3 easy Diwali decorating ideas to brighten up your space, plus 15 party favors that will make you the perfect guest

With the ongoing pandemic and social distancing guidelines in place, it’s safe to assume this Diwali will be like no other. Zoom meetings, brocade masks, and greeting people while social distancing might sound like a lot, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do everything to decorate your space and create that festive vibe. “With the pandemic changing the ways of the world, the trend this year is to turn inward and be mindful of our choices and consumption,” says interior stylist and designer Rishika Jain. From lighting arrangements to beautiful floral decorating ideas, we asked the expert decorator to break down how you can transform your space more this Diwali more consciously this year.

1. Flower arrangements

Decorating with real flowers is always a good option, especially now that it can help support local vendors who may have been affected due to the lockdown and pandemic restrictions. You can go the classic route and stick with jasmine, rajnigandha, roses, and carnations, or go a bit more and add a few lotus stems around the house. You can also use these flowers to make rangoli designs, instead of using powdered pigments. Another alternative is to DIY and create flower arrangements using paper and a bit of craftsmanship. “They look just as good as the real thing, if made well, and can be durable too,” says Jain.

2. Lighting

It goes without saying that the most important part of the Festival of Lights is, well, the lights. There are many ways to use different types of lights to create a festive mood this season. Locally sourced diyas are the best option to include in your decor. Not only will this help support local artisans, but you can also create a fun diya painting and decorating activity with your friends or kids, making them even more special. Jain also suggests using tea lights to add to the party. Alternatively, you can use battery-operated string lights to add whimsy to the decor. Use empty mason jars or beer glasses as lamps and keep the string lights in them, instead of stringing them around your space.

3. Sustainable Decor

Rishika stresses the importance of not wasting this year. She suggests ways to reuse items around your home (and wardrobe) to create fun and interesting Diwali decor. “A really cool idea is to use colorful phulkari dupattas, or other handcrafted fabrics, as table runners,” she says, adding that “reusing, repurposing and locally sourced material is the way to follow this season”.

Home gift ideas for your loved ones this Diwali

Now that you’re all sorted decorating, here’s a quick gift guide curated by vogue India to help you if you are looking for unique gift ideas this season.

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