Thursday, August 21, 2014

India themed table decor for summer

It was India's independence day last Friday. So I thought we should celebrate. When one lives outside his own country it becomes all the more necessary to teach children about their homeland.  I did a tri-colored tablescape for breakfast. The color theme was - Saffron, white and green which are the colors of the flag along with  Ashoka Chakra in center.

 We collected the flowers from our walk. Luckily there were flowers in the park fallen from the trees that match the theme perfectly. I believe no tablescape is complete without flowers.Flowers are the cheapest, simplest and easiest way to freshen up any table decor. I floated them in a handmade Turkish bowl. 

I was looking for natural , healthier and lighter choices for the food. 
For saffron/orange I had the choice of oranges / mandarin or Cantaloupe. I choose Cantaloupe. I love to make scoops of it. 
For green, there is grapes or kiwi. I choose grapes. For white I thought of using either marshmallow or banana. I went for bananas- much healthier and natural I thought. 
For the Chakra I used lemon slices. 
I put the fruit on skewers and made fruit salad. 

For the juice I made orange juice, lemon juice and Kush sherbet.
 Khus sherbet is sugar syrup made by using extract of Khus or Vetiver Grass is a well known Ayurvedic cooler.

My 2 year old loves baking. A day before we had made cupcakes. We had made the flags the few days back. I showed him how the flag looks like and then gave him stripes of paper to glue in that sequence.He then glued them to dowels.  I drew the wheel in the center. The bunting of tri color we had made earlier. I cut the shapes and sunny boy glued it to the ribbon. Incorporating my little boy in decoration/craft projects makes it really fun.  

I did this before sunny boy got up. He was so surprised and happy to see the display. He enjoyed eating and playing with the flags. Seeing him so excited and happy made it all worth it.

Joining party at BNOP, Home Sweet Home, Home and Garden !!


Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

What a pretty table! And I am loving the view from your window also...

Have a great weekend!

Wanda said...

What a great and necessary idea to share India's independence day with your son. My husband and I spent three years in Germany and I understand the need to feel a connection to your home country. I agree with Christine the high-rises in the window are interesting,

Purnima@a creative project said...

Thanks Wanda and Christine!! I have always thought that the high rises we see from our dining area make a picture look bad..Thanks for mentioning about the view.. Your perspective has helped to look at the view from another angle.. I wont be hiding/avoiding it in pics anymore!!!

The Charm of Home said...

This is so pretty!

The Charm of Home said...

I will feature this tomorrow at Home Sweet Home!

Nayana said...

This is so pretty Poornima... Very well done. Got lots of inspiring ideas. Thanks!!

Purnima@a creative project said...

Thanks Sheila for featuring me .. so sweet of you!! Its an honor!!
Thanks Nayana for the kind words!! I am trying my best to educate my son about Indian culture and history:)