Are you planning a Lohri party at home for friends and family? Continue reading for the best Lohri Party Organisation Tips for 2021 from Captain Joe, the no.1 house party caterers in Gurgaon.
Lohri is all about delicious food, dance, fun, and dhamaal. This year, Lohri falls on 13th January. Traditionally, it's celebrated on the longest night of the year. It's a festival of thanksgiving and is marked by Punjabis and Sikhs across the world. During the celebrations, people give thanks to Lord Agni, the Hindu God of Fire. They offer thanks for the plentiful rabi crop.
Lohri celebrations are full of music (with the Dhol playing in the background), fun, laughter, games, and of course, delicious food. In households with newlyweds or an infant, Lohri celebrations take on extra enthusiasm as it's the first Lohri for the new members of the family.
If you’re planning to throw a Lohri party, we’ve got some great ideas to add zing and fun to your celebrations. We’re sure you and your guests will love these ideas. So, let’s get started.
Set the Mood Right with the Right Décor
Lohri is all about colour and fun. When it comes to the décor, think rustic, native, and traditional to add authenticity to the party ambiance.
- Use household items like earthen pots, colourful glass bangles, and hand-painted bottles to decorate the party space.
- Use your colourful dupattas, stoles, and shawls as drapes, tablecloths, etc. If you have the time, you can decorate the dupattas with laces, sequins, etc., to add a bit of bling and glamour to the party venue.
- Use bales of hay for seating. Decorate it with traditional mats (charpoys, bethaks, and floor cushions). This makes for a great photo prop, and we're sure that your guests will be clicking and posting tons of pics of your party on Insta and Facebook.
Dining Menu Suggestions for Lohri Party
What’s a Lohri party without finger-licking food? Make sure to include traditional Punjabi food on your menu. If you're looking for something different, you can also have contemporary twists on standard menu items. Here are a few suggestions to help you plan the Lohri party meal:
The weather is chilly, and nothing keeps the party going like hot, fried finger foods. Make sure to include plenty of short-eats and appetisers that your guests can munch on while they enjoy the various party games and catch up with others.
- Hot boiled American corn
- Vegetable pakoras
- Spicy chilly peanuts, sugar-coated almonds, cashews, and dry fruits
- Chikki, til patti, til laddoos
- Spicy puffed rice mix
- Roasted makhana
- Aate ki pinni
- Shakkar pare
- Fill glass jars with groundnuts, Gajak, Revdis and display them around the party venue so that your guests can enjoy them while mingling.
A Lohri party is incomplete without traditional dishes like Sarson ka saag and Makai ki roti. Here are some main course ideas to serve at your party:
- Sarson ka saag and Makki ki roti
- Pindi channa
- Gur ki roti
- Murmura ladoo
- Corn Palak ki Tikki
- Chicken sarson
- Dahi ki bhalle
Besides these Lohri special recipes, make sure to include plenty of other dishes like roti varieties, rice varieties, dal, etc.
Playing games, dancing, and singing can leave your guests tired and thirsty. So, make sure there are plenty of drinks at hand. Keep drinks self-service so that guests can enjoy them whenever they feel thirsty.
- Sugarcane juice
- For the chilly weather, serve Kesar milk or hot almond milk to keep your guests warm.
A Punjabi party is incomplete without an array of sweet desserts. Make sure to include favourite winter desserts like:
- Warm Phirni
- Hot Gulab Jamun
- Rabdi Jalebi
- Gur ki gajak
- Gajar halwa with icecream
- Hot malpuas with rabdi and pistachio toppings
Keep Your Guests Engaged with the Best Games & Entertainment
Now that you've set the mood, the next step is to keep your guests engaged. Lohri is all about fun, dance, and frolic. Here are a few entertainment ideas to keep your guests on their toes.
- It's the season of kites, and there are plenty of colourful paper kites on street markets. Pick up a dozen kites and arrange them at the entrance of the venue. Your guests can try their hands at flying these kites. If your party is indoors, you can set up the kite flying space on the terrace.
- Include a Lohri Photobooth. It's the era of Instagram and selfies. So, your guests are sure to click plenty of pics at the party. Why not provide them with a cute backdrop for their selfies and groupies? Decorate the photo booth with colourful paper, shawls, and even kites. Create a specific hashtag for the party and share it with your guests so that it's easy for all guests to see photos from the party on Instagram and Facebook.
- Lohri is incomplete without Bhangra and Dhol. Invite live Punjabi folk musicians who will keep your guests tapping for their lively tunes.
- Include a couple of fun party games like who ties a turban the fastest, peels the maximum number of peanuts within a minute, etc.
- Keep a prize for the best-dressed man and woman at the party. You can even keep it themed and ask your guests to arrive clad in traditional Punjabi wear.
Give your Guests a Small Return Gift to remind them of the Party after it's over.
Traditionally, the standard return gifts for a Lohri party include a small hamper filled with Lohri essentials like revdis, groundnuts, gajak, and popcorn. You can also have contemporary sweets like Lohri-themed cakes and cupcakes. Pack a box of mini cupcakes and mini kites for your guest to take home.
If you have little kids on your guest list, make sure that you prepare special return gifts for them. Activity books, colouring books, stickers, crayons make for great gifts for little guests.
Use the tips listed here to organise a rocking and fun-filled Lohri party. Finally, don’t forget to keep the venue sanitised and include sanitising stations at the entrance so that guests can sanitize themselves before entering the venue.
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