Something special for your anniversary party or your daughter/sons birthday, would you like your party to stand out among all the other parties that you have attended, how about organising your own Bollywood party that people will remember for a long time.
What is Bollywood?
Bollywood is the equivalent of Hollywood but much bigger in quantity and versatility and above all its fun and colourful.
Simply Bollywood is the film industry in India which is famous for its lavish productions, songs, and dance. Bollywood is not an Indian culture as such but it’s a potpourri of all Indian cultures, music, and people. The first Bollywood movie was produced in 1913 and since then the industry has evolved into the biggest film industry in the world. The amount of movies produced in Bollywood a year is about 1000, but unofficially the figure is much higher if we add the number of movies that are made independently and for Television. The term Bollywood is derived from the city Bombay synonymous with Hollywood.
Get Started –
Now that you are aware of Bollywood, and want to organise a Bollywood party lets start with some basic ideas.
How to create the ambience for a Bollywood Party
The ambience of Bollywood parties can be lavish to simple depends on how many people come to your party and how much you want to spend. Many party planners now have a Bollywood theme in their planning list and they can organize everything for you, or you can organize it yourself with very little planning and with a limited budget.
How should I decorate my Bollywood Party
Purchase a couple of colourful silk Sarees and drape them around the house. The versatility of the Indian saree is unlimited; because of its 5 meters in length that usually have lovely patterns and colour, and you can use them for almost any decoration. Fairy lights from your Christmas decoration come handy too, put the fairy lights behind the saree drape, Add Indian style candle holders which are available at almost every variety store and a few colourful cushion covers.
Always try to make a central theme, perhaps a roundtable with bright fabric to cover, throw some sparkles and flower petals around, put various size candles in the middle, some small to medium size Indian objects like Elephants or Camel or even old colourful bangles. Use of flowers is always handy, bright colourful flowers particularly marigold and hibiscus will look pretty good. Please view the attached pictures to give you some ideas for your Bollywood party.
What food can I make for my Indian Party
Samosa – One of the most popular appetizers in India is the Samosa. Simple crispy pastry filled with either meat or vegetables or both. It’s easy to cook but if you do not have the time, you can buy them in packets of 6 or 12 from most supermarkets.
Pakora Sandwich – a sandwich filled with mixed vegetables then battered or deep fried.mango-kulfi-icecream22
Kababs – We all know Kababs, again you can make yourself or buy pre-made.
Pakora or pokori – boiled soft meat and vegetable or just vegetables battered and deep fried.
For the main dish –
Fried rice with either Chicken tikka masala. Rogan josh plain chicken curry with papadum and Chapati or Roti which you can buy pre-made from any local grocery store.
There are several Indian dishes you can cook at home with little to no preparation as most of the ingredients are available at most supermarkets.
For dessert, Mango Kulfi is the best as it’s easy to prepare and has a universal taste.
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The invitation card
You can really create some beautiful Indian pattern cards to impress your guests in a very simple way. Paisley and Ganesha is the most used pattern on Indian cards you can either hand paint or print out the pattern on the card. Most designs are available on the net and you can download prints as low as 50 c.
What kind of fun and Activities I can have at a Bollywood Party
Now that you have planned everything, what about some fun?
Music – There is much upbeat music available whether it’s Indian Pop or Bhangra or Bollywood music. Instrumental Sitar playing in the background will really make the atmosphere nice and soft.
Dance – If you want to involve your guests in the scene hire a Bollywood dance teacher for the event. Learn a routine and have fun.
Mehendi / Henna – Now for all the ladies, this is a serious business but also so much fun with an Indian Mehendi session. If you know a Mehendi artist or friend who knows how to put Mehendi on that would be great, or just try some easy patterns on your hand and feet. The best thing about Mehendi, it’s temporary and looks really attractive when done properly.
So there you have a complete package of how to organise a Bollywood party / If you are unsure about anything why don’t you give us a call and we will give you the best ideas so you can have a fun and memorable event to remember for many months or even years.
Example of Bollywood Costumes