Ultimate Guide to Host Your First Eid-ul-Adha Dinner as a Couple

We’re as excited for your first Eid-ul-Adha dinner as you are. So we brought you a step by step guide because that’s what we’re here for!

Congratulations on celebrating your first Eid-ul-Adha dinner as a married couple! This joyous occasion is a perfect opportunity to create beautiful memories together and start new traditions that will last a lifetime. Hosting your first Eid dinner can be a bit daunting. You want to be thoughtful of everyone’s food preferences and wish to do everything perfect. While also trying to be a good host and giving time to your guests as well. But with some patience and good teamwork, you’ll be able to make it an unforgettable celebration. 

Here’s a step by step guide for you to win the hearts of your new family members.

Step 1: Elaborate Planning

It can be hard to decide where to start from? The menu? Who to invite? The decor? Well, worry not Shadiyana hai na. 

Set a Date and Time

First things first, decide on the date and time for your Eid dinner. This year, Eid-ul-Adha falls on the 17th to 19th of June, so choose from these. Consult with the guests to pick a day that suits everyone. 

Create a Guest List

Make a list of family members and close friends you want to invite. Remember, Eid is all about sharing and caring, so the more, the merrier! However, keep in mind your home’s space and your ability to manage a crowd. Especially if you’ve never hosted anything before, we suggest inviting fewer people for the first gathering.

Menu Planning

Decide on the menu together. Include traditional dishes that both families love, like mutton biryani, nihari, kebabs, and sheer khurma. Don’t forget to consider any dietary restrictions or preferences. If you’re planning to host on the first day, it might be more hectic due to the qurbani. But if you choose the second or third day, you’ll have ample time to execute your food menu plans. 

Grocery Shopping

Create a detailed shopping list and head to the market together. This can be a fun activity, where you can bond over choosing the freshest ingredients and maybe even sneaking in a few treats for yourselves. Good thing this year is that you have a full weekend right before Eid. So shopping and doing things that need to be done before dinner will be easier.

Step 2: Preparing for the Animal Sacrifice

Eid-ul-Adha hai you qurbani you hogi na. And that might be a tricky thing to manage if you both haven’t done it before. But remember teamwork is the key. You got this!

Choosing the Animal

One of the most significant parts of Eid-ul-Adha is the Qurbani. Head to the animal market and choose the animal. This can be an exciting experience as you navigate through the bustling market, or as we normally call it mandi. Bargain with sellers and find the perfect animal that meets your criteria and matches your budget as well.

Ensuring Proper Care

Once you’ve brought the animal home, make sure it’s well-fed and taken care of until the sacrifice. This is also a time to educate yourselves and any young family members about the significance of the Qurbani. Get to know about it together as a couple from your elders or scholars. 

Organizing the Sacrifice

Arrange for a local butcher (qasai) to perform the Qurbani on Eid day. Make sure all necessary preparations are in place for a smooth and respectful process. Some people also choose to do their sacrifice on the second or third day of Eid. Whichever day you choose, keep in mind the day of dinner.

Step 3: Preparing Your Home

Now comes the fun part! Once you’re done with the other important things, enjoy this part of preparation. 

Cleaning and Decorating

Give your home a thorough clean and decorate it with beautiful Eid decorations. You can add fairy lights, fresh flowers, and traditional decor items to create a festive atmosphere. This is a fun activity to do together and gets you both into the Eid spirit.

Setting the Table

Set up your dining table with your best dinnerware. Arrange the seating to accommodate all your guests comfortably. Add a touch of elegance with some fresh flowers and candles. If you’re planning to go for on-floor seating arrangements then make sure you have enough space. The floor or carpet is clean and all ready. 

Step 4: Cooking Together

Time to flaunt your cooking skills now! You know those reality show games where a couple is asked to cook something together. It’s so fun to watch them. This is pretty much the same. Except that you can always make a list and get ingredients from the market. 

Teamwork in the Kitchen

On the day of the dinner, divide the cooking tasks between you two. Cooking together can be a delightful experience filled with laughter, taste-testing, and maybe a few flour fights. It’s all part of the fun! Divide chores based on who can do what the best. Dishes, chopping, setting the table, cooking, baking, dividing everything accordingly.

Involve Family Members

Don’t hesitate to involve other family members who might want to help. Often, parents and in-laws are more than happy to lend a hand and share their cooking secrets. And everyone has that one sibling who knows how to cook. Ask them for help. We’re sure they’ll be more than happy to do so.

The Final Touches

Once all the dishes are ready, take a moment to admire your hard work. Ensure everything is placed beautifully and is ready to serve. Now is the time for you to get ready and greet your guests.

Step 5: Welcoming Your Guests

Make sure you’re ready before the guests arrive. It doesn’t look nice that you’re still sweating in the kitchen or running to get those last minute errands done.

Tip: Ask your husband to do your mehndi on Chand Raat. After all it’s your first eid as a couple.

Warm Welcomes

When they arrive, greet them warmly. Your excitement and joy will be contagious, making everyone feel welcomed and cherished. And the way you look will reflect your excitement and happiness to host them. 

Serving the Feast

Begin with the welcome drinks because even though it’s a dinner party it's so hot outside.This will make their moods instantly happy. Then serve the dinner with love and care. Encourage guests to help themselves and make sure everyone’s plates are full. Just like your hearts!

Sharing Stories and Laughter

Eid dinners are not just about the food. They’re about the stories, laughter, and the cherished moments shared with loved ones. Take this time to catch up, share your newlywed experiences, and create new memories. Make sure your focus is not just the food but also to spend some quality time together. Sit with them, have candid conversations, and share lots of laughs.

Step 6: Post-Dinner Delights

Once you’re done with the dinner, now is the time to do something extra special for them.

Sweet Treats

After the main meal, bring out the desserts. Traditional sweets like sheer khurma, kheer, and mithai are always a hit. And if preparing the desserts was too much for you, cakes and donuts never let anyone down. Serve them cupcakes, mithai, or other readymade sweets with tea or coffee.

Eid Gifts

If you’ve prepared Eidi for younger guests or small gifts for your loved ones, now is the perfect time to distribute them. Watching their faces light up will be the cherry on top of a perfect day.

Relax and Reflect

Once the guests have left, take a moment to relax together. Reflect on the day, share your favorite moments, and bask in the feeling of hosting your first Eid-ul-Adha dinner. 

Try not to dwell on anything that didn’t go as perfectly as you had planned. Focus on things that have made your day beautiful. 

Don’t forget to click some beautiful pictures with your loved ones.

Hosting your first Eid-ul-Adha dinner together is a significant milestone in your married life. It’s an opportunity to blend traditions, create new memories, and strengthen your bond as a couple. Remember, it’s not about perfection. It’s about the love and effort you put into making the day special for your loved ones. 

May your first Eid as a married couple be filled with joy, love, and countless blessings. Here’s to many more beautiful celebrations together!

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