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Were nearing the end of summer and the first golden leaves are beginning to flutter onto the pavement. If you’re already feeling blue and longing for the delicious sting of the summer sun, celebrate the end of the season with a tropical party. No matter where you are or what the weather may be, create a bubble of palm trees and pineapples and it will feel like your own personal Tahiti. Let’s find out how you can pull off those tropical vibes with today’s blog post…

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

When thinking of a venue, your living room or dining room might lack the desired vibe, however a conservatory could work, or even better: a greenhouse or indoor garden. Take a look at Kew Gardens or the Barbican Conservatory: being surrounded by vegetation will definitely enhance your event and prove to be the perfect canvas to build on.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

In order to decorate your space, don’t be afraid to go kitschy and bright with pinks, yellows, greens, oranges and golds. Think of what sounds quintessentially tropical to you, even if factually your elements don’t fit together. Your goal is to have fun in a tropical inspired environment, not create a perfectly accurate replica of Bora Bora. So if you want to have a hibiscus wall, pink flamingo models and pineapple and palm leaf everything, do it! Something that I always recommend and live by is to follow your theme through to every detail, even if you might think its an insignificant detail. An event transports people and especially in this instance, so invest a little extra in hiring a bamboo table and chairs, palm print glassware and plates, flamingo and pineapple props, etc. You can also cheaply buy photo booth props, multi-coloured leis, temporary tattoos and printed serviettes.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

As well as the visual importance of your tropical party, don’t forget music, entertainment and food. Compile a playlist of your favourite summer jams interspersed with classic rock n roll and old school tunes (do pay attention to the logistics of sound in a greenhouse/conservatory though). As for entertainment, everyone loves traditional games but keep them thematic: coconut shy, hula-hoops or hula dance contest, complete with tropical vibes goodie bag for the winner.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

Food is a key element in keeping your guests happy: a well-fed guest will almost always have a great time. Opt for dishes containing pineapple, such as Hawaiian pizza (if that doesn’t sound blasphemous to you!), sweet and sour pork/chicken, coconut rice, but also don’t shy away from classic small bites such as cocktail sausages or spiced options. Eat whatever makes you happy and what your guests will enjoy. Also decide whether you want a sit down meal or just snacks and canapés.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

So the venue and décor looks great, the food is prepped and the hula-hoops are just waiting to be stepped into: so whats missing? A dress code! Don’t ever be afraid to impose a dress code, especially for a theme that is easily manageable such as this one. It will create a great sense of surprise when you see your friends showing up looking different from usual, not to mention making your photos from the party #tropicalsquadgoals.

Tropical Vibes Moodboard

We just can’t get enough of those tropical vibes! For more wonderful inspiration for your big day, event or party, pop over to the La Fête Blog now!

This month, the theme for my mood-board blog was particularly easy as I have just spent four days at the Feria de Sevilla. As you know from my blog a couple of weeks ago, I go there quite often because it’s where Antonio, aka Fiancé, is from. The thing is that I was even going to the feria religiously every year even before I knew Antonio. So I am, what they call a true ‘feriante’ (someone who counts down every year to the feria, a bit like Christmas!).

Wedding Inspiration: Feria de Sevilla Mood-board

The feria is an explosion of colours, sounds and smells. It runs for a full week in April, sometimes May, and is a non-stop party. Obviously, this can be a great theme for just one evening too, you don’t need to keep it going for a week at home!

Wedding Inspiration: Feria de Sevilla Mood-board

The streets are covered in a yellow sort of sand, which is called albero that already sets the scene for the vibrant colours that are repeated on and inside the tent houses where people meet to eat, drink and dance. Sometimes when it’s too hot or too full, people will move out into the street and dance there, mixing with the horse drawn carriages painted with touches of red, green and gold. The sky is dotted by lines of ‘farolillos’ which are paper small lanterns that decorate the streets of the feria and light up at night.

Wedding Inspiration: Feria de Sevilla Mood-board

A very important part of the feria is the gitana dresses that women of all ages wear. The more colourful, the better! These are topped off with more or less ruffles, fringing, patterns, etc. The list is endless and every single one is unique.

Wedding Inspiration: Feria de Sevilla Mood-board

In order to though a good party reminiscent of the feria, you should not forget the jamon, the rebujito (which is a mix of manzanilla wine and seven up), the tapas, some good music and of course sevillanas songs. Mix all of this, add some flowers in the girls hair and you have yourself an amazing party!