Feeling Blue…

Feeling Blue

When the sky is dark, I will look for you in the stars,
When the sun is out, i will embrace the warmth and hide my scars.

When the nights will be unbearable and long ,
I will talk to your pictures and stay strong.

When my days will be incomplete without you,
I will remember your voice when I’m feeling blue.

When the moon will arrogantly reflect in the sky,
I will console my heart that you live somewhere nearby.

– Fatima Ali

Planning and hosting a themed party!

Hosting a super fun paw patrol themed birthday pawty!

Last year, I hosted a very exciting paw patrol themed birthday party for my son, who turned 7 last year!
I know planning a birthday party can be super stressful and it’s a real struggle trying to make it all close to perfect and at the same time enjoyable and entertaining for your guests! With all the social media extravagant birthday celebrations we see day in day out, we want ours to be just as great if not better!
Luckily, we have family and friends who help out in the organisation and prepping of the whole event and it makes the personalisation of the event so much more flexible and easier.
Now let’s get into the nitty gritty of prior planning.

It’s always a good idea to have a theme in mind which you can work around, it just makes the shopping part so much easier!
Therefore, for me, I knew I was going for a paw patrol themed party, so I had searched where to find different pieces of decor and luckily party delights had the majority of it, so to save time I went there. Party Delights is an absolute heaven for decorators. It has all the themes you can think of! They do themed goody bags, bunting, balloons, complementary tableware and basically everything you really need for the perfect party!

Menu

Before I ramble on about the menu, I have to mention how tasty ‘Rubbles chicken nuggets’ were!
Now, getting back to the point, the menu… It is a great idea to let your creativity run wild by personalising your menu card to suit your chosen birthday theme!


The children absolutely loved having a super cool paw patrol themed menu and it definitely brought a great hype along with it when the food was served! Just imagine seeing your favourite character’s dishes on display, I mean how could you possibly resist Skye’s stuffed veg samosas and Zuma’s zesty spring rolls! You have to admit the menu card is super cool. I personalised this for my son’s paw patrol themed party!

Now, obviously ensure your menu is well-suited to your guests. As this was a children’s party, I kept the menu simple with little snacks that the kids could easily indulge in!
On top of the menu, we also had a very unique desserts menu, accompanied with fancy paw patrol themed menu cards for each dish and dessert!

Hosting and entertaining!

I’ve highlighted the planning and having a fancy themed menu in my previous posts.
Now, for the entertainment part.
My child is obsessed with bouncy castles and I’ve seen children obsess over them too!

Some of the best advantages of having a bouncy castle is that the children remain well occupied and happy! Then we have the usual party games, musical chairs, musical statues etc. but they can get a little repetitive, so it is always a good idea to do something a little different. Why not have a face painter? Change the games around. Add a little twist to them, the children love it!

I usually hire a popcorn and slush machine, even at my big age I cannot get enough of both, never mind the little ones! Ofcourse, I could not stop myself from personalising those either, I attached little posters to the carts which you can see in the images! ‘Pupcorn’ and ‘pause for a puppy slushy’. Oh so exciting!

There are numerous ways to keep your guests entertained and remember if you have parents attending, make sure there is a surprise game for them too, get them up on their toes playing a game of musical chairs or doing a raffle!

Cake!

The main item has to be the cake on a birthday as it enhances your theme and completes the decor.
The cake in the picture above was made by my favourite cake lady who never fails to amaze with her great work!

That’s it for now folks. I hope you had fun reading about my birthday planning and hosting experience! Feel free to incorporate these ideas into your future paw-ties! πŸΎπŸ˜‰

– Fatima Ali

A little thought on appearances…

I came across this image as I was scrolling through my camera roll this morning. Quite instantly, this red flower caught my attention and I started to gaze at it in awe. It was evidently more noticeable infront of the ‘ordinary’ green grass, and the least I took notice of was the green weed!
I realised how selfishly, or let’s say naturally we are attracted to things that look ‘good’ to us on the outside and therefore we give them all great deal of attention, we pick out the weeds from our beautifully grown gardens thinking they look unattractive, whilst totally ignoring the many benefits they bring to our gardens!
We don’t even stop to consider them, take notice of them, or to even to research their purposes.
Just imagine the feeling of being unnoticed and unwanted by everyone merely due to your appearance, which you have no control over. Just like plants or flowers have no control over their outward appearance, similarly, we humans cannot choose the colour of our hair, the colour of our skin, and our appearance. However, what we do have a choice over is our character, our morals, our values and the ways in which we decide to help and benefit the people around us. These are the important things, not appearance!
It’s rightly said “looks fade, but a good heart keeps you beautiful forever”.

– Fatima Ali

Words can heal? Why I chose this name for my blog

A lot of people asked me why I chose this name for my blog.
I firmly believe, there are many things in our lives that do not have a cure, but I have a strong belief that even if there is no cure, there is the potential to heal and the power of healing is through words. Therefore, if any words can reach out to someone and it can make a positive impact on someone’s life then I believe that my purpose of writing has been fulfilled and hence I chose this title ‘words can heal’.

– Fatima Ali

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”

A famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi

This famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi makes me delve deeply into the person I am.

When I look around, there are certain things that leave me pondering. It takes a second to nitpick different things going on around you.

If we see something we don’t like and want it to be different, why don’t we try to bring about that change? We often make excuses such as “my input will not make a difference, one person cannot change anything”.
Now, just imagine if every single person feels their role has no significance, will we ever be able to move forward, will we ever be able to bring about a change? This question answers for itself. No, we cannot bring about a change if no one is willing to bring that change within themselves.

It is time we all start being that ‘change’. If we disagree with something around us, we should do something about it, each one of us should, even if you are the first to speak out.
We can change the world if we all make that vital decision to “be the change you wish to see in the world”.

– Fatima Ali

Quick Tip For Weight Loss!

πŸ‹ – After you wake up in the morning, on an empty stomach, squeeze half a lemon into half a glass of warm water and drink it! This hugely aids in weight loss! Continue doing this each morning and you will definitely see positive results!

πŸ‹ – It is also very important to incorporate lemon into your diet. You can use them on salads as a dressing.

Lemons are rich in vitamin C and have numerous health benefits!

– Fatima Ali

Unnoticed…

It is not always the care and love that can make the flower grow and bloom. Sometimes even a single look of attention can be enough to be a reason behind its blossom.

– Fatima Ali

Believe in yourself

✏️ Holding a firm belief in your capabilities is vital in gaining success.

✏️ Believing in yourself involves trusting your ability to achieve the goals you have set.

✏️ Do not allow fear to stop you!

✏️ Self-empowerment is key – find out what you are good at and let it be one of the many reasons to build your inner strength.

✏️ Be optimistic, as a negative attitude will only drown you!

✏️ Mingle with friends who uplift you.
Being in the right company is so important!

✏️ Know that not everyone will accept you, but remember to be ok with that!

✏️ Know it is absolutely ok to make mistakes!

✏️ Keep your chin up, establish a positive mindset, have faith and keep believing in yourself.

– Fatima Ali