10 Tips to Create a Festive Home this Ramadan
The Holy Month of Ramadan is starting shortly and along with daylight fasting, it is a time of reflection and giving. It is also a time when you spend a little more time at home often receiving family and friends, for Iftar and Eid. There are a few tips we would like to share with you to create a festive environment at your home.
Clean your home
A clean home, with less clutter, will be more welcoming and allow you to focus on your reflection. It also enables you to get rid of articles you have not used for many months or years and pass them onto charity for others to use.
Light up your home
Something about lights brings about a festive atmosphere. Place decorative lanterns around your home that are lit up with electric tea lights. Use pretty string lights around your mantle place, or winding up your stair banister.
Cook at home
Cooking at home brings a joy and excitement among not just adults but also the children. Planning a healthier Iftar menu with less fried food and more fresh options will give everyone the energy to keep going until Eid celebrations.
Stock up your home
Stock up your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry with all the items you will need for preparing both Suhur and Iftar during the month of Ramadan. By preparing in advance, you can enjoy the month without stress.
Place a refrigerator outside your home
There is a great tradition to place a stocked up refrigerator outside the home. This is to provide laborers and workers free food and drinks for their Iftar. It’s a great way to giving back to your community.
Get the kids involved
Even if kids are not fasting with the rest of the family, they should still feel included in this special time. Look for creative ways to engage them while everyone around them is curbing cravings. Enlist their help in decorating the home for Ramadan.
Make a Ramadan display
Place a console table or any other table in a prominent place inside your home and use it to display all your festive decorations and prints. Hang rice LEDs and countdown posters from the table to make it look even more attractive. If the table is wide enough, use it to lay out the Iftar foods as well.
Create your own traditions
If you do not have a special Ramadan tradition of your own, consider starting one this year. It may be small things like hiding the Eid gifts and sending the children on a treasure hunt on the Eid. Or, have a ‘Gratitude Jar’ where everyone writes down one thing they are thankful for every day at Iftar.
Countdown to Eid
One of the joys of Ramadan is the anticipation of Eid. Get the family excited about the arrival of Eid by preparing a countdown chart to mark the arrival of the festival. During the last 10 days of Ramadan, wrap up your Eid gifts in pretty papers and put them on display. This will not only heighten the anticipation, but the colorful display will also act as a great décor to your home.
Share the love
Sharing this time with others helps get everyone in the festive spirit. Bake some treats and package them up to share with friends, classmates, co-workers, and neighbors. Keep it festive at home by keeping extra treats on a platter or cake stand on the counter for the drop in guests. Throw an Iftar dinner party or Eid party and send invitations to make the evening feel more special.
More than anything enjoy Ramadan!
Ramadan Kareem from all of us at HomeGenie.
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