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Raven returned home from Canada two days before his birthday, so we had a welcome home/birthday party for him this Saturday. He said he was overexposed to Bollywood after two weeks visiting home. (Apparently his sister is a big fan? She rocks, cuz she picked out a bunch of movies for me!!!) To welcome him back from the freezing cold and in defiance of his overexposure, we decided to throw a Bollywood can Kiss My A$$ party in his honor. Friday disbandedtoastr helped us hang loads of Hollywood decorations (movie cameras, lights, film reels). To give it the Bollywood feel, reddheaded found a websites with decoration suggestions. Then, as luck would have it, my mother and I happened upon an Indian themed party set up at Target the day of the party. The living room and dining room were swathed in reds, oranges, yellows, and deep purples and loaded up with candles. It looked really pretty. I knew I wouldn’t be able to cook Indian/Pakistani food as good as his mom, plus he was tired of it anyway, so we didn’t do any special food for the party. Monkeys did make two killer cakes, however. One was a white cake with a Nutella frosting. The other was the ladyfinger/coffee/whipped cream portion of a tiramisu, because we thought that was Raven’s favorite part of the desert. Oh, and he made maple leaf cookies for Canada. We had planned to do a piñata he could bash that was filled with Bollywood and Canadian things to signify his return and symbolize the asskissing nature of the party, but I couldn’t find an appropriate piñata, so in reality it was just a Bollywood party. Tickmosis, Toaster, and I wore our Salwar Kamishes that Raven’s parents brought us from their last trip to the subcontinent. Redd wore a homemade Sari that looked FANTASTIC. Pictures posted below. After the opening of presents, we watched three episodes of Big Bang Theory, then we watched THIS:

Also, Raven brought me back a BUNCH of other Bollywood films, including some horror movies. He’s even willing to watch a few of them with us. Woot! Although, there are a few I’m under orders to watch without him.

One of the best cakes ever - I ate some leftover frosting by itself with a spoon today.
Canada cookies! The maple leaves sort of spread out, but they were still recognizable. Oh, and I ate the rest of the raw cookie dough today.
Example of some of the Hollywood movie theme decorations we found at Party City
Example of some of the Bollywood decorations. I made this from an orange bathmat, napkins, candles, some decorative filling, and a paper Indian breadbowl I found at Target.
Raven spots us!
Raven and his girls.


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Feb. 9th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
Ummm... shouldn't it be "Raven and his harem"?

I was amazed at how beautiful your house was last night! You did such a great job with the colors of the decorations and all the candles. It was gorgeous!!

Great job!
And Happy Birthday Imran!
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
The picture is called Raven's Harem! LOL! I need to post the Charlie's Angel's pose, too. I wish I had better pictures of the room to show the tableclothes and candles and stuff. I have some, but I don't know that they are great pictures. Monkeys wants me to post the tshirt pictures, too, but Baby B is in them, and I don't want to post pictures of baby B. (Not w/o Redd's permission. He's sooooooo cute his pictures are extremely postable. :) Did Redd tell you when she took him into the bathroom he asked where the spider was? He remembered your spider from the Halloween party!!! LOL!!!)
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Yeah! I heard her saying that!
I loved it when he ran to the magnets on your fridge and very excitedly said "I MISSED THESE!" Lol! Brendan always gets cuter and cuter and cuter!!! =o)

He is aDORable!
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
that's right, all ya'll are raven's bitches :D

the house looked great even with all the vibrant, flamboyant and tacky indian colours :D
once again, one of the best b-day parties ever ... and i didn't even have the slightest idea that you guys were going to do that and of course as always no one let it slip and everyone was in on it, hehe
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Oh, and that was a great movie! Didn't realize it would be 18 hours long, but it was still awesome!

The intermission makes sense now!

Feb. 9th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
told you guys bollywood films are painfully long
even redd couldn't sit through the whole thing ... hehe

seems like they need someone to edit the film and get to the point instead of adding sub plots half way into the story (like pirates 2 and 3 and spiderman 3, hehe)
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
You all look gorgeous...such great colors! And that cake looks delish!
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Cakes and Costumes
It was such a good cake. They both were. And last week Monkeys made an amazing chocolate/cherry cake for Tickmosis's birthday. More than one of our friends asked him if he was a pastry chef in a past life or told him that he missed his calling. :) :) :) Wish we could have sent you a slice.

Raven's parents were so nice. He took our measurements and color requests and his father brought back outfits for a bunch of us. The color schemes got a bit wonky in the translation, but it turned out to be for the best because they were all so beautiful we couldn't lose. Then I ended up getting two hand-me-downs, so I have another deeper green/floral one and a peachy colored one. One year we want to go with them and then we can actually pick out the fabrics ourselves. For some reason his mom can't believe that we like to wear them! I've worn mine to a family reunion and to work, even!

EDITED - I added proper names as I realized the he's were potentially confusing. When I reread it even I didn't know who I was talking about. :)

Edited at 2009-02-09 04:57 am (UTC)
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Cakes and Costumes
no the colours weren't screwed up in "translation", everything was messed up cause my dad leaves crap to the last minute and then rushes it, and when people rush it doesn't always get done properly

next time i'm giving my mother everything and she'll make sure things turn out just right, dad is a "normal guy" when it comes to any type of clothing and has no clue how to add any input or even follow simple instructions, hehe

you got 2 other shalwaar kameezes?
when did you get those, i remember getting you another one in july of last year, but didn't remember getting you 2

they were extras mom ended up getting as a mistake and she has the exact same one already and you're her hight/size, plus you love all this hippie stuff anyway :D
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
thank you once again for the kickass b-day party i had a blast
despite the forced overexposure to my lame ass culture i was exposed to for 2 weeks non stop last saturday was a total blast

you ladies looked awesome in these "ethnic" cloths :D .... i was very "flattered" (for the lack of a better word) that redd went out and got the fabric and created her home made saari (in which she looked totally hot i must say)

i did bring back some films that i'm wiling to watch (or watch again) it's just the ones i left at your house are the ones i have either no interest in wasting time in (cause i can tell you exactly how they will proceed and end!) or i have seen bits and pieces already and know what they are about and really not interested in seeing (like the superbowl, i've never seen it, but i'm pretty convinced that i'd be bored to death watching lame ass sports crap)

so we'll watch the horror and the comedy stuff on some weekend when we have a zillion hours to waste :D
in case you're worried about "time consumption" in regards of bollywood films ... well you asked for that one yourself, i tried to warn everyone :D

also, i had no idea this was your first bollywood film
glad you enjoyed it ... my first bollywood film was ... a curry western (total rip off of several western films from the 60s)
Feb. 9th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you had a good time and that it was a surprise! I was a little nervous you would hate it! But I didn't want to do another Canada party like last time. (Other than the cookies, we had nothing Canadian this time! ;) And, darn it, I love all the colors!!

I think this was my first. I'm not counting The Warrior as a Bollywood movie - there were no dance numbers. :)
Feb. 10th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
the warrior is def. not a bollywood film (which is why i really admire it)
it wasn't filmed in bombay (hence Bollywood!), it was of mostly british production and even though the director was of indian heritage he's totally white washed like me :D (hence the quality of the film)

i had a freakin blast with you guys saturday which is why i really think that if you guys went to canada/toronto with me i wouldn't be so damn miserable up there!
Feb. 17th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
Yay! Because I seriously would *love* to take a trip to Canada with you sometime. Darn it, my only new years resolution this year was to get passports, and yet we haven't started on the paperwork yet. Grrrr.

I liked the Warrior. It was outside of my normal movie watching selections, but I was glad that you showed it to us. It was one of the "makes you think" movies. (Well, for me it was.)
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