So you've been wanting to throw a colorful, musical Bollywood themed party for quite some time now, but don’t know how to go about it?
Worry not! We at Saris and Things love everything Indian & Bollywood – and here we’ll share with you 6 simple steps to Host a fabulous Bollywood Party!
Your invite must be special! So, design a special Bollywood themed invitation for your party. You can create a collage of famous Bollywood stars, or use typical Indian motifs like Henna art, Diyas and Rangolis. A fun idea is to shape your card like a ‘Patang’ – an Indian paper kite! Whatever prints you use – add on some glitter dust and outline with glue and colorful glitter. You can also create a marigold card decorated with fresh marigold flower petals – but make sure it is hand-delivered the same day!
And do not forget to mention the Indian/Bollywood dress code on your invitation cards!
Bollywood is all about colors and fabulous drapes! So just bring out some bright hued sari style fabrics in orange, fuchsia, red, purple, green for decor – and arrange them creatively. You can do up the ceiling, cover your tables and sofas, hang them as curtain add-ons! Just be creative and mix and match. Use dozens of bright cushions and throws on your sofas, or arrange them in a corner on a rug near a vase or a lamp – for creating a special corner for a chit-chat.
Use candles of different colors and shapes in every corner – but make sure they are placed safely and securely. You can also fill large glass bowls with water and add fresh flower petals and floating candles for a magical effect! Use these as table center-pieces or to decorate empty corners. Colorful paper lamps, bright satin ribbons and special fragrant incense sticks will add just the right Bollywood feel to your party.
To balance the overall effect – use muted tableware like brown colored or jute/reed table mats. If you can manage it amid the party fanfare – bring out your favorite silverware for a rich Indian touch!
Indian Food has lots of options for quick and easy starters and finger foods – from samosas and pakoras to poppadums with dips like tomato, coriander or mint!Kebabs and tandoori skewers are a party hit too, and you can make them with almost anything - veggies, chicken, cottage cheese or prawn.
You can follow this up with a proper meal – consisting of best sellers like butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, malai kofta, palak paneer, and breads like parantha or tandoori naans.
Another option is to follow the starters with heavy Indian side dishes like paav bhaaji, chole bhature, a plethora of chaats, or a South Indian fare including different types of dosas, idlis, sambhar and chutneys!
In drinks, you can serve anything from cool options like rose sherbet, flavored lassi, badam milk. Adding vodka to your lassi or sherbets can create interesting cocktails too! Among the hot beverages – masala chai (spice tea) is the hot favorite!
Indian desserts offer fantastic options from laddoos to gulab jamuns, gajar ka halwa or traditional Bengali sweets to choose from. Just make sure your desserts are served at the right temperature – like the halwa hot and Bengali sweets cold!
Almost all the food items can be prepared in advance and re-heated before serving – so that makes it easier for you to enjoy the party!
Indian clothes are a splash of colors and textures! Make sure you are dressed in fashionable Bollywood attire - after all, you are the host!
If you feel your guests are game – ask them to pick their favorite Bollywood star and dress up like them. This is sure to add a fun vibe and ready conversation filler to your party!
Or else, they can simply wear anything Indian – from saris, kurtis-churidars and lehengas for the ladies, to sherwanis, bandhgalas and kurtas for the men. Indian outfits are best accessorized with traditional Indian style jewelry and lots of colorful bangles and bindis. Forget not, the best Indian and Bollywood outfits and accessories are all available at sarisandthings.com for purchase or rent – so that makes it easy and convenient for your guests!
Fun Music & Games
Good music is the life of any party - and no Bollywood party is complete without the trademark peppy Bollywood numbers! Load up your iPod with the latest Bollywood chart busters, Bend it like Beckham, Slum dog Millionaire, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, etc.
Rent a few Bollywood movie cd’s or dvd’s and keep them playing at your party to keep your guests entertained. You can also organize fun games like asking guests to recreate scenes from the Bollywood movies you are playing; or pop quizzes on fun Bollywood trivia!
Gifts & Party Favors
Now all you need to do is sit down and list your guests, and get started with the preparations. With all these 6 ingredients of a perfect Bollywood party in place – your party is sure to rock!