Bollywood Theme Party Ideas
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Are you planning for an amazing dinner celebration, but are running out of dinner party theme ideas? Then you should consider a Bollywood night dinner.
That was what we did when we had our recent dinner party. It was not that difficult since we have friends who knew how to organize this kind of event. If you have not done it before, you may not know where to start.
Let me share with you how we organized this Bollywood Night so you too can have a fabulous and memorable dinner party.
What Is Bollywood Night?
So what is Bollywood, and what is Bollywood night?
For the uninitiated, the Indian movie industry, which is the largest in the world (it produces more movies than Hollywood), is often referred to as Bollywood.
If someone uses the term "Bollywood," they are either referring to anything related to Indian movies or something generic that is Indian.
Hence, our Bollywood night is an Indian-themed dinner party with lots of Bollywood music and dances.
Dinner Invitation Cards
Start the party right by designing your invitation cards based on the theme. For our party, we had an Indian girl dancing in traditional saree. We used fonts that follow the Indian script. See the photo of the dancing woman in red.
You can come up with other ideas that relate to India and Bollywood, like elephants, Indian movie stars, or an oil lamp.
When you send out your invitation cards, ask your friends to come dressed in costumes.
They can rent them from party costume store or fancy dress costume shops.
Alternatively, you can go to any Indian shop and buy their colorful Indian dresses, such as a sarees or dhoti.
Party Favors: Party favors should follow the theme and for our Bollywood night, the party favors were Indian herbal toiletries wrapped in Indian saree fabric. See Photo 3.
Reception Decorations: At the registration and reception table, we had the backdrop clad in colorful sarees with a huge welcome banner "Welcome to our Bollywood Night". This will set the tone to the party and get everyone excited.
Decorations for Hall: If your budget permits, you can decorate the dinner hall with garland, cascade and other colorful crepes or fabrics following the dinner party theme. We opted not to do this and spend the money instead on prizes for games and lucky draws.
Party Table Decorations: There are several ideas for the final additions to the theme dinner tables like scattering of table confetti, rose petals or feathers. Alternatively, you can play around with table numbers and holders, place names, table planners or even with the dinner plates and cutleries.
Our dinner was a buffet dinner so the only table decoration that we had was a simple table flower arrangement.
The good thing about Bollywood dinner party theme is the variety of party food that we can serve, not only in taste but also in its cooking style. You can have rice, capati or naan served with spicy chicken, beef, mutton or fish. In addition, there are many varieties of delicious Indian sweets and desserts
Food Choices: The challenge with themed dinner party is not only to incorporate elements of some of these themed dishes but at the same time to ensure the guests are given choices, should they have problems with, say, the hot and spicy foods.
Despite all the choices that we had with Indian foods, we also had a mixture of Western and Chinese foods, just in case!
Tidbits: For pre-dinner tidbits, we had spicy peanuts and hot and spicy murukku, a South Indian snack. See Photo 4.
Opening Gambit - Rhythmic Yoga
The opening gambit for the dinner was the 5-minute rhythmic yoga, performed by one of our yoga instructors.
Rhythmic Yoga is usually performed in pair, however, for our Bollywood Night; he did it alone and follows the rhythm of Bollywood songs.
You can come out with something similar or have a snake charmer performance or anything else that will set the mode for the dinner. Be creative.
Bollywood Dance Competition
Besides the usual lucky draws, we also organized Bollywood Dance competition and Best Bollywood Dress competition.
These activities are important as it will keep the dinner 'occupied with activities' and it is relatively cheaper as you do not have to pay an outside artist to perform.
These performances are by friends and people that you know and it is more interesting to see them act, dance or participate. Even if it is not a polished show, you will still be excited and thrilled as you discovered how talented or untalented your friends are. Even if they are not talented, you still enjoy and laughed yourself crazy by their performance!
Dinner Party Theme
Now that you have this fantastic Bollywood Night party guide and is inspired by it, get your family and friends together and have fun organizing this theme, for your next dinner party.