You can’t deny it, there’s an unmistakable buzz in the air. Diwali is here – with its share of laughter, mirth and endless nights of games, music, good food and drinks with friends. Seriously, there’s nothing like celebrating India’s much-loved festival with people who are close to your heart.
If attending pre-Diwali parties have got you in the mood to throw one of your own, then we have a few ideas to help you sail through smoothly, without burning a hole in your pocket. It’s actually easier than you think. All you need to do is, make a list of things that you need to do and follow it through to win the title of ‘the host of the season’. Even first timers have a chance with it! Just make sure that you have the following things covered:
Theme: The first thing that you need to work on for a rocking Diwali party is the theme of the party. It is sure to spice things up and will get your guests looking forward to your invitation too. A Bollywood theme is always the favourite, where guests turn up dressed as their favourite celeb/character, but you can also try a colour-coded theme or if you are a bibliophile, you can also ask your friends to dress up as their favourite characters.
Lighting: Ambiance is really, really important. It can make or break a party. Since Diwali is a festival of lights, it’s important that your place is well lit. Candles, fairy tea lights, diyas, make sure that your house is basking in it. But a lot will also depend on the theme of the party. You need to work accordingly so that it doesn’t clash. For instance, if you are throwing a Bollywood party, avoid using Chinese lanterns. It will just look weird.
Rangolis: Rangolis are beautiful and more often than not, people love them – even though most don’t end up making one. Imagine, how excited your guests would be to get a complete experience with beautiful decor and a good evening with wonderful people around? It’s important that you embrace your traditional side, even while throwing a modern party. Find ways to squeeze it in.
Thirst-quenchers and drinks: Like we all know, these days, the essence of a Diwali party is good liquor. It’s the time when people get a few days off work and are in the mood to unwind. First, make sure that you are well-stocked. Second, look for mocktails and cocktails recipes in advance so that you can make few mean ones for your guests. If possible, try it out in advance.
Finger-sized snacks: When there are drinks on the house, it’s important that they have access to appetisers too. After all, you wouldn’t want your guest to be starving, right? Keep it circulating until it’s dinner time. You can either order-in or prepare at home in advance. Go for starters like kebabs, mini tacos and pizza. Your guests would be beaming!
Music: Music is the life of a party. Depending on the theme, you can prepare your list. If there’s a Bollywood theme, it will be a piece of cake, all you would need to do is just rope in all the groovy numbers, from the 60’s till present. For the elite ones, jazz would do the trick, but make sure that you have a peppy list ready. Or if, you have musicians in the group then, you guys can simply throw a mini gig of your own!
Games: Diwali can’t be complete without games. Keep a few decks of cards handy as people love gambling. If you are not really well-versed with Teen Patti, Flush and Rummy, make sure that you at least look them up online. As a host, one game is a must and then you can let the others take over the reins. Other favourites include Tambola and musical chair.
Return gifts: That’s a choice you can make. It actually depends on your budget but at the same time you don’t have to give away lavish gifts. You can just go to a wholesale market and pick up a set of candles for your friends and families as return gift.
Guest list: More often than not, even experienced hosts tend to miss out on inviting people over. If you are planning to throw a grand one then make sure that you note down the names on your diary and tick them off once you have send across your invitation.
Budget: This is the most crucial element when it comes to throwing a party. A big budget doesn’t necessarily mean a good party. Make sure that you go over everything in details. The key is to keep it fun and simple. Overdoing it can only lead to your death as a good host. If you are low on budget, find cheat tricks to compensate for it.