Wednesday, February 13, 2013


The greatest feeling on earth is to love and to be loved. 

Sage & Slingback wishes it's readers a very happy "Valentines Day". Stay loved, Stay blessed!

December was the month of celebrations and holidays, so in this post I am sharing some behind the scene pictures and details of "ISHQWALA LOVE", one of the joyous occasion of my life, my 15th wedding anniversary and Sundari's third birthday party.

I was watching Karan Johar's new movie "Student of the year" & somewhere in the middle, the main protagonists break into a romantic song called 'Ishqwala Love". It was so beautiful and soothing that I developed an instant liking for the song and wanted to use it as the title for my upcoming party. Many of them wondered about the  meaning of "Ishqwala Love". Well, with most of the lyrics being in Urdu all I knew was, it meant something beyond the ordinary.  Lyricst  Anvita Dutt's line "Hota hai jo love se zyaada waise wala love" was good enough for me to go ahead with this passionate title. Yes, It was " Ishqwala love" for me for my 15th!

I have always believed that beauty and talent in any form has to be recognized and appreciated and through this post, I would like to introduce 2 young, budding talents to my readers.  My 13 year old neighbor Madhumita Prakash and 14 year old friend Ritivik Tandon.  
I am pretty old schooled when it comes to a lot of things in life and I like to do things the old fashioned way. Hand made invitation is one such thing and I prefer it over e- mail invitations. So I asked Madhumita to come up with a handmade design for the invitation. Madhu is an amazing self taught artist who specializes in crochet jewelry and card making. She takes classes for kids during holidays. I briefed her with my requirements and in a couple of days, she came up with this beautiful card with a 3-D love bug sitting on top of it and the cover of the invitation read - Are you ready to be bitten by the love bug? - which I fell in love with. You can see her work here:

Moving on to my other talented friend Ritvick, he is so passionate about photography that he eats,sleeps and breathes it. One look at his creative eye, I knew he would be the one who is going to capture the moments of my special day and I am glad that he agreed to be a part of this memorable evening. Don't miss his photography website :

The word LOVE is largely associated with the Valentine's and it was quite challenging for me of bring the love factor into the evening without making it look like a Valentine's day party. I wanted a simple yet elegant feel to the party. So the obvious choice was to use muted colors with a hint of red. I used one of my favorite fabric, jute and ropes which I got  from Mangalore, my hometown for less than $10. The little red hearts were cut and used for the pop of color.  Strips of jute were cut and tied around cylindrical vases containing fresh white flowers like snap dragons, mums & hydrangeas, which were purchased from Whole Foods. A little note with an agenda for the evening was attached to the vase, just so 
that the guests knew what to expect.

The generous manager at the Whole Foods give me the shopping bags for free of cost. I cut the handles and reversed them to get  the brown paper effect. They were used as wrapping paper to wrap the gifts for guests. Ribbons were made out of thin strips of jute and a "Thank You" was added with a printed "love quote" on it.

The cake stand was made of unevenly cut strips of Jute, to give it a raw feel.

Hosting a good party is never easy. Be it food, decor or entertainment, a lot of detailing is involved. Since the evening was about love, I used quotes from the great Persian poet, Jalaluddin Rumi and my fascination for old frames was evident in the decor. To match the flowers, I ordered an elegant white on white cake with monogrammed fondant  
representing our initials.

To host a great party it's important that you involve your guests at every step. Give them a chance to showcase their creativity and make sure that they have something to look forward to. Be it the dress code, decor or entertainment, see to it that they are a part of it. I asked my guests to bring one picture from their personal album, which they thought was special. An array of photo frames were displayed, showcasing their moment of "LOVE". Tea light candles and Rumi's quotes added for the romantic feel. The entire evening was dedicated to love, music and dance. Surprise love medleys had everyone dancing.

We made sure that the guests got creative with the props we gave them for their family pictures and the results were fantastic. As you can see, they had a blast! 


 It's all about looking good and feeling good and clothes do play a BIG role. The fun & the excitement involved in dressing up for a well organized party is priceless.
Now what can you expect from one of the biggest fans of Sabyasachi to wear for the evening but his creation?. Back in Nov -2012, while I was watching the grand finale of Sabyasachi's Delhi couture week, I fell in love with Nethra Raghuraman's  sindoori red "parsi gara lehenga saree" that she paired with a vintage long sleeved black high neck embroidered blouse. Right there I knew, that it was the one for me. 

Knowing my penchant for good clothes, most of my friends decided to buy their first "Sabyasachi" saree for the evening. They dazzled in their Sabya's and how!!

For a change, men had a natty dress code - black suit and tie, white shirt and gelled hair and they looked "dapper"!!!


  1. Such a fun party, and really well organized! Liked reading this post and reliving the night : )

  2. Vakae mein love ho gayae....I can see the passion and the creativity which led to a beautifully organized party or should I say scene. Keep going Jayshree.

  3. Loved everything in this post! Keep it going...

  4. Your passion shows in every step...From Planning to the day of the Party! Lovely post Jay.

  5. No one throws a party like you do! Enjoyed it thoroughly! Like Shilpa Shetty says it, it was superrr se oooparrr! Loved the jute theme that ran thru' everything! Could never have imagined jute looking so elegant! Only you, Jay!

  6. Jay - Love your Red Sabya! Very becoming on you - great choice!
    Loved all the party details. Hey - how come there are more men than women :)

  7. Loved your awesome blog post and the meticulous attention to details you put into the party! Everything was perfect!

  8. WOW Jayashree! Awesome is the word.
    Love the theme & all the decor. So Simple, Chic & Organic.

  9. Wonderful....I got's so full of love!!!

  10. Loved seeing every bit of your post. The presentation has been super cool. Every little things presented complimented the theme very well. I loved your pose with sabya saree and Ryka watching you. Keep it up Jay. Each posts of yours has something interesting for all of us to see. Good going....