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An Indian summer party theme

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What a fabulous time of year; during September and October we can still expect some beautiful, bonus summery weather which, mixed with the warmer colours of autumn that are developing, gives great scope for a beautiful Indian Summer party theme. Weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries … all can be given a fun, warm and slightly exotic feel with just a little time and creativity.

Here are our ten expert tips on adding an Indian Summer look to any celebration.

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1. A stunning mix of hot pinks vibrant oranges and gold alongside subtle cream muslins are key to achieving this look.

 

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2. A canopy gives a focal point for either the ceremony – or a draped chill out area with low tables and floor cushions

 

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3. Add festival flags in vibrant colours and uplighters in cerise pinks

 

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4. Candles in jars can be easily decorated with coloured ribbons with a band of gold to give an ambient glow –  or try henna designs printed onto waxed paper

 

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5. Draped entrances give a romantic feel as they billow in the wind, giving you a glimpse of the party beyond. This look is particularly effective in an event held in a marquee

 

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6. Flowers such as marigolds and heady jasmine in large displays, floating in dishes of water and threaded into garlands, fill the senses with rich scents and continue to give layers of colour to the scene

 

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7. Serve delicate canopies of spiced fruits and meat skewers, and flavoured ice teas mixed with spiced wines for a punchy late summer drink. Serve in small cups on silver trays

 

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8. Specialist DJs will provide the heady mix of Bollywood and chilled out dance tracks mixed with traditional iconic sounds to enhance the relaxed vibe of an Indian summer theme

 

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9. Offer a curry bar with a street-food-style buffet, with dips and a variety of dishes, to your guests

 

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10. Entertainment could include by henna hand art, a bindi stall or a live Bhangra band to finish the night on an up-tempo finale. Use fire pits and candle light to see in the evening

 

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