Party Ideas and Tips

Dandiya Night for your Building or Society.

Folks, This is that time of the year, when everyone is gearing up for the festive season in India. Right now its Navaratri and I would like to share with you some party tips of how well can you plan a Dandiya Night for your building or society.
Here I am not providing you the step wise event planning instructions but want to share you the most important characteristics. Other aspects of the event like budgeting, Food menu etc I presume you would be doing any ways...
First of all find out 2-3 volunteers in the building who are enthusiastic enough for such an event. Quickly get together and plan out the following characteristics of the event....
1.Venue - Most likely venues could be Parking or Terrace or street in front of your society or building. If you have got a community hall or a society garden that would be an ideal one. I would suggest an open to sky venue.
2.Theme - Creating the energy with a theme can make the difference between the ordinary gathering and a spectacular event, a theme puts the people in the mood and helps to keep the guests involved. Your theme can involve asking people to dress in costumes geared to the theme. Any theme is a good theme as long as it fits your crowd.
3.Select a Day (night) - mostly it should be a Friday or Saturday night so that everyone can enjoy the party until late in the night. Also check likelihood of people fasting on that day, so that food arrangement should be made accordingly. Party ideally should start at around 8.30PM, which is good enough time for everyone to come from office/work get ready and join the party.
4.Find a good speaker / Anchor for your program - This is a key person, who will make your party a real happening and will make the right ambiance. You may have one such person in your neighborhood but if you do not find one, do not hesitate to call some one outsider whom any one of you may know as a professional and any other volunteer may join that professional as a co-anchor.
5.Seating arrangement - Always have fewer chairs than the guest (have just 25 to 50% of the guests). This keeps your guest moving and the energy flowing as they mingle and circulate.
6.Fun and interesting Activities during the event - Since this is a good time to know and interact with each one of your neighbors, i would suggest that first activity should be an "Ice Breaker". In this activity Anchor invites each family with all members (assuming that there are not too many :) ) and one family member (normally the head of the family) introduces the whole family. If you all already know your building members and families, then this activity can be used to know more about latest happy moments of each family like, new or planned marriages, new birth, new graduation, business or career progress etc....During this time Anchor should be a fun making one to keep the audience involved and happy with high energy... Besides, these there could be other number of activities or events that can be planned to make the party happening.
7.Guest Involvement - Give your guest opportunities to participate in the festivities. Have games, quizzes or give away prizes for the best costume or best dancer. It does not really matter as long as its fun and easy. Most people will get involved if you make games and activities available for them while others enjoy watching and cheering for the winners. Engaging Your guests help keep the energy of the party going....
8.Music - This is another key component of your party, each activity should have some sort of background music, so make a music track collection exclusively for this event. Besides, there should be number of dedicated tracks available which you will use for the "Dandiya Ras".
9.Dance Area - Get your guests dancing by creating a dance area. When you set aside an area specifically for dancing, people will use it. The dance area should not be so large that it intimidating. People will join the dancing if the dance floor is crowded. Don't worry - People will dance on the perimeter of the dance floor, whether its grass, carpet or concrete.
10.Awards in the middle of dancing- Every 15 or 30 minutes, have the Anchor call out a question that pertains to the guest at your party, such as : "Who's the youngest here?" "Who's got the Wife's photo in his pocket/purse?" etc etc...Have the Anchor award a prize to each winner.
11.Be considerate: While partying be considerate to your surroundings.
12.Post party : After a good party, all volunteers deserve to have a small dinner celebration, to pat your own back and yes share the photographs and party video with the guests.
Happy Partying!!
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