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How to throw a perfect Diwali party

Diwali, the festival of lights, is around the corner and if you are planning to throw a stunning party, we are here to help with a few tips. You can start off with décor, food, guest list, and games. Whether you wish to go for something traditional or trendy, colourful or sober, luxurious or minimalistic, these tips can guide you well.

The Budget

Once you have decided to throw a party, setting a budget limits spending and helps you zero in on the right things while shopping. For instance, a lavish party does not require you to buy an expensive chandelier! You can get it done with some beautiful lamps, diyas, candles and string lights. Go for homemade sweets over gourmet chocolates as party favours.

The Décor

First things first, before you buy any décor accent for the perfect Diwali party, you need to decide the theme. Whether you want to go with a traditional look or for a more modern one as per your taste.

Simple décor themes with easily available items like diyas, string lights, flowers and rangoli colours are always impressive and classic. If you are on a tight budget, you can bring out old brass vases, lanterns, and even old fabrics to deck your home. Hang up an old and beautiful bed sheet on a wall like a panel, or polish brass vases and fill them with bold flowers. Paint an old wooden crate with bright hues and arrange some candles and flowers in it, to make a unique statement. You can also adorn a wall with vintage china plates, or hang streamers and string lights.

The Guest List

Making the guest list can help you shop for the right party favours and arrange for the food and beverages well in advance, avoiding unnecessary running around.

To ensure that you don’t overspend, keep the guests to a reasonable number and include only close friends and family. Invite them well in advance so that they can sort out their holiday schedule as well.


Once you have made the guest list, you need to decide on the menu and book a caterer well in advance. Opt for a good mix of finger foods and main course meals and don’t forget the desserts. Also, ensure that both vegetarians and non-vegetarians have ample options. Keep a note on people who may have any food allergies.

If you are offering booze, ensure that you buy them beforehand, especially if you want a specific brand which may have a chance of running out during the festive season. But if your budget does not allow you to offer booze, you can always throw a BYOB party.

Apart from the welcome drinks and other refreshing beverages, remember to stock ample drinking water for the party, in convenient spots at your home. This way, your guests won’t have to look around for you for a glass of water.


This Diwali, try and go green by opting for disposable plates and cutlery. Arranging crockery for a large group may be difficult, so go eco-friendly on plates, bowls, forks, spoons, which can be super convenient and easily available. Lastly, do not forget to arrange for bins to throw away the plates and glasses. You can keep old carton boxes or ask your caterer to get a set of bins for disposing of the waste. Segregate your dry and wet waste in different bins to help you clean up easily after the party.

Plan Your Games

Make your Diwali party more interactive and fun by planning games and activities for the night. Classics like Tambola or cards are a no-fail option that everyone loves. You can also make arrangements for a photo booth and suitable props so that everyone has a fun click to remember by.

Dance The Night Away

Any party is incomplete without dancing. Make sure you have a fun playlist for your guests to groove to, with a mix of both slow and fast paced music. If your budget allows you and with enough space to spare, you can always hire a DJ for the party.

Keep these tips in mind to ensure that you throw an amazing Diwali party for your friends and family. An ideal party does not have to be an extravagant one, but something that is well planned with loads of entertainment.

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