Fill your festival of lights with sweet treats, spectacular fireworks, and your favorite people. You wouldn’t spare on oil for the diya, so make sure your Diwali invitations are equally luminous—find designs that feature metallic sunbursts, firework-inspired patterns, or just a bit of softly illustrated candlelight. You can trade the gaslight for klieg lights and marquees with invitations inspired by classic Bollywood posters and title cards. (Maybe skip installing a step-and-repeat at your Diwali get-together, though.) It’s the perfect aesthetic choice for a grand Diwali mela invitation, or anywhere the lights will be bigger than big. While the designs may be online, you’ll find Diwali invitations liberally coated in digital golden foil. Luminosity isn’t limited to just lighting displays, of course. Since you’re opening your sure-to-be gracious home to guests, consider a design that features some classic touches of domestic hospitality—a braided floral toran, colorfully illustrated rangolis, or a few scattered streamers in bright seasonal hues. They’re natural accompaniments to your Diwali potluck and Diwali lunch invitations. For a more traditional take on the celebration, choose a design with an illustration of Lakshmi or Ganesh adorned with bright flowers.
When you’ve found the perfect Diwali design, you’ll still have a few more opportunities to add a bit of color. Use the online design tool to tint your type and add a bright backdrop or envelope liner to your online invitation. You’ll find prints and patterns in vibrant pigments as well as sparkling metallics. Putting together your guest list is simple, too—import your email contacts to the online address book and invite your nearest and dearest. (Save the list for next year and save yourself some flipping through the Rolodex.) Online RSVP tracking lets you know who’s planning to attend, and you can make special candy requests with our messaging tools. Since you and your guests are dressed to impress, make sure to take a few additional party photos—your event’s online gallery is the perfect place for a roundup of your attendees’ new outfits.
If you have friends and family you’d normally share the holiday with but for distance (or lack of apartment space), send one of our Diwali cards to add a touch of gold to your most festive correspondence.