First off, think about decorating with loads of colour.
Dress up in bright and flowery clothes. Pin flowers in the hair of the party guests and offer them colourful leis to wear around their necks. No fresh flowers available? Make simple tissue paper flowers to liven up the table or decorate in your hair of make our Tropical flowers to stick on walls and tables.
No time to run to run out to pick up Hawaiian leis at the party store? Cut construction paper into strips and make a bunch of bouncy leis like momstown did here.
Decorate the table with fruit! Coconuts and Pineapples are very festive and the kids will love touching their rough exterior and talking about them.
Next let's plan party food!
Tropical Food Skewers are a healthy hit as a snack and they can double as a table centre piece. Simply cut up kid-friendly chunks of fruit (grapes, pineapple, mango, melon…) and thread them onto long wooden skewers. Have kids around? They make super helpers to put the fruit on – just watch the pointy ends! We stuck fun tropical umbrellas into the end of the kabobs and then popped them all into half of a watermelon. momstown's Junior Chefs love these fancy fruit kabobs rolled in coconut too.
Tropical themed cake. I’ll admit this cake was so easy, it’s ridiculous. I simply used a carrot cake boxed mix and blended in a can of crushed pineapple to bring the “tropics” to the cake flavour. Then iced it with frosting (yep, canned, was on a tight timeline but we have a great frosting recipe here). To decorate I cut the string from a fabric lei and all the colourful petals became individual flowers ready to be placed on the icing. Obviously, the flowers are not edible (ensure everyone removed them!) but the cake was big on colour and so simple.
Tropical Beach Cupcakes. Another super easy idea. I coloured icing with blue food colouring and iced chocolate cupcakes (made with our favourite no-fail chocolate cake recipe). Then sprinkled brown sugar onto half the cupcakes to mimic a “beach” and stuck an umbrella in the ‘beach’. In our house we have small Polly Pocket figurines so a few Pollys made it onto the cake as well.
You get thirsty in the tropics right? Tropical Smoothies are perfect on your menu. Simply combine fresh and frozen fruit along with ice and fruit juice (like Tropicana Tropics!) into the blender and voila! Simple smoothies. We made a “Sunshine Smoothie” with mango, bananas and OJ. Our “Pink Sunset Smoothie” had a berry theme with Strawberries, Banana along with Tropicana Tropics Juice.
Setting up the Smoothies as a Tropical Juice Bar is a great activity to include to your party. Even without smoothies, line up a variety of juice like Tropicana Tropics and let kids pick their flavour. With great varieties like Orange Strawberry Banana, Orange Peach Mango, Paradise Blend and Orange Tropical Fruit, Tropicana Tropics makes a juice bar a highlight of the party. (You could also host a Juice Bar much like a Lemonade Stand and "sell" it at the end of your driveway!)
Now for the Tropical Activities. momstown loves finding fun ways to craft and play at a party!
Tropical Party Games are great fun! Pass the hot coconut and other fun games listed here. Water makes a Tropical Party more fun as well. Regardless if it’s a backyard pool or even a sprinkler, it feels more tropical if bathing suits are involved!
Prep a couple of momstown's Tropical Party Crafts, fun for all ages and they make a great take-home element.
Have fun celebrating your Tropical theme!