|namaste - a welcome greeting & a symbol of hospitality!|
|Our dining room gets ready for visitors!|
|An assortment of colorful Indian delicacies served in basic white serveware.|
"Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening" ~ Art Buchwald
Hosting a party means putting several elements together - the food, the beverages, the table scape, the music, and the people. While it sounds simple enough, cohesively bringing the said elements together involves scrupulous planning, effort and preparedness. Entertaining is not only about cooking a meal and feeding your guests - it is about creating a palpable experience with a harmonious medley of ingredients - the aroma of food and flowers, the ambience created by music and lights, interesting conversations and lots of laughter. And hence the reference to art.
|A hand drawn elephant gracefully adorns the menu board|
We recently hosted our American friends at home. The challenge of showcasing India through the food, desserts, decor and customs to an international audience was something I thoroughly relished. Collating the spices, the aromas and the textures for a non-Indian palate was a formidable but fun culinary exercise.
|Fresh flowers in accent colors for an inviting feel|
At Aalayam, we like to shine the spotlight on treasures that are unique to our homeland and today, I will be drawing your attention to my table linen in a beautiful block print fabric.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" ~ Leonardo Da Vinci
There is nothing more simple and sophisticated than block print fabrics. An ancient textile imprinting technique, block printing is done by artisans in rural India and these handmade fabrics are perfect inspite of their imperfections!
The symmetry of the ornate motifs adds drama and detail and makes these fabrics a great home decor accessory and more recently a global design trend. In a provencal (?) and paisley pattern my place mats and napkins are cheery and compatible with the spring weather.
feature on the Indian block print fabric.
That's it for today folks!
Be merry, live well and savor your Srikhand!
|Recipe for Srikhand from here!|
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p.s: Thanks to turmericnspice for helping me plan the menu!