Throwing a Bollywood Theme Party and Succeeding At It
With the success of movies set in India such as The Slumdog Millionaire as well as the popularity of Indian stars like Aishwarya Rai in the Hollywood scene, Bollywood is coming to the forefront of consciousness of many party planners.
Thus, you will find invitations from friends for a Bollywood theme party that you may want to recreate in all its glory albeit within your budget, vision and preferences.
To start, you can do your research into the many aspects of Indian culture. Lest you think that Indians share one culture, think again. The variety of cultures within the sub-continent is very diverse with northern culture as different as can be in many aspects from southern culture. But since we are talking about Bollywood, your ideas should be inspired by the culture of the city of Bombay now called Mumbai.
Sending Out the Invitations
Usually, invitations must be sent out at least 4 weeks in advance, which is sufficient time for the guests to log the event into their calendars and look for the appropriate outfit. The details of the invitation cards - date, time and place - are the usual stuff.
To stay true to the Bollywood theme party, you can make rangoli cards from heavy card stock, pencil and colored sand. Your inspirations may come from the Internet for these traditional cards although if you want to make your life easier, you can always purchase postcards depicting Indian landscapes as your invitation cards.
Then, on the card itself, you may ask your guests to come in their Indian costumes - saris for the women and dhoti for the men. Your guests will be able to be in the moment, so to speak, especially when you can lay out the red carpet for them, literally and figuratively.
Planning the Menu
Food is an all-important component of the party itself. Your party decorations are just icing on the cake but you have to make sure that the cake itself is as good as it looks. So, plan the menu well in advance especially when it is for a Bollywood theme party where Indian cuisine is expected. And we all know how devilishly difficult many of the Indian dishes are hard to prepare with their sauces, spices and sweets.
You have two choices. First, you can study Indian dishes from cookbooks, culinary magazines and online resources a few weeks before the party. Then, you will cook the menu as a test run so that, on the day of the party itself, you have almost perfected the dishes.
Second, you can let other people do the work. We are referring to the options of hiring a chef to cook the dishes, taking on the services of a catering company, and even ordering take-out from the best Indian restaurant in your part of town. It's fast, it's easy and it's convenient, to boot. Your menu may include foods like bhelpuri, tikki chaat, papdi chaat, butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, gulab ka sharbat and vada pavs, to name a few possibilities.
To top off your preparations for the Bollywood theme party, you must decorate the venue in colorful accessories. You will delightedly discover that your guests will be in a party mood as soon as they set foot inside your house. And that's how to throw a party the Bollywood way!