Bollywood Inspired Party

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Celebrating a birthday? Why not mark the occasion with Bollywood theme party!  The rich, vibrant, jewel colors will have you and your guests feeling as though you’ve been transported to India and beyond!  

Bollywood theme party

No, there isn’t a glitch in your system, I am writing a blog post. I know you’ve been hearing the crickets chirping instead of my fingers flying on the keyboard!

I’d bore you with the details of the past few weeks, and the reasons why my beloved blog has had to take a bit of a backseat, but let’s just summarize, shall we? Here’s the skinny:

  • End of school
  • Fifth-grade graduation – is that even a thing?
  • Dance recitals
  • Adult children are moving in. And repeat.
  • The 21 Day Fix – I’m eating out of containers.
  • Autism, autism, autism
  • Mandatory (and much needed) family time
  • Three parties!

Are you exhausted yet because I know I am? The show must go on. Today, I clawed my way back to share one of the three parties with you! If you know me, you know I love a party!

Our lovely girl, Bekah, was turning 12, and the celebration was at our house this year. We threw a fun party for family and friends, followed by a movie/sleepover for eight tweens-bordering-on-teens. The theme – Bollywood!

Bollywood Theme Party Ideas

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places – in this case, a mini-card stock book that I can’t for the life of me even remember when or why I picked up. Add to that Bekah’s love for her favorite reigning Disney princess Jasmine, and you’ve inspiration for a theme!
It was a unique theme that was easy to execute. Bright colors, mixed patterns and an over-abundance of a glittery gold set just the right mood and tone. Here are a few of the highlights.

Invitations

Bollywood Party Invitation
The invitations were created with Picmonkey. My inspiration came from here and here

Decorations

The party starts at the front door. For the entryway, I used various pieces from around my home, and from different projects. Click the links below to see how I’ve used some of these items in the past!
Indian theme party
Mirror draping – Walmart party tablecloths, the most versatile party decor! Check here and here for other purposes.
Peacock feathers – Peacock Halloween costume.
Gold beads – Christmas decor.
Table covers – Mine, drapes, curtains and a scarf embellished with gold washi tape.

Ice Breaker

I like to start the party with an interactive activity – it’s perfect for that time in between the first guest arriving and the last, and it’s a fantastic icebreaker. This embellished bud vase craft was inexpensive and straightforward enough for even the littlest guests. Gold puffy paint works it’s magic while homemade glass paint adds just a hint of color on what seems a personal genie bottle. You can find a full tutorial at Creme de la Craft.
Bollywood Party Decorations

The Tablesetting (and table)

Dinner (Pizza – I wasn’t up for authentic cuisine cooking!) was on the floor! We made the table using our Ping Pong table top and 6-7 milk cartons in a row.
When decorating for a Moroccan/Indian theme, think layers of color. We laid down thick golden-colored drapes as the base, followed by an orange cotton sheet as a runner. Layers of quilting fabric, fat-quarter size, in various jewel tones layered on top. A roll of gold organza ribbon lay down the middle.
The table sat 12 comfortably – if sitting on the floor is your idea of comfortable!
Bollywood theme tablescape

bollywood party decoration ideas

Plates – Party City.
Chargers – Find them at Walmart during the holiday season for cheap. See here for other uses.

Bollywood theme table setting

Dessert

Dessert, of course, included cake – coconut is Bekah’s favorite and her request every year – as well as a selection of other yummy sweets and treats. The decor was made up of various items from around the house, as well as a no-sew simple table runner, gold spray-painted elephant toys, and my favorite go-to, vinyl tablecloths.

bollywood party cake and desserts
Best OMG Cheater Coconut Cake

bollywood theme party - dessert tableOther no-sew table runner ideas

bollywood party candy
Gold Votives – Target Dollar Aisle
bollywood display

Activities

The key to a successful sleepover is keeping everyone busy! Other activities we enjoyed included DIY Mendhi tattoos using paint brushes dipped in gel food coloring.

The faux henna recipe:

  • 2 drops orange gel food coloring
  • One drop green orange gel food coloring
  • 1/2 cup water
bollywood theme party activities
Design printables – Yoga DoodleArt

 

bollywood themed party crafts

Another favorite activity – Photo booth fun with our new Fuji Instax Mini! We love, love this thing!

DIY Photo Booth with props and a Fuji Instax Mini 8

 

Props by The Quirky Quail

There might have also been a bit of belly dancing, movie-watching and snack-eating going on.. but I promised not to post ALL of the photos.

Party Favors

The next morning, each sleepy lady received a gift bag full of the following:

  • Gold bangle bracelets – Target Dollar Aisle
  • Bead ring – Pier 1 Imports – check them out for clearance items for this theme!
  • Beaded Mirror – Pier 1 Imports
  • Finger cymbals (these might have come out for belly dancing!)  – Amazon.com
  • Tamborine – Amazon.com
  • Candy – Rollo’s rock!

 

 

I hope you’ve found some interesting and useful ideas for your Bollywood/Moroccan themed party, and I hope you’ll come back and visit us soon!

For more ideas on incorporating a Bollywood/Moroccan theme, check out my Pinterest board.

Looking for more party fun? You might also enjoy: 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Pin for later – Bollywood Party Ideas

Bollywood Theme Party Decorations

 

27 Comments

  • Mom on the Move

    June 17, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    This looks like so much fun! Great ideas!

    1. Kim Young

      June 17, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much for dropping by and taking a peek!

  • Ronda Ogilvie

    June 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    how fun!! looks like your daughter had an awesome time! Everything looked beautiful!

    1. Kim Young

      June 17, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you, Ronda! It was a great group of girls and a really fun time. I'm not sure how much sleep was involved, but eh, sleep is over-rated!

  • Karyl Henry

    June 17, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Love themed parties! The color scheme is so bright and beautiful. And the henna "tattoos" look great.

    1. Kim Young

      June 17, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      I do too! It just makes it so much easier to plan! I was shocked to find out how many things I had around the house that fit into the theme perfectly. They really loved the henna "tattoos". It's always the simple things!

  • Jen C

    June 17, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Love the photo props. Going to keep this link for the future. Thanks!

  • Jen

    June 17, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    What a great idea! I love it. I never would have thought of this for a party but now I kind of want to do it!

  • Michele@liferedesign101.com

    June 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Wow! You go all out for parties! Your daughter and her friends will never forget this party. You win the Good Mom Award!

    1. Kim Young

      June 17, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks Michele! Who knew you could get an award for being slightly insane? lol Seriously though, I do love, love planning a party, and I'm well aware that I have problem. Little one.

  • Kim Seghers

    June 17, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I got tired just reading your list , Kim ! Geez, you have been one busy lady. I love your daughters party pictures everything looks lovely. Those plates are gorgeous too!

  • Lydia Filgueras

    June 17, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    What an awesome party theme and lots of great activities, too! I love that you kept the food simple, too.

  • Christine

    June 17, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Looks like a fun party. I love all the different colors and textures. What a great idea to incorporate a Disney theme into something less princessy! And I love that you were able to mostly use things you already had on hand.

  • annabelt @ geeks diet

    June 17, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    That looks wonderful – I love the colours and textures of your fabrics! Sounds like a great party 🙂

  • The Honeycomb Home

    June 18, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Happy Birthday to your daughter, love the decorations!

  • Cathy Carroll

    June 18, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    What a cute idea for a party. I love all your colorful decorations. It looks like the girls had a great time.

  • Amy Nielson

    June 20, 2015 at 1:14 am

    This is SO cute. I want a Bollywood party. I'm telling my hubby, but somehow, I think it will turn out a little different that this one. 😉

  • Jessica @ Moxie and Mischief

    June 20, 2015 at 1:43 am

    I love this idea!!! I wish I could have been at the party, it looks awesome. Lol.

  • yanique

    June 20, 2015 at 7:55 am

    This Bollywood themed party is so unique and looks like a lot of fun!

  • Mary La Fornara

    June 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Theme parties are the best! Looks beautiful, the colors are amazing! Your daughter is one lucky girl to have a mom like you!

  • lesliesholly

    June 20, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    OK, you are just AMAZING. You make all the rest of us slacker moms look bad. Everything looks so beautiful!

  • Brooke Knipp

    June 20, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    What a creative, awesome party theme for tween girls! I love it. Gonna have to tuck this one away for later. I have two little girls and can so easily see this being a big hit in a couple years! Thanks 🙂

  • Tinseltown Mom

    June 21, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Wow, very cool idea! I bet your house full of tweens had a blast!

  • Kaitie Fuchsia Freezer

    June 21, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    awesome themed birthday party and perfectly age appropriate! Love how all the small details came together!

  • Jccee Barney

    June 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Yes, you have been busy. I love everything about the party! It looks like they had a wonderful time.

  • Deepika

    June 22, 2015 at 5:59 am

    The theme looked beautiful. Loved the idea of faux heena tatoo

  • mark lawrence

    January 29, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Oh my goodness, this Bollywood birthday party theme is just too cute and colors you have used are just so radiant. I am really happy that girls had some good time; I am also looking to organize a party at venues Chicago and will try to make it like yours.

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