Bollywood Nights – A Party to Remember

June 21, 2013
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For me, parties are a way to catch up with your friends and family. Be it any region, religion or reason.. we all love partying. So when Indiblogger.in came up with this interesting concept of *How would you like to host a party*, I had to pen down my way of being the hostess.
In India, 2 entertainment industries are thoroughly worshiped. One is cricket, and the other is BOLLYWOOD. This year has also been the completion of 100 years of Indian Cinema. Bollywood, is one place, where everyone finds their area of interest and entertainment. For some it might be Madhuri’s Dhak Dhak, for some it might be Shah Rukh Khan’s Kkkkiran and for some, simply Amitabh Bachchan.
In short, this is one party theme which interests everyone and anyone.
So if I have to host a party for my friends and family, it has to be Bollywood Ishtyle! 
Theme
BOLLYWOOD NIGHTS
Celebrating the 100 years of Indian Cinema
Giving birth to the Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke produced ‘Raja Harishchangra’, the first full-length motion picture in India, in 1913. This introduction to the Indian audience was set to make history, with being the most influential industry of cinema, after Hollywood. Following this, the ‘Golden Period’ of Indian Cinema was experienced with much critical acclamation. Epic movies and acknowledged actors were introduced to this world, and history was made.
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Invitation

Chitthi aayi hai aayi hai, Chitthi aayi hai…
I like dipping everything and anything in the colors of the theme. The invitation, being the *first impression* of a party, should be a “Blockbuster” in itself. So, I have designed an invitation scroll with famous Bollywood poster collage, given the tint of yellowish brown, to imprint the *retro* feel.


The invitation scroll will be accompanied with a box full of flavored popcorn. These popcorn signify a series of movie scenes, which will be showcased as the closing ceremony of the party.
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Guest List

Hum Saath Saath Hai!
For every Indian, family and friends come first. So for this party too, I will be inviting all my close friends and relatives. Since this theme is family friendly, everybody will be invited, irrespective of their age group.
  The kids can act and dance like Ranbir Kapoor in Badtameez Dil, the youngsters can talk about John Abraham’s dole shole, while the elderly can talk endless about their *golden days* and how they use to sneak out of college to watch their dream girl, Hema Malini romancing Dharmendra…
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Grand Welcome 

In Pairon Ko Zameen Pe Mat Rakhiye, Maile Ho Jayenge
I will roll up a mini red carpet to welcome my guests, followed by a shower of confetti to make them feel *special*.



image courtesy : www.justjared.com
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Photobooth

O haseena zulfonwaali jaane jahan,
Dhoondti hai kaafir aankhen kiska nishaan
A photo-booth will be installed at the entrance, for guests to get clicked. The background will be made up of red carpet paparazzi, as the celebrities of my party wouldn’t settle with anything less than utter pampering and *gliteratti*

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Decor

Ye shaam mastani, madhosh kiye jaye
Giving true dedication to the theme, I will keep my home decor B&W. Since the “Golden Era” of Bollywood was set in monochrome, I will decorate my living room and dining area in shades of B&W. This will also be helpful in setting a backdrop for all the colorful characters, that my guests will be portraying.
Following is the mood board of the type of decor I will have for this grand evening.

images courtesy pinterest
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Welcome Snacks

Where’s the party tonight?
Since I love cooking, I will present simple yet lip-smacking starters, with *Kitchens of India twist*
While I was browsing through the products available on Kitchens of India website, I came across some Masala mixes, which can be used to produce amazing tikkas and kababs. I have provided the recipes below, in case anybody would like to try them at home.

Buy Butter Chicken Masala Mix for Mogambo Chicken Tikka.



Buy Paneer Makhani Masala Mix for Basanati Jaise Komal Kababs.

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Welcome Drinks

Thodi si jo pi li hai..
If the welcome dishes have a twist, then why not the drinks? I always like surprising my dear ones, and this time too, I will have something interesting in store for them. I will be using Kitchens of India Conserves and Chutneys to add a dash of surprise to the drinks.

Buy Tomato & Chilli Chutney for Bloody Naagin (Mary)


Buy Strawberry & Mint Conserve for Anarkali Strawberry Drink

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Music List

Taal Se Taal Mila..
Music, being the epitome of a party, has to be upto the niche or your party will turn out to be boring. Compiling some of the best from 100 years of Bollywood, I present to you, my list of
TOP 50 BOLLYWOOD PARTY SONGS
These include songs from the time of Kishore Kumar, to Bappi Lahari and some of the current numbers.





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Games List

Aa Dekhen Zara, Kisme Kitna Hai Dum!
Not making things more complicated, I will stick to two renowned games to keep everyone on their feet.
Dumb Charades
A game in which words or phrases are represented in pantomime, sometimes syllable by syllable, until they are guessed by the other players. Keeping this game purely filmy, I will make chits having famous Bollywood movie names and songs to be guessed. It will be hell lot of fun!

Image courtesy : Barfi

Antakshari
A game in which a team is suppose to sing a song with the last letter of the last word of the last song being sung before them.
Now this game has been played in every household at least once. Even while travelling with family, the best way to kill time is playing Antakshari.

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Dinner

Chaar baj gaye, lekin party abhi baaki hai..
Since a lot of efforts will be going in executing the party arrangements, I will be blindly taking help from Kitchens of India. Just like you run to your mother for help when things are confusing, anybody can reach out to The Kitchens of India team to help them with food serving misery.
In any party, the food can either make the party, or break the party. Without taking any chances on that, I will be serving the following menu to my guests… of course.. with a twisted name. 😉

Buy Ready to Dine Bohri Biryani for Mughal-e-Azam Bohri Biryani

Buy Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani for Jodha-Akhbar Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani

Buy Dal Bukhara for Munna Bhai Dal Bukhara

Buy Mirch Ka Salan for Teekhi Chameli ka Mirch Ka Salan




Buy Paneer Malai for Chulbul Paneer Malai(daar)




Buy Murg Methi for Gabbar Murg Methi




I will serve all these yummy curries along with Indian breads (naan)


image courtesy : spice sutra
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Dessert

Cheeni Kum Hai Thodi Thodi Tujh Mai
Just like a movie is incomplete without songs, a party menu is incomplete without some desserts. To bring sweetness to such a warm togetherness, I will again present something from The Kitchens of India menu…

Buy Jodhpuri Moong Dal Halwa for Umrao Jaan Jodhpuri Moong Dal Halwa




Buy Hazoori Petha Halwa for Anarkali Hazoori Petha Halwa


 I will serve these hot halwas with Vanilla icecream for the yummiest combination.


image courtesy : schwans.com
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Movies List

Picture abhi baaki hai mere bhai
What better way to conclude such a filmy night, than showcase some of the most famous Bollywood Movie Clips.
 I present to you my list of
TOP 20 FAMOUS BOLLYWOOD SCENES



This collection will surely keep everyone glued to their seats.
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Keepsakes

Yeh dosti hum nahi todenge
As a token of love, I will thank my guests for coming, and bid them adieu with a chocolate made in the shape of Oscar award trophy and ITC Kitchens of India Gourmet gift set of 4 packs of Halwa. A way of making them remember this night, as they relish self tried mouth watering Halwas.

Details about Kitchens of India Gourmet Gift Set.
Pack of 4 halwa sets.
100% vegetarian Halwa packs.
Jodhpuri Moong Dal Halwa – A Rajasthani desert made from moong dal simmered in milk and garnished with almonds & saffron. Give your taste buds a royal treat after a gourmet meal.

Awadhi Badam Halwa– A delectable delight made from the choicest almonds, grated and simmered in milk, ghee and khoya. Native to Lucknow, this halwa tastes of all the richness and finesse that the Nawabs stood for.
Buy HERE

With hopes that my family and friends will remember this night, I will actually be thanking the makers of Kitchens of India products, to help me save time on cooking, and still be serving the best food to my guests.


Make your parties memorable with KITCHENS OF INDIA products.
This post has been written for the Indiblogger Contest -Kitchens of India -a feast for the senses .