The greatest festival commemorating the end of the month of Ramadan is Eid-ul-Fitr – a celebration that embraces heartfelt hugs, delicious treats, exchange of gifts and family get-togethers. It is a time for families and friends to meet one another and spend time together to celebrate this auspicious day.
Wearing brand new clothes and gifting new clothes to friends and relatives on Eid is great and all but why does your own house have to miss out on all the fun? Of course, we all do prepare our homes for the big day by cleaning and tidying up everything but why stop there when you can fully immerse yourself into the Eid spirit? Our homes deserve some new clothes too, or in other words, some decorating so here are 7 ideas to make your house feel more welcoming this Eid!
The first thing you see when entering a house is its door. It is the first and last impression you get of that house. There are many ways you can jazz up a door but the best and easiest way to decorate them is with wreaths. Who said that wreaths were only limited to Christmas decorations? Wreaths can definitely be used as a decoration prop for Eid. They can be store bought or you can even make one yourself! You could buy a floral ready-made wreath and add in some cut out moons, stars and a little sign saying Eid Mubarak. Or you can completely make one from scratch combining branches and leaves that you can pick out from your garden. This will definitely make for a fun family craft session!
Setting the Table
A huge part of Eid is food. Welcoming your guests with delicious treats, savory or sweet, and engaging in a feast with your friends and family is one of the most pleasing things to look forward to on Eid. Presentation is very important when it comes to food and what better way than to beautifully set up the table to prepare everyone’s palette before a hearty meal? Preparing mouth-watering food is an art and to make it even more interesting is decorating the table. It will definitely add more shine to the food resting on it.
There are many ways you can do this but first off, you should settle with a theme. For example, centerpieces can be made with cake stands wrapped in flowers and topped with a tall candle. You can even fold napkins in the shape of a star or a crescent moon. You can top it all off by placing a gorgeous table runner and throwing in some confetti across the table as the final touch. Corresponding to the theme, you can get creative and make all sorts of props to put on your table.
Great lighting makes great places. Lighting sets the mood and adds to the ambience of a space. Lanterns are one of the most elegant forms of lighting that have the ability to illuminate magic in a darkened room. Lanterns resonate well with the concept of Eid so are surely a perfect touch to an Eid themed decoration.
You could get creative and make paper lanterns or mess around a little bit with an old bird cage or jewelry box and pop in a little candle. Lanterns can be made easily, however if DIY is not your thing, homeware stores have a variety to choose from. Whether intricate or simple, choose what’s best for you and the style you’re going for and be sure to have a magnificently decorated home in time for Eid.
If you happen to have an empty wall that you just can’t seem to fill up, hanging a pretty garland that says “Eid Mubarak” across it would do the trick to make it interesting. All you need to make a garland is some construction paper, scissors, glue and a piece of string. It’s as simple as that.
To fill up the wall even more you could push up a buffet table up against it and fill it up with props, treats and sweets for the kids. Hanging up art works, calligraphy, for example, related to Eid or Ramadan will also add a nice touch. Think of the empty wall as a blank canvas and get your creative juices to flow!
Balloons are the epitome of celebration. A festival is never complete without balloons. Not only do they make the kids happy but they are a wonderful way to add some playfulness to the decorations. To further add to the fun, you could even roll the kids’ Eidi and place them inside of balloons making for a creative, more exciting way of giving out Eidi.
The types of balloons that can be found in stores are endless. Whether you like glitter or color, there’s one for all.
Besides lighting up a space, candles can be decorated with jewels, calligraphy or stickers to make them look festive. You can even get small candles and make them float on a bowl of water to make for a great table center-piece. The possibilities are endless.
This Eid, you could do things a little differently and get a cake to celebrate your time with your friends and family. If you have some extra time on your hands, you could bake a cake and decorate it with frosting and sprinkles. You could even purchase ready-made cakes from bakeries and decorate them with handmade cake toppers. And if time isn’t on your side, you could order a custom made Eid-Ul-Fitr themed cake that would perfectly cater to your tastes.
When people think about parties or celebrations, cakes make their way in it one way or another. Getting a cake for Eid may sound unorthodox but cakes shouldn’t be just for birthdays or anniversaries. They are sweet, decadent and perfect to celebrate any occasion! Not only will they add to the choice of dessert items but will also serve as a great decoration prop!