Want to throw a Holi bash? These expert tips might come in handy

Mar 01, 2018, 09:25 IST | Dhara Vora Sabhnani

Celebrate the festival of colours with a fun-filled Holi bash. Experts tell you how you can make your shindig memorable

Holi Party

* At the entrance, keep a counter with zip lock bags, and oil and transparent nail enamel for people who have come unprepared, to apply.
* Stock organic colours so everyone can participate.
* If you wish to save water but still use a bit, fill up a small inflated pool to limit your use.
* Like confetti pops, you also get colour pops that can give your guests great photo opportunities.
* Use buntings or colourful ribbons for traditional decorations. Readymade paper flowers are easily available at your local bazaar to help add a splash of colour to your home. Don't spend too much on decor as everything will get destroyed,
* Since everybody is busy playing Holi, snack-style food items work best. Arrange for a live dosa or a jalebi counter for simple yet pocket-friendly options.
* Organise for a traditional dhol player apart from taped music.
Palkan Badlani, Palkan B Weddings Etc.

Holi Party

* Home help during Holi is rare, so it's best to prepare in advance so you can quickly whip up what you need to serve without getting into a tizzy on D-day.
* Kebabs and bhajiyas are a good option as they aren't messy to eat. You can make the batter and marinade the previous day and store it in the fridge.
* Dahi wada is another option. You can make the wadas a day before, soak, drain and store them.
* Easy-to-pick and non-drippy food are better, as there is colour, mess and water all around. Since the food gets cold quickly, get dishes like
bruschetta, mini cocktail samosas with olive and cheese or regular stuffing. Your guests can come by and pick their favourites as and when they like.
* Gujiyas can be baked the previous day with wheat instead of maida. They can be made vegan too —
instead of mava, use coconut.
* Cracker pizzas are another mess-free, quick-to-make option.
* For beverages, thandai and fermented kanji are the best traditional drinks.
Swasti Aggarwal, food strategist, Foodhall

* Ensure that the bar is away from the playing area, you wouldn't want colours and water to mix with the food and drinks.
* The bar should be filled with refreshments such as water and coolers for people to stay hydrated during play time.
* To make your set-up creative, use barware made of copper for a traditional feel. You could also have a white-fronted bar and shoot some colours to make it Holi-themed.
* Make colourful
cocktails, especially with watermelon, pineapple, citrus fruits, etc, in addition to the traditional thandai spiked with a special spirit.

Holi Party

Whiskey thandai
250ml warm water
30gm almonds
20gm pistachios
2tbsp poppy seeds
30gm melon seeds
2tbsp gulkand
1tbsp fennel seeds
½tsp black pepper
3 to 4 pods of cardamom
One pinch of saffron
100gm sugar
1 glass chilled milk
Ice cubes as required
45ml whiskey

For the mix
* In a bowl, pour warm water, add ingredients two to eight, mix well and keep aside for two hours.
* Blend the mix from the bowl together with the water.
* Add cardamom and saffron, blend again until it's a fine paste.

For thandai
* To make a glass, add 4tbsp of the paste to a glass.
* Add milk and whiskey, mix well and add ice cubes.
* Garnish with rose petals, chopped almonds and pista.
Binny Dhadwal, mixologist and flair bartender, founder and CEO of Flaming Trio and DrinQ Bartending & Academy

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