Diwali is soon approaching and with that comes the preparation of food, prayers, parties and more. Diwali, one of the biggest and most celebrated South Asian festivals is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world. It is also known as the festival of lights and is celebrated with an evening full of fireworks and diyas.
Diwali falls on the darkest night of the Hindu lunar calendar, this year being Wednesday, November 11th. The evening involves everyone dressing up in traditional attire, meeting at someone’s place and performing Diwali pooja (prayers). As soon as the formalities of the pooja are done you step out of the house to light diyas (ghee lamps) for your own home. Every nook and corner of ones place celebrating this festival will be illuminated. There are fireworks, old stories, traditional food and lots of desserts. The main essence of this festival is to celebrate your inner light and celebrate the good in life.
This year we have family that will be joining us to celebrate Diwali in our new home. To get the festivities started I chose a beautiful customizable card from Evite, the well known e-invitation site. Did you know they’ve added a whole selection of Diwali themed cards? I was so excited and chose one with a bit of glitz and glamour. I also created a mood board that will help me in setting the mood for our Diwali Dinner.
Decor | While colorful is the theme of many Indian parties, I chose something a bit different for Diwali. Diwali is known to fall on the darkest night of the year, which is why I chose black as one of my main decor colors. I chose to brighten it up with pops of gold, hot pinks and peacock blues.
Table Setting | An elegant yet festive tablescape can be created by adding a simple black tablecloth, a sequins gold runner and bright pink flower arrangements.
Lights | Known as the Festival of Lights, no Diwali party is complete without candles, diyas and fireworks. For some added sparkle, DIY simple white candle holders with gold glitter.
Food | Celebrations on Diwali always include traditional fare, including beautiful desserts.
Dress | Of course for most ladies, one of our favorite parts about Diwali parties and gatherings is getting dressed up. For Diwali I chose a the traditional Indian saree but in a modern color and style.
All sources from my mood board can be found on my Pinterest Evite Diwali Board.
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