There are many ways to stay connected and engaged with family, culture, and tradition. We can craft family recipes, pick out traditional outfits and styles, and add décor to our homes and communities. And, of course, we can celebrate the holidays! In fact, there’s no better way to share cultural traditions and spend time with loved ones than with a holiday party.
You can begin planning that perfect party for the upcoming Diwali holiday with the support of Lashkaraa. We carry the pieces and styles that will help to connect you to home, no matter where you live now. Find the perfect outfit for the new Diwali celebration and begin planning a party that no one will forget today.
Diwali Party Ideas
Diwali is a holiday that takes place over the course of five days in the fall. It is celebrated around the world and is known for its color and joy. In fact, Diwali is sometimes referred to as a festival of lights, which is important to keep in mind when planning the perfect Diwali party.
Here are just a few of the activities and events you can add to your Diwali festivities:
Read and Tell Stories
The Diwali celebration has remarkable origin stories worth sharing! Reading and telling Diwali stories can be especially wonderful with small children. It’s a way to connect to the history of the holiday and to understand the practices and traditions associated with it.
Consider stories, plays, and jokes as a way to embrace the beautiful history and legacy of Diwali and to further connect to the wonderful holiday that brings so many together. As your children grow older, age up the books and stories shared about the holiday. This can generate conversation and an age-appropriate celebration that the whole family is sure to love.
What’s better than decorating for the holidays? Decorating together, of course!
Setting up a craft table at your next Diwali celebration is a wonderful way to bring parents and children together and foster joy around the origin and traditions of the holiday. And there are so many unique and wonderful craft options to pick from. The wide range of options makes it a great idea for kids of all ages.
Because Diwali is known as the festival of lights, it’s customary to create crafts related to lights. These may include lanterns, candle holders, and even flower wreaths in the bright colors of yellows, reds, and oranges.
When crafting, it’s best to wear outfits that can be washed, should the need arise. Many sarees and lehengas can be difficult to wash because they are so elaborately adorned and embellished with metallic threads, beading, and mirror work.
Fireworks and Sparklers
What better way to celebrate the festival of lights than with sparklers and fireworks? Sparklers are festive and easy to manage for older children, and fireworks may be set off in your community for a bright and joyful celebration after the sun has set.
How To Prepare for a Diwali Party
No matter what your Diwali celebration might look like or what kind of activities you might enjoy, it’s best to be prepared and ready to turn heads.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure this Diwali is one to remember:
Pick a Hairstyle
When preparing for Diwali, one of the first places you’ll start will be your hair. No matter what your preferences are, consider a few key aspects:
- Your environment
- Your outfit
- Your hair length
- Your accessories
If you’re going to be outdoors, then you’ll need to plan for the weather. For instance, if it’s going to be rainy or humid, then you may want to opt for a woven updo that will keep your hair from expanding or getting frizzy.
If you’re going to be inside, then you may want to opt for an elegant half-up style. This way, you’re keeping some of the weight of your hair off your neck in case it gets hot, but you’re still able to show off your hair.
Your hairstyle should also suit your length. For instance, those with shoulder-length hair might not be able to manage a full updo. (However, extensions can fix this in a snap).
Meanwhile, those with long hair may opt for an intricately-braided style that will catch the lights in an elegant way.
Finally, accessories are important to consider when preparing your hair since you’ll want to make sure that your carefully chosen jewelry gets the attention it deserves. If you’re wearing large earrings or eye-catching necklaces, a simple updo can help highlight those statement pieces. Meanwhile, a more ornate hairstyle can add presence to a simpler set of jewelry.
Choose Your Jewelry
Your jewelry is another crucial thing to consider when preparing for Diwali. During the Festival of Lights, even the simplest of traditional Indian jewelry is sure to stand out. It’s not a matter of standing out — it’s a matter of choosing a set that complements your hair, your attire, and your personal style.
As we touched on earlier, your jewelry and your hairstyle are closely dependent on each other. Yet, both have one thing in common: they are there to frame your face and help draw attention to your features.
To best accomplish this, try to keep your face centered between your hair and your jewelry. For instance, an updo hairstyle works well with a longer necklace to create visual tension and keep your face in the center frame. Meanwhile, a long hairstyle can draw tension away from your face, so you may want to use a short necklace to keep the attention on your beautiful makeup.
Pick Out Your Outfits
Diwali is a five-day celebration with plenty of opportunities to wear unique and striking outfits and pair them with shiny jewelry that glistens in the light of the sparklers.
Here at Lashkaraa, we carry many top picks for Diwali celebration looks:
Deep Red Sequins Embroidered Saree
Start with a Deep Red Sequins Embroidered Saree with a heart-shaped neckline and a plunging open-back design. This saree is dripping with garnet-red sequins and comes with a matching dupatta in the same red and hemmed with even more sparkly embellishments.
The sequins are offset with sitara worked lace along the sides, and the bright red of this sarees pairs elegantly with gold jewelry or stands all on its own.
Periwinkle Floral Chanderi Lehenga
If you’re having a cozy night in, reading and telling stories with the little ones, you may want to consider a comfortable outfit, like a Periwinkle Floral Chanderi Lehenga. It’s made with Chanderi cotton, a lightweight and breathable type of fabric made from a weaving technique passed down through the generations.
This outfit is still festive for the holidays, thanks to its bold and elaborate floral print and the beautiful contrast of pink flowers against a periwinkle background. The dupatta is edged in copper kiran lace, so the look is celebration ready but comfortable for a more quiet and contemplative time with the family.
Light Green Heavy Embroidered Net Straight Suit
Meanwhile, if you love colors but you’re on the search for a look that’s a little more subtle, the Light Green Heavy Embroidered Net Straight Suit is a wonderful choice. The lighter color perfectly highlights the true artistry of embroidered florals, which are featured along the length of the suit, as well as the sheer sleeves.
It has a high neckline, translucent organza material, and a burst of tassels along the border, all of which work together to create a demure but celebratory look perfect for warm or chilly days. It comes paired with a translucent dupatta featuring a burst of silver florals and an embellished gold, green, and blue hem.
Hot Pink Embroidered Silk Gharara Suit
Another can’t miss choice for your Diwali wardrobe is the Hot Pink Embroidered Silk Gharara Suit. The bell-shaped pants widen from the knee out, creating a look of movement and fun, and the bright pink of the silk contrasts cleverly against the softer gold detailing and translucent gold dupatta.
The pattern is crafted from three parts, an interwoven mini-scalloping pattern in a semi-circle from the neckline, repeating gold bursts along the arms and midriff, and a repeating gold scallop pattern in large along the hem of the dress, with a triangle cut to the fabric to match.
Bursts of gold can be found at the knee and hem of the pants, and it pairs with a muted green dupatta that perfectly offsets the bright pink.
Festivals and Fashions
Diwali is a time to come together with family and your community and to embrace and celebrate traditions in many wonderful ways. It is a large celebration spanning several days and featuring many opportunities to create dishes, practice your crafting skills with the little ones, and tell stories of what the holiday means to you and your family.
And when it comes to putting on or attending the perfect party, the outfit really does make all the difference. You’ll want to find materials that can easily be washed in the event of a crafting or cooking incident, comfortable clothes for cozy nights in, and outfits that allow you to move easily while setting up decorations or crafting the perfect menu.
You’ll find them all right here at Lashkaraa. No matter where you are, we can send pieces of classic garments to your home abroad — traditional pieces handcrafted for the modern family.
Whether you’re on the search for something warm so you can watch the fireworks or a bright shade for those formal celebrations, you’ll find hand-crafted lehengas, sarees, and suits right here at Lashkaraa.
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