So, what’s the formula? A dozen crates of beer, a well-stocked iPod, friends, friends of friends, basically enough people to fill the house on the weekend? That’s what it takes to throw a party, right? Or so you thought.
Parties are no longer generic beer-guzzling affairs. There’s a lot more to it. One week, you could have a casino-theme party; next week, it could be a spa party; and the week after, even a vampire-theme could do, minus Edward Cullen on the guest-list perhaps. Parties are serious fun, and party planning, a serious affair.
Party Hunterz, on Pali Hill, boasts of some rare and crazy masks, wigs and carnival outfits, apart from the kinky stuff for that one hell of a bachelorette party. Store manager Nicole says, “We have planners who design the party theme, depending on the client’s budget and needs. We have a set list of about 10 to 12 themes, which we change periodically.
But among the popular ones, you can pick pirate, casino, jungle, Hollywood and more.” However, they won’t decide the food and the venue. But you could get décors to disposables like loot bags, chains, necklaces and hats, matching the theme, all under one roof. Party planning here starts at Rs 5,000 onwards.
Meghna Chitalia from Party Planet, another store in Andheri, says, “If we do an ‘Around the world’ theme, we will make passports and visas as invitation cards, which you carry to visit the counters from different countries and play the traditional games at the venue. If it’s Disneyland for kids, it will be Las Vegas for adults.” Charges for a corporate party are around Rs 30,000 onwards.
There’s more to theme parties. You could call a DJ, get a band to do a gig, or even get belly dancers! Eurica Kudwa of Theme Party Organisers says, “Props have to be different for each theme. For an Arabian night, you need hookahs; for teenager birthdays we do a spa theme. It’s quite a hit with young girls and kitty parties. For corporate parties we charge Rs 25,000 onwards.” Arranging food is not their forté.
But there are planners like Vieda Events Wedding & Party Planner & Organizers, who do it all — from décor, to venue, and even food.
Party planners in the city
Party Hunterz Dr Ambedkar Road, Opposite Brownie Point, Bandra (W). Call 022 61631208
Vieda events wedding & party planner & organiser Andheri East. Call 022 28315033
Party planet 6, Precious House, Near Khanna House, Midc, BSES Lane, Andheri East. Call 9820059512
The Magic Stick Kingston Building, 1401 A, High Street. Call 9819599389
Party basket 1st Floor, Ram Nimi Building, Colaba. Call 022 61635320
Theme Party Organiser 603 Asish Villa, Chincholi Bunder Road, Malad (W). Call 9820391102
Party magick Plot No 160 B, 29th Road, C/O Salim Tailors, Bandra (W). Call 022 61633898.