Autumn with a touch of gold
As I was writing my post for a Thanksgiving decor inspiration, I kept thinking about just how important it was to not lose sight of the true meaning. The holiday season has always been about breaking bread, sharing a meal, and enjoying your harvest goodies. But setting up a beautiful table and having a feast is just a small part of getting a family together. What's truly valuable are the relationships and the people with whom we share our table, our meals, and our space in this world.
Getting in the holiday spirit start by counting our blessings and searching for things we’re grateful for. Let's find a way to show gratitude to those we love and care for, which includes total strangers as well. Sometimes, it's easier to show generosity and empathy to people we know nothing about. Living in a world where Instagram worthy images show life as perfectly aligned, cropped, and edited, it can become all too easy to allow our beliefs and judgments to dictate how we perceive others.
Holiday Hosting and Styling Tips
With the holiday season here, I know many of you are already making travel arrangements and booking your calendars with family dinner, Friendsgiving brunches, or just celebrating the holiday spirit. This year I've got a few Thanksgiving table decor inspiration for your Turkey Day celebration! Seasonal cocktails, traditional dishes, and the turkey, make a classic Thanksgiving menu ideal for the holidays. However, if you really want to get creative and would like to create a fancy menu, most definitely do so! I wanted to leave the cooking part to your imagination, so that I could focus on creating an inspo, especially for you hosts out there. I believe hosts have a deep appreciation when it comes to applying a creative touch to a dinner-table design. I hope you find some inspiration from this post and the future posts, for your Thanksgiving decor.
Dark and Moody - Part III
Did you like the last two blog series? We went over a halloween table scape and setting a cheese platter for a cozy gathering, but now it's time to play a "movie!" Anyone who knows me knows of my dislike for scary movies. I refuse to pay to be scared or spooked! Paranormal activity was the last "real" scary movie I saw, and it had kept me up nights! Sadly, I slept with the lights on for two days straight. However, I do love science fiction with a tad bit of horror and suspense. So, with Stranger Things' second season releasing on Netflix the Halloween weekend, a scary movie night with friends and family sounds like a pretty fun idea! I decided to get my bar-cart ready for the night, and give my mantel an easy makeover for some spooky effect.
Dark and Moody Inspiration- Part II
With my dark and moody Halloween tablescape all set for the occasion, it was time to style the coffee table with some appetizers and holiday details. Want to skip the seated dinner plans entirely? No problem! Just order in and cuddle up by the fireplace for a cozy wine (or any drink of your choice) and cheese party with your girlfriends! I'm always ready for a cheese platter, whether it's an added bonus to dinner nights or just an indulgence in itself! It gets so tempting when you place me next to a well-curated cheese platter, because I just can't resist the urge to eat everything. I'd be all over a cheese cake trend for weddings and events! Soft Brie is my go-to cheese, so I always start with that on the list. Putting together this simple cheese platter was easy as pie! This is just to get you started on the idea as you add your own choices and textures to create a colorful and flavorful palette full of variety.
Halloween and Beyond - Part I
With ten more days left till Halloween and autumn season right upon us, I wanted to bring you a series of posts with darker hues and styled details that can help generate ideas and inspiration for your next event. Not all of us like to dress up in Halloween costumes every year. As much as I want to, I don’t always know how to get creative with costumes and Halloween makeup. I know some creatives who can do amazing beauty and gory art that I only wish I could manage! While some of my friends enjoy going out to parties or trick-or-treating with their kids, few of my friends prefer to have a good time with family and friends within the comfort of their own home. Whether you’re one to indulge in well orchestrated entertaining, a warm and cozy Halloween dinner party, or just a simple but scary movie night at your home theater, this inspiration series is for you.
Peach and Gray Wedding Inspiration Shoot
The last one year has been full of possibilities and living the creative life as a female entrepreneur, striving to put community over competition and making the small dream of an event planning company come to life. Every accomplishment is a step towards the bigger dream.
One of my most creative cravings, as a wedding planner and designer, is to pursue the opportunity to team up and network with other talented individuals. It offers the most creative freedom to plan, design, and style creative workshops and editorials that speak to our design and brand aesthetic. Nusfolio has been working on various styled-shoots and wedding editorial events, from conceptualizing an idea and curating a vendor team, to taking care of all logistics, planning, designing, and styling the editorial details all the way to execution. Some days, it's all about teaming up with other wedding vendors to offer day-of-coordination and assisting them in bringing a vision and every last detail to life.
Being a published wedding vendor is a significant accomplishment, and I'm thrilled to share that we have been featured on The Perfect Palette!
Please take a look at all the pretty in this publication. Thank you so much for visiting! Enjoy!
The ultimate duo (self-proclaimed!)
Boy have I been busy! I won't forgive myself if I can't get at least one blog post out before this month comes to an end. I have some pretty exciting news to share soon related to my business and some super awesome projects (see recent Instagram post). Until then, how about a topic under personal lifestyle and home-decor? For newlyweds or marrieds who are trying to figure out a system to keep your home clean and organized, I hope some of these tricks and tips come in handy.
I think I can safely say that my husband and I have turned into the king and queen of speed-cleaning. Okay, the title is totally self-proclaimed and we are far from perfect! I thought the post might inspire you at the least. I try to keep my home reasonably clean at all times. Although hubs likes to put off cleaning for as long as he can, he does appreciate a clean home and can be a pretty fast cleaner and as a team, we try to make the process effective. It's a daily practice and take lots of tweaking and revisiting, which is why it's important to start from the first year of marriage. When it comes to deadlines, it means my mind, body, and heart work ten times faster (under reasonable pressure). We'd like to believe that we've mastered the art of speed cleaning or touching-up the entire house, even the bathrooms, within 30-35 minutes, right before dropping dead (jk)! So, I wanted to share some house cleaning tips on how-to-clean-house or rather speed-clean-house.
A South-Asian Event Inspiration
I’ve probably said this a thousand times already: party planning has been encouraged by my parent’s love for entertainment, and their desire to host frequent shindigs. My parents loved any excuse to gather their families for a feast. Since 2007, I’ve been organizing a yearly potluck event for about a hundred people and counting, in celebration of Noboborsho. Noboborsho, aka Pohela Boishak, is Bengali New Year, celebrated by people of all ethnicities and religions. It’s a very festive, colorful, and eventful day, filled with lots of activities, food spreads, games, and much more. While growing up, I hadn’t celebrated this cultural event as much. I occasionally saw a glimpse of it, and read about it. Wanting to pay tribute to my parent’s love for entertainment, I planned and helped them host this festivity (at their home), embracing and maintaining their unique traditions and cultural identity. As I was planning a South-Asian Wedding and Events Inspiration photoshoot, I drew inspiration from Noboborsho and the culture of Bangladesh, to plan and create a culturally-infused and nature-inspired event.
Sharing the love with gift exchange and a feast
After a month of Ramadan and with the sighting of the crescent moon among the stars, came the celebration of Eid! I wanted to share a glimpse of what my family, along with my extended families, on this day. Ramadan, in a nutshell, involves lots of prayers, doing good, and giving to charity. I hope you've had the chance to check out the previous post where I shared a little more and a red, white, and blue table setting inspiration for when Memorial Day met Ramadan. While growing up, the highlight of this month for me was sharing Iftar meals every evening, after sunset, with families and with the less fortunate. The month ended with Eid Prayer, feasting, celebrations, donations, and/or lots of gift giving for families, neighbors, co-workers, maids, caretakers, and even strangers.
Make art yours
I'm extremely excited to share with you that I'm planning to offer personalized and custom stationery products to my future clients! It was back in 1997 when I first created my custom and personalized stationery for a South Asian wedding event, known as Gaye-Holud. Each card was designed and hand-painted with love before sending out to the guests. It adds such a personal touch to your invites. And, who doesn't appreciate art!