All the pretty gifts

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Diwali is the season for hosting card parties! It’s the one time during the year when almost everyone gambles – the amount of money you’re playing with doesn’t matter, it can be as little as Rs. 5, what matters is the spirit of the game.

We hosted our first card party last night, and it was a smashing success. Though I was hyperventilating at the thought of all that needed to be done and organized, I managed to get the living room clean and clutter-free in an hour, brought out candles and diyas, floated some flowers in an earthenware pot, and the house was set to welcome our friends.

The night passed by so quick as we played, laughed, talked, ate and made merry. Before we realized it, it was 3:00 am, and grudgingly, we decided that it was time to say goodbye.

Yesterday night, as I was squaring things up a bit post all the revelry, I realized that I love hosting parties and entertaining. It’s a warm feeling that you get when you have friends over, laughing and having a good time, and even better when you get Diwali gifts! 😉

I got this lovely Tibetan evil eye that doubles up as a door knocker:

and this rice husk wall hanging for prosperity and a brass diya that can be either displayed as a showpiece or used in the temple at home:


What do you enjoy most about hosting get togethers at home?

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  2. Happy belated Diwali Greetings to you! Lovely photos. I am sure your card party must have been a smashing success 🙂

    Honestly, I don’t much enjoy hosting get-togethers at home…too much pressure. But a card party, that’s another thing altogether. Such fun!

    • Happy Diwali to you too!! I agree, card parties are fun, especially when you win! 😉 I host get-togethers very infrequently myself…it is quite stressful, but when things go off well, it’s great fun too! Makes all the headache worthwhile!! 🙂

    • Yup, it’s true! I don’t know how or why or when the tradition started, but Diwali = card parties ever since I can remember. It’s the one time when almost everyone plays cards for money 😉

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