How To Throw The Perfect Bollywood Party

Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or just an excuse to have fun, a Bollywood party provides the ultimate experience! Whisk your guests away to a divine alternate world of stunning color, delectable food and fun activities.

So you’ve bought a Saree, you’ve watched some Bollywood films, but how exactly do you throw a Bollywood party?

Here’s our top tips on throwing the ultimate Bollywood party that is bound blow your guests away!

The Decor

When in India, decorate as the Indian’s would.

It’s all well and good inviting your friends over for a ‘Bollywood’ party but when they walk into your plain, old living room, they aren’t exactly going to get into the Spirit!

Grab some Paisley prints, embrace bold colors and turn your home into an Indian extravaganza!

Outdoor Bollywood Banquet

With Spring underway and Summer looming like a jolly ray of sunshine in the close distance, an outdoor Bollywood party will certainly impress your guests.

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If you have a conservatory or marquee, this would be perfect. If not, simply find a shady spot in your garden or patio, and create this wonderful floor banquet.

For the low table, we recommend using wooden blocks or crates. If you are hosting the party in your garden, hang chiffon fabrics off the trees to create this stunning ‘curtain’ effect.

You Will Need

At Banarsi Designs, we have everything you need to put together this quintessentially Indian floor banquet. We suggest…

For the floor:

4 x hand painted floral table cloths

Exotic oriental pillow covers, hand painted deluxe accent pillow cover, elegant dahlia pillow cover

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For the table:

Ornamental embroidered table cloth

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Exotic oriental table runner

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For this Bollywood party decor, we are taking inspiration directly from India itself. This purple-hued wedding banquet is a fantastic idea for parties of any size.

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To recreate, adorn your table with the hand embroidered round table cloth. If you have a long, or random shaped, dining table, simply highlight the table’s center with the hand embroidered table runner.

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Compliment the fabrics purple hue by using plates in gold or copper. Add a further element of contrast by topping each plate with vibrant, turquoise napkins. Our hand embroidered place mat and runner set would be a wonderful addition.

Next, add to the regal vibes by adding two glass vases with purple orchids. Finish with sparkling crystal wine glasses.

Lounge Area

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Your living room is the easiest room to transform into a Bollywood wonderland. Why? All it takes is a few printed cushion covers to completely place it in Bollywood territory.

For this set-up, we recommend opting for bright, warm hued cushions, and adding a few cool, blue-hued ones for contrast.

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Floral embroidered pillow cover, hand embroidered brocade pillow cover, vibrant floral throw pillow cover.

If your sofa still looks more Hollywood than Bollywood, add a printed table runner to liven it up a little.

The Menu

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Tasty, Indian cuisine is one of the best parts of a Bollywood party! But with so much to choose from, where exactly do you start?

We recommend having a few starters, platters that allow your guests to taste some classic Indian bites. We recommend samosas, bajis, poppadoms, raita and tikki chaat.

For the main course, cook up a variety of mild and spicy options. Those with more sensitive taste buds will enjoy creamier concoctions such as butter chicken and chicken korma.

But there’s a dare devil at every party! And Indian food is food that can be super fun. Get the guys together and see who can handle the hottest curry. The burning Phall Curry contains the eye-watering habanera chilli; who will be brave enough to give it a go?

The Costume

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Ladies: it’s time to embrace the rainbow! Those who are feeling more daring can bare all in an embroidered crop top and pants combo. Layer over a chiffon scarf or wrap to keep it more modest.

If you’re planning on indulging in party food, opt for a classic Saree, or silk, paisley print dress.

Been invited to a last minute Bollywood party? Simply throw on a paisley print scarf and some chunky gold jewellery.

More is more when it comes to nailing Bollywood, so go for giant gold cuffs, coin necklaces, gold hairbands and huge earrings.

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Gentlemen: Go for long white shirts, white pants and embroidered waist coats. If you can’t find a waist coat, use a gold-embellished or printed fabric strip and tie around your white shirt at the waist.

Games

A party without games or activities would practically be a funeral. Luckily, the Bollywood theme lends itself perfectly to some unique and hilarious party games.

If you and your buddies are knowledgeable about Bollywood, why not try a Bollywood-themed charades. Totally clueless? Go for a Bollywood dance off! Simply show dance clips from Bollywood movies and see who can nail it.

Henna painting is another fun idea for the more artistic party-goers.

Now all that’s left to say is:पार्टी!! (PARTY!!)

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How To Choose A Wedding Venue

Ahhh…the dreaded wedding venue dilemma! If you’re planning on tying the knot anytime soon, you will be well aware that choosing a wedding venue can be one of the most difficult aspects of wedding planning.

Many of us have had a clear-cut vision of our dream wedding engraved into our minds since we first watched ‘Cinderella’ when we were seven. Unfortunately, when push comes to shove, we tend to learn that Disney movies really do live up to their fictional nature.

Choosing a wedding venue is even more difficult for those who don’t have this dream ‘happily ever after’ ideal. If you don’t have a clear vision of what you want in your mind, where exactly do you start?

You’re in luck! Today, we are playing the Fairy Godmother to your Cinderella. We’ve flicked our magic wands and come up with this step by step guide on how to choose a wedding venue.

Cinderella: You will get married!

Budget

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The world would be a perfect place if we could all just swipe our Amex’s left, right and center, until we had the wedding of our dreams. Unfortunately, modern couples often have to budget. Throw the idea of mortgages, the honeymoon, and the ability to have an actual life before the big day, and it becomes clear that budgeting is a must!

So, first things first: sit down with hubby-to-be and come up with a budget for the overall wedding. This should include the venue, entertainment, food, decorations, the dress, jewellery, and whatever else you or your fiance want to include in the big day.

Next, break up this budget into  ‘expenditure areas’. And voila: you have a budget for your wedding venue.

Yep, it’s boring, but trust us, it works!

Make A List

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I know what you’re thinking, ‘this also sounds ridiculously boring’, but unlike in your High School history classes, these types of lists are actually fun.

Get the hubby-to-be and plan a cute ‘wedding planning’ night. Pop open the champagne, get a cheese platter on a stunning printed tablecloth, buy a handful of wedding magazines and have Pinterest ready on cue!

Make a collage/document of particular venues you and your partner like the look of.

Next, make a list of everything that you need to have in the location you choose. Consider:

  • Do you need a venue to fit a certain amount of people?
  • Are you having a religious ceremony?
  • Do you want the ceremony and reception to be at the same venue?
  • Do you want the ceremony in a certain town/area.
  • Are you planning on a certain time of year.
  • Did you have a theme in mind.

Once you have this, Google away for specific venues in your area.

Research!

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Found a venue that is your perfect place? It’s time to get a little bit stalker-ish. Don’t worry, we don’t suggest you crash weddings a la Vince Vaugn, this type of stalking is all online.

Take a look at their social media pages, chances are these photos will be more ‘action’ and less ‘staged’ and will give you a more realistic venue of how this place could be a backdrop for your wedding bells.

If you want to take it one step further, take a look at the photo’s of the bride and guests who are tagged. There is bound to be some I Phone snaps and un-staged photographs that will give you an insight without ‘rose tinted glasses.’

Go For Viewings

Feel free to view as many potential venues as you want. Take your phone to take photos, and ensure you ask a lot of questions!

Although the wedding planner will try and ‘sell’ you the venue, don’t book until you are a hundred percent sure.

Make sure you discuss all costs with the wedding planner, including potential extras that certain things may induce. Alongside this, it’s important to ensure that the wedding is available for your dates.

Go Back To Your List

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Now that you’ve viewed several venues, go back to the list and consider which of the venues ticks the most boxes.

Grab the collage or document of wedding inspiration you made and consider which venue is the most suitable for the aesthetic you want.

Finally, I don’t mean to bore you: but take that budget into consideration! After all, you still need to buy that dreamy dress!

Getting married? We have the perfect wedding table decor for your big day! Browse our stunning range of table runners, table cloths and placemats today!

 

 

 

 

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Event Planning: A Step By Step Guide

Event planning can be so much work, it can be hard to know where to start! From venue booking, to invitations, to the largest seating plan and all the way down to the tiniest detail, it can be one big head ache.

Luckily, we’ve got your back! Whether you are planning a mates birthday bash, or are thinking of starting your own event planning company, here’s a step by step guide to creating that unforgettable event.

  1. Who? What? When? Where? Why?

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Ah…. the five ‘w’s… as much as they may make you feel like you are back in a high school English lit class, they are pretty darn important to getting your event planning spot on.

Rather than jumping into the deep end without any tangible goal, it’s important to think about the event itself, why you are doing it and what exactly you want to achieve.

So stop Googling ‘helium balloon suppliers’ and ask yourself the following:

  • Who is this for?
  • What do I hope to achieve? (For example, if it is a business meeting, the aim may be networking.’
  • When must the event be?
  • Where should it be?
  • Why is the event happening?

2.  Team and Budget

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If you are a professional event planner, the team and budget pretty much come hand in hand. If it’s a personal event, think carefully about how much you are willing to spend.

If you are planning for a company or employer, your budget will have probably been set for you.

 

3. Date and Location

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If your event has to be on a particular date, ring around suitable locations and see if they’re available. If the date of your event is flexible, go for the best venue that suits your event and your budget.

When choosing a location, it’s important to take the following into consideration:

  • Does it have the right amenities?
  • If you are planning for a company or workplace, does it fit their branding and company ethic?
  • The weather! Although an outdoor event may be amazing, it’s important to have a back up ‘indoor area’ in case it rains.
  • Will it bust your budget? Keep in mind that catering, entertainment and decor also need to be covered.
  • Is it easily accessible for guests?

4. Establish Partnerships & Sponsors

Sponsors are only relevant for those event planning for a company or work place! If you want to perhaps expand your budget, why not work in collaboration with sponsors who may wish to provide food, prizes, or even a venue!

If you cannot achieve sponsors, reach out to partners who will provide food, entertainment etc. Organizing these services in good time is core to all event planning.

5. Market!

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Now it’s time for the fun stuff! When marketing and branding for your event, it’s important to keep your goals and the company’s brand in the back of your mind at all times.

To start with, establish a theme for your event. Some fun theme ideas include Bollywood, 1920s and specific dinner party themes.

If you don’t wish to have a strong theme, it’s important to establish a color scheme. Although you may think that decor is a lot further down the track, branding will be much stronger if any logos, invites or social media posts have the exact same color scheme.

First of all, develop a marketing plan. This will inevitably vary between different event genres. For example, if you are planning a charity event, how do you plan to get the word out? Social media, paid advertising, print advertising and press releases are all great ways of getting your event out there.

6. The Details

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Above: An Indian style wedding with our hand painted round floral table cloth.

By this point, you should have the following elements of your event organized: venue, date, food, entertainment, any prizes, any other services. Alongside this, you should have also begun to market your event in various ways.

Now imagine all of this going to plan, for your guests  to arrive at a venue with no interesting decor theme, color palette or decorations. Yep, it would certainly be boring!

An easy way to makeover your tables is with printed table cloths and table runners. Choose a color scheme that fits your events branding and your guests will be completely blown away.

Flower arrangements are also another way to uplift or add personality to any event venue.

In order to create an event your guests will truly remember, decor is a very important part of event planning! After all, you can’t taste food on the event photos!

Looking for decor for your next event? Check out our range of table runners, table cloths, placemats and printed pillows.

 

 

 

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Planning A Spring Wedding? Here’s 7 Things You Need To Do!

With Spring being all about growth, life and new starts, there isn’t a better time to have your big day! If you’re planning a Spring Wedding, here’s seven things you need to do…

1. Give Spring-Themed Wedding Favors

We’ve all seen endless chocolate favors and scented soaps, so it’s without a doubt that your guests would have seen these too! The season of Spring is all about growth and life, so why not give a wedding favor that reflects this. After all, chocolates just get eaten before your guests have even left…

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Seeds are a great idea for a Spring wedding. Plus, they carry a beautiful metaphor that your guests can take home with them. If displaying them in a wheel barrow is a little too messy for your liking, lay them out on a table on top of a printed table runner.

Our jacquard floral table runner is perfect for Spring.

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A succulent is another great Spring wedding favor that carries the same metaphor of growth and love.

2. Have A Quintessentially Spring Bouquet

Just as a Winter wedding wouldn’t be complete without sprigs of holly, a Spring bridal bouquet needs flowers that bloom in Spring time.

Traditional Spring flowers include:

  • Peonies
  • Tulips
  • Roses
  • Dahlias
  • Freesias
  • Cherry blossoms
  • Apple blossoms
  • Poppies

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This pastel pink and green peony bouquet perfectly captures the spirit of Spring.

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This mix of tulips and lillies is great for those who like a more understated approach.

3. Utilize The Outdoors

Spring is all about the resurrection of nature. Bring this in to your wedding by having a cozy outdoor space at your reception or ceremony. An outdoor  bar, seating area, or even photo booth will give your wedding those happy Spring vibes.

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A cosy wigwam will make a unique spot for your guests to chill out and catch up. Recreate this cute look by layering up cozy blankets and printed pillow covers.

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Forget Instagram frames! This cute and rustic frame is super fun for your guests to take photos in!

4. A Floral Arch Canopy

Whether you plan to have your wedding inside or in the great outdoors, a floral arch canopy is sure to take your wedding to that fairytale level. Keep it fresh and pretty by opting for nudes, creams and whites and integrate pretty fabrics such as lace and crochet.

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These hanging roses make this canopy the definition of dreamy.

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This cherry blossom canopy brings the outdoors inside in classiest way.

5. Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses

Pastel bridesmaid dresses are always a stunning choice and the demure, fresh palette makes them an ideal choice for a Spring wedding.

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Go for flowy, feminine fabrics such as tulle. Leave heavy satin’s for Fall and Winter weddings.

6. Cover Your Tables In Flowers

Spring is all about new blooms, so there really is no such thing as too many flowers! When it comes to your dining tables, use Spring flowers to create dramatic, yet demure centerpieces. Believe me when I say, you’re guests will remember these for years to come…

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Now this is making a statement! Soft beige table cloths are uplifted to new heights by an array of stunning flora. Note how the flowers are all at different heights here, giving the table center a ‘full’ look.

Get the look with our stunning hand painted floral rectangular table cloth.

Rustic Orange

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If you are looking for a more rustic vibe, this simple, indoor table layout is perfect for you. Combine classic white roses with Spring florals and leafy greens for something truly stunning. High pillared candles will add to the cottage-like, undone vibes.

Our chic jacquard table runner will make the perfect base for your stunning centerpiece.

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7. Don’t Toss Confetti

Confetti tossing has become somewhat of an overused cliche. Instead of giving out confetti to toss on the send away, try dried flower petals instead. After all, rose petals are far better for the environment (and the poor person who has to clear up after your wedding).

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Lavender is another great alternative to confetti.

Looking to add something different to your wedding. Here’s some beautiful wedding color palettes you may not have considered.

Got your wedding planning under wraps? Check out our range of beautiful table runners, table cloths and placemats.

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8 Killer Street Style Looks From New York Fashion Week

Well that’s it folks, the New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017 shows are coming to a close. But what a beautiful ride it’s been; from Prabal Gurung’s political statement tees, to Kate Bosworth wearing counterfeit Calvin Klein (yes really!).

Although we’re excited as a kid in a candy store for the new trends to take over our wardrobes, the street style of the show-goers offered a whole different kind of inspiration. Outfits we can totally rock NOW.

Today we bring you the brrr-illiant (see what we did there) street style looks from New York Fashion Week. Best of all, most of these are oh-so-appropriate for cold weather. So wrap up warm and get ready to sizzle like a street style star!

Mix Your Textures

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If the New York Fashion Week street scene proved anything, it’s that there is no such thing as too many textures! Take the outfit above as a prime example: glitter, cotton and fur make one heck of a statement!

The look is polished off perfectly with the addition of a silk scarf.

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The artistic print silk scarf is so street style worthy!

Party In The Back

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We often put so much focus on the front that we forget that the back can make a huge statement! Exhibit A: This lace-up wonder. The clash of shapes works so well and the simple palette means that those details really do the talking!

Floral Embellishments

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Ditzy florals keep making an appearance season after season at New York Fashion Week and we couldn’t be happier! Add a little Spring into your look with cute, fine floral prints and lace details. However, add a thick, woolly, coat to ensure that you don’t freeze!

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If you’re still too cold, our tropical floral scarf is a fabulous way to add florals to your look and warm you up!

The Not-So-Mellow Yellow

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Forget orange, mustard is the new black! This retro hue screams 70s harder than The Beatles themselves. Not one to be afraid of taking a risk, our fave fashion blogger, Margaret Zhang, went all-out in a head-to-toe mustard ensemble. This is literal evidence that she can make us want to buy anything.

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If head to toe mustard is waaaay too intimidating for you, ease yourself into the trend with mustard accessories. Our exotic silk scarf has pops of mustard and will uplift any ensemble.

Make A Statement In A White Bandana

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The white bandana isn’t just a pretty accessory to throw on with every outfit, it also makes a strong, political statement. As a matter of fact, the white bandana represents equality, unity and an appreciation for all mankind.

After the Business of Fashion stepped in to give the bandanas a push, they were seen on show-goers and in collections a-like. The white bandana made it’s runway debut in both Tommy Hilfiger and Prabal Gurung’s collections.

To make yours Winter appropriate, style with a conglomeration of cozy textures, such as sheepskin and wool. We are literally obsessed with this cape above. Where can we get one?

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Our solid color scarf has the versatility of a white bandana, but is snug enough to get you through those cold, Winter days.

The Chic-Sporty

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The clean sports luxe trend of the past season has been replaced with something far more raw and urban. Striped tracksuit bottoms and oversized hoodies have got us totally reminiscing about our childhoods.

This show-goer has added a polished twist to the look with a silk neck scarf and stunning handbag.

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Take your urban style to the next level by nonchalantly throwing on the artistic print silk scarf.

The New Suit

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No longer is the suit just for the office. With the nifty addition of platform heels and a longline, faux-fur coat, this workplace staple is taken truly into retro territory.

Add red lips and hippy-style aviators to make a real style statement, as seen on this New York Fashion Week babe.

Contrasting Colors

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Layering coats is a great way to keep warm. However, layering two contrasting colors is an incredible way to look on-trend. When layering coats, choose a coat with a warm collar to layer underneath, wear won closed and let that collar pop!

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A scarf in a contrasting color is another great way to nail this look! Our solid color scarf comes in 19 colors, so there’s one for every outfit!

Which of these street style looks is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below…

 

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