lot of planning very easy. So decide whether its going to be in front of the TV or the garden or the patio. This will help you understand the number of people you can invite, decorations, what kind of food arrangements, seating arrangements and a lot more.

3. Budget
Once you have decided the timing and area, you will know what scale you can have the party on and then will need to take a call on the budget so that accordingly you can start to factor in on the costs. A little alteration here and there is ok but there should always be a general idea in your mind of your spending. You can also work the other way around and plan the budget first and then the location and accordingly other things. It depends on the kind of party you have in mind. Some people do not have any budget in mind and are game to spend whatever it takes.

4. Send out the invites
There are various ways these days to invite people for a party. You can call, you can email, you can whatsapp and you can also create an event on facebook! Make sure to send out directions to your house too incase a lot of people don't know your place. You do not want everybody calling you on the day of the party while you are busy with preparations.

5. Decorations and Gifts
Thankfully when it comes to cricket, everyone will be mostly supporting India, and so you can decorate with balloons and decorations in the country flag colour or the team jersey colour. Get jerseys for everyone if you want. You could also customize the jerseys with everyone's names and favourite number or birth date. You can keep whistles that everyone might wanna blow, pom poms or posters that everyone might wanna wave on a 4 or a 6.

6. Seating
If indoors and a small group, make sure there is enough place for everyone as you don't want to be falling over each other or dropping things on one another or looking to find yourself a seat. Get the extra chairs inside, cushions, carpets, mattresses and tables to seat people and keep all your drinks and food handy. If outside then you can spread the seating over a larger area or even make it a theatre kind of seating.

7. Drinks and Food
You can make it a BYOB(Bring-Your-Own-Booze) party if you have a lower budget or stock your bar after checking with your friends on what they would like to drink. Stock up on the sodas well. If the party is in the open you can have a barbecue. If the party is inside the house, buy some snacks like chips and nachos and circulate the packets, but for the main course, food is best ordered from outside. Keep it simple like Pizzas or Chinese take away. Even children enjoy these. I am in fact going to be ordering from foodpanda as they have a special scheme going on for 45 days through the World Cup, where you can get great savings from all the restaurants in your area right in one place, from the comfort of your house. Check it out here - https://www.foodpanda.in/contents/cricbites.html

8. Take care
Make sure you don't keep things around that people can trip on. Keep the washrooms clean and keep checking on them so that no one is at inconvenience as most people will be rushing in and out not wanting to miss anything. Make arrangements for people to stay back in case they have a little too much to drink and the excitement gets to them. If there are children who may not want to watch the game, make sure to set up a play area for them or they will be interrupting your fun. Keep your dressing simple as well as request your guests to keep their dressing simple and comfortable which will allow you/them to sit up on the couch or down on the floor without thinking twice.

While parties can be made really extravagant, all these easy to follow tips will help you have a nice and perfectly great time while hosting a great World Cup party in the spirit of the game! Keep the support coming! Jeetega bhai Jeetega - India Jeetega! :)

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Home Decor @ Studio Pepperfry - Experience it before you buy it!


When I started this blog, I'd never thought that I would be sharing posts on home decor with my readers in a few years to come. But as I moved ahead in life, came marriage and a home which was all mine, and there surfaced my interest in home decor from where there was no looking back. I am constantly on the lookout for unique pieces to do up my place. It means going to stores, visiting flea markets and buying online. The pleasure and satisfaction that it gives me when people walk into my house and appreciate the effort Prateek and me put in, is worth all the effort.

Innovation is the key to survive in this competitive world. Especially in a country like India, where similar ideas are turned into businesses by a million people and only a few survive the rut, why because they dared to be different! It means investment of innovative ideas, time and money to a whole new level, even though less effort and money can give you results. The effort is put in because one is looking at long run survival rather than making a quick buck.When I look at the various online businesses that have sprung up in India in the last few years, most of them look the same to me. Sometimes due to the similarity, I even tend to mix names up. But those few that stand out are always on top of mind.

One such online business that has stolen my heart recently is Pepperfry.com. Till a few months ago, it was one of the few good furniture and home decor marketplaces online, but come December 2014 it became my go-to site as it introduced a concept that no one else had in this country. It launched "Studio Pepperfry” - a one of its kind concept store which is basically an experience studio for you to check out a curated range of furniture from the online portfolio of Pepperfry as well as get design consultancy done for your house. This concept totally stole my heart as it introduces Indian consumers to a whole new dimension of online buying. What impressed me about the studio is that you will find no sales counter there, as the store is just to experience the cutting edge design, various types of furniture with different wood finishes and get an idea of the overall quality of the furniture from Pepperfry. Having a no-sales-point shows that despite bearing overheads, the brand is not looking at immediate offline sales but sticking to its model of online sales which is its main business. I visited the studio at Kanjurmarg, Mumbai and loved how tastefully it had been set-up. 






Here are some of my favourite pieces that I never really noticed online!


The lounge chair and and the book shelf are on my to 'Sure to buy list'! And while I am telling you about what I'm going to buy, let me tell you how the order placing process works once you are at the Pepperfry Studio. On reaching the studio, there are numerous interior design consultants who assist you in browsing through the entire range of 11,000 Pepperfry furniture items online and then run you through the type of wood and finishes with reference to the pieces at the store. Once you have finalised your piece, they help you in ordering via iPads at the studio and you don't need to wait till you head back home to place the order. You can also come to the store with your budget and aspirations, and these experts will offer you free in-store design consultancy on furniture products to furnish your home, reflecting the latest and best in contemporary home design while working around your budgets. All in all simple and fuss free :-)

There is more good news for you guys from Pepperfry. They have recently launched a contest called Design Democracy, which is based on the prinicple of 'Furniture from the people, by the people for the people'. It is again a first-of-its-kind initiative and all interested to participate can visit this page on the website - www.pepperfry.com/designdemocracy.html and submit their prototype designs. Check-out Pepperfry’s official Facebook and twitter page & www.pepperfry.com for more details. The winning designs will be brought to life by Pepperfry’s which will then go up for sale on the website. The competition ends on 28th February 2015 so hurry!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mumbai's Most Romantic Places for Dessert

It officially is the month of love and there's nothing more romantic than sharing a sweet something with your sweetheart! Chocolate and vanilla anyway have been known as aphrodisiacs from ancient times and so skipping everything else and moving right onto desserts is an even more interesting proposition, isn't it? ;-) But where exactly are you going to get the best dessert options in Mumbai when you are in the mood for love is the question most of you have, and so I'm here with the best recommendations(which are my favourites too) from some of the most romantic couples I know and are foodies like me and Prateek :)

Raina says - As a couple,one of us is a jaw full of sweet teeth and the other is a savory kinda guy. A very sweet and salt combination makes us enjoy our meals to another level. Our favorite dessert off late is 'Raspberry Delice' at Yauatcha . The dessert menu there is a clear winner over the rest of the sections of the menu, and this one is the pick from the pack. It's high on chocolate and raspberry, and does super justice to the texture of the mouse. All this and the way it looks all pretty in red is totally Valentine!!  The hazelnut brownie is a standout component. We also love the macaroon there, and rate it way above most hyped places for macaroon.

Natalia says - It's pretty recent that I developed a liking for cheesecakes and it may have got passed on from Francis. So whenever it's a desert date or craving for soul food, it's got to be Moshe's, Bandra Hill road . The ambience offers just the solace we look for. While I love the baked Philadelphia cheesecake, Francis has been a blueberry cheesecake fan for all his life. The creamy texture and the tangy tingering flavour of my baked favorite is totally relishing. The city lights peeping through the glass panes is just romantic and comforting. A must try for a coffee date.

Aniruddha says - Tiramisu at CPK happens to be right on top when it comes to desserts. We simply love how they present it. It’s like a nice huge brick of awesomeness with kahlua adding taste to every bite - simply heavenly! Our next favourite is the Red Velvet cake – we love the frosting done with hand-whipped vanilla bean cream cheese. 

Prerna says - We are two different sides of a coin that co-exist and I guess that's what works for us. One place where we both are happy souls is 'The Seasonal Tastes' at Westin Garden City. Their Sunday brunch is something we look forward to for their delicious dessert spread. While I like their waffle and sizzling brownie, Vikram is more of an Indian sweet fanatic and craves for their payasam and rasgullas. 

Abhijit says -  We love Punjab Grill's take on the traditional phirni - it's perfectly balanced as far as sweetness goes and you get surprised by the little bits of coconut malai in the dessert which makes it yummilicious. The other surprise is the gulab jamun at with Nutella inside and that makes it all the more different and special than anywhere else.

So other than heading for a night out or to the ice-cream parlours in Mumbai, these romantic foodies also love heading to these fantastic places for a sweet time. Are any of these your favourites? I would love to know in the comments below :) If you haven't tried them then please do, cause I can vouch for these mouth-watering recommendations!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Stunning hairstyles for my #HairIsFashion makeover

In my last post which you can read here, you saw the stunning makeover I went through at the Lakme Absolute Salon. I usually don't experiment too much with hairstyling but my new makeover makes it absolutely simple for me to style my hair in numerous ways. Here are 2 styles that I have tried and coveted and am going to try again!

MESSY CURLS FOR A GLAM PARTY LOOK


This is a really simple look. Just curl your hair and then scrunch them for this messy yet glamourous curls look perfect for any party you want to head to! 

PRETTY POUF FOR A WEDDING LOOK


A pouf is the perfect hair do for indo-western outfits. Again very simple to style. Pair it with in-curled hair and you are ready to rock any wedding you are heading to!

What do you guys think about these two looks? Would love to try any suggestions you might have for me :-)

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