There is not much difference between the Rakhi thali and the thalis used to offer to the deities. It contains a diya, tika or roli, sandalwood, rice and incense sticks. All these materials are required while performing the tying ceremony. The thali can be made of silver, brass or of simple steel. You can go in for incense stick stands and diya holders. One of the essentials is to draw a Swatika symbol in the middle of the thali itself. It is the symbol of Lord Ganesha. You need three tiny containers for roli, rice and water.
If you want a traditional look for your thali, you can choose beatle leaves instead of the containers. Moreover beatle leaves are considered to be auspicious.Rakhi and flowers can be placed in the thali itself and sweets can be kept in a separate plate.
You can even decorate the thali with various colourful flowers. You can either fill the entire thali with the flowers or decorate them only on it's boundary, or use single colour flowers for decoration. Only the petals of flowers can also be innovatively used for decoration .
The thali can also be beautificated with roli and turmeric. You can use them as liquid by mixing a little water to roli and the turmeric. The red and yellow combination of these two will give a traditional look to your thali.
Rakhi thalis can also be decorated with painting colors. Pour the paint colors in the palette, hold the brush in your hands and unleash your creativity. You can make floral, geometric, landscape or other themes on the thali.
You can even use the sweets as an innovative ways to embellish your thali. Either put full pieces of the sweets in a decorative manner or you can also put small pieces of sweets by cutting them into different shapes. You can also use a combination of them.
Decorate the rakhi thali with a yellow or red cotton bandhani cloth and use golden lace or moli for embellishment. Take care that diya and the burning incense sticks don't come in direct contact with the cloth.
Let your imagination and creativity guide you with the rakhi decorations and enjoy this auspicious day in a colourful way.