How to Throw a Millennial Diwali Party

For the Indian who lives far from India. Growing up, Diwali was such an exciting holiday with the firecrackers and food and course, tash (cards). Living in NYC now though, how does one recreate the "Festival of Lights" in their tiny apartment without a clue on where to start? Here's a starter kit for planning the millennial Diwali you've always dreamed of.

  1. Illuminate the room - remember in college when themed parties meant a box of wine and cheese from the grocery store down the street? Well, apparently that doesn't cut it anymore. Whether you're in a tiny apartment or the penthouse, add color and light to your home. Now's the time to be creative! Drape lights along your front door and light candles around the living room (safely, please). If you can, pick up some local flowers and make your own DIY flower rangoli (we love this one)!.
  2. Your friends are going to show up for the food. And if the snacks are good, they’ll stay for the rest of the night. Of course, everyone’s health conscious, so opt for this quick peanut chaat, healthy pani puri (sub out for non-fried puris), and our favorite, coconut chutney sandwiches! Pro tip: do as much prep as possible before the event so that when it comes to the party, all you have to do is set the table.
  3. But they’re going to stay for the games. No Diwali party is quite right without tash. Slide your living room furniture to the side and lay out a big carpet + pillows for everyone to get comfortable on the ground. Don’t know any tash games? Take a look at this how-to list of most popular Diwali tash games and you’re all set! (Just make sure you have playing cards).
  4. But if they’re really having fun, they’ll stick around for the throwbacks. A few hours into the event, your friends will probably ditch the tash and turn up to old Bollywood hits. Cue your super-genius, well-curated, one-of-a-kind throwback playlist. Think about what songs you’d like to hear at a Diwali party and add them all. You’ll want a good mix of Sholay and Diljit Dosanjh. Here's a collaborative playlist we started on Spotify - go ahead and add to it!

That's really all there is to it! Post pictures from your Diwali party using #millennialdiwali and you might get a special feature on the Buttermilk Instagram!

-Kirenjot K.
Buttermilk Head of Marketing
Kirenjot is a clinical researcher by day and Buttermilk enthusiast by night (and day). She is a foodie and an adrenaline junkie. Bucket list? Skydiving and learning how to make dosa.

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