Birthday’s are a big deal in our home. Everybody’s birthday is celebrated and marked in some way but especially Anya’s as for kids, there’s nothing more special. Anya’s birthday is in December and due to a major house move in December 2014, we weren’t able to have a proper party for Anya’s 6th birthday. So when she turned 7 last month, we wanted to celebrate properly.
Winter is always a trickier time for parties as having an outdoor party is out of the question. I didn’t want to hire a venue as it never feels personal enough so we decided on a small party of 10-12 kids at home. And then we thought about possible themes. We went through quite a few ideas but none felt inspired or exciting enough until I thought about a Bollywood party. Anya was so excited by this idea that I knew we had found our theme.
I began by creating a list of Bollywood party ideas and getting inspiration from old Bollywood films. The first thing I did was make the invites and we went for a colourful Bollywood film poster style. We personalised each invite by making the starring role in the name of the child whose invite it was and the rest of the kids were listed as co-stars. (I have blurred out our address and contact details for obvious reasons).
To create a Bollywood atmosphere we printed out loads of old, classic Bollywood film posters and put them up on one whole wall.
We also got some fake marigold flower garlands from ebay and hung them up at the entrance to the living room, where the party took place. We kept the cake really simple and opted for a naked cake simply decorated with a homemade garland and a couple of the marigolds. The cake was made by Mirna Cakes – my talented friend who is the best cake maker I know.
We got some Indian gift bags for the party bags and filled them with bangles, bindis, anklets and a few other treats.
We kept the table decorations simple – using stars, gold and lights as the theme as Bollywood is all about the shining stars. All the plates, straws, balloons and tableware are from Pretty little party shop – my go to party store as they have the best selection on offer.
We also got typical Indian clay dias and made place names for the kids using card cut out in the shape of a flame. The kids were so excited about having a named place to sit at – I never realised this would be something they would love so much!
The kids put on some Bollywood style jingle belts, bangles and bindis and got ready to dance Bollywood style!
And then the dancing and fun began!
I put henna on Anya’s hands to complete the whole Indian look. I had planned to henna all the girls hands but chickened out at the last minute – my walls are all pure white and I want them to remain that way 😉
This was probably the most fun kids party we’ve ever thrown. Bollywood is such a great theme for a kids party because it’s all about colour, music and dance. The best part about Bollywood party ideas is that you can really do anything colourful with an Indian twist. The kids had a blast so it was worth all the planning and effort. Next I want to throw an adult Bollywood party!