Bollywood Theme Party Ideas

Updated on September 21, 2019
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Bollywood Theme Party Ideas

Are you planning an amazing dinner celebration but are running out of dinner party theme ideas? Then you should consider a Bollywood theme party dinner.

We did that for our recent dinner party. It was not that difficult as we have friends who knew how to organize this kind of event. If you have not done this before and do not know where to start, you are in the right place.

I will share with you how we organized this Bollywood Night so you too can have a fabulous and memorable dinner party.

Bollywood Theme Party
Bollywood Theme Party | Source
Photo 1.1 : The backdrop for our  Bollywood Night dinner party
Photo 1.1 : The backdrop for our Bollywood Night dinner party | Source

What Is Bollywood Night?

What is Bollywood and what is Bollywood night?

For the uninitiated, the Indian movie industry is the largest in the world (it produces more movies than Hollywood) and is often referred to as Bollywood.

If someone uses the term "Bollywood," they either refer to anything related to the Indian movies or something generic that is Indian.

Our Bollywood night is an Indian-themed dinner party with lots of Bollywood music and dances.

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

Bollywood Theme Party Invitations

Start the party right by designing your invitation cards based on the theme. For our party, we had an Indian girl dancing in a traditional saree. We used fonts that follow the Indian script. See the photo above.

You can come up with other ideas that relate to India and Bollywood, like elephants, Indian movie stars, or an oil lamp.

Bollywood Theme Party Dress

When you send out the invitation cards, ask your friends to come dressed in costumes.

They can rent them from a 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

Bollywood Theme Party Supplies & 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.

  • 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 party tone and get everyone excited.

  • Decorations for Hall: If your budget permits, you can decorate the dining 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 the 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 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 to ensure the guests are given choices. Some people may have problems with, say, the hot and spicy foods.

So we also include 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.

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

Opening Gambit - Rhythmic Yoga

The dinner's opening gambit was the five-minute rhythmic yoga, performed by one of our yoga instructors.

Rhythmic Yoga is performed in pairs but for our Bollywood Night, he did it alone and followed the rhythm of Bollywood songs.

You can come out with something similar or have a sita music 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 keeps the dinner 'occupied with activities' and is relatively cheaper than hiring an outside performer.

These performances are by friends and people that you know and it is more interesting to see them act, dance or participate. It may not be a polished show but you will have fun as you discover their talent or lack of it. 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 theme party guide and have found inspiration, get your family and friends together and have fun organizing it for your next dinner party.

Questions & Answers

  • What is an appropriate gift to bring to a Bollywood themed party?

    It depends on your host, really. If not sure, bring chocolates!


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      2 years ago

      Everything seemed fine from the beginning till the snake charmer bit,

      Gosh!!! What century are you living in.

      Stop relying on stereotypes and expand your knowledge base on an existing culture.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 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.

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      Linda Chechar 

      7 years ago from 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!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

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

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 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!

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      Cristale Adams 

      7 years ago from New York

      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!

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      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

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

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      Emma Kisby 

      7 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

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 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

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      Leah Lefler 

      8 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)!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 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!

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      8 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!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 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!


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