What to Wear: Bollywood Theme Party:
Okay, so I wasn’t actually going to a Bollywood theme party when I wore this sari, but I was trying to the give the outfit some context. I wore this sari over the weekend to a family party celebrating a good friend’s sister-in-laws 40th birthday (that’s a mouthful hey). That’s the thing about Indian families – you befriend one of us, and the entire family essentially adopts you. The other awesome thing about Indian parties, no one is bothered by kids; they are running around, crying during speeches, spilling drinks, and no one seems to care. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to promote bad manners, but I do love the easy going atmosphere of a desi shindig. That being said, the same laid back attitude means that Indian parties almost always start late, because no one really bothers with the time on the invite.
An added bonus of an Indian gathering for us is an opportunity to talk culture with the kids. Zara picked out a new Indian outfit and even wore a bindi for the evening, and Armaan asked a lot of questions about tandoori chicken and bhangra music. Not exactly newsworthy, but for a family headed up by two first generation Canadians that are constantly struggling to balance two cultures and keep our heritage alive at home, it’s a big win. They even danced their little feet off to some Bollywood and Bhangra tracks.
The best part of the evening; when we got home we spotted the Big Dipper from our backyard. The kids have been wanting to to the planetarium for a while (it’s even on my summer bucket list) to see the Big Dipper so we were pleasantly surprised that the night was clear enough to see it from home.