03 Mar 2023

Hosting a Holi Party? Here's all the Holi Celebration prep you need

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Holi is one of the biggest festivals in India, its festivities rivalled only by Diwali. While people now celebrate Diwali as a mostly close-knit family festival, they look forwards to fun and frolic with the community at large on Holi. Holi celebration involves food, dancing, splashing of water and colours, and in most cultures – natural intoxicants as well. 

If you are hosting a Holi party this season or are invited to one, here’s a comprehensive list of all the things you need. We at Milkbasket, India’s biggest grocery shopping app, have a complete section for all your Holi Party prep needs. Just order everything you need online, and get it the next morning by 7 AM.

Holi Celebration & all you need for a party preparation

Well, there are the traditional Indian government-approved natural intoxicants and means of inebriation that you could get, if that’s your idea of celebrating. Of course, we can’t be talking about all that here. However, we’ve put everything else you need for a Holi Party preparation in this list:

Holi Colours

Holi colours known as gulaal abeer

Holi colours, traditionally known as gulaal, are a must-have for Holi celebrations. Nowadays, many brands manufacture natural and flower-based colours that are not harmful to the skin. Make sure you get a lot of different shades and hues. You can find a bunch of options from various brands on Milkbasket.

Water Balloons & Pichkaari

water balloons to play on holi

Throwing tiny water-loaded balloons at each other has also become a popular part of Holi celebrations. And, if you want to play with water balloons, you need pichkaaris to fill them up too! Thankfully, you can find a lot of options on Milkbasket.

Water Buckets

bucket filled with water with holi balloons

If you’re going to be playing with water-loaded balloons and pichkaaris, you’ll need a few water buckets too. The water buckets will help you store your balloons as well as have water handy so that your guests can quickly fill their pichkaaris whenever they want.


gujiya is an indian sweet that tastes like baklava and is essentially a deep-fried sweet dumpling

Gujiya is one of the most loved mithai or Indian sweets during the time of Holi. A lot of people make gujiya at home from scratch or others may buy it from a store. It’s a sweet deep-fried dumpling, similar to a sweet samosa/sambuca which tastes a lot like the middle-eastern dessert Baklava. Whether you want to buy gujiya or make it at home from scratch, you can find it all on Milkbasket and get it delivered to your home.

Thandai Mix

thandai is a milk-based indian drink made with milk, ground nuts, cinnamon, saffron and khas mixed together

Holi celebration is famous all over the world for the special thandai customarily made and consumed on this day. To make thandai, you primarily need milk, ground whole spices, nuts and dry fruits, kesar (saffron), khas, and sugar etc. If you’re not making it from scratch, you can order thandai pre-mixes and use them as you like!


disposable cutlery for events and parties

Hosting a party is no easy fare! Instead of having tons of dishes that you’ll need to wash on a festive holiday, just ease the trouble! Get all sorts of eco-friendly disposables that will allow you and your guests to have fun without thinking twice!

Bar Snacks

all types of bar and party snacks for children and adults

Lots of partying, dancing, and talking can make people hungry. Everyone looks forward to munching and snacking at parties! Take good care of your guests’ tummies by making sure that you’re serving all sorts of party snacks & munchies.

Beverages & Mixers

Any fun party is incomplete without a spread of drinks & beverages. You may have to host children, older people, teetotallers, and party animals alike. After a certain point, it also gets hot during the day on Holi. Therefore, make sure you have a variety of juices, soft drinks, sodas, and mocktails that people can drink and use as mixers.

Party Accessories

If you want to take your party to the next level, there are also party decorations and accessories that you can buy. Thankfully, we at Milkbasket have stocked up on colourful wigs, balloons, and other stuff that you can keep at your party for some added fun. It doesn’t just make for better pictures and Instagram stories, it’s actually a lot of fun to fool around with!

Garbage Bins

Parties mean that there’s going to be a whole lot of trash. Make sure you keep buckets with garbage bags, or actual dustbins, as much as you can in visibility. Many people will actually use them, and most won’t, especially once they’ve had one too many. However, they definitely make the scene a lot less messy and make cleaning up afterwards way easier.

We hope you like this Holi celebration party checklist. Buy all of the above items easily on the Milkbasket app and get delivery by 7 AM the next morning! If you want to make custom dips at home to serve your guests, here are some dip recipes that you can try at home.


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