Summer’s here and the sun is shining…well sort of! So it’s time to dust off the BBQ, put up that gazebo and get ready for some fab summer parties. I don’t really need much of an excuse to throw a party, but I’m really excited about all the amazing tropical and Hawaiian themed party goodies around at the moment.Inspired by retro 50’s tiki style pool parties, I especially love all the fabulously kitsch pineapples, flamingos and watermelon decorations and tableware. It was my friend’s 30th birthday recently and as she loves a Long island Ice Tea cocktail, we thought to would be appropriate to throw her a tropical cocktail party.
So even if we haven’t quite got that Hawaiian sunshine, I’ve found some brilliant decorations to help you throw the ultimate tropical themed party. With a few low cost tropical decorations, cocktails and some fun beach party props, who needs Hawaii anyway? Here’s a few photos I used for inspiration:
Tropical Themed Party Tableware
Tropical Party Flamingo Cocktail Stirrers – This range of bright flamingo tableware is perfect for the look we were going for. These hot pink flamingo cocktail stirrers add a quirky twist to tropical cocktails and fruity summer drinks. Use them with the tropical fruit straws and cocktail umbrellas to make any drink a truly tropical experience!
Tropical Party Flamingo Paper Cups – So we didn’t have to deal with lots of washing up the next day, we decided to use paper cups and these pretty flamingo cups are perfect for cocktails or a punch. Decorated with a bright tropical flamingo design, these fantastic paper cups will be perfect for adding some decorative exotic fun to your tropical party. Featuring a mix of vibrant multi-colours, with exotic plants and quirky flamingos, they are a low cost way to jazz up a table.
Tropical Party Fruit Straws – how cool are these pretty straws? These brightly coloured tropical straws are decorated with brightly coloured decorative tissue fruit and come in s selection of 5 different fruit designs. Perfect for a summers cocktail and tropical or beach themed parties and events.
Tropical Party Cocktail Umbrellas – Well it simply wouldn’t be a proper cocktail without a cocktail umbrella. This pack of 12 tropical party cocktail umbrellas come in assorted colours and are so cheap, why not have a few?
Tropical Party Flamingo Cake Picks – As our party was mainly focussed on the cocktail element, we didn’t make lots of food, but we decorated everything in sight with these flamingo cake picks. These fantastic pink tropical flamingo picks are perfect to decorate your hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, cakes, fruit and even make a bowl of crips look pretty!
Tropical Party Watermelon Slice Napkins – Everyone loved these brilliantly bright tropical watermelon napkins and if you open them up they form a whole watermelon so look good opened up on plates or under bowls. I shall be buying these again as they worked so well.
Tropical Party Pineapple Cup – Serve up delicious tropical summer drinks and cocktails in this fruity pineapple plastic cup, absolutely perfect for beach party themes and tropical parties! In the shape of a bright yellow pineapple complete with a green leaf motif on top, the birthday girl loved it as she was handed this full of her favourite cocktail when she walked in. We couldn’t afford one of these for all the guests, so just the birthday girl had her cocktails in this fabulous pineapple cup. A fab alternative is this funky plastic coconut cup.
We served a couple of different cocktails including Piña Coladas which we pre-made and Long Island Ice Teas which we pre-made and then just added coke before serving.
Tropical Party Decorations
Tropical Party Pineapple Garland – I absolutely love this fabulously cool tropical Malibu style pineapple garland and it’s perfect for parties with a tropical or beach party theme. The bunting is made of paper and is suspended on a Hessian ribbon. The design consists of 12 decorative pineapples with golden foil detail at the end. Perfect for displaying outdoors on a hot summers day or inside (on a wet and miserable day) to bring a taste of paradise to any space! It’s made to a really high quality and is durable enough to keep for future events.
Tropical party tissue Pineapple These fun tissue pineapple decorations works well as a table centrepiece, on a mantelpiece or to brighten up a window sill. You get 2 in a pack and at 30cm high are great value so you can have a few scattered around and are perfect for tropical and Hawaiian themed parties.
Bright Tropical Party Fabric Bunting – This stunning fabric fiesta bunting will brighten any space or venue for a number of different occasions. The bright colours worked perfectly for the tropical theme and is a really effective way to decorate a mantlepiece or bar wall. As these durable bunting is made of fabric you can also use to to add a burst of tropical colours to gardens, patios or any outdoor spaces with fun colourful decorations. Flags are assorted in pink, green, yellow, purple and orange on 3 metre ribbon.
Tropical Tissue Honeycomb Ball Garland – From the same range as the bunting, this stunning honeycomb garland decoration is sure to brighten up and add fun to any special occasion. It takes a few minutes to clip the tissue balls together with the paperclips supplied, but it’s definitely worth it for the effect. This tissue ball garland is bright pink, green, yellow, purple and orange being on a 5 metre ribbon it covers quite a large area really effectively.
Tropical Party Fancy Dress
Although it wasn’t a fancy dress party as such, we decided we would dress up the birthday girl and all wear something bright to add to the tropical theme. I found this great shell bra, grass skirt and Hawaiian lei kit which looked great without breaking the bank and these brilliantly fun tropical sunglasses topped off the look perfectly. I also found these great value floral Hawaiian Leis for an amazing £1.26 each so we all got one to wear.
As you can see, we did manage to take the birthday girl to the beach but unfortunately there wasn’t any sunshine…Oh well you cant have everything!
Word of warning – Long Island Ice Teas are very strong so don’t drink too many!!
Now we just need a bit of sunshine!!