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Bollywood Inspired Party

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.


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


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, 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


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!

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Bollywood Theme Party Decorations


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How to throw a Game Day Party for fans and non-fans!

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So, I have a confession to make. I’m not a football person. I know, I know.. Gasp, what wicked-words do I speak! No hate mail please, because I don’t hate it, it’s just that it’s not… hockey.

I’m not a total loss, though. For starters, I know the big game is coming. The big game is the one I like to watch. But even that game requires survival skills on my part. To survive a game, or even more so, a football-related party, I strictly adhere to the following rules:

  1. I never mistake the American version of football with football from every other part of the world. Football isn’t football. It’s football.
  2. Although I understand that each team has to get the ball to their side of the field to score a touchdown (and yes, I know what that is), I pretend to understand why they need to do this in 10-yard increments, and I nod over the whole switching directions at half- time.
  3. I know that the commercials are the best part and that half-time show is a close second.
  4. I don’t cheer when the referee comes out, despite the fact that I love an outfit with stripes. I know his appearance is never a good sign.
  5. I use phrases like “I know, right!” and “tell me about it” whenever someone tries to engage me in conversation about football, for fear I may confuse football with football.
  6. When cheering, I limit my outbursts to “YEAH!” to avoid cheering for the wrong team.
  7. If all else fails, I say, “More seven layer dip?” Good thing I always have some on hand.

I have friends that love football. I love my friends, despite their love, and, I live in a house of occasional football people that I love, too. They are almost equally divided into three camps – The Cowboys camp, the Green Bay camp, and the Seahawks camp. No surprise that we have a pretty excited third of our household these days! But, me? Long hair, don’t care too much. I don’t love it.

A Cowboys lover and my Superman

But, what I do love? A party. Even a game day party. That’s one thing we can all agree on. Sweets, spicy and savory junk food, fun and festivities? Oh, yeah. That I can get behind!
The best way to plan a party like this, especially an impromptu one, is to keep it simple. Simple decorating, simple menu, simple games… believe me, it’s enough for me to follow the game!


My simple decorating started with this easy football table runner that I made last year. One of these days I’ll get around to adding yard lines..  I think it would be so cute that way! For now, it sets the mood nicely just as it is.


I use what I have. Over the years I’ve collected many, many of the galvanized tubs, buckets and hit up the Target dollar aisle for way more mini metal buckets than I can ever use. Truthfully, though, I use them for EVERYTHING.
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In this case, all that metal gave the food table a fun industrial look that had my husband not complaining that I was “girling up” football.. at least until I pulled out the mini serving forks.  A fun bunting, also from the Target dollar bins, gave the display a fun look without a lot of work. Add in a football, and you’re good to go!


Our menu? A taco bar, featuring an assortment of Tex-Mex goodness. Rather than talking about it, let me show you!

Walking Tacos – a selection of corn, sun and tortilla chips. Fill your favorite fixings, and add a choice of:
Tex-Mex chicken  @ knockitoffcrafts ||
Smoky shredded pork @ Cooking Light ||
Chipotle Fish @ Cooking Light ||
Individual Five Layer Dip @ knockitoffcrafts
A choice of three salsas –
Pineapple salsa recipe @ skinny mom – I substituted mango for the pineapple||
Just like Chipotle’s Corn salsa @ howsweeteats ||
Lime-cilantro crema @ Cooking Light ||
Tomato Salsa (I use Jack’s Special Mild Salsa – Yum!) ||
The usual fixings – guacamole, shredded cheddar, Monterey jack, sour cream, chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, onion, bell, and hot peppers
Empanadas @mycolumbianrecipes – I substituted half of a Werther’s soft caramel, added toasted coconut and nixed the marshmallow to make my somoa version


(Idiot Proof) Snickerdoodle Peanut Butter Chocolate Chex Mix Bars @ Half Baked Harvest ||


For the adults, of course, there is the obvious – a good craft beer! We often include children in our parties, and therefore include a fun carbonated beverage as well.  For something more personal, punch, alcoholic or not, is my go-to beverage choice for a party of any kind. It’s cheap, easy to make and serve – can’t beat self-serve – and I love the idea of serving a signature drink or two that goes along with my theme. Here are a few ideas for a game day punch.

Touchdown punch @ thissillygirlslife ||
Red White and Blue Sangria @ knockitoffcrafts||
Fruit punch @ ||
Homemade Cherry Soda @ Southern Living.com


At a game day party, there is often little need for additional entertainment for the adults, what with an abundance of good food, good drinks, and good conversation, but if you find a lull in the action, or, if you’re looking for ideas to keep the kids busy, I found some great resources and ideas!

Pin the football on the Goal Post @ crazyloucreations ||
Superbowl commercial bingo @ stylemepretty ||
Tailgate word search and printables @ forrent.com ||
Football trivia and mascot match @ momsandmunchkins.ca ||
Commercial rating signs @ studiodiy ||


One of my favorite things to have a party is a craft idea for small fries. Kids know if they are visiting that I’ll have a craft put together for them!

Game Day Penants @ Sheknows.com ||
Your own personal player @ teachingheart.net ||
Paper football and goal post tutorial @ allfortheboys.com ||

Party Favor Ideas

Send your guests home a small token of your appreciation.


Football M&M bags @ chick-n-scrap


So, I’ve had enough football for the year. With all of this party fun, I’d almost forgotten I have a bathroom in shambles and owe you a big update on our progress! More on that soon!
23-34- Hut! Hut! (Is that even a valid call?)

Other parties you might be interested in:


Happy Camerican Thanksgiving! A Friendsgiving Feast

Start a new tradition this Thanksgiving season with an annual Friendsgiving feast! Whether you’re bending the holiday rules due to shared custody or just need a break from tradition, a Friendsgiving Meal allows you to spend this relaxed but significant time with friends who are like family!

We are a blender family. As many of you blender families know, to survive the holidays, what with visitation and the constant coming and goings of every day, you need complete flexibility and a willingness to bend the holiday rules if necessary, to ensure that you have a meaningful season regardless of who’s year it is to have the kids.

Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece

We share custody of two of our girls, and alternate holiday visitation every year. The years we do not have them on Thanksgiving Day, we often plan a pre-celebration on a different day. It’s our way of giving them the experience of a large, family-style dinner, surrounded by people that love them, even if it doesn’t fall on the right day of the calendar.  And, so it was that Ca-Merican Thanksgiving was born – our affectionate name for our annual Friendsgiving feast. The annual dinner, with all the fixin’s, we share with all of our children and some great friends, who, we a) are thankful for, b)think of as family, and c) lucky for us, are willing to eat turkey twice in a week.



Just because Friendsgiving isn’t exactly traditional doesn’t mean the decor can’t be! I set the table with autumn colors of orange, gold and green.

Looking for tips on how to set an informal table setting? I’ve got you covered with a free informal tablesetting cheat sheet!

Download Informal Tablesetting Cheat Sheet

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Holiday crackers are a fun Canadian tradition in my family – they are a huge hit! I was so excited to find these at Target for fall, but I’ve also been known to make my own!

friendsgiving - crackers



In creating the menu, I tried to serve dishes that were at least slightly different than we’d all be having on Thanksgiving Day. All of our guests brought yummies to share making this truly a Friends-giving!


Start with simple appetizers to keep everyone happy waiting for dinner.  Mixed nuts and pistachios, a veggie and dip tray, and a cracker, cheese and sausage tray are all easy and relatively inexpensive options. A bowl of goldfish was a favorite with kids. I’m weird, I love bread and butter pickles with my sausage and cheese cracker sandwiches, and I also like canned oysters, packed in oil, with cream cheese and crackers. You’ll also find a bit of both pickles and oysters on the counter.

friendsgiving - appetizersTurkey and ham are a no-brainer.

friendsgiving - turkey

Keep it traditional but add a twist – Mini pizzas all dressed up as fun, and funky turkeys gave the kids something to talk about. Pillsbury pizza dough and turkey pepperoni, with turkey printouts, made making them not only a snap but fun!

Traditional Thanksgiving - turkey pizza



This brussel sprout dish is always a pleasant surprise and loved by most – even by determined brussel sprout haters! Roast Brussel sprouts with bacon, shallots and pure maple syrup. This recipe has become a family favorite that we have all year round.
We also served twice baked potato casserole, green beans almondine, stuffing bites, and 3-cheese macaroni and cheese. Pinterest is packed full of unique Thanksgiving dish recipes – give some a try!


friendsgiving - pie bites cheesecake and pudding cups

One of our guests slaved over and brought a fantastic pumpkin cheesecake with a graham AND gingersnap cookie crust. It was AMAZING. You can find a similar recipe here.

Pumpkin pie tarts, using a basic pie crust (I used Kroger brand refrigerator crust), and a no-bake filling  – again, amazing, and so, so easy. I used a scallop-edged flower cookie cutter and a muffin pan to pre-bake our shells and then filled with this no-bake filling. We topped with whipped cream right before serving. Yum!

White chocolate pudding cups, dipped in chocolate and seasonal sprinkles, with a Hershey kiss and nutter butter acorns were a fun and kid-friendly addition to the dessert table. This idea came from Stephanie Keeping at Spaceships and Laserbeams, a favorite blog of mine.

Pecan pie bars rounded out the list of more traditional desserts with a bit of a twist – a shortbread crust, with an ooey, gooey topping had me eating more than my fair share of these. I’ll probably be working them off until Christmas, at least.

friendsgiving - cupcakes

We also served apple-crisp bites.. bite-size bundles of oh, so good apple crisp. Chelsea has a plethora of amazing recipes to share – do take a look around her site if you have the time.

Store-bought cupcakes and chocolate pie ensured there were plenty of choices to feed our sweet tooth!


One of the benefits of having a Friendsgiving Dinner is the lack of pressure for it to be perfect! You’re surrounded by friends who know the goofy side of you! Keep it light and casual, or plan it to be laid-back and boozy (if you wish). Either way, it’s so much fun!


friendsgiving fun

The evening was filled with great food, great conversation, many shenanigans, even more laughs, and much love. As always, we have much to be thankful for. Here is hoping you have just a great a day celebrating with the ones you love –  whoever they are, and whatever day that is! Happy Thanksgiving!


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