Posted On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 12:11:53 AM
Host it in your backyard, dotting the lawn or pool-side with your barbequing equipment and tan chairs. Since our city lacks the kind of beaches that would truly personify the perfect summer party, arrange for a projector to emit an optimistic ‘beach-scene’ onto the back-wall of your house.
Even better, make a short visit to your co-operative local quarry to ensure copious amounts of sand you can dump in strategic corners of your garden or around the pool to give it that shoreside air. Added plus — if a shower threatens to disrupt the proceedings, you have the perfect slosh-pit for some fascinating impromptu mud-wrestling/cat-fights.
Dressed to Spill
Everyone must necessarily be dressed in their summery best — chiffons, light pastels, ribboned togas and the ubiquitous style statement of last season — a huge pair of sunnies perched on the nose that obliterate upto 50 per cent of the face (a saving grace for many we know).
No matter that a sudden shower may relegate some into the Ram Teri Ganga Maili waterfall scene couture line. It’s a sacrifice they’ll have to make do with. Bring out your best swim-wear since it may be your last chance to wear it this year, and who knows what girths one may scale till next summer.
No Drought, this
In true Pune summer fashion, potable drinking water must be made completely unavailable at the party. People must learn to survive on handy (preferably alcoholic) beverages. Plenty of margaritas, sangrias, Long
Island iced teas and mojitos lend the perfect summery aura to the scene.
Ice cups with exotic flavouring, sherbets, sorbets, ice creams and popsicles make for a great way to beat the heat. A barbeque would lend heavily to the pleasing stereotype. Drag out the soon-to-be-temporarily-extinct crate of mangoes (making sure they’re not the artificially ripened kind) and go wild with the pulp — we mean recipe-wise.
Torrid To Do's
The ultimate aim of this exercise is to get as tanned or fried as possible. Think of this as the last glimpse of sun you'll see for months (although knowing Indian weather patterns that may not be entirely true) and go ahead, skirt that sunburn narrowly.
Besides the usual dance and games, pagan sun-worship rituals that do not involve slaughter or arrest due to indecent public exposure could be performed, as an entertaining spiritual means to woo the summer to stay.
Lastly, it has to be acknowledged that there is a distinct possibilty this party may be rained out by late noon, given recent events.
Be flexible enough to accept a conversion into a Welcome Monsoon rain-dance, in which case a secret playlist of remixes classics like Anu Malik's Dekho Baarish Ho Rahi Hai and Mika's version of Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag may be belted out. Hope that the crowd is too intoxicated to
realise it, to avoid being lynched.