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7 Bollywood-Inspired Diwali Party Ideas For People Who Live For Drama


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Hello there, party people!

The playlist hijackers and the selfie-takers. The aggressive shot drinkers and the babysitters. The beer pong players and the table dancers. The criers and the freestylers… your season is finally, here.



Halloween, Dussehra, Diwali party, Christmas celebration, New Year’s Eve—it’s a long list.

Let’s focus on the Diwali party for now as it’s a 5-day weekend for most people.

This year’s theme is Bollywood because why not?! We live for vibrant colours, dramatic outfits, over-the-top celebrations brimming with nostalgia, glitz and glamour.

So, check out these Bollywood-inspired Diwali party ideas and thank us later: 

1. 90’s, 00’s Or Gen Z Bollywood Theme Bash

© Instagram/Karan Johar

If KJo can do it, so can you. 

Ask your guests to dress up as their favourite movie characters—Rahul, Rohan, Rohit, Raj (naam to suna hoga). 

It wouldn’t require next-level sewing or shopping skills. You can use the fashion of the decade to pull off the look. A little mimicry never hurts K…K…K…K…K…Kiran. 



2. Shayari Competition

© Sooraj Barjatya

A lot of Sooraj Barjatya and David Dhawan films had Shayari competitions. Organise a similar one for your party. 

You can choose between funny or soulful Shayari based on the group of friends you have.

3. Serve Desi Cocktails & Food That Match Movie Names

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Change the flavours of your cocktails to desi. The taste of aam panna, pani puri water, tamarind, sugarcane with mint and lemon and paan hit differently. 

Serve dishes that sound like popular movie names such as Aloo Chaat, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Cheeni Kum Drinks, Khichdi, Margarita With A Straw, Chicken Khurana, The Lunchbox, Khatta Meetha or Garam Masala-based food items.

You can even rename some foods to famous songs such as ‘Chikni Chameli’ could be the name of sweet, ‘Munni Badnaam’ could be an almond dish, ‘Jalebi Baby’ is quite obvious and so on.



4. Use A Dramatic Colour Palette For Decor & Lighting

Warm and vibrant shades like red, pink, yellow, orange and metallic colours like gold and silver can add a lot of drama to the surroundings. 

These hues are celebratory, luxurious and cosy at the same time. Perfect for an emotional, memorable setup. 

Be it decor or lighting, try to pick warm, vibrant or sparkly colours.



5. Stimulate The Senses With Peppy Bollywood Music


Do hire a DJ. But if your budget doesn’t stretch to it, go on YouTube or SoundCloud to create a Bollywood mix. 

Include as many genres as possible—bhangra, retro, disco, pop, remixes, dance numbers and so on.

Don’t play beat drops until the food is cleared. Keep the music going but change it with the mood. You can’t serve soups and salads to a room charged up over ‘The Wakhra Swag’.



6. Signature Movie Poses & Social Media Hashtags

Create a Polaroid camera photo booth or two for your guests with the hashtag signs and give them an opportunity to pose like their favourite stars.

Here are some examples that will soothe your filmy soul.















We’re sure you’ll come up with plenty more.


7. Talk Only Through Bollywood Dialogues

“Party abhi baaki hai mere dost”

“Utha le re baba, apna glass utha le”

“Tareekh pe tareekh, tareekh pe tareekh, tareekh pe tareekh milti gayi but finally plan ban hi gaya”

“Mere dost ayenge”

You get the gist. It sounds a bit limiting but it’s not a difficult task for filmy peeps. And that’s what makes it fun. 

Talk to everyone in dialogues that you hear all the time. You’ll make it a fun party without even trying.



Good luck with your Bollywood themed party. Have a dazzling Diwali!

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