How to Throw a DIY Bollywood Party

DIY Bollywood PartyColour. Shiny things. Sparkles. Luckily, all these can be found inexpensively or better yet—made. To put together a Bollywood party of your own, you just need to get creative, and get over the less-is-more attitude. . .that doesn’t apply when it comes to a Bollywood party!

One of my cousins recently got married, this past weekend, in Calgary. As with any traditional (or semi-traditional) Indian wedding, there are tons of different ceremonies. That means that there are lots of different venues, different occasions and different decorations to plan. Venue rentals, fashion and all the other necessities are already costly, so it’s a good idea to be frugal when it comes to the décor.

Too much is just enough

Bollywood is famous for producing colourful, shiny films. Whatever the occasion for your Bollywood themed party, be sure to decorate with plenty of colour!

With everything you’ll need for decorating your Bollywood party, try going to a dollar or craft store. My cousin and her sister (her bridesmaid) hit up Michael’s and the local dollar store, for most of their decorations. Saris, which are traditional Indian clothing, are typically very colourful—perfect for decorating. I’ve used saris (which are 6 yards of fabric long) to decorate tabletops, walls, and ceilings. In the picture above, you can see that saris were draped on the staircase banister.

DIY bollywood party

Don’t worry about having enough chairs—add colourful cushions to the floor to sit on.

The hanging decoration below was made with a metal frame for wreath-making. It was wrapped with ribbon and “Bollywood” decorations were hung from it. Bright flowers on tabletops complete the look.

DIY bollywood party

Bollywood Party Occasions

Bridal shower or engagement party, birthdays, girls’ night . . .

Food & drink

Think finger foods—samosas, sweets, and fruit kabobs. Mango smoothies would be perfect to sip on.


Have saris and punjabi suits on hand to try on, put on Bollywood music or a movie in the background, and get dancing!

Now that you have some ideas, go for it—throw a Bollywood party! 

About Tazim

A content creator based in Vancouver, Canada, Tazim Damji enjoys decorating, travelling and DIY. She writes the lifestyle blog Being Tazim.See more posts on Google+


  1. What a cool idea. I got really into Bollywood a few month ago. I’m obsessed with PMHMD, Drashti Dhami is so wonderful and Arjun Bijlani is sososo funny. You wrote “To much is just enough” this is my kind of party. I will throw my own Bollywood themed party. Thank you for your ideas.