How to Plan a Bollywood Themed Party
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Bollywood is the film industry of India, located in Mumbai, and is very much like Hollywood in the United States. Bollywood is known for releasing an astounding number of films annually and reaching across the globe to millions of viewers.
Bollywood actors and actresses are admired in India and in many other countries. The genre is fun and colorful, so consider throwing a Bollywood themed party for your next occasion.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
Pictures of Bollywood Actors and Actresses, Backdrop, Food, Asian DJ, Indian Movies Prizes, CD or DVD Favors
LOCATION: Depending on the celebration and the number of guests expected to attend, a Bollywood-themed party can be held in your home or at a nearby rental hall. If you're going to book a hall, be sure you reserve it ahead of time and that it is spacious enough for the number of guests invited.
DECORATIONS: Hang star-shaped print outs of Bollywood actors and actresses in black and white all over the venue. You can find pictures of Indian actors and actresses online. You can convert them into black and white, and insert them into a star shape using software such as Adobe Photoshop. Create a backdrop from a famous movie scene, or use fabric that is glimmering such as red beaded drapes. Don't forget the red carpet for your guests to walk on when entering the venue.
ENTERTAINMENT: Arrange for family and friends to perform dances to Bollywood songs or act out a scene from their favorite movie. You can get ideas on what to perform from the movie itself. Go to a local Indian store that sells Indian movies or see the "Resources" section for information on where to get the movies online. Alternatively, you can also hire professional dance groups to perform for guests if they are available in your area.
Set up a game show for guests to participate in such as a movie trivia game. See the "Resources" section for sites that contain information about the film industry to set up the game. Another popular game is Antakshari, which involves singing. A contestant begins by singing a few lines of a song. Then, the next contestant must sing a song that begins with the ending letter of the previous song that was sung. You can also hire a asian dj for the evening for guests to dance the night away.
FOOD: Serve Indian cuisine, such as Punjabi food consisting of Naan, vegetables like Malai Kofta and Palak Paneer, Rice, Raita, Samosas and Paneer Tikka. Alternatively, you can also have different food carts with fast-food served as well such as Pani Poori, Dosa or Pav Bhaji. If you are keeping the party at home, consider having a pot luck, in which each guest is requested to bring an Indian dish. See the "Resources" section for recipes for Indian food.
FAVORS: You can hand out music CDs with your favorite Bollywood songs or create a DVD with snippets of your favorite scenes from different movies. Refer to the link in the "Resources" section to listen to different types of Indian music to get an idea on what you would like to include in the CD. If you're really creative, consider making your own short film for guests to enjoy.
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Bollywood Party Decorations
Set the scene for your party by decorating your space with beautiful coloured fabrics. If you’re prepared to hunt around, Indian sari style fabrics can be found at reasonable prices – go for vibrant fuchsias and pinks, emerald and aqua greens and burnt oranges and reds – mix and match as you like. Drape fabrics over tables, sofas, around windows and you’ll start to see your magical backdrop come to life.
Keep the lighting dim. Use floating candles in little bowls around the room and scatter cushions on the floor to create little ‘chill out’ spaces where your guests can comfortably congregate. Burn some of your favourite incense.
Hang some gorgeous Fleur Poms for that extra special touch. Alternatively, paper lanterns in reds, pinks, oranges and aquas will look magical.
With a backdrop of colour you can keep your tableware pretty simple. Black or silver will work beautifully. This theme also calls for silverware – so bring out your best silver tableware in true Indian party style.
These star candles have a great Bollywood vibe and can be used on cupcakes or your birthday cake.
Bollywood Party Menu Ideas
You’ve got a choice of some fantastic nibbles and canapés with this theme. Consider things like samosas, pappadums with mint dip and a selection of chutneys and tandoori chicken, lamb or prawn skewers. You could even whip up some tandoori pizzas which will surely be a huge hit. Most of these foods can be pre-made and easily heated when guests arrive.
If you’re planning a sit down meal, here’s a menu plan with a few Indian favourites.
Mango Lassi is also a wonderful addition to your party menu plan. This drink can be mixed with vodka to create a Mango lassi-cocktail. You can also name the cocktails after famous bollywood films e.g. Kabhi Kabhi, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Bollywood Party Fun & Games
Why not welcome your guests into your Bollywood experience by asking them to remove their shoes and greet them with a cool and refreshing mango lassi in a small shot glass as well as their very own bindi sticker or henna tattoo. You can scatter these around the room to give your guests something to do while the party warms up
Load up your iPod with songs from Bend It Like Beckham, Slum Dog Millionaire and as many Bollywood hits as you can find. Rent some Bollywood movies and keep these running throughout the party to inspire your guests to try some of the cheesy moves.
You can keep things simple with this theme and let the venue shine, or you can invite your guests to embrace it – this is such a fun party theme and when all dressed up you’ll find your party will go to a whole new level as your guests adopt their Bollywood persona for the evening.
Bollywood party favours and goodies
We have a selection of exotic products in our party store that are just perfect for a Bollywood party:
These beautiful drawstring organza bags make ideal goodie bags for your Bollywood treats.
Gift ideas - Colourful beads and bangles, cute little good luck elephants temporary tattoos and bindis are reasonably inexpensive and easy to find.
Mini woven beach bags are also a great option
Divine little orchid candles also make great gifts and decorations
Beautiful golden lac boxes with cardholder make wonderful gifts and decorations