Yes, the Fourth of July holiday in the United States is upon us, and summer is in full swing. Now my thoughts wander to what other party themes I might like to carry out this summer. One party theme have never used and would enjoy doing is a Vintage Tiki Party. These ideas would really work for anything with a Luau or Hawaiian theme, however, I am a big fan of the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World, so, I am going the “tiki” or “polynesian” theme.
Of course you need to start with a fun invitation, so how about a real coconut? How much fun would this be for your guests to receive a real coconut in the mail with the invitation painted right on the coconut? It is perfectly legal to mail a coconut through the USPS. If you don’t want to create these yourself, Coconut Greetings would be happy to arrange painting and mailing them for you. If you want to do it yourself, make sure after you paint or marker on them, you use a sealer so that they don’t smudge in the mailing process. You want your guests to be able to read the invitation clearly.
For those opting for a paper invitation to mail, I came across all kinds of them on Zazzle and Thefind.com, but I love this one for it’s vintage feel. I even like the idea of inviting friends to a “Forbidden Island” Tiki Party. That makes it sound so exotic. Now it is time to decorate around your theme! This Tiki I found was actually made entirely of chocolate, but I think this is a great model to use to cut some tikis out of foam core and paint for your party decor. Of course, if you want to try and make one out of chocolate, you go for it!
If you have a Tiki bar like this one, great. In many areas you can rent these, but that really isn’t necessary, just purchase a few inexpensive grass skirts and attach them to your bar or serving tables to give you that vintage Tiki feel.
Look how simply you can recreate the same look with party supplies from your local party store and dollar store.
Dress up a beverage dispenser with colored tape or pain to look like a Tiki! Fun and easy way to add to the decor.
Now onto the food! This is a really creative way to display your crudites for a Tiki party! Turn them into a three-dimensional Tiki! Any food served on skewers would be fun and appropriate for a Tiki party. Think about anchoring the skewers into a pineapple for guests to pull out and serve themselves. Barbecue chicken and pineapple with some dipping sauce would be delicious.
This is an Asian fruit salad with lychee, longan and rambutan, but you could include any tropical fruits of your choice. Include pineapple, top it with a little coconut and serve it up in pineapple bowls like this to keep with your theme.
Finish off with a fun Tiki Hut cake like this one! Enjoy planning your summer Tiki party!