CostumesGift IdeasGreeting CardsHolidaysParty Planning

Bollywood Theme Party Ideas

Updated on March 3, 2017

Good Party Themes

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.

Photo 1.1 : The backdrop for our  Bollywood Night dinner party
Photo 1.1 : The backdrop for our Bollywood Night dinner party | Source
Photo 1.2: Get everyone to dress up for the theme party, in this case Bollywood night theme
Photo 1.2: Get everyone to dress up for the theme party, in this case Bollywood night theme | Source

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.

Photo 2: Bollywood Night Invitation Card
Photo 2: Bollywood Night Invitation Card | Source

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.

Costume Ideas

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.

Photo 3: Door gifts or party favors wrapped in Indian saree fabric, in line with our Bollywood Dinner Party Theme
Photo 3: Door gifts or party favors wrapped in Indian saree fabric, in line with our Bollywood Dinner Party Theme | Source
Photo 4 : Any pre dinner tidbits must follow the dinner party theme
Photo 4 : Any pre dinner tidbits must follow the dinner party theme | Source

Decorations

  • 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.

Photo 5 : Food to also follow the dinner theme
Photo 5 : Food to also follow the dinner theme | Source

Party Food

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.

Photo 6: Rhythmic yoga presentation for the opening gambit
Photo 6: Rhythmic yoga presentation for the opening gambit | Source

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.

Photo 7: Bollywood Dance performance by one of the team competing for the Bollywood Dance competition
Photo 7: Bollywood Dance performance by one of the team competing for the Bollywood Dance competition | Source
Photo 8: Bollywood Dance during Bollywood theme dinner party
Photo 8: Bollywood Dance during Bollywood theme dinner party | Source

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.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • greatstuff profile image
      Author

      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Thank you all for dropping by and leaving wonderful and encouraging comments. Parties are fun but when you have a thematic party, it is even better.

    • lindacee profile image

      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      What a creative way to break out of a boring dinner party rut! Wonderful dishes to sample, beautiful clothes and dancing. What more could you ask for? Voted up and interesting!

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This looks like a fun party theme. Your photos show some really great food items... yum!

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Wow, wow, wow! Judging from the photos, this looks like a super fun party. Yummy Indian food, fun music, dance competition and rhythmic yoga show? I surely would love to attend a party like this any time!

    • Cristale profile image

      Cristale 4 years ago from Florida

      This dinner party looks like so much fun, either hosting or attending. This does inspire a more fun atmosphere during dinner parties. Thanks for your great tips!

    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      That sounds like a really fun party! Your buffet looks very appetizing with so many different foods.

    • Emma Harvey profile image

      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I'd love to have a Bollywood dinner party! This looks great, plus I enjoy cooking curries etc. The entertainment and whole atmosphere would be amazing - fab idea!

      Voting up and awesome :D

    • ishwaryaa22 profile image

      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Your ideas of organizing a Bollywood Night party are wonderful! Your presentation of this engaging hub is very detailed with helpful suggestions and suitable photos. Look like you had a lot of fun! My Indian friend who lived in Sweden, along with her few other Indian friends threw Bollywood Night party, similar to yours. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

    • randomcreative profile image

      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub! This is such a fun idea. I love all of your detailed suggestions.

    • leahlefler profile image

      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      Oh my goodness - I want to come to your parties! That sounds like a lot of fun (well, it would be fun if I could dance, haha)!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Not something I would do but it is interesting and I can see how people would enjoy it. Interesting hub!

    • CassyLu1981 profile image

      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Now that would be a fun dinner party!!! I bet the food is amazing too :) Excellent tips for throwing your own Bollywood dinner party. Voted up and Shared!

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      My goodness, this looks like so much fun! I don't know if a Bollywood dinner party I throw could ever compare to the shindig in the photos, but using your great tips, I'm sure my guests and I could have a great time!

    Click to Rate This Article