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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!