Diwali Decor India by Amerjit Ghag
For me, Diwali decorating starts with flowers, both inside and outside. It’s easy enough to float some frangipani in a vessel of water, cut some ginger from the yard or bring the orchids inside when they start blooming.
In Hawaii I can have cut flowers from my yard all year round, I keep the arrangements simple yet bold.
Diwali Decor India: My table settings for diwali decorating are usually based on textiles from my closet. A dupatta casually draped over a solid table-cloth gives great texture and colour. On that I layer place mats, chargers, plates, coloured votives, small flower arrangements, etc.
This is a great opportunity to mix the traditional textiles with contemporary dinner ware. Lighting is key, so I have on hand-glass votive holders in a rainbow of colours, I can set the table in a specific colour scheme or go for a riot of colour.
I have these tea lights in a rainbow of colours, I also love using vintage kantha in place of a standard table-cloth, it adds a richness and softness that you don’t get from standard table linen.
An orchid plant from the yard transitions into the house beautifully by simply placing it in a ceramic bowl and adding some spanish moss
Diwali is a great time to decorate my walkway with lanterns, it adds a nice welcome for dinner guests.
This photo was featured in the book “Party Hawaii” – photo by David Franzen
We created these hooks for lanterns, when its dark the lanterns look as if they are floating…I sometimes use simple glass lanterns instead of these for a different look.
Text and images by Amerjit Ghag