Birthdays are special occasions celebrated with friends and family, and many people plan Indian-themed parties. The Indian theme creates a fun, vibrant party atmosphere full of exotic scents, bright colours and healthy, yet delicious, food and drinks. There are many ways to bring Bollywood to your western celebration.
You can send paper invitations or e-mail invitations with an Indian theme to set the tone for your upcoming birthday party. The colours on the invitation should incorporate rich tones of gold and red, and they can incorporate Sanskrit lettering. Some people use mythological gods and goddess, such as Shiva, on the invitations.
Decorating for an Indian-themed birthday party involves creating many layered looks, including chair coverings, tablecloths, side table toppers, rugs and curtains. Use rich colours, such as red, gold and purple, as well as luxurious fabrics including silk, satin and velvet. Accessories should incorporate gold accents, such as candle holders, napkin rings and flatware. Many people decorate with animal statues to symbolise the different Indian gods. Most traditional Indian cultures believe in Ganesha, a main god symbolised as the elephant. Play Bollywood soundtracks or traditional Indian music in the background.
Food and Drink
Many people choose to use an appetizer-heavy, buffet-style Indian meal for their birthday parties. Indian food is flavourful because it uses a wide variety of spices and herbs. If you don't have experience making it, then just get takeout to serve at the party. There are many Indian dips that are served with pita bread or nan, including yoghurt cucumber dip and chutneys. Samosas are also popular appetizers that can be made with meat or vegetables. Serve chicken or veggie kebabs, curry and basmati rice with saffron to complete the buffet table. Traditional Indian desserts include baklava and coconut cookies. Drinks and cocktails can include mango and chai flavours.
There are many Indian-themed party activities to choose from, including traditional or contemporary dancing. Some people bring in henna painters to create unique designs on guests' hands and feet. Others set up chess boards, as the game originated in India.
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