Thursday, 10 December 2015

TIPS FOR PLANNING A HOLIDAY PARTY

It has been a trying week.... I am trying to find balance and I need a new network provider. Sigh*
Today I am sharing some tips on hosting/planning a holiday party (mostly because I want to be invited - just putting it out there) because we don't all go to our villages and not everyone might have the license to go on various big parties around town or maybe you just want to host your own party for a change. Whatever your reasons, here are some tips you might find helpful;
  • The first thing you would want to do is DECIDE the kind of party you want - fancy cocktaily-dressed up- fancy dinner- casual homey-kind of party,  you actually have to make a decide, this makes everything easier. Do you want to host with some friends, maybe just your roomie and invite other friends or do you want to have everyone bring something and just chill out your house?? Whatever the case, you would have to make a decision because you need to plan and budget according to the party you want to throw. Well...unless you do not have a budget, it is the holiday season afterall, I don't know your situation and you might want to throw all kinds of party that goes on for weeks, then seriously you must invite me. :D
  • Talking about BUDGET, that is the next tip you should consider. Budget and plan the party according to the type of party you have decided to have. I would suggest you set an amount of money for it and work your way around it making little adjustments here and there.
  • Make a guest list and make this as loose as possible unless it is a strict party but most of the time friends would come with friends and that is something you want too, because we are sharing love and celebrating and the more the merrier. Also remember to send your INVITE early and also remind your friends as it gets closer to the day. Personally I think people would still show up no matter what because we like to go everywhere that there is free food and booze.
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  • DECORATE with atleast Christmas light because you need the place to feel as festive as possible but if you want to go all out, then a Christmas tree with ornaments, some stocking, more light maybe, (scented) candles, colourful garlands, wreath or anything that would make it a lot more  festive.
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  • Most of the time people have eaten in their houses and just want some type of FOOD to chew on while they drink and party (because WE can't just be drinking, what do you take us for??) So you want to go for something light and easy like small chops, a tray of various meatss (yes!!), finger foods, maybe some salad etc, unless it is a big party then I would advice you get a buffet service and have people serve themselves because ain't nobody gat time for cooking, dishing and cleaning especially during the holiday.
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  • Keep your guest ENTERTAINED. Although I think music would be enough and people would be networking with each other but it would be fun to throw in some extra spice such as - Karaoke, Charades, Truth or Dare (hehe) or any other thing you want. Its your party!!

Here is something else - As the host of the party, try and be calm as much as possible and spread positive energy, because your guest are watching you and you want them to be as comfortable as possible. Even if things go wrong, it is never that serious, it is time to have fun. It is the holidays afterall. Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and allow easy movements, I'd suggest a maxi or a shift dress (depending on the party) with lots of accessories.

         That is a wrap, I hope you find something helpful. Thank you much much for reading. God bless you
 HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
“CHRISTMAS IS A NECESSITY. THERE HAS TO BE AT LEAST ONE DAY OF THE YEAR TO REMIND US THAT WE'RE HERE FOR SOMETHING ELSE BESIDE OURSELVES”Eric Sevareid, CBS News journalist (via ibtimes.com)
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

THE TRADITIONAL OUTFITS + HAPPY NEW MONTH

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 Hi guys. I almost want to scream "Happy Christmas" right now, I have to hold myself for three more weeks. Sighs! I have gotten a Happy Christmas tho, Hehe. Have you? This year flew by really fast, I feel like I can remember everything like it was yesterday. I am so grateful for this year, for today, for everyone I know and love but more on gratitude later, before I get carried away. lol.
This was the traditional post that I talked about in my last post here and you remember it was previewed here and I already did the Igbo look here. Now I you can continue reading
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This picture above details the basic outfit of a traditional Yoruba woman (I am so sad you guys don't get to see the all beautiful pictures of this look, here is why) This was the first picture I took of the bunch, I felt so gorgeous and didn't want to take it off, well this was before I wore the Igbo outfit and I was like "can I never take this off, ever? (I am not being biased o, take a look here).
The traditional Yoruba outfit consist of the Buba (the blouse/top), Iro (the wrapper), the Gele (headscarf/ head wrap/ head tie), and the Ipele or the Iborun (which drapes from one of the shoulder), The gele and the shoulder shawl are mostly made of Ashoke. You just have too google alot of the things here but I still think I am teaching you alot, just thank me in the comment section. hehe.
You know understand why I said initially that my outfit is the basic or fundamental part of a Yoruba woman's traditional outfit.
The Yoruba woman definitely loves her jewelries and I am not even wearing enough. My fave Yoruba food has to been hands down Amala, what delicious goodness sent from heaven above, Love!!
The second look represent the Hausa woman, I don't think I did enough justice to this look tho and according to my sister I wasn't supposed to tie the wrapper on top of my blouse/top and I also wanted to do that henna thing on my hand (how mad would that have been, plus opportunity to finally do it) But I was pretty ill on that day and all I wanted was to get it over with. To make matter a lil worse, Stephany, the lady that made me up for the Independence day, Igbo and Yoruba shoot wasn't around and I didn't feel like doing anything that day but with the help of Rita who assisted and Blaise who shot it ,we made it beautiful. Unfortunately again, no real pictures to show for all the hard work but we did have fun tho.
The traditional Hausa woman outfit consists of a kind of Ankara material (the prints are usually different) mostly sewn into a top/blouse and a wrapper and scarf, the she carries a big veil, mostly matching it to one of the colours of the ankara material in her outfit and the veil is mostly made of a lighter fabric. Her accessories are mostly a matching pair of gold necklace and earrings and sometimes alot of bangles.
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I have not been opportune to try out Hausa foods but I really like Masa and Suya (does that count) lol. Oh, Kilishi is amazing as well.
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        That is all for the traditional looks, e don finish (I am done). I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy making them, so sorry there couldn't be more pictures. Thank you for you time. 
HAPPY NEW MONTHS LOVELY. Please begin now to make plan/start that new project because everyday is a new beginning. Wishing you God's guidance during this month.
Thank you so much for reading. Lots and Lots of Love. God bless you. Have a beautiful month. 
"FASHION IS NOT SOMETHING THAT EXISTS IN DRESSES ONLY. FASHION IS IN THE SKY, IN THE STREET, FASHION HAS TO DO WITH IDEAS, THE WAY WE LIVE, WHAT IS HAPPENING. - COCO CHANEL
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