Every girl dreams of being the centre of attention on their birthday, throwing the perfect party and being pampered like a princess. For Manavi Batra, her 21st was exactly that and much more. From a cake shaped like her favourite designer bags to a river cruise, she celebrated her milestone birthday in nothing less than lavish style.
The Batras wanted to ensure all attending were exposed to the glamour treatment, with two parties to mark the occasion. The first consisted of one hundred and twenty family friends and guests partying the night away at the Batras’ Port Melbourne Penthouse and the second a private party starting at home for fifty of Manavi’s closest friends and ending up on a river cruise.
“I’ve been planning this for months, I really wanted it to be special. I couldn’t really do anything for my eighteenth because of exams so my parents and I both decided that for my 21st we would really have a nice big celebration!” Manavi shared.
There was music, drink and food to celebrate the evening, with the cuisine of the evening taking on an Indian spin. Entrees like tikkas and kebabs were specially prepared by a Tandoor Chef for guests, followed by luscious Laccha Parathas, Biryanis and curries for mains and ending with a dessert selection fit for a Crown Casino style buffet. Baklava, macaroons, cake and a selection of mouth-watering desserts left even the most savoury tongued of guests nursing their sweet tooth. There were professional waiters and a concierge service, security and the overall red carpet experience.
Being a fashion enthusiast like many girls her age, Manavi tapped into her couture flair when it came to her cake. A chocolate mud cake with white chocolate raspberries, shaped in the form of none other than a Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbag.
“It was so perfect, amazing and beautiful!” Manavi told G’day India.
And what did her parents give her for her 21st Birthday present? None other than an elegantly wrapped Chanel box with a pink ribbon, bearing not her favourite pearl necklace as she had thought, but the keys to her dream Mercedes car! Surely a satisfactory gift by any standard!
Manavi, who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Management, says turning twenty-one has changed her perspective even though it may just be another number.
“I feel more responsible, I feel like I should work harder and aspire to do more.”
She’s hoping to continue working in the world of fashion importing with her Dad and take her interest in the field further once she graduates at the end of the year. But for now, she’s content just driving her dream car around town!
By Rahat Kapur