Its warming up outside and with warm weather comes parties. Why not have all the tastes, smells, and sights of summer by choosing a tropical theme? Light, bright, and sweet, a tropical party encompasses the essence of the season. To help you organize your party, I complied a complete guide to tropical party ideas including, decorations, food, drinks and more!
To throw a tropical party you are going to need tropical decorations such as fruit, flowers, palm leaves, cactus’s, and any dinnerware required. Food should have a tropical element included such as coconut, pineapple, mango, or banana. The drink list should also include the same tropical flavors and make sure to include at least one party favor for each guest.
Tropical Party Decorations
There are endless possibilities to decorate for a tropical themed party. All of which use bright and beautiful colors, its probably my favorite thing about this theme, the color combination is just beautiful. This table setting made by Pop Of Gold mixes fruit with flowers, while creating a table runner of tropical leaves. Its a fairly simple set up, but looks stunning all put together.
The table place setting made by House Of Harper is so pretty! The combination of the pink placemat with matching pink card makes it pop, and the green leaf really ties in the tropical theme. This is my favorite place setting of all the decorations I found, I just love it and can’t wait to copy it.
If you are looking for a relatively simple set up, why not try some cactus’ as your main centerpiece. I think this table set up is gorgeous, I really like the look of cactus’ and how they played them up by added small touches such as using pink stones, vases, and adding small flowers. To see the original look check out Mujer De10
This tropical glamping party created by One Stylish Party is adorable. I love how they tied the tropical leaves to the back of the chairs and into the balloons. The pink color scheme is carried throughout the theme and the dark pink chairs contrast well against the white and light pink.
If you are looking to add some floral arrangements to your party, why not use a pineapple as the vase? It took me a while to find a pineapple and floral combination I liked, until I landed upon the Fresh Mommy Blog and found this beautiful one. I found quite a few examples of pineapple vases, but none of the flower combinations really worked together. This one on the other hand, actually looks tropical. The purple flowers are my favorite, its such a bright color and really pops. It’s a fairly straightforward project and would work well as a centerpiece.
This is the perfect idea for a drink stand! The colors remind me of being in the Caribbean with the bright yellow and blue. By painting an old wooden crate and frame, you could easily recreate this look for your own party. See Capitao Zeferino for all the details.
Back to the cactus theme. The party thrown by Inspired By This had so many cute elements I had to included a few of their pictures. I love this cactus piñata, it’s super cute and would be a hit with kids.
For party favors they gave out mini cactus’ with a “take your prick” sign.
Tropical Party Food
On to my favorite part of the party, food! I found so many delicious recipes for a tropical party. Coconut, pineapple, mango, fresh and flavourful foods that remind you of summer. First off, a coconut cream tart made by The Little Epicurean. These tarts look mouthwateringly good. If they’re made of coconut, cream, and caramel how can they not be?
Donuts are so much fun, you can literally do anything with them. Aww Sam made these donuts into cute little fruits that would work so well for a tropical theme. The best thing about these donuts is that you could cheat and go buy a pack of plain donuts at your local cafe and just frost them to look like this.
Surprisingly enough, I have never tried upside-down pineapple cake, but this one from One Little Project looks so delicious! The look and flavor of this little gem is perfect for a tropical party. It looks like a little slice of Hawaii.
These watermelon cakes are seriously adorable (I think I actually said awww in my mind when I saw these lol). I love that these could work for your dessert table or as a party favor since they are in a mason jar. Pizzazzerie made these little beauties, be sure to visit their site for all the deets.
For the last sweet dish on our list, we have a beautiful looking fruit pizza from Wife Mama Foodie. Not only does this look absolutely gorgeous with all the beautiful bright fruit, but it looks incredibly delicious as well.
Now that we have covered the sweet stuff, its time to move onto the main dishes. This first one is almost a mix of dessert vs a savory meal. These banana sushi recipes created by Closet Cooking mix two popular Hawaiian foods, sushi and bananas.
This one looks really good, I don’t think I have ever thought of combining banana and bacon together before.
This pineapple cheeseball created by Sippity Sup is such a cool idea. The pecans actually make it look like a pineapple and who doesn’t love a good cheeseball? This is bound to be a hit, and if not at least you’ll get good pictures.
Slow cooker and pulled pork, two of my favorite words. That alone makes my brain say yum! Mama Fit Lindsey prepared a Hawaiian pulled pork slider recipe that is clearly heaven on a bun.
Looking for an authentic Hawaiian recipe for your tropical fiesta? Try some Huli Huli chicken! Flavors of brown sugar, ginger, pineapple, and garlic mix to create a taste of the tropics. Oh Sweet Basil has all the details to recreate this delicious dish.
Prefer shrimp to chicken? These tropical shrimp kabobs will be a sweet swap. Covered in a sweet chilli glaze, combined with pineapple and vegetables Get Inspired Everyday created these tropical treasures.
Tropical Party Drinks
When I think of a tropical drink I think of something bright, that tastes sweet and has a mini umbrella. So for the drink portion of our tropical party ideas list, I have found the brightest, prettiest, and most mini umbrella worthy drink recipes for your tropical party.
The first tropical drink on our list is a Pina Colada. The Adventure Bite has a classic recipe that you can steal for your party……don’t forget the umbrella.
For a non-alcoholic option, try this tropical mermaid punch recipe from Finding Zest. I love the bright blue color and so will the kids!
You can’t have a tropical party without daiquiri’s and this one looks delicious. Self Proclaimed Foodie made this gorgeous looking drink that combines both coconut and mango for a taste of the tropics.
Last on our list of drinks is a maui moscow mule – rainbow style from The Crumby Kitchen. This drink is so pretty with blues, purples and pink, it would make a lovely addition to any party.
Tropical Party Favor Ideas
If you need some cute ideas for party favors I found so many adorable tropical items below. There is everything from mini piñata’s to fruit shaped soap, just click on the links below to check them all out.
As always I included some of my favorite Etsy finds for a tropical theme.
I hope you enjoyed our tropical party ideas list and make sure you leave your party pictures below!