#PartyPlan – Springtime Chaat Party

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One of my favorite things to do is host a party. To celebrate the start of spring, I invited a few friends over for a fun chaat party. All my favorite foods are chaats (Indian appetizers) and thankfully the weather was perfect for a rooftop get together. I found out a week before I had to travel to South Beach for work, so I didn’t have much time to prepare. A few ideas helped me put together this party on a Saturday morning and on a budget. I thought to share these ideas with you and would love to hear your  party hosting tips!

Springtime Chaat Party ideas!

  • Decide on a theme: A theme helps center your ideas and make the party memorable. For me springtime and chaat were my main themes.
  • Pin ideas: Pinterest is a great starting point when party planning. I love getting ideas and putting my own spin on them.
  • Create a budget: Setting a budget helps you decide what to prioritize (food, drinks, etc.) and where to get creative. For example, I wanted a few decorations (pink & white stripe straws and mini cups) but did not want to spend a lot. I scored all my decorations at Marshalls for under $10!
  • Plan ahead: With my flight landing at 10 pm the night before, I definitely had to plan in advance. I did as much as I could the night before: boiled the potatoes, got the drinks together, and set up the plates and utensils so the morning of the party would be less stressful.
  • Semi-homemade: I am a semi-homemade kind of gal. While I wish I could cook everything from scratch, sometimes short-cuts come in handy. For instance, the Haldiram’s Pani Puri kit is my go-to chaat for all of my parties and at just $4.99 your wallet will thank you!
  • Win at details: Small touches really make your guests feel loved. From fresh flowers to having their favorite foods (my friends love Jalebies!), the details really make a party special.
  • Enjoy: As a host, it’s easy to get caught up in trying to make everything perfect. I have to work at this but I try to let all the planning go and just have fun! In the end, great company and conversation is what makes a party (of course yummy food and tasty drinks are a close second ;)

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Comments

  1. Love Spring Tea tables and party and you’ve done it so beautifully. Loving everything!
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  2. What a beautiful set-up! Love the colour of the jalebi and the blue jars – they really make the table pop! Your friends are so lucky you host all these Pinterest-y parties – wish I could attend one day :)
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  3. Oh man!!! My mouth is water Kamana!! A chaat party is an awesome idea..I saw the golgappas and just been salivating :D. Love the cute and trendy pieces you chose for the party, keeps the main focus on the food but at the same time makes it so attractive. And pinterest is a sink hole for me, what starts as a 5 min jaunt ends up in a few hours..heh.

  4. Ankita says:

    Looks very beautiful. Good job!

  5. You are definitely a stylish woman. I enjoyed looking through the pictures. I love love throwing parties and go all out setting up stuff. One of the things I truly believe that makes things feel special is flowers. Brightens everything up. Half the appeal of food is how we present it right?…you got it all down girl. Beautiful. Loved every bit of it.
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    • This means a lot coming from you! You are my ultimate food blogger and your photos capture food so beautifully. Next time I will try your yummy chaat recipes! I too love flowers and always have them in my house and parties :)

  6. Looks like a fun chaat party, I love being a host and doing all the planning and prepping up in advance always help… :) :D

    xx Aditi
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  7. Looks like one stylish party … great decor and details. But of course no less is expected from you Kamana!

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  8. Lovely pictures! The set up is beautiful and I love chaat!!

  9. Preeti says:

    Looks awesome Kamana..beautiful pictures. Is this Baltimore downtown?

  10. Looks like the perfect rooftop party. Great tips!
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  11. Love your tips – can’t believe you got all the decorations for under $10!
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  12. What a perfect party setup .. Love it so much .. you are so pro at arranging parties :)
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  13. wow this chaat party looks fabulous!! I love the tablescape! I did a pani puri chaat get together at my place last year around spring time and I’m planning on doing it again this year… you have definitely inspired me to turn it up a notch!

  14. I really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for all the tips you have mentioned in your post :-), will definetely try them this spring season. When it comes to decoration shopping, I love Marshalls too.
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  15. LOL what a creative idea. I’m totally going to do this!

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