With Eid right around the corner, we wanted to share some tips on throwing an easy and almost-effortless Eid party. For those who don’t know, Eid-ul-fitr is the big celebration that marks the end of Ramadan – a month of fasting from dawn to dusk – and is celebrated by Muslims all around the world.
Eid is fast approaching and to be quite honest, it’s not always easy throwing a big celebration after thirty days of working and fasting. In fact, sometimes it’s really hard and most of us spend the entire night before rushing to decorate our homes, prepare dozens of dishes and wrap gifts before heading to the mosque for prayer first thing in the morning.
That being said, we wanted to share with you some tips on making your Eid party the event of the year, all while hardly breaking a sweat.
1) No one likes to do the dishes – and if you’re hosting multiple mini-Eid gatherings all day, you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen loading and unloading your dishwasher. Which is exactly why we designed festive paper cups and plates – to make your lives a little easier (and prettier).
2) Bake and make dishes that can be prepared or even frozen until Eid. A lot of baked goods can be made days in advance, thrown into a freezer or even just sealed in Tupperware on your counter for a few days. Our go-to? Sugar cookies! And if you can get these awesome cookie cutters from Eastern Toybox, then your sugar cookies will be a little more festive. Win-win!
3) In terms of decorating, you want to stick to items that don’t require a lot of outlets (especially if you have young children constantly running around) and something you can potentially use for the next Eid. Tassels are always a winner, and they usually come in an a wide variety of colours – we went with signature tassels that complemented our plates! Also, mylar balloons are still so popular, and if you get the 16” ones like our Happy Eid garland – they’re often reusable because they can be filled with air.
4) Back to food: stick to finger-foods – besides baking dishes and items in advance, stick to quick finger foods and appetizers. Samosas, baklava, pakoras, sliders … these are all quite simple to make (or buy) and less messy for your guests too.
5) Personally, we’re big fans of gift wrapping but that can take HOURS. If you have a lot of gifts to give, stick to gift bags. But traditionally, many families like to give money – download these free mini-eid money packets and you’re good to go!
Really – Eid doesn’t have to be a mini-wedding like event. We’re all busy individuals who are just coming out of a month of praying, fasting and continuing with our usual day-to-day activities like working or going to school. Luckily, you don’t need to do a lot to throw a great Eid party!
Photos: Photography by Azra