Party Decorations


Decorations for an indoor party are mostly in 3 areas. The Entrance, the Rooms and the Table. Use the ideas given in the list below to suit your special evening.

The Entrance

  • Frame the main door with flowers or fabric or little lights or torans (bandhanwars).
  • Have large arrangements of plants or flowers
  • Line the entrance corridor with covered lights and flowers or small potted plants
  • Stick colorful paper windmills into pots near the entrance, or in the garden for a garden party
  • Make Alpana/rangoli arrangements in the corners and along the walls

The Rooms

  • The corners are good for large dramatic arrangements. These could be with plants, fresh flowers, dried plants, drift wood or fabric . Use them to great effect to  set off your color scheme
  • The ceiling is suitable for streamers, fabrics or flowers or leaves strung on thread. Little lights or gold or silver paper or glass balls add to the impact.
  • Use Streamers and balloons on the walls.
  • Use colored lights to create a different mood.
  • Highlight the doorways into the living and dining rooms with flowers, lights and leaves.
  • Helium balloons can also be used to good effect on the ceiling and in the corners.
  • The sideboard is a popular place for stunning arrangements. Here even the crockery could be arranged to great effect

The Table

  • Small arrangements in the centre or at each place setting are popular for sit downs but for buffets the limit is only your imagination.
  • Fruit and vegetable decoration with some flowers and leaves as a central panel.
  • Small light strings around the dishes.
  • Paper or satin streamers criss crossing along the tables.
  • Small arrangements interspersed with candles or diyas.
  • Bunches of helium balloons rising high with the base hidden with flowers.
  • Petals forming alpana patterns.
  • Coloured rice or dals for making a central mosaic.Use holiday souvenirs to great effect as table centres. They make for good conversation pieces too!
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Pary Decorations List for Children’s Parties

  • Balloons
  • Buntings  and Streamers
  • Colored lights
  • Metallic balls to hang
  • Colorful hanging mobiles with animal, flowers or birds
  • Paper cut flowers and streamers on the walls
  • Khoi bags with sweets and small gifts hung from the ceiling

For the table:

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  • Highlight the cake in an interesting manner
  • Make mats made from colored chart paper
  • Hang streamers across the table
  • Put confetti and glitter on the table
  • Decorate each plate with something cheerful.
  • Get napkins and paper plates in party themes.
  • Colored Paper windmills can be put into small pots on a buffet table

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Krishna Sahai
Krishna Sahai

Krishna Sahai took voluntary retirement as a senior Commissioner of Income Tax of the Indian Revenue Service to follow alternative paths. A multi-talented person, she is a trained Bharata Natyam dancer and has also published a book on the subject. Krishna has imbibed the old traditions of Avadhi culture from her family and is concerned about preserving the vanishing cuisines of India. She consults on financial and business matters apart from running a not-for-profit organization.

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