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Beautiful beaches, hotels,  people, weather – where can you find all of these amazing things? Rio de Janeiro! The city (and Brazil) has become one of the most desirable destination locales to eat, drink, and be merry! With its combination of rich history and flourishing modern culture, why wouldn’t it be the perfect place to have two individuals intertwine their old & new lives together?

For those who plan to jet set and say their “I do’s” in Brazil, the Hotel Fasano may be the ideal spot for you! Located right on top of the famous Ipanema Beach, the five star resort gives its customers a beautiful view of the city with top-class amenities. Since it’s existence in 2007  and created by famous French designer Phillipe Starck, it has received glowing reviews  and has solidified itself as an extremely desirable must-stay during a visit to Rio de Janeiro. Musix superstars Madonna and  Yoko Ono are just a few of the many high-end clientele who have graced the hotel’s presence.

For a wedding, the outdoor pool & rooftop area is fabulous for an intimate ceremony, where guests can indulge in the beautiful view of the infamous Ipanema beach and city skyline. Following the ceremony, guests can dine in the hotel’s five-star restaurants where they can party long into the night…

After our exquisite trip to the city & hotel, tanaRi events can confirm that Hotel Fasano was an extremely pleasurable experience. They hotel goes above and beyond to provide the city’s best treasures! We were also happy to connect with events manager & staff who were extremely accommodating and enthusiastic to discuss their destination wedding plans!

tanaRi events focuses much of its time on destination wedding planning and we welcome couples to discuss with us any plans for consideration! We can easily coordinate with the Hotel Fasano events team for any inquiries – you can reach us directly on our webpage!

While you consider an upcoming vacation/wedding/honeymoon, take the time to enjoy these hotel photos and imagine yourself whisked away as you sip on your Pina Colada and listening to the crashing of beach waves!

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Personal Preferences, Your Location, Time & Weather – Picksie 2.0

Back in June we spoke to you about Picksie – which is a recommendation engine with a push mechanism.  For us it was really exciting to be back as take part in the launch of Picksie’s 2.0 this past November.   tanaRi events’ helped put together a fabulous private event at the Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes.  We handled majority of the event design, planning & production, along with day-of-coordination.

Picksie made its name as “a New Yorker’s best friend” with its new and much-improved interface, speed, and functionality. And the best part for everyone out there? It’s free.  For us, it was great to be part of sharing this product with a discerning audience who love technology and also enjoy exploring the city.

The party space was set-up to be modern & very tech savvy.  As the brand color is green, the Picksie green was the chosen theme color.  The color was brilliantly incorporated into the room and the different elements in the event space.  The neon bright kiosks manned by Picksie experts, and the video displays on TV screens demonstrated the various unique features of Picksie 2.0.

The launch party began at 7pm and we were excited that the space filled very quickly with techies, and Picksie supporters.  As soon as guests entered, there was a red carpet entrance with Picksie 2.0 step & repeat where guests posed for their photos.  Few minutes into this, our special celebrity guest, Avril Lavigne arrived with Brody Jenner.  After the red carpet photo session, Avril came straight to use Picksie’s all new 2.0 application and had very nice compliments for the special features of the latest version.

The food and drinks at the event were a perfect blend to the theme and audience tastes.  Appetizers were served with green custom made napkins and the drink favorite emerged to be event special “Picksitini.”  I personally loved the flashy green swizzle sticks in the drinks that light up and were in the theme color.

During a night of drinks, food, music, and fun, attendees were able to test out Picksie 2.0 on iPhones, demonstrated by Picksie team, and learned about the exploring New York City with Picksie’s help.  They had a great time meeting Avril and had fun along with her, who bowled a few games with Brody by her side.  It was great to see Avril and Brody really enjoying their game.

There was a live DJ playing great music and a fabulous emcee who did some stand-up comedy along with the event announcements throughout the evening!

Prizes were raffled away to some of the biggest fans of Avril, which included an iPhone 4s and autographed photos by Avril herself! A few other lucky attendees won wonderful prizes to nights out, fine dining, and movies. The guests also received Picksie t-shirts and other memorabilia which were very well received.

The planning time was short and, as in most event planning, there were lot of moving parts to the event, but tanaRi events is so glad that everything came together perfectly at the launch.  Avril was highly pleased with the event and the product, and every guest left happier and more informed about the Big Apple that we could not have anything more.

Thank you to Picksie for allowing us to plan your event and special thanks to all the guests who shared great feedback!  Enjoy Picksie 2.0.

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Bring on the New Year – clever decor tips for a trendy house party!!

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a joyous Christmas celebration with your near and dear ones!

Can you believe that we are just days away from a brand new year!  As we gear up for the biggest party of all – New Year’s Eve Party – we wanted to share a few DIY ideas to make your home trendy and spectacular as you ring in 2012 with your friends.  Use these budget conscious ideas to bring in a different color theme from reds and greens while using many of the items that you purchased for past week’s celebrations.

Since we did not get snow this Christmas, New Year’s Eve party is a great time to go snowy themed, with touches of blue and brown.  Collect all the white and blue colored pieces from your Christmas decorations and be inspired by these ideas as you prep for a grand house party.

Entrance area Décor:  Gather a bunch of pretty branches in a pot near the entryway and place a few white ornaments and white lights on them.  These branches can be white (available at Crate & Barrel, Pier 1 etc., or a store in the flower district) or you can pick up a few well-shaped fallen branches from a near-by park.  Based on the size of the branches, be creative in placing white & silver sparkles on them and they will definitely turn out festive and beautiful.

Wall Décor:  Use crystal flower shaped wall scones and put co-ordinated candles on each one. It makes an empty wall stand out and will dress up a corner or entrance wall.

Ceiling Décor: The bigger white and blue ornaments could be hung from the ceiling and paper flowers or lanterns is a great addition.   If you are looking for very inexpensive ones, Party City or Luna Bazaar has cute things you can hang from the ceiling and turn up the decor volume.  I personally love the snowflakes & white fluffy decorations. Mix a few blue decorations and the color theme will flow beautifully.

Table Setting: A creative space to establish the color theme of silver and blue.  Use silver bordered white plates with silvery place mats.  Silver and white napkins can be folded over plates to include cutlery. Add  more drama with blue flowers or ornament pieces in shot glasses placed on the plates.  The place setting along with silver snowflake coasters and wine glasses will look grand against a blue tablecloth.

Centerpieces:  If you don’t want to spend too much on centerpieces, you can take low circular vase or a simple wide bowl and fill it up with white and blue ornaments and some pine cones.  If you like to be more creative, another idea is to make a few small pom-poms as floaters.  Here is how to make them – You will need tissue paper and 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire. 1. Stack four sheets of tissue. Cut a 10-by-5-inch rectangle, going through all layers. Make 3/8-inch-wide accordion folds.

2. Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, slip over center of tissue, and twist to secure. Trim ends of tissue.

3. Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.

4. Bend wire into a loop to fit around napkin, and twist end around loop to secure.

Fill a shallow bowl with water and float the pom-poms. For an added touch of elegance, drop a few tea candles or other small candles in the water as well and light them just before dinner, letting them float around the paper flowers.

Luck and Lighting – Black-eyed peas are considered good luck on New Year, so why not incorporate those little legumes into your décor in candle holders around the apartment? The peas are very pale and will go well with your color theme as well.

Look through your cabinets for a couple mismatched glasses. Fill each glass 1/3 to 1/2 of the way with black-eyed peas, set a small votive or other small candle into each one. You can scatter your candles throughout the party area where you want to add some sparkly.

Drink-ware Decor: Champagne glasses are a must for the ball drop moment at your party but wouldn’t it be fancier to dress it up a bit?  Here is a clever idea – floaty butterflies.  You will need card stock in party color theme, butterfly template, pencil and scissors.

1. Card stock paper that is colored on both sides; fold in half. Place butterfly template on paper with flat edge of butterfly’s body flush against fold; trace.

2. Cut out butterfly along inside of the traced line and cut out V-shaped notch along the folded edge. Open slightly. Slip notch over rim of glass to hold butterfly in place.

3. If you like, write messages on them for your guests

Enjoy the preparation and have a great start to the New Year at your amazing party!

May this new year bring many opportunities your way, to explore every joy of life, turning all your dreams into reality and all your efforts into great achievements.
Happy New Year to you & your loved ones.

(DIY Ideas: Wall Decor – Vidyun Juneja, Floaty Butterflies – Martha Stewart, Pom-poms – Martha Stewart, Rest – author)
(Photo Credits: Vidyun Juneja, Martha Stewart, Riri Patel.)


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Special Holiday Giveaway! Will you be the winner?

We at tanaRi events’ believe that holiday season is about giving!  We want to share our tips and advice with many more readers and have great news for you – our special holiday giveaway.

Starting Dec 20th to Dec 31st, we have an amazing prize for a friend of tanaRi events, who brings in most number of new fans to our Facebook page.

How does it work? ->
1) You share tanaRi events Facebook page with your network and ask them to ‘like’ this page.
2) When your contact joins, ask them to post a comment on tanaRi events FB wall with your name Or you could send us a list of friends who joined due to your recommendation.
3) The person who brings in most people to tanaRi events will be the winner of a really awesome prize. (totally worth your time!!)

Viola!  That is it!  Exciting stuff! 🙂

Our tips and advice could be of great benefit for anyone planning events and weddings, or if you like entertaining, travelling, fashion and beauty.   So join us in sharing the good news and be rewarded for your effort!  Love ya already!

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Thank you for being a part of ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’

Beautiful weather, gorgeous location, delicious hors d’oeuvres, mouth-watering desserts, amazing talents from the wedding industry, South Asian inspired photo booth… the list could go on and on about the special features of the first annual ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’.

In short, we are excited to report that the 250+ guests who attended the event had an excellent time and we had so much fun putting this event together!  In your words  “Tie the Knot Bazaar was a huge success”.  We are overwhelmed by the kind words and thank you so much for your participation, good wishes and support!  tanaRi events’ is happy to have hosted this event and we love you for being a part of ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’.

tanaRi events’ sends our heartfelt thanks to our vendor partners Chef Hemant Mathur from Tulsi, Reena Vadehra & Jaee Likhite from 3 Bees Paperie, Surbhi Sahni from Bittersweet NYC, Tina Doshi from KSD Weddings, Heidi Evora- Santiago from Damali NYC, Soigne Kothari from Soigne K, and Jayesh Rana from Raaz Entertainment for joining us in this effort to bring the best for our friends.

Sharing a few highlights from the evening… More pics coming soon.


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Food and conversations with chef Hemant Mathur from Tulsi, NYC.

Recently I had a chance to sit down and talk to Hemant Mathur, the executive chef and co-owner of Tulsi.  Already a fan of his cooking, it was a great opportunity for me to get to know the chef’s backstory.   As a bonus, I got to learn how to make a tandoori naan.  Fresh bread and great conversation… good times!

I am sure all food lovers will enjoy the special gift he has for you at the end of this article.  Read on…

  • What fueled your passion for cooking?


When I was 17, I started working as an apprentice at the Rambagh Palace Hotel in Jaipur. Traditional schooling had not been exciting to me, but once I started working in the kitchen, I found myself really enjoying my work and my life.  That started me on the path to becoming a chef.

  • In brief, how would you describe your philosophy on food?  

I strive to create Indian cuisine that is bold, yet has clean and distinct flavors. It should be multidimensional – layers of flavors, textures and colors – with an elegant presentation and always made with the best-quality ingredients available.

  • How did Tulsi come about?

Tulsi is the result of a reunion of longtime friends. Tulsi’s co-owner Vijay Rao was a loyal customer of mine when I worked at Diwan Grill in the 1990s, and he has wanted to collaborate with me on a restaurant since then. Rao reconnected me with tandoor master Dhandu Ram, whom I first met when we were both aspiring chefs-in-training at New Delhi’s celebrated Bukhara Restaurant. The three of us finally have the chance to work together at Tulsi.

  • What sets Tulsi apart from other Indian restaurants in the city?

We offer a distinctive approach to Indian food – authentic in flavor, but reinterpreted for sophisticated New Yorkers, movers and shakers, and world travelers.

  • What’s your favorite dish to prepare for your family

Poori Aloo.

  • Could you share an easy yet delicious recipe for a bride-to-be, who wants to wow her fiancé?

Seared Sea Scallops with Bell Pepper Sauce and Coconut Rice.  This is fast, easy and elegant recipe especially for tanaRi events’ fans! Download the recipe from the link below.

Hemant Mathur_Seared Scallops with Bell Pepper Sauce Recipe

Tried to make this recipe?

Added your own touch to it?

We want to hear your feedback!  Share your thoughts in the comment section!

Join us on November 8th at the Tie the Knot Bazaar, to meet chef Hemant Mathur & taste some of his tasty snacks.   Email us today to

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In honor of World Vegetarian Awareness Month

In honor of World Vegetarian Awareness Month, here are our top five tips for looking and feeling great for brides-to-be, the vegetarian  way!

1)    Keep that skin smooth and glowing with organic and vegetarian beauty products

  • Bioéthique Certified Organic is one of the world’s first and only premium quality third-party certified organic lines made in Provence, France.  Personal favorite is Bioéthique’s Day Cream, which is a light moisturizer with immortelle extract, rose geranium essential oil and extra virgin olive oil.

2)    For inexpensive options, try these amazing homemade skin treatments for your hair & skin

  •  Treat your hair to an oil massage with olive oil (for dry hair) or almond oil (frizzy hair) and, if possible, leave it on overnight prior to shampooing.
  • Cooling mask for the face – Combine one tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature and one tsp runny honey (add few drops of limejuice for oily skin).  Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes.  Wash face with mild face cleanser.

3)    Celebrate fruits & veggies this month – add more color to your diet

  •  Add a good blend of fruits and veggies to your diet along with a good balance of carbohydrates and protein to feel fit & healthy.  Include lentils, whole grains, various beans and tofu to fill yourself up so you do not miss the carbs or the protein.  Check out this article for those organic/non-organic decisions.
  •  Juices are an easy way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet.  Many of them are packed with the benefits of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.  Just watch out for that added sugar and extra sodium.

4)    H2O

  •  Water is key for great skin and health.  People tend to drink less water during fall and winter because of the cooler weather, so you might have to remind yourself about it.  It is important to stay hydrated for that glowing skin.
  •  When you shower or wash your face in the colder months, make sure to use lukewarm water such that the skin is not stripped of its natural protective oils.

5)    De-stress –

  •  Yoga/Meditation: Yoga involves a series of both moving and stationary poses, combined with deep breathing. In addition to reducing anxiety and stress, yoga can also improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina.  Breathing meditation for stress relief is a simple, yet powerful, relaxation technique.

Got great beauty tips that you want to share? Send them our way.


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