Themed parties are great fun. A Tiki themed party can be a nice break during winter to help chase away winter blues, or the perfect compliment to a warm summer evening, and the party doesn’t have to break the bank.
Set the tone for your Tiki party with your invitations. You can use store bought cards or make your own on a computer, even adding stickers to enhance the theme. You may want to suggest that guests wear island inspired clothing to help them get into the groove.
Music is a great way to get your guests into the mood of the party. You can go shopping for some island inspired music.
If you have digital cable music stations available on your TV, check and see if there is a suitable channel there for your party music.
If you have a computer available for use during the party, you can create a Pandora radio station with appropriate music. Just research artists who play Tiki music or island music, type one in to your channel at http://pandora.com and get set to build your Tiki party play list. You can thumbs up or thumbs down songs to build your list, and by the time the party date arrives, you’ll have the perfect station ready to stream tunes for your event.
You can find inexpensive Tiki décor at dollar stores, party stores and on the Internet. Decorating with silk flowers and greenery adds to the mood. Holiday lights make any party look festive. Pick up a strand of lights topped with Tiki heads or lanterns, or break out the Christmas lights and get some extra use out of them.
Look for tropical colored tablecloths you may have stored away, or pick some up at a garage sale or thrift store. You can also hand out inexpensive silk leis to guests as they arrive.
For the menu, there are several easy options. Tortilla chips are island inspired when paired with jarred mango or pineapple salsa. Frozen egg rolls are easy and fun. Meatballs or cocktail weenies can be paired with tropical sauces. Arrange some trays of fruit with mango, pineapple and more. If you want to add dessert, why not a coconut gelato or mango sorbet, or coconut topped cupcakes?
You can also ask your guests to be creative and bring a tropical dish to share.
To keep things easy in the drinks department, select two or three options to serve, and also offer some non-alcoholic options. Pina coladas are always a favorite. Using mixers is an easy way to offer a few selections, such as mai tais or daiquiris. Add some inexpensive paper drink umbrellas to each drink to enhance the festive mood, and you’ve got the recipe for a great themed party your guests will remember!