What to Wear: Bollywood Theme Party

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.

july-29-collage{I’m not sure why Z looks so grumpy in the picture on the right, but that’s all she gave me!}

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. 

july-29-1-701x1024The 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. 



  1. July 30, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    It’s so beautiful! you and Z look just lovely.
    wonderful family pic – love it!!

    • July 31, 2013 / 11:57 am

      Thank you, it’s hard to get a picture of all 4 of us, so this is the best we get 🙂

  2. July 30, 2013 / 8:38 pm

    You look stunning and yes I totally agree with you when you say you like the laid back attitude of desi parties. I have two boys and its a blessing sometimes to go to a party that’s a bit more tolerant to spills and things.

  3. July 31, 2013 / 1:14 am

    You look beautiful! Growing up, my next door neighbors and best friends were Indian, and I have to say, they always gave the best parties!

    • July 31, 2013 / 11:52 am

      Hey Rachel – Yes us Indian folk sure can party! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. July 31, 2013 / 9:01 am

    The sari colours are so vibrant and beautiful! I miss the Canadian culture where all cultures are celebrated! However, you’ve just reminded me the Mela should be coming up in Belfast and I’d like our family to go 🙂 Have a great summer!

    • July 31, 2013 / 11:51 am

      Sounds like so much fun – a Mela in Belfast … please post pictures if you do go!

  5. July 31, 2013 / 9:09 am

    You and your daughter look so stunning in those bright colors! We are from the US with my mother being 2nd generation and my dad’s family having immigrated in the mid 1800s. My kids and I still love learning about the history and heritage of our family. I think knowing where your roots are is important.

    • July 31, 2013 / 11:50 am

      Thank you:) We try our best to pass on what we know about our culture to the kids – it’s so important!

  6. July 31, 2013 / 10:45 am

    I love the beautiful sari. Such a gorgeous color!

    • July 31, 2013 / 11:50 am

      Thanks Terra! The colour is what got me too – otherwise I usually don’t buy such blingy saris.

  7. July 31, 2013 / 10:59 am

    So beautiful!

  8. July 31, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    I love laid back parties. I’m never early to parties anyway. Love the sari and your daughter look great even though she has the grumpy look on. 🙂

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    • April 28, 2014 / 11:56 am

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