Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amazing all white engagement party

This is the continuation of my previous post about the pre-engagement party. The next day was the main engagement party for the newly engaged couple given by the bride's parents. 
Nothing is more classy and elegant than white. It was a simply gorgeous event at the St. Monarch's Resort in Dana Point, CA.


I like any event that is well executed from start to finish. Before we talk about the party, we need to talk about the invitation. The invitation was arrived in a small box. When you open the box, the invitation was encased in a piece of white burlap. When you open the burlap, there was a simple but elegant invitation inside. To finish it off, it was tied with a white gardenia flower.  I love the simplicity and elegance of this invitation. The same white and green theme was carried throughout the event.


Appetizers were served outdoors at this location.  The view was to die for!


After the cocktail hour, heading towards the site


Place cards were hung from the long, green arrangement


When we entered the hall, it was a sight to behold. Incorporating green brought an organic touch to the event.


We all know great design is in the details. At this table, a touch of matte gold added regality and warmth to the table. Beautiful matte gold and a touch of green paired with different shades of white was very glamorous with out overdoing it. This table transported guests to a magical place. Wow!


The table was regal and natural at the same time. I just love it!






Detail: Votive candle holders and their slightly imperfect shape added a vintage touch and texture to the table that plain glass or gold can't reproduce. It was the right touch at the right place.
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Detail: Notice the table numbers card carried the same theme as the invitation


Detail: Matte gold on the seat cushions match the edge of the napkin


Same green carried to the ceiling


Love that green with sparkles of crystal


Detail: The same gardenia and greenery theme from the invitation was carried to the napkin




For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),,please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Pre - engagement party

Last month was filled with engagements, weddings and graduations. Among other events, I had the privilege of attending a good friend's daughter's two day engagement party. What you see here is a pre-engagement party for a few close friends and family. It was not only grand but also a beautifully choreographed event indeed.



The focal point of the site were these tissue paper garlands, which set the theme for the event. These tissue paper flowers were hand dyed with shades of peach, pink, coral, orange and shades of white.


Gold embroidered linens accented with gold pleated chairs


Beautifully set table with seagreen, gold, and shades of orange




For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),,please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Colors and textures of kitchen garden harvest

One of my greatest pleasures of summer is that I get to harvest from the kitchen garden and create meals around my harvest. I love to grow as many exotic vegetables as possible for my table, including red okra, green eggplant and an Indian cucumber called dosa kaya.



Two different kinds of bottle gourds (round and long), and ridge gourd








Indian beans and the ones that look like baby watermelons called tindora (ivy gourd)



For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),,please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Miniature garden

When we had our garden tour, I created miniature gardens across the property for the visitors to pause and smile at. There is something adorable about miniature gardens that everyone likes. My first miniature garden was built around the story of my household, whereas this one has a woodland farm theme. I confiscated my daughter's childhood stash of mini toys to use as figurines for this garden.



This is how it started











Now it is filled with moss and looks like a real farm land with a picket fence









It looks like the sheep is very hungry and eating all the grass 





For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),,please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Indian wedding: Elegant reception

This is the continuation of Preethy and Tej's Indian wedding. After the wedding, the reception was held in a grand ballroom. I always photograph the table settings and flowers (my two favorite things) at weddings. The flowers, lighting, and elegant table settings were a sight to behold indeed! Enjoy!










 The cake




The favors




First dance as husband and wife


Dancing with the father of the bride


Grand finale to a multi-course meal, an elegant dessert buffet



Congratulations Preethy and Tej!

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),,please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.