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Getting the Colorful Holi Party Right

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Holi, the festival of colors is just a few weeks away and we know you’re excited. The festival is all about the fun, the celebrations, the sweets and the people. The best way to celebrate it is with friends and family, which is why throwing a Holi party is something a lot of people consider. We all know that organizing any social gathering is not an easy task, much less if it’s for a festival. There are numerous things to keep in mind and majority of the times the sheer pressure of throwing a party that is successful can take the fun out of it for the host. This season, get the Holi party just right and enjoy the experience as much as the others do by keeping these basic tips in mind:

Decide a Venue

You cannot have a party without a venue; it’s as simple as that. The first thing you need to decide is a location for your party – whether it will be at your place, a friend’s place or any other open venue such as a park, lawns or grounds. Most Holi parties take place at someone’s home itself which also means extra work for the host. Nevertheless, the venue is one thing you need to get out of your way before you start thinking about every other party need. If the venue you decide upon is not a person’s house but a club or any other location, make sure you book the space in advance with adequate permissions and other papers ready to avoid last minute hassles and cancellations. Having a venue in hand can alone bring a sense of satisfaction and meaningful progress to your entire planning.

Fix Food

Where there will be people, there needs to be food that fits the occasion. If it’s a Holi party you are organizing, then traditional Indian starters and main course items are obvious items for the menu. Food items you should consider having on your menu are a variety of finger foods, crackers with dips and even biryani or pao-bhaji which are popular favorites. There is no particular Indian cuisine quite associated with Holi, which means you can experiment and include a variety of options. In the drinks menu you can consider including sodas, lemonade and milkshakes. If you are going to be serving alcoholic drinks for a group that is larger than 25-30 people then a bartender is a must to avoid trouble with serving people on time. A Holi classic is of course, bhaang. You can find recipes online to make bhaang at home as well, but if you are unsure then you can purchase it as well – there are quite a few outfits that sell bhaang in the Holi season.

Get Good Music

Holi and Bollywood music go a long way back, so finding good desi beats to groove to at a Holi party is never a problem. But that does not mean it you should get the music ready at the very last moment. There are various things you do need to keep in mind when arranging for music – whether you will be handling the music yourself of hire a DJ, where will the dancefloor be, what kind of music will appeal to everybody etc. If the group will have people from all ages, then a mix of Hindi and English pop music is an ideal choice. While you’re arranging for music, also keep in mind that you need to have good quality audio equipment. You can rent speakers and other equipment at decent rates from audio shops, if you think your personal audio system will not suffice. If you can arrange for live music and a couple of performances by guests, it will no doubt make the atmosphere livelier.

Have a Guest List

A guest list is a vital in order to manage your expenses as well as to make your party a success. Decide on the number of people you want to call and jot down the names of friends and family members who you wish to invite. It all depends on how much you are willing to spend on the party, hence the number of people can be anywhere between 5 to 50 or more. You would want to have atleast a good 20 or so people to make it an enjoyable experience because the festival is all about playing Holi with a group of people. At the same time, ensure that the guests know each other to some extent in order for it to be a relaxed, comfortable environment for all. On an average, you should plan things according to a 70–80% turn out of guests for your party.

Prepare Holi Sweets

Indian sweets and savories are a highlight of any festival in the sub-continent, so why should Holi be an exception. A sweet dish specially made during the Holi season is Gujia – a Rajasthani dish with a delicate crust made of wheat flour on the outside and rich stuffing with dry fruit inside. This is a must have at your Holi party to give it a traditional Indian touch – it’s not very difficult to make, and all leading sweet shops have it for sale as well. You can include other sweet dishes as well, and perhaps have a box of sweets ready for each guest to take home as a return gift. It’s your choice all the way. Make sure you have enough sweets to last the entire duration of the party. And be careful if you decide to prepare a sweet dish at home – you should be absolutely sure about the recipe. Do you research atleast a week in advance.

Stock up on Colors

Colors are the essence of Holi, so make sure you stock up on different colors for your party. There are a variety of options available in the market but be cautious while purchasing packets of colors – go for organic colors which are safer for the skin. Organic colors can be slightly expensive, but it is better to spend a little extra and ensure that the festival is safe for you and your guests. Have plates of colors ready for your guests on a table or at specific spots which are easily accessible. You might also want to arrange for a water source if you want to play with water at the Holi party. Keep pitchkaaris or water guns and water balloons ready, especially for if there will be kids present. You can also keep buckets of water mixed with colors for those who prefer to play with water instead of dry colors. Experiment with different ideas, but don’t let the celebrations go out of hand. Keep a tab on activities and don’t be afraid to tell someone to stop if need be so.

Summary: Tips to organize the perfect, fun and colorful Holi party to celebrate the festival of colors with family and friends.

Focus word: Festival

Holi, the festival of colors is just a few weeks away and we know you’re excited. The festival is all about the fun, the celebrations, the sweets and the people. The best way to celebrate it is with friends and family, which is why throwing a Holi party is something a lot of people consider. We all know that organizing any social gathering is not an easy task, much less if it’s for a festival. There are numerous things to keep in mind and majority of the times the sheer pressure of throwing a party that is successful can take the fun out of it for the host. This season, get the Holi party just right and enjoy the experience as much as the others do by keeping these basic tips in mind:

Decide a Venue

You cannot have a party without a venue; it’s as simple as that. The first thing you need to decide is a location for your party – whether it will be at your place, a friend’s place or any other open venue such as a park, lawns or grounds. Most Holi parties take place at someone’s home itself which also means extra work for the host. Nevertheless, the venue is one thing you need to get out of your way before you start thinking about every other party need. If the venue you decide upon is not a person’s house but a club or any other location, make sure you book the space in advance with adequate permissions and other papers ready to avoid last minute hassles and cancellations. Having a venue in hand can alone bring a sense of satisfaction and meaningful progress to your entire planning.

Fix Food

Where there will be people, there needs to be food that fits the occasion. If it’s a Holi party you are organizing, then traditional Indian starters and main course items are obvious items for the menu. Food items you should consider having on your menu are a variety of finger foods, crackers with dips and even biryani or pao-bhaji which are popular favorites. There is no particular Indian cuisine quite associated with Holi, which means you can experiment and include a variety of options. In the drinks menu you can consider including sodas, lemonade and milkshakes. If you are going to be serving alcoholic drinks for a group that is larger than 25-30 people then a bartender is a must to avoid trouble with serving people on time. A Holi classic is of course, bhaang. You can find recipes online to make bhaang at home as well, but if you are unsure then you can purchase it as well – there are quite a few outfits that sell bhaang in the Holi season.

Get Good Music

Holi and Bollywood music go a long way back, so finding good desi beats to groove to at a Holi party is never a problem. But that does not mean it you should get the music ready at the very last moment. There are various things you do need to keep in mind when arranging for music – whether you will be handling the music yourself of hire a DJ, where will the dancefloor be, what kind of music will appeal to everybody etc. If the group will have people from all ages, then a mix of Hindi and English pop music is an ideal choice. While you’re arranging for music, also keep in mind that you need to have good quality audio equipment. You can rent speakers and other equipment at decent rates from audio shops, if you think your personal audio system will not suffice. If you can arrange for live music and a couple of performances by guests, it will no doubt make the atmosphere livelier.

Have a Guest List

A guest list is a vital in order to manage your expenses as well as to make your party a success. Decide on the number of people you want to call and jot down the names of friends and family members who you wish to invite. It all depends on how much you are willing to spend on the party, hence the number of people can be anywhere between 5 to 50 or more. You would want to have atleast a good 20 or so people to make it an enjoyable experience because the festival is all about playing Holi with a group of people. At the same time, ensure that the guests know each other to some extent in order for it to be a relaxed, comfortable environment for all. On an average, you should plan things according to a 70–80% turn out of guests for your party.

Prepare Holi Sweets

Indian sweets and savories are a highlight of any festival in the sub-continent, so why should Holi be an exception. A sweet dish specially made during the Holi season is Gujia – a Rajasthani dish with a delicate crust made of wheat flour on the outside and rich stuffing with dry fruit inside. This is a must have at your Holi party to give it a traditional Indian touch – it’s not very difficult to make, and all leading sweet shops have it for sale as well. You can include other sweet dishes as well, and perhaps have a box of sweets ready for each guest to take home as a return gift. It’s your choice all the way. Make sure you have enough sweets to last the entire duration of the party. And be careful if you decide to prepare a sweet dish at home – you should be absolutely sure about the recipe. Do you research atleast a week in advance.

Stock up on Colors

Colors are the essence of Holi, so make sure you stock up on different colors for your party. There are a variety of options available in the market but be cautious while purchasing packets of colors – go for organic colors which are safer for the skin. Organic colors can be slightly expensive, but it is better to spend a little extra and ensure that the festival is safe for you and your guests. Have plates of colors ready for your guests on a table or at specific spots which are easily accessible. You might also want to arrange for a water source if you want to play with water at the Holi party. Keep pitchkaaris or water guns and water balloons ready, especially for if there will be kids present. You can also keep buckets of water mixed with colors for those who prefer to play with water instead of dry colors. Experiment with different ideas, but don’t let the celebrations go out of hand. Keep a tab on activities and don’t be afraid to tell someone to stop if need be so.