Born and raised in Malaysia, Mazlan is proud of his Malaysian and Asian heritage and likes to share its mysteries, culture & current issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Question: What is an appropriate gift to bring to a Bollywood themed party?
Answer: It depends on your host, really. If not sure, bring chocolates!
Trisha on May 17, 2018:
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.
Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on July 29, 2012:
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.
Linda Chechar from Arizona on July 29, 2012:
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!
Dianna Mendez on July 14, 2012:
This looks like a fun party theme. Your photos show some really great food items... yum!
Om Paramapoonya on July 14, 2012:
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 Adams from Florida on July 12, 2012:
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!
Shasta Matova from USA on July 12, 2012:
That sounds like a really fun party! Your buffet looks very appetizing with so many different foods.
Emma Kisby from Berkshire, UK on July 11, 2012:
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
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on July 11, 2012:
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
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 11, 2012:
Great topic for a hub! This is such a fun idea. I love all of your detailed suggestions.
Leah Lefler from Western New York on July 11, 2012:
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)!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 11, 2012:
Not something I would do but it is interesting and I can see how people would enjoy it. Interesting hub!
CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on July 11, 2012:
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 Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 11, 2012:
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!