With Ekta Kapoor, producer Ritesh Sidhwani, Raveena Tandon, Anil Kapoor and even B-town superstar Aamir Khan having hosted Diwali parties almost back-to-back this year, the stars have proved (once again) that they know a thing or two about partying it up in style. Some of these big Bollywood bashes take months and months of preparation, but if you are planning something smaller at short notice, there’s still a lot you can learn from how our celebrities celebrate. Here are five easy tips that will help add a spot more glamour to your seasonal celebrations…
Get personal like Aamir Khan
People may think of him as reticent, but Aamir Khan is in fact a superb host. He ensures all his guests are well taken care of and makes time to talk to each and every person present. Our Tip No. 1, courtesy Aamir, is to make your guests feel like you appreciate the effort they’ve made to celebrate with you. Keep in mind people’s personal preferences (like what they drink or any allergies they may have) — they’ll feel extra special just because you remember!
Play games like Ekta Kapoor
TV’s reigning producer plans her annual Diwali party well in advance, and her guests mark the date for months in anticipation. For many, the highlight of the evening is playing cards and for some, winning big. Our Tip No. 2, courtesy Ekta, is to plan entertainment for your guests. No matter what you choose to do, just remember that things don’t always go exactly as you expect them to, so prepare a few more games and activities than you anticipate playing at your party.
Pick a theme like Raveena Tandon
If you are hosting a festival-led party like Raveena Tandon’s Diwali bash, the occasion has already most likely determined that your theme for the soirée is traditional. Our Tip No. 3, courtesy Raveena and her husband Anil Thadani, is to plan activities that complement the evening’s set theme. When your guests make an effort to follow a dress code and your games and menu all fit in like perfectly aligned pieces of a puzzle, invitees always leave feeling like they’ve been part of an unusual and special celebration.
Get guest list savvy like Ritesh Sidhwani
Even if you have finger foods aplenty and heady cocktails flowing, a badly planned guest list is enough to ruin the mix. Our Tip No. 4, courtesy producer Ritesh Sidhwani, is to consider groups of friends that mingle well and be mindful of people who don’t get along. The last thing you want, when you are trying to host the party of the year, is for two of your guests to get into a fight!
Keep it intimate like Anil Kapoor
Hosting a massive bash with not enough time on your hands may be more than most can handle, so take a page out of Anil Kapoor’s book and keep it small. Our Tip No. 5, courtesy Anil and his family, is to invite only your nearest and dearest — then spend the evening exchanging secrets, laughing about old times and recalling shared memories.
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