Diwali Party Planning in Tampa

Diwali, also called Deepavali, is a Hindu festival of lights that signifies a victory of light over darkness, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. Decorations include lights that shine on the tops of houses, around temples and other important community buildings, and on doors and windows. Many Diwali celebrations take place over five days, but the main Diwali celebration will occur on the darkest night when the new moon comes out during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika within the Bikram Sambat calendar. The main Diwali night usually occurs between mid-October and mid-November, according to the Gregorian calendar.

Hiring a Diwali Party Planner

Planning your Diwali party in Tampa can get complicated, so leave it to our professional event planners at Calabash Events to handle the details.

Diwali Lights and Decorations

The translation of Diwali comes from series of lights in Sanskrit, as well as light, lamp, and glow of light. Lights are a key part of the decoration for a Diwali celebration. Other Diwali decoration ideas include colorful powder or sand, often in bright shades of red, yellow, and orange, along with lamps and candles (electric or traditional). Don't forget to decorate the outside of your home as well as the inside.

Menu for a Diwali Party

When coming up with Diwali party ideas, you'll definitely need to plan the menu of what you'll serve to eat and drink. There are some traditional food options, such as biryani, a mixed rice dish with spices, vegetables, meat, eggs, yogurt, and dried fruit, cheese and crackers, and satay, which is chicken or lamb, marinated in spices and curry, cooked and served on skewers. Some Hindus follow a vegetarian diet, so opt to include meatless items on your menu to accommodate. If you are following a stricter menu plan, local caterers in Tampa can help create the perfect spread for your event.

Diawali Sweets

The most traditional Diwali sweets to serve for dessert include rasgulla, a milk-based, spongy cake soaked in sugar syrup, and rabri, made with thickened sweetened milk and layers of cream. Other options include rasmalai, which are balls of cottage cheese soaked in thick, sweet, and flavored milk, and malpua, which are fluffy pancakes that are fried and dipped in sugar syrup, served with thickened, sweetened milk. Give your guests the royal treatment when you serve shahi tukra, a rich dessert made with fried sugar syrup, coated in bread, soaked with thickened milk, and garnished with dried fruit.

Diwali Beverage Menu

When choosing what beverages to serve, consider who you will invite to the party. If your Diwali celebration includes children or those who abstain from alcohol, make sure to have plenty of nonalcoholic beverage options. But most Diwali parties do include plenty of cocktails, so you might want to hire a bartender in Tampa to keep the drinks flowing.

Plan Your Tampa Diwali Party with Calabash Events

With help from our event planners at Calabash Events in, you can relax and enjoy your Diwali party instead of running around and feeling stressed.