Everyone around me is slowly but surely starting to get engaged, starting to settle down with their better half, starting the next chapters of their lives. Then you have me. I spend most my days discovering who I am and have just started falling in love with myself.
Nonetheless, I am over the moon for my Sistres out there who have found love and have started the next chapter of their journey. (For all my Orphan Black fans out there, you would have got the Sistres reference!)
Moving forward, my circle is very small , I can just about count my beloveds on one hand. I didn’t think I’d be bidding one of my girls away to their husbands any time soon since I’ve known all my sistres since secondary school. But whether I liked it or not the time had come and one of my girlies was soon to fly the nest.
As it was our first girl we felt we had to make her feel special but make it a beautiful and intimate get together all at the same time. As we always go to fancy restaurants & spoil each other with gifts on birthdays we didn’t want to do anything that felt the norm.
This was also during the time I was out of work so I had very little money and the money I did have helped me keep my car & pay other outgoings. I still wanted to invest all of my energy into making the first bridal shower as memorable as I could.
Me & Samiya sat down and we brainstormed our ideas. We decided we wanted a picnic party in the park since we got bouts of sunshine last year in Summer. Once we had picked the theme of our shindig we both set out shopping & got to work on making this the best picnic party ever!
I am the least creative I know. A lot of my inspiration comes from Pinterest so I spent hours going through different picnic boards just so I can get a few ideas on the sorts of things we needed to buy. Pinterest is rich with DIY projects and party ideas so if you’re planning something, do yourself a massive favour and get on Pinterest!
We had decided to set the time of the Picnic Party in the evening as we weren’t interesting in melting away with our sweat in the heat. We wanted a breeze, we wanted to watch the sunset. It truly is the best time of day in the Summer!
We had arranged the Picnic Party in Coombe Abbey Country Park as it is best known for its scenic views. Tucked away tidily in country side lanes, Coombe Abbey Park was a childhood favourite for us all. The park also had lots and lots of trees, easy to hang our decorations on.
I say easy.. It wasn’t the easiest of tasks. It took me at least an hour hanging up the colourful scarves onto the trees. I tried my best to create a tepee but just as I am not the greatest creative I am also not the best person with hardware or labour!
A lot of the decoration was found around our own homes. We used dupattas from old suits to hang on trees. We used candles and decor from around the rooms in our house to hang on branches and places around our table.
We placed blankets and pillows on the floor to give off a cosy ambiance and used an empty plastic box as a table which we decorated with flowers and candles.
I had known the bride since I was 11 years old. Our fathers had known each other when they were at school too. We are all 23 year old adults now.
As we sat on the floor and soaked in the warmth of summer we laughed so much about the amount of fights we had with each other. The amount of times we caught bunking of school and the number of times our parents got called into our head of years office.
We were the worst influence on each other but we grew closer and closer as the years have passed. I have watched the bride grow from an adolescent school girl to a beautiful wife and now mother.
It was beautiful watching her marry the love of her life and you can bet your ass I cried my soul out on her wedding day as though I was bidding off my own sister.
I love you always Faarah!