For the love of an Iftar Party

husband and I

husband and I

Iftar is the meal eaten at sunset by Muslims. At the end of your long day of fasting, it’s such a blessing to break your fast with loved ones. Iftar parties are the festive and fun part of Ramadan. When people break their fast by food you provide, the host or sponsor gets loads of blessings. This is a major incentive to hold an iftar and it is encouraged to do so. Iftar parties are great because religion is the main focus of the get together.

before we left for the iftar. full outfit details at the bottom

before we left for the iftar. full outfit details at the bottom

2 weeks ago, I held a small iftar party at my in laws house for about 15 girls (not including the 9 kiddies!). It was a great girls only party and we were all able to enjoy the pool for a few hours before breaking our fast. The weather didn’t comply and even through the rain everyone still enjoyed themselves. My mother in law cooked up tons of eats and many of my friends brought food and specialty drinks as well. It was great to see my closest friends. Also, my husband was out of town. He was actually in Makkah because he went to perform Umrah and it was a lonely 8 days without him so it was great to meet up with my girls.

full outfit details at the bottom

full outfit details at the bottom

One of my cousins held an iftar this weekend. I was speaking to his wife who is having her first Ramadan in America this year. She married my cousin in Pakistan in December (you can read about my Pakistan trip here). She mentioned that she enjoyed Ramadan more in America than in Pakistan. That struck me as so odd. Pakistan is predominately a Muslim country so how could it possibly be more enjoyable in America? She went on to say that Ramadan is made a bigger deal in America because you get to see so many different groups of friends in different atmospheres. Iftars are held at local colleges, community centers, masjids, house parties and parties at restaurants as well. Also you go to different masjids for tarawih. In Pakistan, it’s like daily life there but in America, it brings people together and you feel a sense of community. That I would definitely have to agree with.

 

my friend Mehvash and I. I died over her pleated skirt from JCREW collection

my friend Mehvash and I. I was in love with her pleated skirt from JCREW collection

This past weekend one of my friends had an iftar party at her house as well. The food was a full American menu, with BBQ chicken, asparagus, mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken pasta, bread, garlic knots and stuffed mushrooms. The party was held outdoors and the decor was phenomenal. I loved the lights and the Ramadan Mubarak signs. It is great to encourage the festive Ramadan feel especially to the young generation who need to love their holidays. It was perfect outdoor weather for an outdoor iftar. Maghrib was prayed in congregation in the backyard as well.

Ramadan Mubarak and lights

Ramadan Mubarak and lights

outdoor setup

outdoor setup

My friend who hosted the iftar also had a small bday party for their daughter who was turning 2 the following day. She shares a birthday with my son. They were both born on the same day in the same hospital. Fun times! A delicious birthday cake was ordered and they bought a cake for my sons’ birthday as well. I loved all the decorations indoors for the cake and the goody bags that were labeled Ramadan Mubarak. Aaisha Shaikh of BakingPartTime also made 2 tarts for the party which were devoured within minutes! (check out her blog for more tasty treats!)

Aaisha and her tarts!

Aaisha and her tarts!

 

 

loving this red turban style hijab

loving this red turban style hijab

 

before we left for the iftar. do you see the jungle growing behind me? the works of my father in laws green thumb

before we left for the iftar. do you see the jungle growing behind me? the works of my father in laws green thumb

 

My Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Cutout top- purchased at Kara. I love this top because its longer in length and the cut out details is a fun twist to a plain tunic. Added bonus, you can wear it without the shirt underneath for a ladies only party and that’s exactly what I did when I attended my friends ladies only bridal shower.

Black turtleneck- H&M. this was worn under the cutout top

White jeans- C Wonder

Belt- Cole Haan purchased at Bloomingdales

Sandals- Boutique 9

**(I was a little under the weather this weekend. Also, this is me in my own skin. This is me with no makeup as I have not worn any makeup during Ramadan.)**

 

The last ten nights are still amongst us. Make the most of it. And have an enjoyable Eid!

 

cheeeese! this would be me in my most natural state!

cheeeese! this would be me in my most natural and normal state! Ha

 

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For the love of the Trouser Pant

Martha's and I

Martha’s and I

One of my friends came back home for a short trip because her younger sister was getting married. After all the wedding festivities settled down, I caught up with her and a few friends. It was very last minute and we got some Chinese food followed by dessert at Martha’s Country Bakery. Fatimas Halal Kitchen is in Astoria and they have good Chinese food and it’s not expensive at all. It’s a laid back restaurant and we all enjoyed ourselves. I ordered my usual which is General Tsaos chicken and beef fried rice. I attached a picture of dinner.

dinner at Fatimas Halal Kitchen

dinner at Fatimas Halal Kitchen

 

After dinner we went to Martha’s Country Bakery which was very close by. They close at 11 pm and we got their right before closing. I ordered tres leches and it was good but maybe a tad bit too sweet. One of their more popular dessert is the very berry napoleon but im not a huge fan. It’s good but I just don’t find it amazing. But everyone I know is obsessed with it. Their frozen coffee drinks are my favorite but it was too late to order one because drinking coffee very late keeps me up.  Service was prompt and everyone was accommodating.

Hmm, what should I order?

Hmm, what should I order?

Tres Leches

Tres Leches

about to dig in to dessert!

about to dig in to dessert!

 

I wore trouser pants in a bright coral/orange hue. I love these pants because they have a great fit and are very long. Trouser pants tend to be a little looser and are generally worn more dressy because of the wide leg opening. They are great pants to be worn to work and can be worn casually paired with flats and a tee shirt. I love the fit of this pant and I have it in a green shade as well. The length of these trouser pants required me to wear them with heels and I wore them with patent leather wedge sandals. I paired the pants with a silk top and I added a gold belt with Swarovski crystal detailing. I wore a silk rectangle hijab (head scarf) which matched the texture of the shirt and the color of the pants. Not pictured well, but my outfit was complemented with a purple Chanel handbag that has a brushed gold chain.

sister and I

sister and I

My outfit of the night details (OOTN):

Trouser pants: CWonder

Silk top: JCREW

Rectangle scarf: Century21

Patent leather wedge sandals: JCREW

Gold Swarovski belt: Judith Leiber. Also worn in one of my previous posts, check it out here.

Handbag: Chanel

 

cakes on cakes on cakes

cakes on cakes on cakes

especially if its dark chocolate!

especially if its dark chocolate!

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