As millions of people all over the world celebrated the most awaited Hindu festival of the year, I sat down and had a look at memories created from this year.
I always wish to do a lot more around Diwali but only manage to get limited things done. With a full-on working week and kids, I end up leaving things to the very last minute. Luckily I have nice Indian shops in my high street, so any last-minute requirement can always be taken care of. There are a few different things I try to do on Diwali and here are my favourites
Diwali crafts with kids
As a mum of two, I enjoy Diwali crafts with my kids. I have to confess that I am not a craft person but do try and make it fun for the kids. Every year we paint diyas and use them to decorate our pooja area. This year we created a kids version of a pooja thali. This project was totally impromptu and luckily we managed to find stuff in our craft box.
To create kids pooja thali
– Take a paper plate and cover it with glue.
– Sprinkle loads of glitter to cover the base.
– Use craft pom poms (you can find them in any craft shops) and glue them on the edge of the plate. Since I just used our existing stock hence I do not have a colour scheme but you can create a colour scheme and choose pom pom colours accordingly.
– Put a hand painted diya in the middle and you are ready to go.
Diwali/ Festive decor
This is a top priority on my list. I love prepping the house on Diwali and trying different decor ideas. I spend most of my day in setting up the house, getting things ready for pooja and cooking. This year I created a few Diwali setups. Have a look at some Diwali decor inspirations below.
Decorated my room furniture with flowers and candles.
Mithai table decoration.
Created floor rangoli using paan leaves and flowers.
Main diya thali.
Decoration with marigold garlands. I managed to get marigold flowers from East Ham, just in time for Diwali.
Diwali dinner and food table setting.
Getting ready for Diwali
This is my favourite bit of all. My style aesthetics is an expression of who I am and I love being creative about it. I use style as my creative canvas to express myself fully and put myself out there. This year I wore an aqua blue, high collar long kurta with block print. I paired the kurta with white wide leg trousers from Zara. This is a very relaxed indo western look. You can also wear this kurta with tribal silver jewellery and create a more ethnic look. My kurta is from Shreedesignz.
So that was my Diwali. I hope you got to create some lovely memories this year. Let me know what’s your favourite thing to do around Diwali.