We had a Bollywood Birthday Party for my 10 year old daughter. It was a lot of fun. I made the invitations myself, and glued them on to some sparkly scrapbook paper.
Every one came dressed in colorful and sparkly clothes. We ate the traditional Indian sweets gulab jamun (the round ones) and jalebi (the spiral ones).
We also had cinnamon vanilla cake, to go with our ‘sugar and spice’ theme. And an ice cream sundae bar, with homemade ice cream (so it was egg-free for one of our guests). We had pink punch too.
We gave them their goody bags at the beginning. In it we put some bangles, a fancy bindi, a pink candy stick, and a sari fabric scarf (pink, orange and gold of course).
They put on the bindis and bangles, tied on the scarves, and then we started the party. We had some fake henna temporary tattoos for them to put on too. We did some Bollywood dancing once they were all dressed up. I found some clips on youtube to learn a basic dance. And I put together some song/dance numbers from various films we have. We had the movie clips playing on the tv during much of the party and the girls went back and forth watching and dancing periodically.
Here is our play list (I felt all these dance numbers were child appropriate):
Ainvayi Ainvayi from Band Baaja Baaraat
Kajrare from Bunty Aur Babli
Baawre from Luck By Chance
Desi Girl from Dostana
Zoobi Doobi from 3 Idiots
Marjaani from Billu
Dola Re Dola from Devdas
Bole Chudiyan from Khabi Kushi Khabi Ghum
Shava shava from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum
Yeh Ladka Hai Allah from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum
Saajanji Ghar Aaye from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Kangna Re from Paheli
Minnat Kare from Paheli
Nimbooda Nimbooda song from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje from Hum dil de chuke sanam
Tumse Milke Dil Ka Jo Haal from Main Hoon Na
Deewangi Deewangi from Om Shanti Om
Aaja Soniye from Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Lal Dupatta from Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Tenu Leke from Salaam E Ishq
Salaam E Ishq from Salaam E Ishq
Radha Kaise Na Jale from Lagaan
Jai ho from Slumdog Millionare
Even though we never got around to making the barefoot sandals I don’t think they missed it much. We ate, danced, and generally had fun.