We shifted to Chennai from Jaipur. New place, new people, new language and everything new. To get accustomed to city & city folks, we went around on food trail, sight seeing and social gatherings. To get city folks accustomed to us, we planned a “weekend party” and treat our new friends/ family to Rajasthani hospitality.
Besides, this weekend was special as my daughter was getting married and we planned a small engagement bash. A lot of parties these days are theme parties. From Bollywood to cricket to retro to metro, everything is done to cliches. My daughter was fondly called by her college mates as Rajasthani Princess and we thought of taking their curiosity a notch higher and finalized the theme. In Tamil hinterland, our neighborhood’s only correlation to Rajasthan is Mani Rathnam’s “chaiyya chaiiya” on train and grandeur of “Jodha Akbar”. We thought of adding new dimensions to their whole Rajasthan perception and make ways for great friendship and celebation.
What: A Rajasthani theme “ice breaking” weekend party
Where: At our residence Garden & Terrace
Ambiance: Pure Rajasthani style!
Decor: Marigold Flowers- Orange & Yellow, Puppets, Lehariya & Bandhni Duppattas, Craftsware, potter’s wheel, Panipuri stall,
Events: Engagement, Mehendi corner, Saafa ceremony
Invite: We sent a customized invite with a box of puppet, few sweets and a bag of dry fruits to all our neighbors and guests.
Besan oancakes with preserves and chutneys from KOI
Kitchen of India- Paneer Durbari, Mughalai Paneer, Jodhpuri Moong dall ka halwa
For the entertainment and engagement of customers, we have organized a small puppet show for all along with a live folk dance performance. Different mehndi makers were also assigned to guests to draw a nice mehendi design on their hands. The sold out dish for the day was- Jodhpuri Moong Dal ka halwa from KOI. Really guests loved it as much and forget talking about their own tirunvelli or famous halwa varieties from their place. Khetan saab, this one is delicious! We need another bowl of it 🙂
Gifts: small lac ornamental boxes with Lord Ganesha idol as a return gift was given to all guests. The party was a great success and everyone loved it.
Do visit Kitchens of India at- http://shopping.kitchensofindia.com/ and indulge in a feast of senses.