This is how you throw the perfect Diwali bash for your friends and family
If festive parties are your jam, it should stay that way even when you’re throwing one at your house. Here’s how to plan a fun bash, the easy-breezy way.Updated: Oct 17, 2017 14:51 IST
The season of revelry is on in full swing. This means you have a long list of parties to attend. Dressing up, clinking glasses, digging into delicious grub, playing cards and games, and dancing the night away to amazing music — it all sounds fun, right? But only till it’s someone else’s party. When the tables are turned, you start stressing about if you’d make a good host, whether people will enjoy your party or not? We’re here to relieve you from those worries. Here are tips and a checklist of sorts that will help you host that party on point!
Mixed guest list
As a party planner, you should know the people to invite and those to keep away from your bash. Limit the number of guests to what you can actually accommodate and entertain. Since you’d be busy, select guests who know some more people at the party, but not those who’d form small groups of their own and not mingle with the rest of your guests.
Who doesn’t want to be known as the person throwing the best parties? But remember, it costs money. Plan everything according to your budget and stick to it. This would include deciding the menu, décor, drinks and even gifts if any. BYOB is a great way to spend less, yet have enough drinks for the party.
Hardly anyone ends up eating a full-course meal at parties, so finger foods and endless rounds of tidbits are your best bet. Want to give your party food a desi spin? You could impress your guests with bite-sized fusion meals such as pulao on a spoon, wasabi aloo tikki and tiny falafels. This will ensure happy tummies and less food wastage. Vegetarians often crib about the lack of options for them so stock stuff accordingly. Lastly, remember to plate the food well.
Give the monochrome wonders in your wardrobe a break, and opt for something bright. Announce colour-pop as the theme for your guests. We bet you’d love the Insta-perfect clicks that’ll follow. Keeping your style traditional yet thoda hatke, men can opt for asymmetrical kurtas with Nehru jackets and flared pajamas. Women can pair westernwear with Indian jewellery — like a maxi teamed with a kundan neckpiece or a brocade pantsuit with a statement haath phool (hand harness).
To the beat
Your party’s success depends on the kind of music you play. So, choose what your guests would like rather than forcing your favourite playlist on them. If you’d like people to open up and show their dance moves, keep the dancing area spacious. Cramped areas kill the vibe. If one of you is a musician, bring out that guitar and get singing along. It’s a great way to involve everyone and oblige with requests.
Bar bar haan!
People bond over drinks — alcoholic or not. You’d always have more crowd around the bar area, so plan that accordingly. Make sure you are well stocked and have enough variety to cater to the needs of the guests. Or just plan a BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) party. For a lasting impact, prepare floral cocktails that are a visual and culinary delight. Don’t overlook the needs of guests who’d like the good ‘ol tea and coffee instead.
Lighting plays an important role in setting the mood for the evening. Avoid harsh lights and opt for yellow, mellow ones instead. You can’t go wrong with candles and diyas for outdoors, and for inside, tea lights in water bowls prettied up with flower petals. An aesthetic play of fairy lights and hanging bulbs will instantly lift the setting.
First Published: Oct 13, 2017 17:09 IST