India’s most cherished festival, Diwali or Deepawali, is just around the corner. And the festive season is perfect to give a break to your hectic schedule. Looking out to spend some fun and quality time with your friends and family? While few people head out for a vacation amid serene and beautiful landscapes, most prefer to take delight in endless nights of games, music, good food and drinks with friends, cousins and family.
If you’re planning to host a zestful party without spending a lot, here are some ideas to have an amazing evening full of entertainment and celebration. Even if you are organising it for the first time, you need not worry, we have got it all sorted out for you. Here are three spectacular themes to help celebrate this Deepawali with your loved ones and even win the title of ‘the host of the season’.
‘Game of Thrones’ Theme Party
You simply can’t deny your love for George RR Martin’s novels or the TV show, and with more than one-and-half-year to wait for the next season, what better way to celebrate Diwali than with a GOT-themed party?
Ideally, it should be an outdoor party to capture the mood. You can set up a small tent in your garden with comfy cushions and old wooden chairs, and you could even set up a bonfire. If you have a throne-like chair with high back support, use sword cutouts to decorate it. If not a bonfire, then you can at least set up a barbecue counter to roast some potatoes, marshmallows and tikkas for your guests.
If you are hosting the party indoors, use banners or posters of each house with their motto for an indoor party. You can also use posters from the series. Candles can light up the mood and are almost essential to give a vibe of the medieval age. And with the celebration for Diwali, it’s a perfect amalgamation. Use wine glasses, bowls of grapes and the outline of a map similar to the Westeros map.
There are GOT-inspired board games and card games too — that you can play with your fellow GOTians. If not, chalk out a trivia quiz for your folks to see who is a greater fan!
As for food, order a GOT-inspired cake — perhaps, an iron throne or dragon egg cookies. There are plenty of references to salads, pies, wines, and desserts in GOT and you can try your hands on one of those to treat your friends.
“Cersei set a tasty table, that could not be denied. They started with a creamy chestnut soup, crusty hot bread, and greens dressed with apples and pine nuts. Then came lamprey pie, honeyed ham, buttered carrots, white beans and bacon, and roast swan stuffed with mushrooms and oysters,” Martin wrote in Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings, so there is really no dearth of food.
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An Eco-friendly Party
There is a lot of debate and buzz around the bursting of crackers and the pollution we add to every Diwali celebration. And it’s not just about air pollution, we also add to it by the endless use of plastic and thermocol disposables plates. Why not embrace age-old traditions to celebrate Diwali this time around? Going eco-friendly that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on having fun! Here are a few ideas to have an awesome Diwali, keeping the environment and health hazards in mind.
You can organise a diya painting contests for the little ones in your homes and for elders, a phookalam ( rangoli with flowers) contest to have fun.
Use earthen lamps (diyas) or brass lamps to decorate your homes this Diwali, instead of electric lights and LEDs, and save electricity. You can use the same diyas painted by your children and arrange it with few flowers on the side. You can even plan a diya or candle lighting contest for your guests.
Use banana leaves instead of thermocol plates and earthen glasses and mugs instead of plastic cups. After all, there’s no greater fun than enjoying a meal on fresh leaves with your hands, sans all forks and spoons.
Instead of bursting crackers that add harmful toxic elements to the air, you can launch paper lantern in the sky. Trust us, the effect is surreal, after all, Diwali is a festival of lights and not of sound. And if you are up for it, you can even make one at your home!
Card Games Theme Party
Playing cards and betting money has been part of Diwali for ages, but how can you give a new twist to it? Well, for starters how about dressing as king and queen for the party? Set the colour-theme for the party as red, white, and black. You could also make your kids create small bracelets using ribbons attached with a cardboard cutout sign of spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs. Once the guests come in, ask them to pick one band for themselves. Later, you can divide the people wearing same sign into four groups and play an array of games — from Antakshari to Dumb Charades, where not just elders but kids can also take part.
Of course, you can try your luck in a game of Teen Patti, Bridge or Rummy. There are many drinking poker boardgames available in the market and you can try those board games too for the party. And, in case, you are not up for liquor, try shots of cool ice-teas, sherbets, thandais, and smoothies.
You can also set up a photo booth. While you can buy poker-themed photo booth backdrop and props online, you can even personalise it. Use a stack of cards and make streamers by attaching each card on ribbons or old dupattas to create a beautiful backdrop.
And if you think all this includes too much work, you can simply arrange a dance party. Play Dandia and Garba with your friends and family to spend a fun evening.
Organise a Mehendi kiosk for your guests. After all, who doesn’t love beautiful henna design during the festive season?
Play UNO or monopoly with your kids and family if you are not sure about betting money on card games. After all, sharing a good laugh with everyone and reminiscing old times is equally worth it.
You can also organise a fancy dress competition for kids or set the theme for your party as ethnic wear from various states of the country. That way, it will add colour and diversity to the party.
So, how are you planning to light up the festival of Diwali this year?