You know those days that you anticipate excitedly and just hope they meet your expectations because you know you might have been too excited and then, in the end, the day goes nothing like you had expected? (Hope that makes sense.) Well, this was one of those days that exceeded all my expectations and I owe that, largely in part to my amazing friend Neeti. Neeti is originally from India and she volunteered to help us with our fun Mehndi-inspired day. Not only did she help with the Mehndi, but she even made us a traditional Indian dish for lunch….and that was a HUGE undertaking considering there were 4 adults and 8 children to feed, plus three young infants. Some people might have considered this absolute madness and not at all enjoyed the outcome of the day, but I have to say the “process” today was exceptionally fun and the “product” simply wonderful.
Neeti came over and made herself right at home in my kitchen, something I welcomed with gratefulness. While she cooked and our house filled with the scent of Indian spices and onions, I worked on our Mehndi-inspired cookies. I got this idea from Sprinklebakes.com and once I saw it, I knew we absolutely had to make these delicious and artistic treats. So, I made the dough beforehand and let it chill, although I didn’t use the spice-cookie recipe from Sprinklebakes, but a holiday sugar cookie recipe instead (based on what I had on hand). Next, I helped each child trace their hand onto cardboard and cut it out to make a cookie design of their hand.
After we filled our bellies, the kids took turns decorating their cookies using a small-tipped paintbrush and some black Milton’s food coloring gel.
Here are a couple of cookies I decorated, inspired by the Sprinklebakes designs.
For our grand finale, the kids washed up and Neeti painted everyone’s hands with Mehndi (henna). (She even purchased the legit henna from India, not the kind you mix from the craft store.) This was a HUGE highlight for the kids and even though it was tough for them to sit still and let them dry, Neeti did an AMAZING job and had such patience as the kids gathered for their turn.
All in all a FANTASTIC day! We so enjoyed participating in this
Indian tradition but maybe mostly enjoyed celebrating it with friends…lots and lots of friends.THANK YOU NEETI!!!!! We loved every minute of the chaos.