An Intimate Surprise 10th Anniversary Party

It's been ages since I posted on this blog. With motherhood, INKMADE, and my photography work, it's difficult to find time to write and photograph just for fun! So much has happened since the last time I posted Alhamdulilah. Amira turned one. We moved into our first home together. And we just hosted a surprise 10th anniversary party for my sister and brother-in-law! 

My sister and brother-in-law got married young, had a simple wedding, have three beautiful children, and work day and night as a pharmacist and podiatrist. They go out of their way to make sure their kids are happy, as well as the rest of their family and friends. Even after my sister comes home after a long day, she offers to watch Amira, help out with INKMADE, and just lend a hand whenever I have a lot to get done. My brother-in-law also has a crazy work schedule, but he still takes time to help us move, hang out after a long day, and just be there whenever we need him. They are both my role models for having such a balanced, loving marriage. That's why I had to work with our friends and family to throw an amazing surprise anniversary party for them! 

We decided to host it at our house, which motivated us to unpack and get our place tidy quickly. (It's been taking forever with a toddler running around!) I told them that we were hosting a housewarming party, so they had no idea it was going to be their anniversary party! I started by creating a Pinterest board to find inspiration for the table setting. My sister, mom, and I share decor for parties that we have collected over time after hosting so many bridal showers, baby showers, and other events. I reused some of those pieces for the decor for this party and bought a few more to complete the look. Our friends and family helped out with the food and I baked the cake. There's no way this party would have been a success without our amazing friends and family. I feel so grateful to have such wonderful people who took so much time out to make sure this party was a success! Check out a glimpse of the party below:


May Allah (swt) bless these two with nothing but love, happiness, and success always. Ameen! 

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Summer Clothing Swap Party | Decor Inspiration

Summer, so far, has been pretty great. The weather has been nice in Chicago and Afroz and I have had a wonderful time hanging out with our family and friends. The sad part is that with every great summer comes a moment when you have to accept that the season of BBQs, beach trips, bike rides, and warm weather has to come to an end eventually. Soon, we'll bid farewell to summer and celebrate the start of fall, which has its own beautiful charm. 

I've been thinking about hosting a little get together with a few friends, just to wrap up the summer. I haven't thought of the menu yet, but I've been looking at some images to get inspiration for the decor. I usually don't decorate the apartment when friends come over, but I wanted to change it up this time around. I'm hoping to also add a new element to this party. I've read about clothing swaps and also attended a scarf swap party in the past. Basically, each guest brought in scarves they didn't want anymore and everyone shopped around and took home any scarves they liked. It's a fun, free, and sustainable way to shop around with your friends. It's a wonderful way to get new additions to your wardrobe and it also promotes ethical and sustainable fashion. The average American throws away 65 pounds of textiles each year (source). By swapping clothes instead of buying new, we're reducing that waste.

Here are some images that are on my mind as I plan this clothing swap party:

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