Jai Ho! Events Inspired by India

India is a diverse land full of great food, unique style and hospitable people—learn how you can infuse your event with all this

India is a melting pot of stunning scenery and heartwarming culture. It is a spiritual haven that holds nothing back, challenging the senses in more ways than one. If you’re seeking a source of inspiration for your next big event, look no further than Indian culture. Stand out from the crowd with an India-themed event and embrace the fun that follows. Here’s how:

General Checklist

Invitations

This is your first opportunity to capture the Indian theme and set the tone for what’s to come. Get in the spirit by incorporating Rangoli, using beautiful colors and flower petals to engage your guests. This Indian art is typically presented outside the home to welcome guests, so it makes sense to replicate this energy with your invitations. Get creative and incorporate Indian patterns, and perhaps even use colored sand, which you can glue to your invites. This creates not only color but texture, which will heighten intrigue and encourage people to attend—and it’s a handy conversation starter for the actual event, too.

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Food and Drink

You can’t arrange an Indian event without the right cuisine, a staple of Indian culture. Great, eye-catching food can make or break your party, so you’ll need careful planning to achieve fantastic results.

Here are some great Indian food ideas for tantalizing taste buds:

  • Indian food buffet: Prepare classics like palak paneer, butter chicken, naan yakhni pulao and malai kofta.
  • Vegetarian food: South Indian cuisine in particular is suited for vegetarian options, and it’s a seamless way of having meat-free options for guests without making a lot of protein substitutes.
  • Chaat menu: This will include various street food favorites, including classics like tikki chaat, bhel puri and papdi chaat.
  • Snacks: Finger food favorites like kebabs, samosas and bhajis will go down easy.
  • Drinks: Serve up variety with the rosy drink gulab ka sharbat, lassi, badam milk, and spiced apple cider.
  • Desserts: Be inspired by east or north India, depending on your preference. Bengali sweets are a great option, as are carrot-based gajar ka halwa, the chickpea treat besan ka ladoo, and creamy rasmalai.

Décor

Capitalize on India’s colorful nature, understanding the cultural and religious significance of the colors you choose. Some great décor ideas include:

  • Draping your furniture with colorful throws
  • Creating a marvelous table centerpiece, with colored marble and floating candles
  • Incorporating a colorful tablecloth
  • Using candles for creative mood lighting and a stunning ambience
  • Burning incense for a truly Indian atmosphere
  • Using a shimmering mirror drape for authenticity

Specific Themes

Bollywood Bonanza

A Bollywood-themed night, inspired by the Indian movie industry, works particularly well if you encourage attendees to come dressed in costumes or colorful Indian attire, like sarees or dhoti. To create a memorable opening, you can coordinate a five-minute rhythmic yoga session to the rhythm of Bollywood songs. You can even opt for a Bollywood dance competition, with guests replicating dance scenes from their favorite movies. Award a prize to introduce some friendly competition.

Ganesh Gathering

The Ganesh festival celebrates the birth of India’s beloved elephant god, commemorated with impressive decorative statues scattered nationwide. Any event in September—when the festival is celebrated—can take on a Ganesh theme by incorporating your own statues and décor. Capture the magic of this festival with singing and dancing, and get creative with elephant symbolism.

Diwali Dreams

Diwali honors the victory of good over evil and is commonly referred to as the Festival of Lights. For a Diwali-themed party, you can include fireworks, candles, lamps and essentially anything that symbolizes light. Diwali falls in October or November each year, so you can incorporate these elements at any event during this time.

Holi Horizon

Celebrating the abundant spring harvest and light’s victory over darkness, Holi is known as the Festival of Colors and takes place in March. People famously scatter colored powders and water over each other, party, and dance under water sprinklers. A March event gives you the chance to offer your guests colored powders and the freedom to let loose—provided that your venue is sufficiently covered and that your attendees know they might emerge covered in color! Having water basins or showers available can help guests clean up.