Mother’s Day Tea Party | Feat. A yummy spread & recipes!

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Hi loves!

I realized, that I never made a blog post about our Mothers Day celebration we had at my home (but it’s better late then never right?). I invited my mom and dad over for Mothers Day and I knew I wanted to do something different then the typical ‘bengali styled lunch’ which usually includes, biryani, a cucumber salad, some raita and another dish consisting of veggies or meat. I wanted to do something different, that I know she would appreciate.. so I whipped together a really cute Indigo/Kate Spade/Stephanie Sterjovski inspired tea party.

The spread included, delicate cucumber sandwiches, a cantaloupe boat with fresh black berries and mint, mini quiches, samosa’s, veggie pin wheels, a special blueberry & watermelon juice and of course, tea! You wont believe how simple each of the dishes were to make and you’ll find that the common ingredients are: cream cheese, dill, mint and fruit. What I like about this spread was that I was able to do use one ingredient on a couple different items which made my life and grocery list inexpensive and easy.

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For the recipes of each dish, please see below 🙂

Recipes: 

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Cucumber Sandwiches:
1. White bread
2. Cream Cheese (softened)
3. Dill
4. Cucumbers
5. Salt & Pepper

Cucumber sandwiches are super easy, tasty and delicate. All you do is spread cream cheese (make sure its softened!) on both slices of bread. Sprinkle each side with some fresh dill, salt and pepper. After slicing some thin cucumbers (and letting them soak out their water on a kitchen paper towel), neatly distribute them on one slice of the bread. Put both sides together and cut off the crust using a serrated knife. (These sandwiches were a huge hit, especially with my dad! lol)
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Cantaloupe Boat:
1. Cantaloupe
2. Berries of your choice (I used blackberries)
3. Mint
4. Icing sugar or regular sugar

This is a super easy dish and only takes a few minutes to make. I made it the night before and just refrigerated it over night. First, cut your cantaloupe into slices and present them on a platter. Grab some berries of your choice and place them nicely around and in between the cantaloupe. Next, slice up some fresh mint from your garden and sprinkle over top. Lastly (and you want to do this moments before you serve the item) – dust over some icing sugar which will give your fruit platter a beautiful touch. I unfortunately did this the night before, and my icing sugar dissolved.

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Mini Quiches:
1. Phyllo Dough (1 box)
2. 12 Eggs (Feel free to use less)
3. A dash of heavy cream
4. Mozzarella Cheese
5. Chives
6. Sour cream
7. Lemon Zest
8. Dill

They sound fancy, but trust me it was the EASIEST dish to make (also made the night before). In a bowl, mix together your eggs, heavy cream and salt and pepper – whip it up and leave it aside for a moment. Using a cupcake tray, line your THAWED phyllo dough and make little cups. Fill the bottom of each cup with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and then transfer your egg mixture into each cup, sprinkling a handful of chives on top. Now bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until the eggs are golden brown and puffed up. While this is cooling, in another bowl whisk together about a cup of sour cream, the zest of one lemon and a handful of dill. Once your eggs are out of the oven and have cooled, apply a doll up of the sour cream mixture on top and garnish with some fresh dill. VOILA!

Pin Wheels:
1. Colorful tortilla bread
2. Softened Cream Cheese
3. A variety of veggies (I used red/green/yellow peppers and onions)
4. Salt & Pepper

Spread softened cream cheese on your tortilla bread. Sprinkle your favorite veggies on top and add salt and pepper. Roll very tightly and cover with aluminum foil (or you can cut it into pieces and serve right away). I covered it with the foil, put it in the fridge and cut it into bite size pieces in the morning.

As for the samosa’s, they were bought but absolutely delicious and added that bengali touch to the tea party. Additionally, I just grabbed some blueberry watermelon fruitopia and added frozen fruits and lots of ice for a cool, cold drink. I hope you guys enjoyed the recipes and pictures!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Love,
Anisa

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Tutu Skirts & High Tea

Tutu skirts and high tea? Absolutely.

It was a cloudy day when a few of my girlfriends and I decided to go for High Tea at the Windsor Arms in the Yorkville area of Toronto, we celebrated my 25th birthday. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon where we updated one another on our lives and enjoyed various types of tea’s, warm raisin scones and gourmet mini sandwiches.

A fun day like this also meant planning for an extraordinary outfit. Being curvy and (I hate this word…) plus size, it’s definitely not easy finding a fabulous outfit on such short notice. With some thought and inspiration from Carrie Bradshaw and Kate Spade, I decided to design my own midi tutu skirt and have my sister in law sew it for me. We bought some lining and blush pink tulle and with a few alterations – VOILA! I was originally going to wear my midi tutu with a light grey woven sweater but seeing as how it’s summer, there wasn’t much out there. I did however go into Old Navy (I know, Old Navy?!), and found a perfect black and white striped top which I thought was very Kate Spade inspired. I paired my outfit with a heavy statement piece which was a beautiful silver necklace from my girl, Hijabi Mama (link below). I also wore my Gramercy Crystal watch from Kate Spade and some cute silver studs. Lastly, I threw on some white closed toe shoes and I was good to go!

Outfit Details:

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IMG_8347 IMG_8140 IMG_8069Midi Tutu Skirt – Designed by Anisa Haq, hand made by my SIL Shakira Synon
Top – Old Navy
Shoes – Shoedazzle.com
Watch and Purse – Kate Spade
Necklace – Hijabi Mama – https://www.facebook.com/HijabiMama
Photography by – Hafsa Pathan – http://www.hafsapathan.com/

A few more extra pictures from my 25th celebration:

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post and my outfit details! Let me know if you would like to see more of these.

xoxo

DIY: Glitter Mason Jars

Hi friends!

Last weekend I decided to make a trip to Michaels and get started on some glitter mason jars (inspired by Pinterest of course). I’ve had this post under my “DIY” section on Pinterest foooreverrrr but never got to it until now! Below you will find a step by step process about how I decorated my mason jars and a vase. Lets get started!

You will need:

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1. Mason Jars/Vase
2. Paint & Glitter Paint (I bought the Martha Stewart brand but feel free to buy another brand thats cheaper, they really are all the same)
3. Paint Brushes
4. Tape
5. A Shoe Box
6. Loose Glitter
7. Mod Podge

Step 1: Paint your mason jar/vase. For both my blush pink and gold mason jars, I had to use 3 coats.
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Step 2. Once the jars dry completely, you can tape around your jar. Cut off however much you want for the glitter section. Tape allows you to have a completely straight line and it makes the division look neat! Next grab your Modge Podge and brush the part you would like to add your glitter on to.

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Step 3. Throw in your glitter to a shoe box (so you don’t make a mess). Then, roll your mason jar or vase into the glitter and make sure it evenly coats.

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Step 4. Let the Modge Podge/Glitter dry for about 10 minutes (or until completely dry) and then slowly peel off your tape! Use Modge Podge over the glitter to completely seal it in, this prevents the glitter from falling excessively.

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Step 5.  I also used another mason jar and painted it a shimmery gold using Martha Stewart’s paint. Once it was completely dry, I used hot pink paint to make dots all over the jar. I used the tip of a brush to dip into the paint and make the dots.

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… and thats it! The process was super easy and fast. The gold paint was not exactly what I was expecting but I had fun doing it anyway. Next time, I plan to use actual loose gold glitter and then paint hot pink dots all over the jar. I feel like that might fit more so to that ‘Kate Spade’ theme I was going for. Next time, I also plan to use one more coat of the blush pink paint. You can use these jars for ANYTHING, whether its make up brushes, fresh flowers or even pens and pencils.

I made a flower vase as well and stuck in some fresh pink tulips to welcome Spring (although I feel like we just received Winter once again!). This one was truly my favourite one, it’s the perfect touch to our home.

Try this DIY and let me know what you came up with!! Painting mason jars is actually pretty fun and relaxing!

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