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Here’s a quick guide to perfect your festive evening

New-age card play and hashtag lowdown- here’s how to make your pre-Diwali party a hit.

more lifestyle Updated: Nov 06, 2015 19:40 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
Diwali Party
Ditch boring pre-Diwali get-togethers with tailor-made gift boxes and customised hashtags that will make your party trend. (IMAGESBAZAAR)

It’s the season of celebration and you need to know how to throw a party your guests would never forget. Ditch boring pre-Diwali get-togethers with tailor-made gift boxes, customised hashtags that will make your party trend and beauty codes that will infuse instant filmy fun to your night.

To perk up your festive home, play with the glow of fairy lights ­encapsulated in pretty mason jars and make your cards party stand out with a touch of class. So, as you get ready to live-cast your Snapchat stories dedicated to Diwali and get into full-fledged shopping mode, here’s your quick guide to perfecting your festive evening.

Capture the light

Take tall wine bottles or mason jars that can be filled with miniature fairy lights . (IMAGESBAZAAR)

Reserve delicate diyas and decorative candles for Diwali and perk up little corners of your house with strings of dainty fairylights. Take tall wine bottles or re-jig wide-mouthed mason jars that can be filled with miniature fairylights that will add instant charm to your party. Check out YouTube tutorials to learn how to ace your enchanted lights.

Reserve delicate diyas and decorative candles with strings of fairylights. (IMAGESBAZAAR)

Love in a box

Let charm lace your gifts this Diwali. (IMAGESBAZAAR)

We are so used to living in an era of BYOBs that the trend of return gifts or little tokens of love that say ‘thank you’ are no longer the norm. Why not bring back some warmth to the festive season and put a smile to your guests’ faces with customised gift boxes? From fragrant and fresh jasmines to poker chips — let charm lace your gifts. And of course, handcrafted diyas that have been painted with love and adorned with a spool of gotta can ­complete your little boxes. Remember, your gifts need to be low on cost but high on love!

Hashtag perfect

Customised hashtags will make your party trend. (IMAGESBAZAAR)

Whatsapping invites and creating private Facebook events are fool-proof ways to ensure that your guests turn up for the party. But, to make the run-up to it and the evening itself full of fun, make it hashtag perfect. Pick your favourite: #diwaliatmyplace or #getyourpokerfaceon — it’s time to unleash all that’s creative in you. Encourage your friends to live-post ­pictures across social ­networks and use hashtags that will make your pre-Diwali party ­memorable. A click of the hashtag will unravel the entire evening onscreen.

Perk up your drinking game

Treat your guests to classic punch and invest in flute bottles and motley ribboned straws for a personalised touch. (IMAGESBAZAAR)

Yes, we know you’re ordering a crate of beer and the rest of it is left-over port wine lodged in your refrigerator. Come on guys, it’s time to perk up your drinking game! Treat your guests to classic punch and invest in flute bottles and motley ribboned straws for a personalised touch. Play with winter berries, citrus and candied fruits and let your guests add their own dose of fun to the party drinks.

A li’l curtsy

If your aim is to make sure your guests have fun, stop overthinking. Telling your friends just to ‘turn up’ is redundant and mostly, rude. A proper invitation is a must. Even if you’re telling your guests to get alcohol, make sure you have good quality drinks at home to serve to them. Remember, you are hosting, so always make an effort.

The beauty code

Neon Bindi inspiration from designer Anupama Dayal’s concept shoot. (Yogen Shah)

If you’re bored of the staple ethnicwear code for every Diwali party you’ve attended or hosted, it’s time to change things up. Make a ­beauty code for your pre-Diwali evening. From must-wear neon bindis to dainty white ones for the ladies, and paisley printed pocket squares for the guys — take your pick. If your guests start to make excuses, just keep packs of bindis, squares and more, handy at home.

Where there’s an app, there’s a way

Log on to your playstores to download a myriad of card games meant for those who like to play it easy. (A still from the gaming app, Octro Rummy)

Are you one of those who feel left out whenever you are invited to a cards party? Or, are you hassled because your lack of playing skills worry you as a host? Well, where there’s an app, there’s a way. Bring in the beers (or the wine!) and log on to your playstores to download a myriad of card games meant for those who like to play it easy. Raise the stakes in the form of dares, learn the rules with live online instructors and just switch between applications when you guys get bored. From classic Teen Patti and Rummy to the card drinking game Kings — download free of cost and get playing.