A successful Eid party lives on in everyone's memory long after the last glass of punch has been sipped and the last bit of dessert eaten. But the fuss and frustration of planning can be a big party pooper. In all the excitement and flurry of Eid, it can become quite overwhelming for the ones arranging the festivities for the day. So as not to get caught in the whirlwind, it is important to plan ahead and decide on the nitty-gritties from beforehand.
DECIDE - COW OR GOAT? PICK YOUR BUTCHER
Have a look inside your purse before deciding on what to buy this Eid. Although a cow is much preferred, a goat may fit your budget much easily. It is best to buy the day before Eid.
Livestock prices generally go up outrageously before Eid but with only one day left to the feast, sellers will be eager to get rid of their remaining stock, so prices often slide.
Another advantage is that you will not have the animal in your yard for long. After making your pick, make sure you book the professional butcher for Eid day.
GET THE RECIPE
You may have a well-guarded family recipe or you may want to experiment with a fusion dish this Eid. Just make sure you draw up a grocery list and get the ingredients beforehand. It will lead to a hassle-free cooking experience on the day and you can get ready to wow your guests' taste buds.
Go the extra mile in setting up your dinner table this Eid, as nothing is over-the-top for this occasion. A flower setting at the centre of the table or an array of candles will all complement the scrumptious beef and mutton dishes on display. Your home should carry the vibrant mood of Eid with bright coloured cushions, rugs and your best china. Chilled welcome drinks served in dispensers with taps on the table also add an element of drama as it will be quite hot this Eid as well.
DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
Dressing up and Eid go hand in hand. But make sure you have a day time and night time attire picked out as most families have activities planned out for the whole day. Opt for a light and breezy outfit for the day time in shades of white, creams or pastels, while you can go all out for your night time look. If you have the attire picked out for you and your family in advance, it will save you the hassle of deciding on what to wear on the day.
-- LS Desk