Hosting a Diwali Tea Party

Hosting a Diwali Tea Party: Table Setting, Recipe Ideas, and What to Wear.

This post is done in partnership with Aara by Sana, a High Fashion brand based out of NY/NJ carrying the finest quality garments and created for ladies who look for quality, comfort, luxury and edge all in one pretty little package.

You all know my love for tea, especially chai and tea parties. Recently I had the opportunity to work with Aara by Sana for a styled Diwali Tea Party shoot. I know what you are thinking Diwali + tea party = two of my favorite things and a match made in heaven. The beautiful table scape was put together by the designer behind Aara by Sana, Sana herself. She related to my love for chai and wanted to set something up which encapsulated a festive Diwali tea party.

Below we are sharing some ways that you can host your own and some recipe suggestions.

Table Setting:

Diwali is the festival of lights and often associated dark and light. Tea parties are generally light and bright, being hosted in the afternoon. Mix the two with touches of white and gold to bring in the elements of both modern yet festive. We paired my vintage brass tea pot along with Sana’s white and gold tea set. Add touches of crystal and clear glass plates so the food and tea shines. Adding a pop of color with fresh flowers or small plants is a great way to add freshness to the table. Try and stick to two main colors, white and gold, black and gold, navy and gold and use neutrals for the other details. Add platters and cake stands that vary in height to add depth to the table. If your table is glass you can leave it as is, if its wood you can soften it up with a simple white or cream runner.


Here are some recipes that would be perfect for a Diwali Tea Party:

Masala Chai

Whole Wheat Cardamom Spice Muffins

Beetroot Kalakand

Vegetable Masala Puffs

Roasted Corn and Mushroom Turnovers

Pineapple Coconut Spritzers

Mango Mousse

Tea Sandwiches

Cardamom Walnut Chai Cake


Adding touches of decor will make your Diwali Tea Party stand out! Add touches like intricate diyas, light candles, add beautiful table rangoli touches. Small glasses with baby’s breath or fairy lights can also help add to the festive touch. Another way to add drama would be to add brass touches to your table with statues, bowls and gold cutlery.


Have your guests dress in festive wear, touches of metallics welcome! The beautiful top I am wearing is the “Chamki” design by Aara by Sana.

Here is a little about the brand from the designer herself, Sana Ali Khan:

“We love to play with juxtapositions…. whether its mixing delicate chiffons and silks with bold Italian leather details or creating a not so literal fusion of the Eastern & Western aesthetic. While our fabrics, embellishments and meticulous tailoring pay homage to the designers’ Eastern roots, the versatility, edge and comfort we often associate with western clothing screams through each garment.  We have created versatile pieces designed to accentuate ALL body shapes, we bring you comfort and confidence that reflects your inner charisma… because the most beautiful thing a woman can wear is CONFIDENCE.”

“This collection embodies a journey fueled by inner strength and passion,” says Sana. “It’s for every daughter trying to make her mother proud. It’s for every working mother who takes time away from her children in the hopes of living her dream.  I salute your strength to overcome hardships, your courage to follow your dreams, and your resilience to keep fighting.”

You can use code “NISHA” for 20% off your purchases with Aara by Sana.

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