When our first-floor flat was all done up in Diwali decorations, I often considered leaving them up for the entire year. The glittering candles and fruity scents are so welcoming, but I suppose it wouldn’t feel quite as appropriate now. When we are getting used to shorter days, colder nights and London ’s drizzle but desperately waiting for the rainy week to be over, this midweek had some fun and festivity stored for us.
Rangoli on a Thali: Made with fresh flowers, handmade diyas and scented tealights, presented on a Moroccan silver plate
Our flat was made a transition from low-light affair complemented with all white/beige furnitures to everything bright, colorful and lit up for Diwali. The decorations were all relatively subtle with scented tealights, fresh flowers, handmade diyas, Moroccan silverware and painted, colorful tea glasses used as tealight holders. It was about bringing organic back! I reused the handmade diyas from last year, it was not only economic but also saved my time from going to the market to bring new ones. When paid attention to details, the theme of this Diwali decoration was to “light up” with colors…as many as a rainbow wears. This rule was followed from outfit to table decorations and everything in between.
While I planned, designed and arranged decorations, the beautographer helped to place the candles and tealights in areas and corners of our home where only his Chengiz Khan-ish hand can reach
We’ve been having such a fun time relishing in this time of year keeping up with the festive galore; first it was Durga Puja, then Halloween and now Diwali. I’ve finally inaugurated the new set of hand embroidered table mats we bought from Morocco. Turkish decoration plates to hang from the archways in the staircase, Moroccan silverware to dress up the Diwali special Rangoli with fresh flowers and scented tealights and glass mosaic candle holders from India were also put on display. Here’s a little peek into how we had geared up for Diwali this year and eating all the food (Indian- inspired) I prepared making us most happy on the darkest night of the month.
Diwali spread: Conditions apply* You bring a smile, we could share a bit of home cooked Mutter Pulau, Shahi Paneer, Ginger-lemon chicken, Aubergine Fritters and suji ka halwa. Plus we also had some sweet treats stored from the local Indian sweet shop
Enjoy lots of pictures, and only a little waffling!
I wonder if I could even convince at least one of you to give them a go for Diwali next year. You can also know a few tips on Diwali Decor Ideas and start making plans for next year. Planning in advance always helps!0